Design should be a great, unexpected and considered expereince.
Experimental Teaching Kit Design & Prototype for metaLAB at Harvard

metaLAB Project Team
Matthew Battles
Krystelle Denis
Melissa Marshall
Jeffrey Schnapp

Creative Direction & Design
Melissa Marshall

 Experimental Teaching as Design Practice was a one-day workshop supported by the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. The workshop convened stakeholders in experimental teaching for a day of conversation and rapid prototyping. Participants collectively surfaced critical and creative questions and propositions in the field, bringing design thinking to bear in the process.

Through this project we explored the idea of a portable experimental teaching kit which might contain an informational 24 x 36” poster, an interactive create-your-classroom-manifesto poster, and a deck of cards which would act as an design-thinking card game framed around experimental pedagogy.


Studio Skiffle, shorthandedly referenced here as §, is the playful and improvisational award-winning design and art practice of M. Marshall. Marshall has passion for color, smells, culture, the real, the surreal, the known and the unknown. The work of § reflects the curious and processual methods embraced while exploring and improvising with both digital and analogue technologies.   
What’s a Skiffle?

The name of § was influenced by the music genre, Skiffle. Familiar to few, Skiffle music is often played using improvised spirit and music instruments alike. When happening upon the word and musical world of Skiffle, Marshall felt a great kinship between the essence of Skiffle and her own design processes which often involve improvising, playing and exploring different mediums and techniques.