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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design is no longer just for physical objects, e.g. cars, bridges, shoes, jewelry, smartphones. Desirability is central to Design Thinking.

The magic question

Clark Quinn

A number of years ago, I wrote a paper about design, some of the barriers our cognitive architecture provides, and some heuristics I used to get around them.  I wrote a summary of the paper as four posts, starting here.  I was reminded of one of the heuristics in a conversation, and had a slightly deeper realization that of course I wanted to share.

Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” is one of the most memorable quotes of science fiction writer Arthur C.

How Autism can Influence Design: In conversation with Steve Silberman

Adaptive Path

JJG: This notion of building a better world for autistic people is where the work that we do as user experience designers really comes into play.

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Birgit Mager and the Evolution of Service Design

Adaptive Path

Birgit Mager has watched service design evolve since the mid-nineties, and has been hugely influential in its development. Ayla Newhouse [AN]: How did you arrive at service design as your path? It was a time when companies were moving away from a product and technology focus and a solutions-focus was emerging.

The Evolution of Design Thinking

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The application of design thinking beyond products, - in innovation, problem solving and business strategy, - isn’t new.  You can’t touch them. 

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

lessons scripted around 1:1 laptop); IT issues - we were a Windows network, with everything on our own domain - we needed to open eg printing etc O - consumer technology far more accessible in 2012 esp. Using technology to find more (vs. Question - Kylie, are you frustrated when you go to the one class with no tech? Which 6?"

Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The September issue of the Harvard Business Review features a spotlight on The Evolution of Design Thinking.  What’s this concept all about? 

Our New Head of Service Design: On the state of the industry, its value, and why Capital One

Adaptive Path

It’s Kendra Shimmell, who we’re excited to introduce as the new head of the Service Design practice for Adaptive Path at Capital One. Kendra comes to us via the venerable Cooper design team, but prior to that was a part of Adaptive Path , which makes for a good kind of déjà vu. How might you characterize the state of service design?

The evolution of design to amplify flow

John Hagel

If we want to understand the importance of flows in our world, the new book Design in Nature released this week by Adrian Bejan and J.   It crosses a wide array of disciplines, ranging from physics and biology to technology and urban studies, in its quest to define a universal law of flow.  Peder Zane is a must-read.

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Five Key Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In its 2010 Speech from the Throne , the Government of Ontario, Canada announced its intention to create an Ontario Online Institute (OOI) to support online learning in the province as part of the Open Ontario Plan. I was asked to provide some initial recommendations for that initiative, in the form of responses to five questions. HRSDC.

Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the past several years, we have seen a rising emphasis on design, creativity and holistic thinking in business to help us deal with an increasingly volatile, unpredictable complex world.  What then do we mean by bringing seemingly soft topics like design and creativity to business and why is it so important in today’s world?

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Better Education Through Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The immediate reaction of the typical Canadian (ie., me) on seeing a sight like this is to suggest that everybody would be better off with a little more investment in technology. But they could instead higher fewer people, pay them more, and use technology to make up the difference. The same could be said of any other technology.

Designing for Better Sex: In conversation with Cindy Gallop

Adaptive Path

Iran and Allison Huang, our Design intern, talked to Cindy. They asked her to inspire us with her vision for a diverse, inclusive world where technology is designed to facilitate honest human experiences and relationships. The software side is technology that is designed to bring people closer together in the real world.

A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I discussed a recent Pew Research report on the impact of AI, robotics and other advanced technologies on the future of jobs. 

UX Week Keynote Speaker Ken Jennings on Maps and Design

Adaptive Path

JJG: One thing I find fascinating about cartography is that question of what you keep in and what you leave out. Why was I such a weird kid?

Mark Jones on the Pros and Cons of External Service Design Consultancies vs. In-house Teams

Adaptive Path

More and more companies are exploring service design with external consultancies or by building in-house teams. Andrea Fineman [AF]: The subject of your talk–working with in-house design groups vs. external consultancies–is a big topic these days and especially interesting for us at Adaptive Path. Can you give me a bit of a preview?

Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

Beth Kanter

Expert: This is content and information that is delivered by listening and questioning a subject matter expert. Learning Training Design

Be mindful, meaningful, and masterly: 3 questions for Bruce Nussbaum

Dan Pink

Because his book is so interesting, I asked him to answer a few questions for Pink Blog readers. * * *. 1. Dan''s Bookshelf Design

Be mindful, meaningful, and masterly: 3 questions for Bruce Nussbaum

Dan Pink

Because his book is so interesting, I asked him to answer a few questions for Pink Blog readers. * * *. 1. Design ReadingFirst we had IQ.

