I’m a big fan of structured/facilitated design workshops. They can be incredibly useful for user research sessions, co-designing services with teams, and stakeholder meetings.
And yes, the language and style of these things can stray a bit into “design thinking B.S.” at times. (Young me would cringe at how often I use the word stakeholder these days).
But, honestly, practising how to run these workshops, and being able to pick and choose the right one for the right task is becoming more valuable to me as a designer as I gain experience.
Design workshop collections
Here are some sites that list a range of design workshop methods in one place…
- 18F methods
- Atlassian team playbook
- Google design sprint methodology
- GDS user research activity cards
- Design Kit methods
Individual design workshops
Here are some links to specific design workshop methods…