Tic-Tac-Toe is a Design Studies tutorial that explores strategies and methods of approaching and revealing design thinking. Over one semester we explore 9 propositions that form alternatives to the status quo and offer ways to challenge design strategy. These tactics are a random selection of 9 – yet they offer a discourse on how we might interrogate the ideas we assume are critical to the essence of design action: The 9 tactics explored Generosity, Empathy, ReUse, Repair, Culturing, Play, Futuring, Collaboration, and finally Making. At the end of 12 weeks each participant develops and proposes a tactic that offers an alternative to an already understood design thinking practice.

Below are a set of case studies curated by students that offer interesting insights into different ways of using design thinking principles.