Lessons Learned

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Lessons Learned was a short-term retail exhibition that housed products—found objects—designed and packaged by Platte Forum's Art Lab high school students and Metro State students. Personal narratives of each youth were woven into the design process, reconceptualizing the products for the pop-up store. The interactive exhibit invited the public to experience the products on display, share their own life stories, and offer lessons of their own. For 10 weeks over, Art Lab interns met weekly with Communication Design students and professors from Metro State to conceptualize and create the exhibit. There is a lesson for every one to learn.

Lisa Abendroth
Metro State
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October 25, 2010
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With the ultimate goal of creating a pop-up store that engaged the Denver Metro area, students were challenged to use design thinking to explore and create solutions for pressing social problems. Each Metro State Communication Design student mentored two youth, resulting in six powerhouse teams, ready to design.


The thirteen high school youth and six college students decided the best way to educate others was to share their own life lessons. With this real-world experience, the students used design to communicate their ideas, exhibit their potential, and take action in their communities.