Student and Faculty Spotlights
Design Thinking and Founders Brewery
LIB 323(Professor Darien Ripple): Design Thinking to Meet Real World Needs students are engaged in the process of designing, developing, marketing, and distributing a “Pure Michigan” beer for their client Founders Brewery. Dave Engbers, co-founder and president of Founders, spoke with students about the history of the company which began in Grand Rapids in 1997 and has grown to 600 employees, distributing beer in 50 states and 20 countries. LIB 323 students will be working to develop a sustainable product that collaborates with local farmers and highlights the history of beer in Michigan. Professor Ripple shares "I love facilitating design thinking because of the practical nature of the course in regards to learning through doing."
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