Everything you see has been designed – sometimes, as Steve Jobs once said, ‘by people that were no smarter than you’. If you look up from this screen, almost everything you see is the product of the force of human intelligence to generate a solution for human needs. If you are inside, you will first see the more obvious objects of design: a telephone, a cup, a desk light, a building opposite, a computer, a chair, and even clothes. But don’t forget the intangible, sometimes hidden, products of design, such as word-processing software, computer circuit boards and chips, telephone SIMs, even the order of books on the shelf, not to mention images, documents, lists and reminders.… Read the rest
This is an excellent article about how DESIGN THINKING can also be used to rethink education, even entire social systems. Of immediate concern to us teachers, Michael Schein discusses reimagining educational assessments. He excoriates us because most of our assessments these days are testing stuff you can find on Google. Yet we instructors face a dilemma: ‘My students may need this knowledge but someone out there is going to snatch my lessons out of my hands’. Design thinking applies creativity to come up with novel solutions to tough problems. Students learn to identify opportunities and practice design thinking to construct ‘minimum viable products.’ Venture start-up follows when design thinking leads to marketable solutions.… Read the rest
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What does it mean to prototype in your life? In design, we can prototype products and services in order to see how they may react or work before full production begins. In our lives, we can prototype conversations and experiences to test how we might react in our future. […]
Howard Frederick writes: The linked article by Natasha Iskander in Harvard Business Review is an example of ‘Design Thinking Irredentism’. Irredentism is a movement that seeks to claim/reclaim and occupy lost territory. Iskander seeks to foment the discontent of managers against ‘outsiders’, that new corps of designers that is revolutionizing everything from business models to personal life directions. She fails to recognize that ‘designerly ways of knowing’ is as important as the scientific method.
Her major defense is that there’s nothing new about Design Thinking; it’s all just a modern rehash of the scientific method, or what she calls the ‘rational-experimental’ approach.… Read the rest
Howard Frederick writes: How many of you designers are aware of the first design thinker? The 1960s was heralded as the ‘design science decade’ by the radical technologist Buckminster Fuller, who called for a ‘design science revolution’ based on science, technology, and rationalism to overcome the human and environmental problems that he believed could not be solved by politics and economics. He called it ‘anticipatory design science’, which he defined as human practice that would align men and women to the conscious design of our total environment, making Earth’s finite resources meet the needs of humanity without disrupting the ecological processes of the planet.… Read the rest