Tag: ReThinking Design Thinking

07
Dec

Enabling Design Thinking

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Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter writes about one particular “fuzzy misperception wave” often appearing in Linkedin discussion groups.

“With some design thinking related discussion groups on LinkedIn now exceeding 80,000+ members, many new to the subject terrain, it is not so unusual for enthusiastic fuzzy misperception waves to build from one conversation to the next at a rapid rate. Like a fire-hose of run-away freight trains misperception waves seem to appear via social media at volumes that are no longer possible to intercept or comment on.

With everyone busy most practice leaders just let the waves flow hoping they will sort themselves out eventually. Some do. Some don’t. Some fuzzy waves are at times humorous and at other times painful to watch as they take hold and or grow.

Opposite to Donald Trump’s twitter postings, most practice leaders try to select their discussion participations and contributions carefully in consideration of limited time constraints..:-)

In this vein and considering the increasing impact of discussion groups we try to pick and choose which fuzzy misperception waves are important enough to comment on, to make more sense of and or to offer an alternate perspective on for our Humantific readers.

One such misperception wave, popular at the moment is depicting Design Thinking as a “mindset” thing.

Often seen in discussion threads is this murky phrase: “Design Thinking is a mindset not a process.”…On and on it goes being reposted many times by its advocates.”

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Read the entire post here on LinkedIn.

Related:

Humantific: Making Sense of Service Design Thinking

Humantific: Making Sense of Design Thinking & AGILE Method

Humantific: Making Sense of “Why Design Thinking Will Fail”

 

 

 

 

 

24
May

Design For Care Published

We are delighted to see the NextD Complexity Ladder utilized in the just published book Design For Care, authored by Peter Jones PhD.

Always interested in the application of NextDesign, Design at Scale, Systemic Design, ie: design thinking in the context of large scale systems, Peter uses the NextD Complexity Ladder to set the context for the scale of challenges found in healthcare today.

With the NextD Complexity Ladder as an assessment backdrop Peter points out the still growing recognition that different kinds of design thinking skill are required to address different scales of challenges. We call this skill-to-scale.

Inspired by the NextDesign Geographies vision?

If you have a project in which you would like to use the NextD Complexity Ladder materials and logic feel free to write to us at kickitup at nextd dot org.

Related

When [Old Design Thinking] Love is Not Enough

Understanding Design 1,2,3,4
The Rise of Visual SenseMaking

SenseMaking is Rising

NextDesign Geographies

Occupy Reimagining Design

Join the ongoing NextD conversations on LinkedIn NextD Leadership Network.

20
May

Humantific at Icograda Madrid

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Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be speaking on SenseMaking for ChangeMaking at Icograda’s Straight to Business Conference in Madrid, June 24-25.

“Straight to Business: Icograda Design Week in Madrid 2010 will bring together designers, business leaders, key regional and international stakeholders. This event will be a forum to discuss the business side of design and recognise communication design as a key strategic tool to drive economic growth.

Icograda regards the Icograda Design Week in Madrid 2010 as an opportunity to build on existing relationships and create new dialogue with Members, key stakeholders and decision makers driving the global agenda.

The conference takes place from 24-25 June and will include invited European and international speakers. The theme ‘Straight to Business’ has been organized around these four topics:

  1. New business models
  2. Keys to growth in business
  3. Design and new economy
  4. Design beyond business

Simultaneous English/Spanish translation will be available throughout the conference sessions.”

Register Here!

12
Mar

Humantific in Århus Denmark

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Humantific Co-Founder GK VanPatter will give a keynote talk on Design Futures and the Rise of Visual SenseMaking at the Danish Designers Annual Conference / General Assembly in Århus, Denmark on June 9th. The conference is being organized by the Danish Designers Association and Aarhus School of Architecture.

There is a great deal of thoughtful effort being applied in Denmark to rethinking the role of design in the 21st century. Humantific is delighted to participate in the ongoing conversation.

Stay tuned for more conference details.

Danish Designers Association

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

05
Nov

Beyond Users & Experience

Humantific CoFounder and Editor of NextD Journal GK VanPatter takes five questions from Julien McHardy a Graduate Student studying transformation design. GK VanPatter shares his perspective on the activity terrain beyond the framework of users and experience where leading transformation oriented practices are already operating.

“Julien McHardy: I am currently a student at the Master of Research in Creative Practices course and of the transformation design course with Irene McAra-McWilliam at the Glasgow School of Art. My recent interest as a designer and researcher are the implications of design approaches that no longer focus on objects or users but on the very processes of design and use.

I follow the transforming-transformation group and the NextD journal for a while now and feel that a lot of the discussions closely relate to my research questions and provide a refreshing vantage point to the perspectives on transformational design within the UK. Your work is an inspiration to my research. I am currently conducting a range of expert interviews as part of my master’s thesis on the role of design in the creation of creative communities and I am most excited to interview you in this context.”

You can download the interview document for free on the NextD site:

Beyond Users & Experience
Making Sense of Human-Centered Design Now!