What is the Global Day of Design all about?

Students need to make, build, and tinker. The Global Day of Design is one-day that focuses on using the Design Thinking process in school. Our goal for the Global Day of Design is to inspire a transformation in schools around the world to incorporate design into an every day practice with our students.

In the past three years over 140,000 students from 1250 schools (and four continents) have participated. We are hoping to grow even more this year!

Take a Look at the First Design Thinking Challenge >>>>>>>>
(Free Download of Lesson Plan and Teacher's Guide Below)


Partners for the Global Day of Design

The Global Day of Design is kicking-off the fourth year in existence. If you'd like to partner with us to bring the power of design and creativity to schools and students around the world, please reach out to learn more about being a partner. Contact John Spencer or A.J. Juliani (listed below).

John Spencer

Author of LAUNCH
Professor of Education Technology at George Fox University

John believes design thinking can help unlock the creative genius in every child.


A.J. Juliani

Author of LAUNCH
Director of Learning and Innovation at Centennial School District

A.J. believes we need to be intentional about innovation in education in order to create a better future of learning for everyone.


< Maker Projects and Design Challenges />

Each week we will release a new Design Challenge up until the GLOBAL DAY OF DESIGN on 5/6/20. Click the title of the Challenge below to get access by signing up for the email list. We'll keep you updated as new challenges are released. Some will be 5 hrs long, some will be shorter (20-45 mins), but all will be fun!
Some will be FREE and a few are paid Design Challenges and Maker Projects.

Use any of these design challenges during the Global Day of Design, or come up with something on your own, or let your students decide! Please share on the online communities (below) what your plan is!

Stanford d.school

Gift Design Challenge (FREE)
Time: 1 hr

Stanford d.school

Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge - Students build towers using only spaghetti, marshmallows, tape and string
MORE: Back to KG???!!! - Middle-school students rediscover the fun they had in kindergarten

Flappy Bird Generator

Make Your Own Flappy Bird Game (FREE)
Time: 20-45 mins

Design Challenge via TED

Draw How to Make Toast (FREE via TED)
Time: 20-45 mins

Drone Delivery

Maker Challenge: Don't Break IT - Drone Design (with video overview)

Stanford d.school

Welcome to Middle School- Students role play how to make transition to middle school easier

The Special Olympics - Students develop a sense of empathy for people in the Special Olympics

Design Challenge (Launch Cycle)

Invent Your Own Sport
(5 Lessons FREE)

Tiny House Challenge

Maker Challenge: Design the Ultimate Tiny House (with video)

Stanford d.school

The Classroom Redesign Project - Students redesign a classroom 
The Morning Routine - Students redesign their morning routine Native American Culture Design Challenge

< Spread the Word Online />

We want this event to be HUGE, and therefore the Global Day of Design isn't limited to one online space. We've chosen three platforms where students can share their designs with each other from around the world and hope to expand the event even further in upcoming years.







< Frequently Asked Questions />

Questions always come up about events like this, and we want to save you some time by providing you with answers to some of the questions that we see a lot. Don’t hestitate to reach out with further questions.

Please sign-up your class and share where you are from on this Google Form (click here)!

  • Do I need to teach in a technology or art class?
    Absolutely not! If you’re a teacher or parent or student, it doesn't matter what class you are in. Design thinking applies to all ages, levels, and subjects. The key is to make, build, and tinker as a response to a problem or question you have.
  • What should I have available at school this day as a teacher?
    Definitely bring any equipment or tools you plan on using to design (computers, devices, cardboard, etc.), but also think about anything that may help students empathize with a problem and come up with a solution.
  • How do I sign up for this event?
    Just simply click one of the JOIN buttons above. You’ll be prompted to enter in some information and we'll send you an email to confirm (and give you the FREE Download). Then we'll keep you posted online and by email up till 5/6/20.
  • Do I need to sign up with a team?
    No way! We want you to join as an individual, partnership, small group, or any size, shape or form. It's great if you sign up as a school or team, but this is not necessary to participate.
  • I want to help, how can I partner up with the Global Day of Design?
    We would love to have you join us in launching this event! Email ajjuliani@gmail.com or john@spencerauthor.com with your information and we'll be in touch!
  • Is there an age limit?
    This event is open to all students as long as they are supported by an adult (teacher, parent, etc) during the design day (and especially while sharing their work online).