Tag: Design is an Amorphic Time Warp

30
Mar

Inspired by Skill-to-Scale

We were delighted to see Noah Raford being inspired by Peter Jones being inspired by NextDesign Geographies…:-)

Created by GK VanPatter and Elizabeth Pastor, NextD Geographies has been presented at numerous conferences around the world. It is a community-focused sensemaking framework that helps others make sense of the design thinking landscape.

One of its central ideas, not always popular in the design community, is Skill-to-Scale. The implications are that different design skills are needed for different levels of complexity. For example, what goes on in Design 1 is radically different from the tools and methods of Design 3. As design-oriented professionals become more involved in changemaking in the context of organizations and societies, rather than just product or service creation (Design 2), these differences become more clear. Not everyone is happy about that kind of clarity.

GK VanPatter: “As a field of knowledge, design is an amorphous time warp that exists across several time zones or paradigms simultaneously…The NextD Geographies Framework of D1, D2, D3, D4 is, in essence, a complexity scale. It is a post-discipline view that is process, not content, focused.”

For more, see The Rise of Visual SenseMaking: GK VanPatter interviewed by Peter Jones PhD.

NextD ideas and their ramifications continue to inspire and influence many design thinking initiatives.

Related:

NextDesign Geographies: Understanding Design Futures That Have Already Arrived!

ReReThinking Design Thinking

Design is Changing / Are You?

NextD Reality Check

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Feel free to join the conversation on  NextDesign Leadership Network


09
Nov

The Rise of Visual SenseMaking

First presented in 2005 this diagram is utilized in several public workshops and keynote talks that extends ten years of Humantifc work. CoFounders Elizabeth Pastor and GK VanPatter connect the dots and share views into the relationship between rising complexity of human challenges, the information tsunami and the significant rise of interest in Visual SenseMaking around the world.

Making the distinction between SenseMaking (making the strange familiar) and StrangeMaking (making the familiar strange), Humantific points out a paradigm shift underway across Design 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 that has enormous implications for 21st century design education as well as strategic design practice.

In a post consumer society it is a brain and skill shift equivalent to the retooling of the industrial era. Making sense of organizational and social complexity in order to get ready for change is very different from focusing on making cool products to consume. SenseMaking requires a different skill-set than StrangeMaking.

For more info see:

GK VanPatter Interviewed by Peter Jones

Design 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 / The Rise of Visual Sensemaking

Design 4.0 Rocks the House

SenseMaker Glimpse Wraps in New York

More SenseMaker Dialogs coming soon

You can join the open SenseMaker Dialogs group on facebook.

09
Mar

Design 4.0 Rocks the House

Continuing NextD’s provocative ReRethinking Design message CoFounder, GK VanPatter rocked the house at the EXPOSED 09 Conference in Phoenix last week presenting Design 4.0 / Social Transformation Design for the first time. Utilizing the 2009 NextD Complexity Scale of Design 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 as a visual backdrop he spoke unscripted for one hour to an enthusiastic audience of masters students, PhD students and faculty members at the Arizona State University School of Design. Tapping into the deep visual synthesis capabilities of NextDesign Leadership Institute, GK explained the complex waves of change underway outside of design and how they relate to design practice and design education. Founded in New York in 2002, NextD is internationally recognized as a leader in the creation of lenses to understand the changing nature of design in the 21st century. VanPatter encouraged educators and students to value their strengths, to recognize the degree of change underway and to rise to the new challenges facing design leadership in the 21st century. Watch for additional news on NextD Futures and Design 3.0-4.0 coming soon.

See excerpts from the presentation here on the NextD Facebook page:NextD_ReReThinking Design

Design 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0
The Rise of Visual SenseMaking

In a Special Issue of NextD Journal, Peter Jones PhD recently interviewed GK VanPatter about NextD’s journey through the rethinking design landscape, the opportunities facing the design community and the rise of visual sensemaking in an increasingly complex world.

See the entire interview here: NextD Design 4.0