Remember maps? You know, paper maps, those big unwieldy foldy things you kept in the glove compartment of your car?Read More
How can we make observation, ideation, and prototyping an integral part of daily life?
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Larry and I just got back from teaching a design thinking workshop for three days in Lima, Peru, where we had a great time! The food, the people, the ocean -- I recommend it, and not just as a stop on the way to Cuzco.Read More
We love design thinking: it's a process that we've been creating and playing with for over two decades, one that continues to challenge us and give us joy every day.Read More
Prototypes are the currency of innovation. Ideas, in and of themselves, are great for greasing the wheels of innovation and keeping the creative fire burning. But for an idea to be useful, it must be contextualized, it must be presented in what we consider to be a prototype.
The Global Innovation Summit in San Jose was great: the Oscar goes to T2VC for a wonderful event.Read More
Navigation apps are great at getting us to our destination, but teach us nothing about the place we're in. The more they tell us, the less we know.Read More
When I mention the concept of "design thinking", people who are unfamiliar with the term often ask me: "So, how do designers think?"Read More
John Caruso is associate professor of industrial design at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), and he was asked about design thinking in this interview with BizTimes.com. I think Caruso does a great job hitting all the highlights without glossing over how messy and chaotic it can feel to new practitioners. In particular, I liked this exchange:Read More
Charles Eames stands tall among the earliest design thinkers and doers. This fantastic movie was made in France on the occasion of the exhibition “qu’est ce que le design?” at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, at the Louvre in Paris, in 1972, as a question and answer session.Read More
In a recent session with a client, participants noted how our insistent focus on the customer’s experience helped them think more freely and come up with innovative ideas.Read More
I heard someone use the word “craft,” and thought what a great word it is for describing the precise and intentional application of a skill.Read More
Here’s a 13-minute short called Finding Lady: The Art of Storyboarding, which gives a good history of the process from its origins in the Walt Disney animation studios through Disney live action films, Hitchcock, and modern movies (represented by Kevin Costner).Read More
A recent article compared Tesla, the innovative electric car company based here in Silicon Valley, with Kandi Technologies, the upstart electric vehicle company in China. It got me to thinking about frames – lateral and vertical. A case of two little guys: one innovating laterally and the other vertically.Read More
“How might we…?” Harvard Business Review referred to this as “the secret phrase top innovators use”, in an article in which Tim Brown very precisely broke down the question and explained the value of using these three words at the start of every project. Learning to ask ‘how’ is indeed a powerful tool. Asking ‘why’ is just as important.Read More
One of the big things that the design thinking “revolution” has highlighted is that everyone is a designer. True: we all create and produce new things on a daily basis, from what we wear in the morning to that special twist of lemon we add to the dish we serve for dinner. And yet… try walking into IDEO’s studio in San Francisco and applying for work as a designer, and when asked for your qualifications, quote Tim Brown or David Kelley who said “Everyone is a designer.” I don’t think that will work… There’s design, and there’s Design.Read More
In a recent meeting with a big global client, we were asked if we could help them “shamelessly copy” another company’s product. Sounds shocking? Not really… Imitation is an essential first step in the process of learning. Think of it: throughout life, all learning processes, including those aimed at acquiring creative skills, start with imitation. Every company that comes to us with the desire to learn “design thinking” wants to, in essence, copy an iconic organization that represents this approach.
So: just like every journey of 1000 miles begins with one step, innovation can begin with copying.Read More