We are often expected to make the ambiguous into an tangible idea that can create clarity. On May 21, 2015 IxDA Grand Rapids hosted Stretch & Sketch Workshops to try out a few tools and processes that could result in artifacts which can encourage collective understanding for a diverse team. This was presented by IxDA Leadership and community support which included:

  • Mental Models by Grant Carmichael
  • Design Charrette by Samuel Bowles
  • Love (or Breakup) Letter by Kim Wolting
  • Card Sorting by Christy Ennis-Kloote

We had great turnout with a broad range of experience and backgrounds.




Productive and friendly. Reinforced some practices we use in our business and gained a greater understanding of alternatives. Really helpful. – Diane Bowen

Wow! Great times! Fun exercises! I learned a lot and met some great people – Sam Spencer