Global Design Research network

As part of the global design research network Reach we are conducting two international researches:

Charging up around the world

Together with all Reach partners we participate in a global study on how people use electricity and think about energy use, with a focus on charging mobile devices. This study is titled ‘Charging Up’ and is currently taking place in 8 countries. As the study is ongoing, it will include more countries later on. Extensive field work has been done through home visits in all participating countries. We are now in the process of collaboratively creating the insights. Opportunities and ideas for several industries will be the final result. One of the industry partners in this research is EDF. More information about Charging Up can be found on the website of Reach:

Exploring mobile internet concepts

For T-Mobile STBY and Spur have investigated how people organise their social life, and the role of their mobile phone in this context. We have done fieldwork in Berlin and Tokyo, and worked closely together with a T-Mobile team in setting up the research and organizing workshops create insights and ideas. If you want to know more about this research you can look at

How to not become (too) cynical

As design researchers at STBY we are dealing with lots of complex issues and data. We are diving into root causes, problem areas and, luckily, also…

Where do you live on Dollar Street?

Are you bamboozled by the daily pandemic statistics of your country? Or have you even tuned out? These numbers are designed to be super clear, and…

Beyond Human Centred Design

COVID19 has given the world the time to rest, and the opportunity for us to rethink the way we live. It has also revealed how inseparable we are with…

Let’s Talk Maps and Mapping

Interested in mapping services, ecosystems, stakeholders and beyond? Join us as we explore how other disciplines approach mapping and what we can take away as design researchers and service designers.

The Subspecies of Design Researcher

As a design research agency, STBY has worked with design researchers of many shapes and sizes. While the role of ‘design researcher’ becomes more common and recognised as a formal position in many different types of organisations, it’s worth reflecting on how we all work and the unique skills and attitudes needed in different settings.

GOOD is coming to London again!

As the founder and partner of REACH network, STBY is happy to announce that following on the success of previous related events around the world,…