Soft Skills for Design

Most design workshops focus on the hard skills: tools, methods, and techniques used for good design practice. While these skills are certainly important, often left out are the soft skills that make up a well-rounded design practice. 

This workshop pulls from fields such as psychology, philosophy, history, social theory, literary studies, anthropology, and cultural studies to illustrate the importance of soft skills. Designers often hear about empathy as a soft skill, but we will also focus on things like close reading, interpretation, active listening, critique, storytelling, observation, facilitation, rhetoric, and responsibility. These are the skills you won't learn in the vast majority of other design workshops.


  • Overview of soft skills necessary for designers
  • Practice in intentionally applying each skill
  • Insight on how to incorporate soft skills into an existing design practice