Explore design thinking and human-centered design through real-world projects!

Bloomington Design Academy

Looking to exercise your innovation muscles?

The Bloomington Design Academy is a hands-on seven-week course in design thinking and human-centered design. Participants will learn a structured, proven process for unleashing creativity and problem-solving skills. You’ll work in teams to tackle real-world local issues and generate exciting potential solutions. The winning team takes home a cash prize of $500! Everybody leaves with new tools for thinking outside the box.

Sign up solo, or bring a team from your organization to get your collaborative mojo working.


May 17

first class


June 28

last class


June 30

solutions showcase

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Our next session will begin in fall. Stay in the loop of new sessions and registration deadlines by subscribing to notifications about Bloomington Design Academy!


  • Registration is free, but limited to 20 seats
  • Register solo, or bring an innovation team from your business or organization
  • Class meets 6:00–7:30pm on Tuesdays, in-person at The Mill
  • In addition, all participants receive free part-time nights & weekends memberships to The Mill during the seven-week program

Each session, you can choose either to join a team and address one of our pre-designed working topics, or you can bring your own local issue to tackle with your team. We’ll announce the next set of working topics when registration opens again in fall.

Program Designers & Facilitators

Devta Kidd, Director of Innovation, City of Bloomington

Devta serves as one of the facilitators and sources challenges from the City of Bloomington and local businesses for the Bloomington Design Academy.

Andy Lehman, Head of Accelerator Programming, The Mill

Andy also facilitates instruction and helps connect design academy participants to The Mill’s resources and network of mentors.

Jon Racek, Area Coordinator, Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture, and Design

Jon’s curriculum for the Comprehensive Design program at Indiana University serves as the basis for the course, with tweaks from Devta and Andy.