Design Thinking

How houses were cooled before air conditioning

It’s too darn hot<p><i>Welcome back to</i> <i>Period Dramas</i><i>, a weekly column that alternates between rounding up historic homes on the market and answering questions we’ve always had about older structures.</i><p>On these sweltering midsummer days, it’s natural to want nothing more than to sit in front of an air …

Architecture

​A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

column | Postsecondary Learning<p>​A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers<p>By Amy Ahearn (Columnist)     Jul 20, 2017<p>Sydney Johnson<p>A 2016 report funded …

Learning

The Idea-Generating, Problem-Solving Technique That Every Boss Needs Now

You've heard about design thinking but you're still not practicing it. Here's how to get up to speed.<p>Design thinking isn't a new concept, but it's continued success amongst some of the world's leading brands has sustained the interest of business leaders big and small. It has remained equally an …

Design

Discarded oyster shells can help us grow food, make cement, and fight climate change

Solutions on the half shell.<p>After that oyster slides into your mouth, and you’ve tossed another empty shell onto your plate, do you ever think about where those shells end up?<p>Probably not. Yet that pile of mollusk shells contributes to more than 7 million tons of “nuisance waste” discarded every …

Environment

Microsoft Is Quietly Building A Low-Tech Alternative To GPS

Designed for malls, skyscrapers, and other large buildings, the app relies on users, not satellites, for accurate maps.<p>GPS has changed the way we navigate the world, but that convenience still doesn’t extend to indoor spaces. Finding a meeting room in an unfamiliar office building or tracking down …

Technology

We Went Inside Adidas’s Top Secret Design Lab

Inside the company’s new Brooklyn lab, the products of the future are taking shape.<p>A few years ago, Adidas fell behind. Big time. It was losing the sneaker wars to not just Nike, but Under Armor, too. But Adidas turned things around. Perhaps most importantly of all, it embraced American design, and …

Design

relajaelcoco's singularity results in the exploration of the unknown field of VR graphic design

<b>relajaelcoco’s ‘singularity’ is a motion graphic experience that creates an abstract, geometric and colorful representation of how a superhuman</b> …

Graphic Design

How to borrow tools from the startup world for aid and development

Ideas borrowed from the startup world – crowdfunding, incubators, accelerators and online marketplaces – could help close the US$2.5 trillion …

Startups

The Inventor Of Roomba Has A New Robot That Sucks Up Invasive Fish

The Guardian robot collects lionfish so we can eat them—before they destroy ecosystems by chowing down on all the local fish.<p>When Colin Angle visited Bermuda in 2015 and first saw lionfish–an invasive species that has decimated local fish populations with its ravenous appetite–it wasn’t the first …

Robots

Google and Facebook still use the 3-word question that saved a $225 billion company in the 1970s

View photos<p>More<p>(Anyone can ask them.AP)<p>Min Basadur was working as a creative manager at Procter & Gamble in the mid-1970s when he got a call from a …

Procter & Gamble

Information Builders Takes New Approach to Business Intelligence Apps

Information Builders says it has developed a new more interactive approach for developing enterprise Business Intelligence and data analytics …

Enterprise Tech

Science: Doodling Has Real Benefits For The Brain

Doodling, coloring, and free-drawing increase blood flow to the parts of the brain associated with reward.<p>Many creative people know that making art is its own reward. Now science corroborates it. A new study from Drexel University shows that the process of making art stimulates the area of the …

The Brain

A Short History of Design Leadership

Why designers should demand a seat at the table<p>Recently throughout the business press, there have been countless articles about CCOs and CDOs and …

Design

7 great infographics by graphic design agencies

At Creative Bloq, we get sent a lot of infographics by PRs in the hope that our coverage will help them go viral. There’s nothing wrong with that, …

Graphic Design

3 Ways to Raise Your Kids to Think -- and Solve Problems -- Like an Entrepreneur

Kids who feel lost in the face of adversity today will encounter substantial challenges in the "Fourth Revolution" of tomorrow.<p>As every parent knows all too well, parenting doesn't come with a handbook. We all just do our best to find the line between protecting our kids and letting them learn from …

Parenting

Seven Things That Happen When Kids Embrace a Maker Mindset

John Spencer is someone I have connected with and followed for years. I have become a huge fan of his work, and I am proud to have been a part of his …

Design

Mona Patel: From Designer to CEO

Mona Patel, the CEO and founder of Motivate Design, barely had the confidence to call herself a designer in the beginning of her career. Early on, …

UX Design

The what not the how of Service Design

When it comes to Service Design as a discipline (with a capital S and D) it seems, on some occasions, we have become obsessed with the tools and …

Design

Rotten Tomatoes Meets Design Thinking: 7.5 Films That Will Give You a Big Creativity Boost

Here is my list of films guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.<p>You've probably been in this situation. You need to get a group of people, your team or a group of customers, to think creatively. Perhaps you're going to brainstorm solutions to a problem or do a co-creation session. Everyone …

Design

How To Create Colossal Career Success With Design Thinking

, CommunityVoice<p>Shutterstock<p>What if there was a process for figuring out a career transition or advancement that wasn’t mind-bendingly difficult to understand, or so mystical that you just had to take the plunge with the faith of a saint?<p>In the past, career coaching may have felt that way. But at …

Design

This Is Your Brain on Architecture

In her new book, Sarah Williams Goldhagen presents scientific evidence for why some buildings delight us and others—too many of them—disappoint.<p>Sarah Williams Goldhagen was the architecture critic for <i>The New Republic</i> for many years, a role she combined with teaching at Harvard University’s Graduate …

Design

Google’s Next Design Project? Artificial Intelligence

“In the early days of graphical user interfaces, people had to invent scroll bars and menus. What is the scroll bar of AI? We don’t know yet.”<p>We’re living in the wild west of artificial intelligence, with products and companies popping up so quickly that we’ve had little time to understand what it …

Artificial Intelligence

Ten Fold Engineering thinks outside the box

One of the problems with shipping container architecture is that one is shipping a lot of air. If you are building a temporary structure those …

Sustainability

Biggest Threat to Health? Solving the Wrong Problems

Want to solve intractable problems in health and healthcare? The process probably has much less to do with <i>“solving”</i> than you would think. We are all probably familiar with Einstein’s famous quote, <i>“If I had an hour to solve a problem, I would spend the first fifty-five minutes determining the proper</i> …

Design

A Peruvian billionaire contracted a world-famous design firm to remake his country's private school system, and the results are stunning

In Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor's home country of Peru, education is lagging. The billionaire businessman wanted middle-class kids to have an alternative between pricey private schools and destitute public schools, but no option existed.<p>So, in 2011, with the help of design firm IDEO, he created …

Education

Here's What the ISTE Standards for Students Look Like in Five Projects

The new ISTE Standards for Students, released in 2016, were developed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process …

Education

Design Project Guide

This guide describes a cycle through a human-centered design process. It focuses on the front-end of a project: Discover new opportunities, better …

Stanford University

Design Driven Development — Using Design as a Tool for Teamwork

Design Driven Development — Using Design as a Tool for Teamwork<p>What is Design-Driven Development?<p>Design driven development uses design as part of a …

Design

The First Fully Automated Toothbrush is Here. And it Cleans Your Teeth in 10 Seconds.

Say hello to Amabrush, the world’s first automatic toothbrush, and goodbye to brushing your teeth for minutes at a time twice a day. Amabrush …

Design

The Design Sprint hammer

We’re huge fans of design sprints, as popularised by Google Ventures. We’ve been running our own variation — dubbed Springboard — for over five years …

UX Design