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.

Creative Workshops (minimum 2):

Participants learn how to cut and design their very own card using the Cricut Maker machine. You will learn the basic features of the Cricut Design Studio including linetype, adding text, and incorporating images and shapes to customize your card.
Participants learn how to create something 3D by designing 2D patterns. You will learn the properties of various materials and develop the skills needed to create a more comprehensive yet adjustable pattern. This can be used to replicate the construction of a project and can be a great tool for quick prototyping!
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.
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.

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.
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.

Technical Workshops (minimum 1):

Participants learn the Adobe Illustrator interface, drawing vector shapes, adding polished typography, and other essential skills to design a project of their own. You will implement these skills and have the opportunity to design a project of your own using the software.
Looking to sharpen your Illustrator skills for graphics and prototyping? Learn how to design a custom name graphic that can be used in the vinyl cutter, along with tips, tricks, and a deep dive into technical concepts.
Participants learn the Adobe Photoshop interface and fundamental tools such as layers, masks, blend modes, and adjustments that are needed to create a design. You will implement these skills and have the opportunity to design a project of your own using the software.

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.

How do I get a 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 2020 - Spring 2021) 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 2020 - Spring 2021).
  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