Design Thinking

Why Tom Kelley of IDEO is the ultimate disciple of ‘design thinking’

In our 16th episode, we talk with Tom Kelly, a partner at IDEO, about the definition of innovation, how to take back your creative confidence, and the habits that can shape not only your current design team, but the up-and-coming design leaders of the world.<p>The word “innovation” has gotten …

Design

The Design Thinking Initiative

The initiative is an inspirational reimagining of the liberal arts in which the humanities, social sciences and STEM disciplines work in synergy to …

Design

This Crawling C-Turtle Robot Could Hunt For Landmines

When you watch its first tries to flop across on the sand, you feel worried that it won’t be able to get its little body to its final destination. …

Design

interview with cristiano pigazzini from note design studio

<b>cristiano pigazzini – with a dual background of economics and design management – moved from italy to stockholm in 2003 and created note design</b> …

Design

Design principle: Error & Forgiveness

Making errors is an integral part of the way we humans live. We trip over when we are learning to walk and we press the wrong buttons when we use new …

UX Design

Why Designers Are Reviving This 30-Year-Old Japanese Productivity Theory

Toyota’s 5S principles, which ushered in lean manufacturing in the 1980s, are experiencing a renaissance.<p>Decades before Marie Kondo became the go-to Japanese organizational guru—transforming her name into a verb and selling more than 6 million copies of her book, <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying</i> …

Design

This app uses artificial intelligence to turn design mockups into source code

While traditionally it has been the task of front-end developers to transform the work of designers from raw graphical user interface mockups to actual source code, this trend might soon be a thing of the past – courtesy of artificial intelligence.<p>Copenhagen-based startup UIzard Technologies has …

Artificial Intelligence

Lightweight prefab wood framing system goes together without nails

We do go on about how we love wood construction; it is the only building material that sequesters carbon for the life of the building. These days, …

Construction

This Idea for Smog-Busting Bikes is Freaking Brilliant

An Amsterdam-based designer hopes to turn every bicycle into a rolling, personal smog scrubber. Daan Roosegaarde introduced his design for a …

Design

‘No doubt that we need design to solve mankind’s problems’

25 May 2017 Published in Climate Action & WDCD by Bas van Lier<p>The man in yellow has turned red. What Design Can Do’s founder and creative director …

Design

Want to Change the World with Design? Work for Huge Companies.

Designers—especially those working for large companies—can't really fool people anymore. Design needs to be authentic. It needs to be real. It needs …

Design

The $149 SolSource Sport is a powerful portable solar cooker

<b>The latest product from One Earth Designs weighs just 10 pounds and packs down into a small carrying bag, but still delivers high performance</b> …

Sustainability

Ikea’s Top Designer on the Gift of Failure and the Future of Democratic Design

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands—As head designer at Ikea, Marcus Engman is responsible for managing a team of 20 designers who dream up and produce all the …

Design

Rapid Resist Activates Protestors So Lawmakers Can Hear What Their Constituents Really Think

The texting platform has teamed up with Indivisible and other grassroots organizations to help handle some of the nuts and bolts of organizing.<p>By early February, two weeks after Trump’s inauguration, activists had created nearly 4,000 local chapters of Indivisible, an organization designed to …

Design

Why we’re so bad at teaching bots to talk naturally

In the era of conversational commerce, user experience experts are becoming completely absorbed by one thing: They love talking about how to talk.<p>We are learning the art of conversation at a whole new level — not only how to talk to clients, but also how to make the conversation meaningful. We want …

Chatbots

5 Habits of Highly Effective Design Thinkers

Practice these habits to evolve your business model!<p>Design thinking is a methodology that when practiced, can become part of your mindset. In organizations, new approaches can translate into new models of culture transformation. For a basic overview of design thinking- a human centered …

Design

How prototypes can help sell your bold and creative ideas

Every person privileged enough to make a living through their creativity understands a professional creative life depends upon reconciling two seemingly incompatible activities: <i>making</i> and <i>selling</i>.<p>Making — the soul-filling part of a creative practice — is best done without too much concern in the …

UX Design

Why Design Is a Healing Art

<i>This essay appears in today's edition of the</i> Fortune <i>Brainstorm Health Daily. Get it delivered straight to your inbox.</i><p>The first thing I noticed about …

Design

What All Students Need to Know About Design Thinking

<b>We’re not even halfway through the year and already a number of global buzzwords are emerging including everything from “fintech” to “planetary</b> …

Design

User-Centered Design: An Introduction

We live in a world where everything changes extremely fast; new products, new degrees, new careers, new methodologies. It is somewhat scary to …

UX Design

Yves Behar: Why California is the true home of American innovation

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you live in northern California or San Francisco, you can understand why our culture fosters innovation.<p>"Traditional" is an obscenity. Instead, there is an eagerness to be first: the first to try a new experience, the first to buy from a new company or to test a new piece of …

Design

10 Things The Best Innovation Executives Should Do For You

Here is what the best innovation executives do to build a culture of innovation and deliver outstanding financial results.<p>McKinsey & Company surveyed 2,240 executives and asked how important is innovation to them. 84% responded that innovation was <i>extremely</i> or <i>very</i> important to their companies' …

Innovation

Q&A: This Designer Is Driving the Creative Community to Solve the World’s Problems

When Richard Van Der Laken first had the idea to start the What Design Can Do conference seven years ago, he wanted to find a way for designers to …

Design

8 graphic design trends for 2017

So we’re already into 2017, in case you haven’t noticed. That means you probably have already broken one of your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry, my resolution to get better sleep has already been dashed.<p>But one of my resolutions that I will not be breaking is to become a better graphic …

Graphic Design

UX Designers: Here are the 56 Best Websites To Learn Something New

All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.<p>(Michael John Bobak)<p>…you get the point.<p>…and become a better design in the process.<p>Change is the end …

Learning

The Ugly Problem of Pretty Packaging

What happens after the Instagram unboxing?<p>There’s a certain thrill that comes with an online delivery landing at your doorstep, and that thrill is only amplified when the packaging is pretty. Stickers! Glitter!<p>Brands like Glossier and Net-a-Porter are heavily invested in beautifying e-commerce, …

Design

Why The Auto Industry C-Suite Should Be Nervous About Ford's New Design Thinking CEO

As the auto industry shifts from selling sheet metal to offering a range of mobility services, veteran executives have reason to be anxious about the future of their companies – and their jobs. Case in point: Ford announced yesterday that Jim Hackett is taking over the reins from CEO Mark Fields, …

Business

5 student projects making waves in 2017

The important thing when you’re a student is to learn and develop your skills, not to get publicity; that will more likely come later. But if a …

Graphic Design

ThermoSmart, All About Design and User Experience

Mano ten Napel<p>Founding Managing Editor at FashNerd.com | mano@fashnerd.com<p>FashionTech Consultant, Freethinking Opportunist Hero, Aspiring to Inspire. …

UX Design

Podcast: Tiago Forte's Approach to Productivity

You may recognize Tiago’s name from his guest posts for the Evernote blog, in which he’s argued for a brain-based approach to creative workflows and …

Design