INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE:
yours and your app’s
The Design Masterclass is modeled on the music conservatory masterclass. The students bring their master pieces, which will be the entire focus of the masterclass. There is no curriculum, aside from the students' work, selected and brought to the class by the students, and worked on during the masterclass.
Each team presents their work in turn, and receives comments, critiques and suggestions from the teacher and, at times, from other students. Then they perform their work again. And possibly once again after that, in response to further critique. Whether your team is building with FileMaker or any other platform, the focus is on quick turns. You can even invite clients and their representatives to the masterclass, whether they are in person or attending remotely via screenshare.
Students at The Design Masterclass select an app or a software solution, and review their selection with Masterclass staff. The week before the class, the class meets online, to introduce themselves and their software. Once everyone arrives at the class site, the work begins:
BEFORE: Students make screenshots of their software, memorializing the design before any classwork has begun.
Evocative presentations alternate with design time. Depending on the site of your class, you may choose to work in a hammock by the beach in Tulum, in the bay window of a historic Sag Harbor mansion, in London’s flagship Apple Store, or at the little café around the corner from our classroom in Paris.
Each day, students share their design progress—and their struggles—with the class. The apps each take their turn on the big screen, and the design master who leads the class offers advice, as do peers. The class reviews mockups, partial builds, or with low code/no code platforms like FileMaker, fully functioning apps.
BEFORE & AFTER: All work is focused toward the afternoon of the fourth day, when each student presents their software in BEFORE & AFTER versions. The changes are often astounding.
PLAN FOR RE-ENTRY: The Design Masterclass is a hothouse environment that inspires great leaps forward in design thinking. But it doesn't last forever. The last stage of the class is to make a plan for bringing the new design work home, to colleagues, clients, patrons & the Real World in general.
The Design Masterclass offers a CLASS REUNION at a date chosen by the class before departing. True camaraderie is fostered by shared meals and field trips to local sites: wineries in Napa and Long Island, a botanic garden in Miami, a pub in London and pyramids in Mexico. Students engage in each other's work and lives, and usually want to see how things "turned out."