Designing for Meaningful Social Interactions

Boxes and Arrows

Now the time has come for us—designers, working on digital products—to step up our game and act like real gatekeepers. We have a huge responsibility here as designers. It’s up to us how we design these platforms and what social norms we set there.

Design the Right Open Innovation Project

Innovation Excellence

Open Innovation is now widely recognized as a way to enhance options for innovation by accessing external assets. However it can mean many things to many people; from running a crowdsourced idea scheme like Lego Ideas or MyStarbucksIdea, through to large co-branded initiatives like Senseo.

Designing for Interaction

Boxes and Arrows

Now the time has come for us—designers, working on digital products—to step up our game and act like real gatekeepers. We have a huge responsibility here as designers. It’s up to us how we design these platforms and what social norms we set there.

The limitations, criticisms and new pathways for Design Thinking – Part One

Paul Hobcraft

Let me summarize where we are today in design thinking. In the past couple of weeks, I have been spending a fair amount of time on investigating design thinking. This is part one of my thoughts that came out of investigating and researching design thinking in the past couple of weeks.

#1,447 – Project Alias

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

As Fast Company puts it, “ Project Alias is the technological equivalent to parasitic fungus. When prompted by that word Project Alias would then whisper the actual company branded wake word to the speaker enabling it to spring into action as designed. Surely they could have designed their speakers with this two-step process built directly into the hardware so that their speakers could be always on, yet unable to hear until prompted.

How Design Thinking Complements Crowdsourced Innovation

IdeaScale

In this post, I’d like to talk about how design thinking complements crowdsourced innovation. Design thinking is a well-known, highly-effective and enjoyable method that encourages people to open their minds and take a different approach to problem solving.

How to do a 180° in your customer service approach using design thinking

Board of Innovation

Turning a company’s way of working upside down Proximus has a long history of starting projects this way: begin with a product or communication campaign, launch it to market, and then get the market research department to check with customers whether it had the intended results.

UX Design Careers in 2018 and Beyond: The Future of the UX Designer

Boxes and Arrows

At the time of this writing, a search for UX design jobs on job finder Glassdoor reveals almost 20,000 open positions in the United States alone. By another source , the number is 24,000, with a 22% projected growth rate in the next ten years. Have we reached peak UX design already?

Seven Essentials of an Effective Innovation Project Manager

Gregg Fraley

Outsourcing innovation project management might be the most strategic money you spend this year. What I hear from top management: “we don’t have the time or resources for innovation projects, we’ll start later this year.”

Planning a Taxonomy Project

Boxes and Arrows

This is part 2 of “Taxonomy of Spices and Pantries,” in which I will be exploring the what, why, and how of taxonomy planning, design, and implementation: Building the business case for taxonomy. Planning a taxonomy covers the same questions as planning any UX project.

Designing in the Era of the Algorithms

Rmukesh Gupta

I came across this video by Josh Clark where he talks about the challenges and opportunities of designing stuff (products/services) in the era of algorithms.

Where Do Design and Business Strategy Meet? Design Thinking

Boxes and Arrows

Design is a logical art. In other words, designers are no strangers to strategy. Yet even designers themselves forget that the world of design is much larger than mockups and prototypes. This “capital D” conception of design is often referred to as “design thinking,” a problem-solving framework that can be applied across any number of problem domains and at any scale. Designers belong at the business table.

Designing for Harmony

Boxes and Arrows

By using these nascent user-centered design methods, they were able to meet the expanding needs of their user base and claim over 90% of the small business accounting software market. Was their size and rapid growth diluting their design-driven culture?

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Designing at an Innovation Management Company

IdeaScale

I also set out to discover how I could influence culture at IdeaScale to better support design methodologies and best practices necessary in building successful products. . Here’s what I’ve learned about designing at an innovation management company so far.

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Your Key To Creativity – The Projected Mind

Innovation Excellence

To make new theories, new inventions, and other great creations, we have to do better than adjusting existing theories and designs. Continue reading → Creativity Psychology Imagination invention mind projection

Biased by Design

Boxes and Arrows

While my parents worked long past sunset, I played on the sidewalk of my parents’ company, Design Matters. Before it was a podcast, Design Matters—one of the first agencies in the San Francisco Bay area—was my personal experience with design. My parents were early web designers who rode the dot-com boom back when the area was still ripe with possibility. In the early days, designers came to the field with years of diverse and highly specialized professional experience.

Applying the Three Horizon Thinking to a Fresh Perspective of Innovation Design

Paul Hobcraft

I recently applied the three horizons thinking to ‘frame’ a new innovation design. So the thinking intent of searching for a new innovation design had some framing assumptions that can leverage where we are to move towards a new future.

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Growkomp project yields a promising model for regional transformation projects

Innovation 360

This ambitious development project was launched in 2016 with 8.2 million Swedish crowns funded by the European Social Fund , and ended on May of 2018, with a media conference to announce and celebrate the projects results, including: Average growth of orderbook by 25%.

Using Design Principles At IdeaScale

IdeaScale

Having design principles is like having a set of constraints or guidelines to work with. Aside from having a set of constraints that help make design decisions, I want to create an ecosystem at IdeaScale so that design can thrive as a system with artifacts to support its process.

