Despite the growing utilization of human-centered design, both in academia and industry, there is lack of pedagogical materials that support context-based design method selection. When used properly, design methods are linked to successful outcomes in the design process, but with hundreds of design methods to select from, knowing when and how to use a particular method is challenging. Selecting the appropriate design method requires a deep understanding of the project context. Cultivating a selection methodology that is more contextually aware, equips students with the tools to apply the most appropriate methods to their future academic and industry projects. Using theDesignExchange knowledge platform as a teaching material, we discuss a summer design course at the University of California at Berkeley that encourages students to choose design methods rather than the instructors giving a set list. The findings illustrate that when given the task to select a method, students exhibit contextually-aware method selection mindsets.

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