Tag: Design Thinking Made Visible


Humantific at Telefonica Madrid

Last week, Humantific’s Elizabeth Pastor was rocking away in Madrid teaching two back-to-back workshops at Telefonica. As part of an introduction to Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program, Elizabeth taught A Glimpse into Visual SenseMaking and A Glimpse into Upstream Challenge Framing. Both sessions are designed to introduce cross-disciplinary skills useful to organizational leaders who are faced with challenges beyond product and service creation presumptions.

During the Visual SenseMaking workshop, participants learned the benefit of using visual models to bring clarity to complicated business ideas. Each person created their own visual toolkit and learned basic visual sensemaking skills.

The afternoon session was focused on Upstream Challenge Framing, a skill in high demand today as organizational leaders are increasingly tasked with tackling highly complex challenges in their institutions and communities.

Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program focuses on a synthesized set of concrete skills that leaders can put into practice in their organizations and in societies.

Stay tuned for news about more Glimpse sessions in New York and San Francisco!

See more here:

Visual SenseMaking For Leaders
CoCreation / Sustainabilities FlipSide
CoCreating Strategy


Thinking Made Visible Research

We are delighted to see so much interest in Humantific’s Integrative Thinking Research Initiative. Much to our surprise viewers of the Design Thinking Made Visible Project story have exceeded 15,000.

Posted for public viewing the research outcome included these findings:

Integrative Thinking Research: 10 Key Findings:

Finding 1
This research predates and debunks the widely publicized 2009 academic theory that thinking attributes (reliability & validity) can be rigidly pre-assigned to individuals or teams based on discipline labels such as design, designer or business, business manager. (This is a nice way of saying this was already known prior to 2009.)

Finding 2
Some students of design schools have the same thinking preferences as some students in business schools and vice-versa.

Finding 3
Professors and students are generally unaware of how radically different design process approaches are from one person to another.

Finding 4
Many students of design/innovation are not accustomed to externalizing their thinking process.

Finding 5
For numerous students in this study design thinking jumps off from a framed problem defined by a brief. Often there was no process activity upstream from the brief.

Finding 6
Design Thinking processes often appear very different visually while similar fundamental steps can often be found within. Some steps appear universal, other situational.

Finding 7
Most Design Thinking processes seen here have assumptions embedded that outcomes will be product or service creation.

Finding 8
Most design thinking process models seen in this study contain no reference to behaviors.

Finding 9
This research makes visible why the orchestration of design innovation work remains complex and a key challenge for teams and organizations.

Finding 10
This research suggests that real tools and visually sharable results are extremely useful in moving understanding of Integrative Thinking beyond stereotypical notions of design thinking and business thinking.

You can see these findings on pages 119-129 inside the Design Thinking Made Visible Project.

For “What is Integrative Thinking” see page 13-29
For “Humantific’s Innovation Harmonics” see page 18-29
For “Integrative Thinking in History” see page 131-135

Humantific has numerous streams of Thinking Made Visible Research in progress. Not all Humantific research is public. We often work with business leaders seeking to create private internal research projects focused on better understanding various aspects of their organizations “Innovation Brain”.

If your business organization or school would like to participate in one of our public or private streams of Thinking Made Visible Research send an email to thinkingresearch (at) humantific (dot) com.


Design Thinking Research Tops 12,000 Readers

This week Humantific’s Design Thinking Made Visible Project topped 12,000 readers. Published on ISSUU as part of Humantific’s virtual book series this project book provides a glimpse into our ongoing Integrative Thinking Research Initiative underway for ten years. The book provides a window into how design thinking has already been reinvented to better serve as enabler of organizational and societal transformation.

UPDATE January 2014: This virtual book has now topped 28,000 readers.

If your organization would like to learn more about participating in our Thinking Made Visible Research send an email to research (at) humantific (dot) com.






GK VanPatter at Åarhus School of Architecture

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Humantific Co-Founder GK VanPatter will give two talks in Denmark in June on SenseMaking for ChangeMaking. On June 9th he will present at the Danish Designers Annual Conference General Assembly at the Aarhus School of Architecture in Åarhus. On June 10th he will speak at the University of Aalborg in Aalborg.

Advancing rapidly beyond where many American, Canadian and Australian design schools remain focused we see considerable interest in the Beyond Service Design activity space in Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

Translation from the Danish Designers website:

“Garry K. VanPatter working with transformational design. The first time he visited Denmark was in a lecture at the Copenhagen Business School. Now he has agreed to participate in a conference with Danish Designers. VanPatter is co-founder of design firm Humantific, New York, which is deep and the boundaries of design when the company is working with cultural and organizational change. Want to know what design is capable of and how far one can go, then Humantific is one of the best offers in the world. www.humantific.com . This conference takes place on 9 June at. 13:00 to 15:30 at Aarhus School of Architecture, North Gate 20, 8000 Aarhus C (the new building).

For more information regarding these events write directly to Steinar Valade-Amland at the Danish Designers Association in Denmark: sa (at) danishdesigners (dot) com

About Danish Designers

“Danish Designers is one of Europe’s few truly multi disciplinary designers’ associations, representing both practitioners and others, working professionally with design. Counting more than 1000 members, the organization makes up an effective and influential platform with a mandate to speak on behalf of a joint professional design community in Denmark.

Our activities encompass different events for members, collating and disseminating relevant knowledge, network building and facilitation, educational programmes and advisory services as well as external communications and lobbying to raise the awareness and appreciation of the role that design and the competences of Danish Designers play in terms of strengthening competitiveness and innovation and to enhance people’s quality of life.”


NextD WorkshopONE Wraps

It’s an event that happens only once a year! The sold out 2007 Summer Session of NextD WorkshopONE in New York wrapped up on Saturday, July 14. An amazingly energetic group of thirty people from seven countries attended a jam-packed day of work, co-creation and fun.