The London Design Festival is considered one of the most important annual design events in the world. It is made up of over 400 events, exhibitions and talks of interest to the worlds of design and business alike. Catarina Matos, our Design Researcher recommends some things to see and do.
Love festivals, but hate the toilets? Help is at hand. Jo Maude talks about her love of Loowatt, an innovative new product which has made a trip to the loo enjoyable. There’s nothing bog standard about these toilets.
Why is prototyping so important and how does it fit in to the design thinkers tool kit? In this short read David Kester looks at some recent projects he has observed and been involved in and shows how invaluable it is to get prototyping early and then keep iterating to build your minimum viable product (MVP). From a floating school to a sexual health service the prototype proves key to de-risking projects.
How can design help fight taboos around violence and abuse in society? In this short read, Bas van Lier documents a Design Thinkers Academy Workshop at the Dutch conference What Design Can Do. In this session the participants experienced how design thinking can be used to pose the right questions and find solutions to respond and tackle current issues in society.
The What Design Can Do Refugee Challenge is a global design competition in search of game-changing ideas to help refugees. David Kester, our founder and keen design evangelist, talks about why he is such a fan of this initiative and wants to spread the word.
Why do leaders need to be like designers? John Farrer, consultant at Professional and Organisational Development, argues that we should stop seeing thinking and doing as such separate activities and do what a designer does – prototype.
How do you innovate at work if ‘being creative’ is outside your experience and comfort zone? In this Short Read, Becky Rowe argues that the key to divergent thinking is actually better research. This requires moving beyond some traditional research methods and taking an ethnographic approach.
We all think innovation is important, so why is there relatively little of it around? In this Short Read, Eddie Obeng gives his recommendations for ways of overcoming risk in innovation. With reference to the different phases of design thinking, Eddie argues that new ideas can also mean good business.
What do facilitation and football have in common? More in this Short Read by Arnoud Koning. Drawing on years of experience, Arnoud shares some of the highlights – and challenges – of being a facilitator. He also reveals the importance of getting your team to an optimal state of “flow”.
Embracing the unknown can be daunting. But as Joe Ferry explains in this Short Read, it’s an essential part of innovation. Using examples from his time as head of design at Virgin Atlantic, Joe discusses his three key ingredients for innovating successfully – and competitively – in an ever-changing world.