Design Lab

Design Lab @ NYU Tandon MakerSpace

Intersection between innovation, design, and technology in Brooklyn


The Design Lab is the educational programming and support arm of the NYU MakerSpace. It’s where design, making, and technology meet to innovate with purpose. We believe that good ideas come from creative collaboration and a design thinking mindset. The Design Lab provides NYU students with opportunities to ideate, experiment, prototype, and build their ideas. A variety of events and workshops are offered throughout the year, teaching students valuable hard and soft skills sought after across industries. At the core of NYU Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem, the Design Lab actively collaborates with departments and programs across NYU.

The Design Lab is managed by 2 graduate students, the Design Lab Coordinators, who are trained in design thinking and work with Anne-Laure Fayard, Associate Professor of Technology Management and Innovation, Faculty Advisor to the MakerSpace; Victoria Bill, MakerSpace Director; Christina Lafontaine, MakerSpace Design Specialist; and Elizabeth New, MakerSpace Assistant Manager.

If you have an idea for a new project, if you want to learn more about design thinking or prototyping, check our programming and contact our staff at

If you are a student club leader, talk to us to reserve the space for events.

Innovation Design Process

We believe in a human-centered design approach and work with designers and non designers alike to help them develop and embrace a design thinking process and understand the importance of keeping the people they’re designing for at the center of their designs. Teaching students how to practice a design thinking mindset is at the core of what we do at the Design Lab. In line with the design mindset, and its principles of empathy, prototyping and iteration, we encourage collaboration through community building. We stress a hands on learning approach through continuous iteration, where rapid prototyping with simple materials and experimenting and testing early can help minimize risk later on. We provide students with tools and opportunities to not only understand this process, but also to experience it at the same time through a range of workshops, design challenges, and talks with industry professionals working at the intersection of design and technology. Check out our Resources Page to find great opportunities, articles, and resources.

The Design & Innovation Studio is a new series of interactive workshops that guide participants through each stage of the Design Thinking process. The workshops are led by invited guests who are experts in their field. Participants will have a chance to get hands-on experience through collaborative exercises, learn about our guests professional journeys, and ask questions.

Design Research  •  Ideation  •  Rapid Prototyping  •  User Testing  •  Storytelling


The Technical Series gives students the opportunity to learn new technical skills and tools that not only help them bring their project ideas to fruition, but also give them valuable skills for their resumes. These workshops cover both software tools such as Rhino, Photoshop, Illustrator as well as hardware skills such as Soldering, Raspberry Pi, and Arduino.

Intro to Rhino 3D  •  Fundamentals of Fusion 360  •  Intro to EAGLE Design  •  Intro to Solidworks  •  Intro to Photoshop  •  Intro to Illustrator  •  iOS App Development  •  Intro to Arduinoo  •  Advanced Arduino


The Design Series introduces students to the Design Thinking process and gives them the tools they need to come up with meaningful and sustainable innovation. The Design Series includes workshops on research, ideation, prototyping, iteration, and storytelling. Our Design Series has a particular focus on inclusion as human-centered design involves design for all humans. Recently, we’ve run a Design Jam on Accessibility in Urban Areas and offered a workshop on inclusive design led by two recent NYU alumni who are experts in this field. They shared tools to help participants integrate inclusive design into their work. We also have a series called Engineering X Design. Engineering X Design is a series of fireside chats with professionals who work at the intersection of design, engineering and technology. Through this informal series, we hope to encourage cross-disciplinary conversations about problem solving and innovation between our guests, NYU Students and outside visitors.


The Creative Series allows students to take part in workshops that not only provide a creative outlet, but also encourage students to engage in new types of experiences and skill building. Workshops such as screen printing, pattern making, holiday ornaments, and hand sewing and embroidery are included in this series.

Hand Sewing & Embroidery  •  Pattern Making  •  Sewing Machine Basics  •  Cricut Design  •  PCB Jewelry Making  •  Modular Origami  •  Basic Concepts of Photography


The Sustainability Series  includes workshops that promote interest and awareness on how to design more sustainably and provide students with actionable steps they can take to decrease their environmental footprint. The series has included workshops on aquaponic farming, plastic identification, growing mushrooms, and composting. We often invite guests working in sustainability to give workshops and share their first-hand experience.

Composting at Home  •  Plastic Identification  •  Mold Making with Cardboard


Soap and Bath Bomb Making

Creative Series


Urban Food Lab & Water Testing

Sustainability Series


Intro to Solar Panels

Technical Series

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Sponsors & Partners

Danish Cleantech Hub  •  Circular City Week  •  Make the Planet Great Again  •  Zooterra  •  DFA  •  Adapt Network  •  Wild Tomorrow Fund  •  African Parks Foundation of America  •  TMI  •  Leslie ELab  •  NYU Langone Biomedical Entrepreneurship Program  •  EG1003  •  NYU Stern