Design Field Dice

Design Activity (6-12 Grade)


Learners will create several concept ideas using randomly selected categories. There are up to 216 combinations!

Learners will…
  • Name the seven design fields along with a real world example of field
  • Critique their own or a partner’s designs
  • Design 3-5 concepts within their selected design field
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  1. Before starting, download the template, print out, and make the dice.
  2. Start by having a conversation about the design fields (use the definitions below). Make sure to ask your learner to name an example of each field in their own daily lives.
  3. Hand your learner a drawing surface and utensil. Think pencils, markers, paint, tablets, paper, whiteboards.
  4. Have your learner roll each die and write down their results.
  5. Now it’s problem finding time! Have your learner think of as many problems as possible for their audience in the place they rolled in 5 minutes.
    Example: Infants on a Subway Platform: It’s loud (hurts their ears!), Nothing cool to look at, Scary things moving quickly!
  6. Challenge your learners to create solutions to the problems they came up with in step 5. Let them know to come up with 3-5 solutions for as many of the problems as they can, including a sketch/prototype of the design. Give them at least 30 minutes for this task.
  7. Instruct them to choose their top two ideas to present to you or a partner. Ask them to prepare a short presentation about their designs, including a section that addresses why their designs would benefit their audience.
  8. Between each presentation, give your learner feedback on their design, phrased in questions.
    Examples: This is great! Looking at it now, what would you change? Can this be used by several people at once? How do you think we could build this? Who should we ask more information from?
  9. Repeat this cycle as many time as you’d like!
  10. Debrief with them. Ask them about their experience and which field most closely aligns with their interest.


Download a printable version of the entire activity.

Download the template to print and make your own Design Dice.


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