People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Monthly Method Spotlight: Charrettes


What:  A collaborative session in which a group of drafts a solution to a design problem. Traditionally used in the architecture world, charrettes have come to signify an intense period of design or planning activity.

PrintWhen/why:  The purpose of a charrette is to efficiently generate solutions for a project while considering diverse viewpoints of the stakeholders involved.

How:  Break up into sub-groups to work on a smaller part of the project/problem. The sub-groups spend about 30 minutes brainstorming and diagramming potential solutions, then all the sub-groups merge and share their findings. This larger group votes on the most feasible solutions and then divides into new sub-groups to work on another design issue.

Tips: When working in the smaller sub-groups, consider using some of the previous monthly method spotlights to generate ideas.

Interested in using/applying these methods in your work? Contact us for more info.


One response to “Monthly Method Spotlight: Charrettes

  1. Pingback: Halloween Treats, Tips, and Tricks | People Interact

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: