The International Project is the key symbolic project for GID international collaboration. Students work on globally-distributed teams to research and develop new design concepts and prototypes.
Each year, one wide-spectrum, important and interesting design theme is selected -- a meta theme, e.g. Food, Future of Retail, Health. A key theme for GID is creative leadership. Students' lives will be highly structured during their visits by the curricula offered by each host center. The International Project is thus a primary opportunity for students to cultivate creative leadership, to self-manage their time and teams, and pursue passions of their own definition.
The international project is split into 3 phases:
Launch Sprint. Intensive project to capture students' imaginations and get them quickly up to speed with each other and the year-long meta theme.
Phase 1 - Global Studio. Emphasis on exploratory design research, remote collaboration process, student leadership. Students self-manage a distributed design studio, doing exploratory research projects on the Meta Theme (with coaching by GID faculty). Teams are distributed across the three GID cities. Three-way global collaboration is hard; students must use their creative ingenuity to experiment with different solutions to this problem.
Phase 2 - Local Market. Local collaborative projects for different markets (US, UK, Japan). Working in local teams, students build on the learnings from Phase 1 to do design work focused on their local city. Remote student interactions become more occasional, serving as opportunities for peer feedback. Emphasis is on cultural study, prototyping, making it real.