MakerSpace Design Lab


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.

Learn more about how the Design Lab got started here.

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.

Workshops & Events


Design & Innovation Studio

A 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

Technical Series

This 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 Arduino  •  Advanced Arduino

Creative Series

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

Sustainability Series

This 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 Making

DIY Soap & Bathbomb Making
Creative Series

Water Testing

Water Testing
Sustainability Series

Working on Solar Panels

Intro to Solar Panels
Technical Series

Sponsors & Partners

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