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Monday, September 10, 2018

Design Thinking is... ..

Designing for Delight

Tuesday, November 08, 2016


Is design thinking strategic or tactical? YES!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Is design thinking strategic or tactical?   ..


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Have you ever questioned yourself and wondered..."Is it just me? Am I making this up?"   ..

Hidden in Plain Sight

Thursday, November 06, 2014

I am often shocked by how simple design thinking innovation is.  It is breakthrough and yet simple.   I am also constantly amazed at how design thinking can be useful in so many contexts from creating products to business strategy to health care.  For instance, Design Impact, a non profit design thinking organization solved child malnutrition using the tools and mindsets of designers. Check out the link in the Take Action section to learn more. ..

The kitchen table of innovation

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The heartbeat of a home is usually the kitchen table. It is where people gather around for meals, homework, coffee. It draws people in and it invites conversation.  I have noticed that, just like a kitchen table is the pulse of a home, most innovation studios that are flowing have a similar gathering spot for their designers and staff.  One design leader I know told me it is the absolutely first thing she does when she  moves into a new studio--to put a table in a central spot that invites pausing, conversation, sharing of ideas and meals. Innovation requires that random collisions occur and diverse perspectives intersect.   An inviting table in a central location can help those collisions and intersections to happen.  Sometimes the simplest of things can make a huge impact.  ..

Iteration is Innovation's Friend

Monday, June 30, 2014

A key aspect of design thinking is the concept of iterating.  When I first mention "iterating to learn" to people, their initial reaction is "I don't have time." Iterating is confused with repetition. Iterating is actually an accelerator, not a time drain. Iteration propels you forward, as the end of one iteration is the launch pad for the next. Not repeating...Changing. Evolving. Learning. Speeding progress. ..

What is the value of design?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What is the value of design? ..

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