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7 Forgotten Project Management Skills from Our Escape Room Fail

BrainZooming

7 Forgotten Project Management Skills from an Escape Room Fail. Our fail suggested seven solid project management skills we neglected to use. We didn’t select a project leader. Our Project Management Skills Fail Cratered Us.

Ending the UX Designer Drought

Boxes and Arrows

Apprenticeship allows you to make the designers you’re having trouble finding. Average time required to identify and hire a UX designer (HR leadership). How many designers per year can apprenticeship contribute? What is the estimated value of UX work on lost projects?

From idea, to RedDot Design Award. In 6 months

Board of Innovation

What if you will get a check with money to start your project this afternoon? The post From idea, to RedDot Design Award. All innovations actually need to start somewhere. You might have many good ideas.

How to Make Your Design Thinking Program Turn Into Something Real

InnovationManagement

Why do a large part of the design thinking projects in the corporate world never pass through the prototype phase? In recent years I’ve been involved with many design thinking initiatives.

How to Guarantee an Innovation Project Team Will Fail

Your Ideas are Terrible

If teams working on innovation projects are conscious of their speed and rewarded for their throughput, they will find their way from the good ideas to a great one. Focus on creating an environment for innovation project teams to thrive.

Be the Architect: Designing an Integrated Innovation System

IdeaScale

Mobilize for results : If their projects are selected, innovators understand where to get needed support for implementation or for taking their projects to market. Larger amounts of funding become available as projects show signs of success and need resources to scale their solutions.

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Be the Architect: Designing an Integrated Innovation System

IdeaScale

Mobilize for results : If their projects are selected, innovators understand where to get needed support for implementation or for taking their projects to market. Larger amounts of funding become available as projects show signs of success and need resources to scale their solutions.

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Ending the UX Designer Drought

Boxes and Arrows

The user experience design field is booming. For user experience design to remain the vibrant, innovation-driving field it is today, we need to make enough designers to fill these positions. Fortunately, there are a tremendous number of people interested in becoming a UX designer. UX design is a strategic discipline in which practitioners make recommendations that can have a big impact on an organization’s revenue.

Improve Your Project Management Systems With the Five Levels of Maturity

AureaWorks

The success of project management strategies within an organization can be measured in five stages of maturity. Even companies that seem to hit their deadlines and complete projects on budget can lack maturity without the right management systems. Better Project Estimates.

An Open Letter to Project Managers

Boxes and Arrows

Dear Project Managers, It has been a very enjoyable experience working with everyone over the last couple of months and sharing our ideas on UX design. User-centric design principles, however, do not replace the fact-finding mission we all need to take as UX designers; they merely serve as a starting point for making design decisions. Critical to improving an organization’s UX competency is removing the ‘black box’ view of UX design.

Why designers need systems thinking

The Inovo Group

Design thinking is big in the corporate world. Ever since Tim Brown wrote his seminal book ‘ The Art of Innovation ‘ in 2001, the role of design thinking in innovation has grown – and for good reason. The post Why designers need systems thinking appeared first on Inovo.

User-Centered Design is Everyone’s Responsibility: A Launch Checklist

Boxes and Arrows

I cannot count how many large-scale projects my team has been a part of where we’re scrambling last-minute to take care of some seemingly small but integral task necessary for launch. The task was not accounted for in the project plan, project estimate, or project scope.

From idea to RedDot Design Award in 6 months

Board of Innovation

What if you will get a check with money to start your project this afternoon? The post From idea to RedDot Design Award in 6 months appeared first on Board of Innovation. All innovations need to start somewhere. You might have many good ideas.

Scope Creep Fail Safes: Using PPM to Keep Your Projects On Time

AureaWorks

Together, these minor changes can add up to a more stressful project and a weaker product. As projects become increasingly connected within companies and vendors, there are more opportunities for scope creep. Here’s how you can prevent this phenomenon and guard your projects against it.

Five Strategies for Infusing VR Design with Empathy

Boxes and Arrows

XCOR, an aerospace company with unique methane-based rockets and a reusable space plane, enlisted my firm to design a completely immersive experience and bring the exhilaration of space travel alive for students, pilots, and investors. We project interfaces to simulate gestural touch screens.

How Large and Boutique Consultancies Can Partner for Better Design

Boxes and Arrows

or Boston Consulting Group, as well as boutique design consultants like my own, MU/DAI. Although both types of entities have their niches, they gain tremendous value from working in tandem to move projects forward. Management consultancies often employ rapid design sprints, driving immense value for their clients. But these sprints can be more effective and less risky overall by partnering with a smaller design consultancy. Developing smart design partnerships.

Book in Brief: Meeting Design for Managers, Makers, and Everyone

Boxes and Arrows

Editors’ note: This “Book in Brief” feature here on Boxes and Arrows is from Kevin Hoffman’s Meeting Design for Managers, Makers, and Everyone. How to Design a Meeting. Meeting Design for Managers, Makers, and Everyone. What is a well-designed meeting?

The High Art of Designing Scaffolding

Mills-Scofield

A modern variation of a similar design used in the recent restoration of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.[2]. Woodworkers, for example and by comparison, will often design jigs to position a part in relation to a tool in order to augment the function of that tool.

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