After 18 years of leading the industry offering training in human-centered design, Cooper Professional Education (CPE) — a team at Designit and division of Wipro — is closing its doors. The COVID-19 crisis has, unfortunately, made it impossible, for the foreseeable future, to safely deliver our core business of in-person, highly-experiential learning.
CPE (formerly called Cooper U) launched as in-house training for designers at the consulting firm Cooper, which Sue and Alan Cooper founded in 1992. Kim Goodwin drew on Alan’s original training regimen to devise curriculum on interaction design, visual design, design strategy, planning, communication, and real-world problem solving. Ten years later, CPE was one of the first organizations offering real-world interaction design classes to the public.
In 2017, CPE was acquired by Designit and expanded to 14 cities in 10 countries. Strategic designers from Bengaluru to Medellín have learned how to teach the CPE curriculum, hone their skills as facilitators, and pass their knowledge on to working professionals.
Over the years, CPE has worked with clients like NASA, Facebook, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, and Starbucks to build their expertise in design thinking, service design, design research, creative leadership, facilitation, feedback, organizational culture, and brand. Public courses had an impact on more than 80,000 working professionals, changing the trajectory of some careers and building key skills for design leaders.
In all of its manifestations, CPE brought together sharp, curious, creative, fun individuals dedicated to helping people learn, grow, and embrace the power of human-centered design. We are deeply grateful to everyone who contributed to the rich legacy of designers sharing their craft and making the world a better place through design. And to the tens of thousands of CPE alumni, continue being agents of change and advocating for the humans who use your products and services.
These talented and passionate CPE core team members are now looking for new opportunities: Teresa Brazen (leadership development and L&D); Holly Thorsen (leadership development and org design), Shannon McGarity (leadership development; design strategy and education), Jim Dibble (design strategy), Erin Thibeau (content, marketing, and communications); Benjamin Gunning (business strategy and operations), and Kelly Dolan (business development). Tammy Su will be pursuing her MBA and MS in Design Innovation at Kellogg School of Management, and Adam Bodenstein will be focusing on freelance projects.
If you are interested in strategic design services and want to learn about design thinking and how to create products, services, systems, and spaces that people love, then please reach out to Designit.