MakerSpace Digital Badges

hand craft badge


The Hand Craft badge is awarded to NYU Affiliates who complete a series of technical and design workshops that provide them with the techniques they need to skillfully craft a quality product by hand. Through interactive workshops on design using leading industry standard software and hands-on training with crafting tools and machines for prototyping, badge recipients gain the skills they need to manually develop a product from conception to final production.

Creative/Technical Workshops (minimum 2):

Learn the basics of hand-sewing and embroidery to add your own touch of creativity to your clothes!
Participants will learn the basics of traditional origami and develop spatial skills that can be applied across engineering and design.
Learn the basics of screen printing and print your own designs on a small tote bag or your own fabric!
Learn the essentials of the Cricut machine to cut vinyl and create custom layered stickers!
Learn the foundations of knitting and different knitting stitches to create a bookmark you can take home!
Learn the basics of crochet including types of hooks, yarn, stitches, and techniques to create fun projects.
Learn the fundamentals of weaving through laser cut looms to create a woven bookmark!
Learn the essentials of the Cricut machine and Cricut Design Space to create pop up cards!
Get ready for Halloween by decorating your own pumpkin! You will learn about various decorating techniques and machines in the MakerSpace.
Learn the techniques of using heat transfer vinyl with the Cricut Maker and Cricut Heat Press to create customized fabrics.
Learn the fundamentals of draping fabric on a dress form to create a basic body block in this hands-on workshop.
Participants will learn the basics of the Othermill, how to make charms, design engravings, and customize jewelry using Adobe Illustrator.
Learn how to use the MakerSpace vacuum former to create molds for holiday-themed soaps that can be used as fun gifts for family and friends!
Learn how to use the MakerSpace vacuum former to create fun shapes for chocolate!

Design and Innovation Studio (minimum 1):

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.
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 learn the art of storytelling as an essential tool in design practice. Through a series of creative exercises, you will practice your storytelling abilities as a resource that can be used in interviews, presentations, and more!
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.

Training (minimum 1):

Learn how to create embroidered patches and designs using the embroidery machine. You will learn the basic features of the embroidery machine, best practices for designing and materials, how to thread a bobbin, and much more.
Participants learn the basic features of a sewing machine, different fabrics & stitches, and much more. You will learn how to thread a bobbin, sewing feet, and different types of seams that you can incorporate into your project and design.

Guest Workshops (Minimum 1):

Learn how to cast mycelium, the roots of mushrooms, using vacuum-form molds!

We offer new guest workshops every semester. The list will be updated once in awhile to showcase new workshops.

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).