MakerSpace Digital Badges

digital craft badge


The Digital Craft badge is awarded to NYU Affiliates who complete a series of technical workshops and hands-on training sessions to gain techniques that can be used to digitally plan and design a product. Through interactive workshops on the design thinking process and leading industry standard software, hands-on training with crafting tools for creative modeling, and experience with smart machines for prototyping, badge recipients gain the skills they need to digitally develop a product from conception to final production.

Trainings (minimum 1):

Learn how to operate the Cricut to cut simple materials such as cardstock, vinyl, decorative paper, and more for crafts.
Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator to design your cut, along with materials that can be used on the Mini and Fusion.
Learn how to use the Othermill to prototype PCBs and cut and etch 2D or 3D shapes out of various materials.
Learn how to use the CNC Router to cut 2.5D or 3D shapes out of various types of woods and plastics and VCarve for software It is recommended that you learn and get comfortable using the Othermill before using the ShopBot.
Learn how to operate the Roland Vinyl Cutter to cut vinyl to create stickers, decals, and transfer vinyl for t-shirt/tote designs.

Design and Innovation Studio (minimum 1):

Participants learn how user research goes beyond usability testing and gain hands-on experience with methods that get to the heart of users' needs. You will learn the do's and don'ts of forming a solid research foundation, cover real-world case studies, and role-play in a mock study to gain hands-on experience.
Participants focus on the fundamentals of ideation and cover the process of generating new ideas to solve problems that have been identified through research. You will learn the best practices of ideation, how to step beyond ordinary solutions, and participate in a series of creative exercises to gain hands-on experience.
Learn what a concise portfolio needs, the importance of creating a portfolio as part of the job application process, and how to market yourself to potential employers and clients using design thinking strategies. You will have the opportunity to develop an element of your own portfolio using the techniques from the workshop.
Participants learn the fundamentals of rapid prototyping and cover the process of making products with the consumer in mind. You will learn the best practices of prototyping, view physical and digital product development samples, and examine each through prototyping techniques.
Learn the fundamentals of collecting user feedback for product development by preparing for user interviews and running user tests, collecting feedback, and synthesizing action-items to improve product concepts.

Creative Workshops (minimum 2):

Learn the essentials of the Cricut machine to cut vinyl and create high-quality projects including multi-colored decals, t-shirts, and more!
Participants learn the basics of the Othermill, how to make charms, design engravings, and customize jewelry using Adobe Illustrator. You will cover the basics of PCB design and how to implement these tools to create personalized jewelry.
Learn the basics of screen printing and print your own designs on a small tote bag or your own fabric!

How do I get this badge?

To begin the badging process, choose which workshops and trainings you would like to attend from the list above. To sign up for a workshop, visit our Events Page. To sign up for a training, visit our Training and Reservations Page.

  1. Learn: Complete the required number of workshops and trainings listed under each badge based on your interests.
  2. Claim: Once you have completed the requirements for the desired badge, fill out and submit the Completed Badge Application.
  3. Approve: Our team will review your application and determine whether you are eligible to receive the badge.
  4. Share: Once approved, we will send you a digital certification package that includes everything you need to share your achievement and new skills including the badge icon and text for your resume, portfolio, and LinkedIn.
  5. Certify: To validate your certification and ensure compliance with our badging procedure, successful badge recipients will have their name displayed below in our 'Certified Badge Holders' section as well as on each page for the badge they have received.

Badging Rules & Expectations

  1. Claiming Badges: You have one full school year (i.e. Fall 2021 - Spring 2022) to claim a badge.
  2. Workshops: To qualify for a desired badge, you must have attended the required workshops during the current school year (i.e. Fall 2021 - Spring 2022).
  3. Trainings: MakerSpace machine trainings are valid for 4 years.
  4. Not Interchangeable: Workshops and trainings are not interchangeable. You must attend a different set of trainings and workshops for each badge (i.e. if you attended Intro to Illustrator and used it to claim the Product Design badge, you cannot also use it towards Digital Design. You must attend another workshop. Same goes for machine trainings).

Certified Digital Craft Badge Holders

Dahlia Isabella Bolt

Aissatou Toure

Tanya Matsegora

Edward Kim

Young Jun Lee