Ethical Human Centred Design Foundations

Begin your journey into collaborative design with our practical and interactive training, designed and facilitated by our team of human-centred design experts.


Upcoming workshops

Whether you're working in public policy, mental health or simply have a passion for design, our Ethical Human Centred Design Foundations training is the perfect place to begin your co-design journey.

Why HCD?

We believe in putting people first in our designs

Create change through your work

Solving complex problems today requires more than thinking up unique solutions and moving through agile implementation. The needs of individuals, organisations, and populations are rapidly changing. Collaborating with the people who matter most and innovating through collaborative design processes is critical if we’re to make the kind of impact in the world we need.

Our Ethical Human Centred Design Foundations workshop provides you with the training and resources to begin thoughtfully collaborating with the people you’re designing for. It also helps develop your understanding of the ethical implications of unconscious bias as well as the ways in which we can identify our assumptions before taking action.

The proof is in our portfolio

We use human-centred design and ethical co-design every day at Portable to overcome difficult challenges with practical solutions, created in collaboration with people who are  seeking transformational change. Using these practices, our team of designers, strategists and technologists have successfully delivered over 900 projects across a range of impact areas including mental health, access to justice, government innovation, and more. 

We believe that by sharing our knowledge with like-minded individuals, we can further promote truly positive change through thoughtful design practices that keep people at the centre of the solution.    


What you can expect in your workshop

We've designed our training sessions to provide industry-leading value

The principles and processes of Human-Centred Design

Introduce you to human-centred design and build awareness about how it can be used to understand problems and to design solutions.

The value of considering ethical implications

Learn about co-design in action, and the core principles and approaches to an ethical practice.

Applying the theory in a rapid design challenge

Gain hands-on experience of human-centred design through an experiential activity that moves through a ‘Double-Diamond’ design process.

How to take these skills to your next project

By the end of the session, you’ll have a practical, foundational understanding of what it means to practise ethical human-centred design.


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Perks of training with Portable

Led by our experts

Our workshops are run by experienced Portable leaders who work with our clients to research, design, implement, and improve products and services that make a real impact on the lives of those they serve.

Intimate workshop sizes

Restricting the number of attendees in our workshops ensures that you’re given the opportunity to take full advantage of the content and our facilitators. Invest your time with confidence that it will develop your knowledge and skills to practically apply to your next project.

Hands-on training

We understand the value of learning by doing. That’s why our workshops are designed to provide you with a combination of fundamental theory, practical exercises and thought-provoking discussions. You’ll also receive our Ethical Human Centred Design Toolkit to support your future projects.

HCD Toolkit

Portable's playbook: The Ethical HCD Toolkit

Our experts have worked hard to embed ethical principles and processes into all of our projects and we're happy to say that all attendees will be given access to Portable's personal HCD playbook. This toolkit provides you with the tools and resources to facilitate human-centred design projects that benefit your outcomes and the people you’re supporting. 


The people powering our training

As an award winning co-design coach and Principal Design Strategist at Portable, Belinda is responsible for driving human-centred design principles, and challenging clients to always design with the end-user and communities in mind.

Belinda uses qualitative research and design thinking to develop, facilitate and synthesise co-design and research projects to better understand the core problems that shape potential solutions for clients.

Need training for your team, department or entire organisation?

As experts in capability building, the Portable team regularly facilitates co-design and ethical human-centred design workshops with organisations across each of our key impact areas including mental health, justice, the public sector and more.

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