Designing and Implementing MOOCs that Maximize Student Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

They present a unique design challenge. Can we design for learning in MOOCs? to design goals and learning objectives.

Foradian Technologies Interview

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Questions 1. specialized on online learning, media and collaborative technologies. Please discuss about the importance of designing a course? How technology help in improving the teaching practices? Why connectivism made our education more elaborative? The central idea behind connectivism is that knowledge is distributed.

How to find great talent: 4 questions for Bloomberg View's George.

Dan Pink

Design (52). Design (52). Technology (7). He had this awesome imagination, persuasiveness, ambition and design aesthetic.

Czech Course Followup Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was asked the following questions after my presentation to CZ Course RVP_VT21 yesterday: (Elements of Coop.) Over time this sort of perception will be aided with technology, just as we are aided in visual recognition by glasses and telescopes and video monitors. But the question really doesn't make sense in this context.

The initial design influences everything else

Harold Jarche

Without questioning, things can quickly go awry. Actually, it’s the Architect, because the initial design influences everything else.

10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable?

Beth Kanter

10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable? Click to see the full infographic. by Bahia Ramos.

What can nonprofit technology trainers learn from the social work field to improve their training techniques?

Beth Kanter

loved this question:  “How do we encourage learning from nonprofits from their evaluation data when they might view it as a report card?”.

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

Grantees, Experts, and Partners at the end of the Brainerd Foundation’s 21st Century Advocacy Design Lab. Concept 2: Mission: Possible.

Marc Newson at Sydney Design Excellence Forum: the design process is always the same

Ross Dawson

I’m at Sydney Town Hall, where iconic Australian designer Marc Newson is speaking at the City of Sydney’s Design Excellence Forum.

How to avoid being “nextflixed”: 5 questions for Saul Kaplan

Dan Pink

They leave no time or resources to design, prototype, and test new ones. Engage them directly in the design of new business models.

How to Use Design Thinking to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Digital Strategy

Beth Kanter

What is Human Centered Design? Is it only used by people with artistic talents and graphic design skills?    Anyone can be a designer!

The Hows and Whys of Gamification: 4 Questions for Kevin Werbach

Dan Pink

Good information technology organizes and filters information to provide what the military calls “situational awareness.” Reading

Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

Beth Kanter

You will find answers to questions like, “Why are some learning tasks easier in the morning or afternoon?” Training Design

Why progress matters: 6 questions for Harvard's Teresa Amabile.

Dan Pink

Design (52). Design (52). Technology (7). Dan Pink. Contact. Follow Dan on Twitter. About Dan. Speaking Engagements. Video. Drive.

Designing for Better Sex: In Conversation with Cindy Gallop Pt. 2

Adaptive Path

Allison Huang, our Design intern, and I talked to Cindy. In Part 1 of our conversation, she talks about why innovations in sextech are so important, why women have so much to offer this industry, and how technology can be used to bring people closer together. CG: We spent years concepting and designing

Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A New Strategy for Higher Education and Training Shirley Alexander Some intro stuff about the buildings being built for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, ''Designing Platform Based Design'', EEDesign, Feb. Technology''s role. Let''s do engineering. - how does a student''s brain work?

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

”     ADDIE is an instructional design method that stands for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. AFTER.

[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government

David Weinberger

Part of the importance of this is that students at the Kennedy School are agitating for a much strong technology component to their education on the grounds that these days policy makers need to be deeply cognizant of the possibilities technology offers, and of the culture of our new technology development environment. FitBit).

Designing Civic Engagement for the 21st Century

Adaptive Path

With the rise and uncertain outcomes of Occupy Wall Street, people are questioning the effectiveness of the traditional means of expressing political voice and instigating change. The rise of this technology and the free flow of constant information has altered the way we choose to engage with the world around us.

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Complexity and Design in Warfare

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On March 11 I participated in a workshop in Washington, - Design Unbound , - organized by The Highlands Forum.  The Forum holds several meetings a year, each centered on a specific topic, mostly related to information technologies and their impact on society.  Designing.  Analysis involves a relatively linear set of steps.