QUT is on a mission to create real-world impact – through the power of authentic co-design and design thinking sprints that foster bold ideas, innovative transformation, and impactful solutions.

Our team of researchers, strategists, designers, educators, facilitators, creatives, and innovators act as a catalyst for new thinking, adapting tools, methods and approaches from design, education, management, psychology, and creative practice to co-create world-changing ideas and innovation in diverse contexts: healthcare, aged care, education, manufacturing, industry, public spaces, and urban and regional settings.

If you want to adopt a collaborative and participatory approach to designing and implementing new services, processes, or products, our team provides a full range of services in co-design and design thinking sprints, focussing on innovating through collaboration. Whether you want training in how to facilitate your own codesign session or want us to lead and curate the process, we have decades of experience and can tailor project teams to your unique context – as illustrated in the projects outlined below (in the spirit of knowledge exchange and open innovation, where possible, projects outline the strategic approach, engagement processes, templates, and outcomes).


The Co-Design and Design Thinking Process

There are many different methodological approaches to co-design and design thinking, with our process emphasising  that “the wisdom is in the system”: authentic engagement with end-users, and creative, interdisciplinary, collaborative teamwork enables the co-creation of innovative solutions.

The design thinking process cycles through phases of inspiration, ideation, and implementation, typically comprising of five iterative steps: Empathize (imagining and learning about the user group’s experience); Define (redefining and focusing the question based on these insights); Ideate (brainstorming creative solutions); Prototype (building a low-fidelity representation of idea/s to show) and Test (testing ideas with user group). A sixth step, Assess, is sometimes added. At its essence, design thinking is a structured and creative human-centered approach to innovative problem-solving with iterative cycles of inspiration, discovery, prototyping, testing and refinement.

And as you will see from our diverse projects, the structure and duration of co-design and design thinking approaches varies depending on project requirements. Please email project leads directly to discover how we might be able to work together to co-create innovative solutions to the complex challenges facing your organisation.


The following are a depository of Co-Design Workshops & Design Thinking Sprints