Drippy T’s…..

In their keynote talk in Berlin Geke van Dijk and Marianne Guldbrandsen introduced the concept of the ‘Drippy T’ as a more accurate metaphor for the T-shaped professional than the strait cut T’s we usually refer to in discussions on interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Drippy T came forth from the joint reflections by the teams from STBY, the Design Council, Radarstation and IDEO about the roles each of these agencies and individuals played in the complex service design project for Southern Water in the UK.

Geke and Marianne are currently writing up their talk to submit is for publication in the next Touchpoint, the journal of the international Service Design Network.

Rigorous documentation: A research superpower

When research activities get going in earnest, a lot is produced. If treated too casually, the mass of audio files and transcripts, flip-overs and mini-posters full of post-its, photos, interview notes and feedback mails can quickly turn into a massive hairball that no-one can unpick.

Where do people fit into the Internet of Things?

There are now more things connected to the internet than the number of people in the world. Many of these devices are inside our home, from Bluetooth speakers to smart coffee machines and fridges. In the future, even our plates and curtains might be hooked up to the internet. The house will then resemble a lab, in which we are the studied subjects. How much alcohol do we drink? How often do we wash our hair, or cut our nails? Are we snacking more than usual? Spending longer in front of the mirror? Maybe the homes of the future will know.

Imagining More Walkable Cities

What does ‘walkability’ mean? Exploring more walkable cities could help us envision streets that can be used and enjoyed by everyone. Much…

What Design Can Do For The Climate

How can designers tackle a problem as complex as climate change? That was the question we were faced with when we partnered with What Design Can Do…

Lead… and let go

In our projects we often help clients to innovate by doing design research together. This usually includes qualitative research and co-creation…

Pushing the Boundaries

The following is an excerpt from our forthcoming publication Viewfinders: Thoughts on Visual Design Research (2016). Visual design research…