Dating By Design: The Basics

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Your Dating By Design Strategy

If you’ve ever felt like dating (or design!) is like magic, too complex, or a complete mystery, Dating by Design can help. This multi-disciplinary course will teach you a solid foundation of tools and techniques to help you start designing your ideal relationship.

We spend a lot of time perfecting our craft at work - striving for that 10,000 hours. But when was the last time you spent dedicated time on getting better at relationships?

Fig.1 The Diverge/Converge model of design applied to relationships

Perhaps because designers are often tasked with solving “wicked”, complex problems, the language of design provides many useful metaphors for exploring the complexities of modern relationships. By using design as a language to talk about dating and relationships, the conversation becomes more objective, and less subjective (aka less awkward).

This class will guide you through a design process to:

observe your past recognize your present challenges start designing your future relationships.

You will gain a deep understanding of your own relationship knowledge (your needs and wants), and the confidence to put your own strategy into practice and start designing your ideal relationship.

This course consists of 3 independent self-reflective mini projects. I’ll also share tips and inspiration through the video lectures. By the end of the course, you’ll learn how to:

-Identify your needs and wants
-Recognize your patterns
-Imagine a better relationship
-Close the wrong doors and open the right ones

Warning: This class is not for the faint of heart. You must be ready to consider your relationships with an open mind and an open heart. If you’ve ever tried speed dating, online dating, or blind dating, you’re definitely ready for Dating by Design.


This class is for anyone who is looking to gain perspective about dating, and improve their relationships. If you’ve ever been in love, you’ll probably get even more out of the class!

Level: Beginner

Ayla Newhouse

Creator, Dating by Design | Co-founder, 1THINGapp

Ayla Newhouse is a Communication, Interaction and "Attraction" Designer with 16 years of relationship experience ranging from misalignment to creative brilliance. She is the creator of Dating by Design, and the author of The ABC's of Dating by Design, which has been featured in the October, 2013 Design Issue of GOOD Magazine, and as the Pecha Kucha presentation of the day on July 1st, 2013.

Previously, Ayla co-founded a social gratitude journal that helps people recognize the good things in their lives. A graduate of the Communication Design program at the Emily Carr Institute and the Interdisciplinary Design program at the Institute without Boundaries, Ayla worked with Normative Design and Bruce Mau Design before starting her own design/coaching practice in 2011.

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    • 3 Video Lessons
    • 33 Students
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    • Self-Paced Online Class
    • How does an online class work?

      Classes revolve around completing a project and collaborating with fellow students to give and get feedback on your work. Use Video Lessons and the Project Guide designed by your teacher to complete your class project.

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      Never! Once enrolled, you have lifetime access to class materials. That means you can learn when and where you want. Learn at your own pace.

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