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The myth of human-centered design

The conventional interpretation of human-centered design wildly oversimplifies the relationship between people and technology. It’s time for a more nuanced approach, writes argodesign’s Mark Rolston.<p>In a recent <i>Fast Company</i> essay, human-centered design expert Don Norman argues that poorly designed …

Design

Essential Design Thinking Videos and Methods

<i>The following resources are recommended in order to assist you to better understand Design Thinking. These resources, videos, and tools should be</i> …

Design

Why Design Thinking Should Also Serve As A Leadership Philosophy

In marketing, sales and customer relationship management, every day presents a new set of challenges. Shifting media consumption habits and digital transformation sometimes cause companies to struggle to meet their customers’ evolving needs. The MIT Leadership Center has called the ability to …

Design

Resource for Designers: Here's How to Get Instant Quotes for On-Demand Manufacturing

With the merger of Xometry and MakeTime, making things in America is about to get a lot easier<p>"The ease of being able to upload a part," says Josh …

Manufacturing

Why Design Thinking Won't Solve All Your Innovation Problems

Deciding on which innovation process to use is only the first step.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the last couple of years, design thinking has become one of the most common innovation buzzwords, and therefore, has become seen as a panacea to "doing" innovation. …

Innovation

Customer and User Perception of Value and What it Means to Designers

Often we talk about value and we mean “financial value” a concept that can be measured in dollars and cents or pounds and pennies or whatever …

12 innovative ways to innovate your innovation

Innovation at large companies is hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 12 innovative steps to innovate and increase innovation in the …

The Myth of the Intrapreneur

The Post-It note. Facebook’s “like” button. The Sony PlayStation. These products are all held up as legendary examples of the power of intrapreneurship — entrepreneurial creativity and innovation within large, established organizations. Since the term was coined in the 1980s, intrapreneurship has …

Innovation

Design Thinking Comes of Age

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.<p>This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of …

What Happens When Data Scientists and Designers Work Together

Rise Science came to IDEO with a challenge. The young startup had built a robust data platform for college and professional athletes to track their sleep and adjust their behavior so that they played at peak performance. But for the players, the experience was challenging. Rise expected athletes to …

Boards: Innovation Is Your Responsibility Too

The challenge of leading innovation is bringing about a sea change in corporate governance. Boards, once the dependably cautious voices urging management to mitigate risk, are increasingly calling for breakthrough innovation in the scramble for competitive advantage. We see this shift playing out …

How to name your company, according to the go-to gurus of startup branding

Don’t be literal. Think about feelings. Tag lines are useless.<p>To create an effective brand in the startup age, you sometimes have to challenge established rules of corporate marketing.<p>That was the key takeaway from a talk given by Emily Heyward and Jonah Fay-Hurvitz, two strategists at the …

The Jobs-to-be-Done Canvas – Jobs-to-be-Done + Outcome-Driven Innovation

Helping a product team see a market through a Jobs-to-be-Done lens is often a transformational experience. This canvas can help drive that …

The HOW and WHY of Innovation

Innovation is difficult because it demands new work. But, at a more basic level, it’s difficult because it requires an admission that the way you’ve …

Take The Survey: Do Designers Have A Seat At The Table?

We want to hear from you.<p>It’s an existential question for designers: Do businesses take design seriously enough, and are designers given the voice in strategic decision making that they deserve? Or in more colloquial terms–does design truly have a seat at the table, today?<p>Loading…<p>As design has …

UX Design

In Just 2 Words, Jeff Bezos Sums Up What Separates Winners From Dreamers

There may be no single formula for success, but Jeff Bezos's annual letter to stockholders comes darn close.<p>Few figures have captured our attention the way Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has. In just under 23 years, Amazon's revenue has soared from $500,000 to $178,000,000,000, from nine …

From Branding to Bonding: Becoming a Platform Business

The business of branding is in flux. Once upon a time, branding was seen as a craft – a way of telling consumers what to think, how to feel and where …

Pitching an Investor? This Is Exactly How Many Slides You Should Have in Your Pitch Deck

A killer investor presentation only needs to convey these key things.<p>When I sit down with new startup founders, most ask me about one thing: raising money.<p>This is smart of them, because, as I've stated previously, fundraising needs to be one of the core competencies of any young company. Yet for …

Investing

The simple mathematical system I used to help people raise over $3 million on crowdfunding sites in the last few years

Gone are the days when an entrepreneur can have an idea, quickly launch a crowdfunding campaign, sit back and watch the funding flood in.<p>As an increasing number of early adopters flock to crowdfunding platforms such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter to find the latest innovations, so do creators to …

Walmart’s problem isn’t Amazon — it’s a lack of interest in who its customers are

This week investors held a collective freakout over the fact that Walmart’s online sales grew at just 23 percent over the fourth quarter of 2017, down from 50 percent the previous quarter. They tanked Walmart’s stock by 10 percent, its biggest one-day decline in several decades.<p>While I also happen …

eCommerce

Why You Need to Stop Looking for Silver Bullets to Solve Your Problems

All generalizations are false, including this one.<p>In Eric Ries bestselling book, <i>The Startup Way</i>, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur explains how he helped lead General Electric's transformation from a stodgy industrial era dinosaur into a lean, entrepreneurial enterprise. Yet strangely, as Steve Blank …

What Went Wrong In Hawaii, Human Error? Nope, Bad Design

The author and eminent design researcher Don Norman examines how poorly designed software spread panic in Hawaii–and offers tips for avoiding such incidents in the future.<p>“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” That was the false alert sent to …

Smart Google Doodle puts coding in everyone's hands

Coding is for everyone.<p>The idea of stringing together commands to make a program is daunting prospect for most, but that's because many have never …

Google Doodle

THE LOOP, a short documentary about design thinking at IBM

General Manager of Design at IBM Phil Gilbert and his team have achieved something remarkable over the past 4 years—they’ve created a design thinking …

Documentaries

How Design Thinking Influences Business Building

Design thinking is not just for product development. It can be applied to solving your biggest business challenges.<p>Design thinking has evolved as an extremely effective method to not only identify and address customer challenges, but to really impact the overall design of your business. At its …

Ikea, Lego, and Volvo Just Identified 4 Radical Ways to Hack Management

There's a lot to learn from watching innovation outside of Silicon Valley.<p>We've heard a lot about the business practices of the tried and true American innovators like Apple, Google, and Facebook. But there's also a lot of innovation happening outside of Silicon Valley, let alone the U.S. And we …

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name

For years, Apple followed user-centered design principles. Then something went wrong.<p>Once upon a time, Apple was known for designing easy-to-use, easy-to-understand products. It was a champion of the graphical user interface, where it is always possible to discover what actions are possible, …

Innovation by Design Awards 2017 | Fast Company

Honorable Mentions<p>Boston.gov<p>The redesign of the city of Boston's official website.<p>See Credits<p>Christopher Kimball's Milk Street<p>The new web platform of the cooking education initiative Christopher Kimball's Milk Street.<p>See Credits<p>Educate<p>Launched by Intercom, Educate is a digital help center and …

How using Design Thinking will fix Design Thinking

Design Thinking continues to be a hot topic (this article is one of many talking about it). Design Thinking has been hyped and even fetishized but there are also voices questioning its value, impact, and relevance.<p>Design Thinking faces criticism for its lacking integration with business and …

Design

Design Thinking: The Beginner's Guide

Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction<p>Available once you start the course. Estimated time to complete: 43 mins.<p>0.1: Welcome and Introduction (4 mins)<p>0.2: …

Design