Quicksand Celebrates 10 Years

Our REACH partners Quicksand are celebrating their 10 year anniversary, and we wanted to congratulate them on these years of remarkable design research work and innovative projects. Their projects, such as Project Sammaan, tackle complex issues like sanitation systems in India’s urban slums, and approach them with an innovative lens using design research methods. By producing output like an open-source toolkit, they allow their work to scale up for others hoping to tackle similar issues.

In addition to their design research work, they play a major role in organising the annual Unbox Festival, held in Delhi. The festival aims to bring people together around design thinking and inter-disciplinary collaboration through discussions, workshops, exhibitions, performances, and more. The most recent Unbox Festival, held in December, included everything from a letterpress printing workshop, to a cycling tour of the city, to a Firefox OS hackathon. We look forward to seeing what they come up with for next year’s event!

Unbox Festival 2014

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,…

A New Breed of Design Research Tools

Gone are the days of lugging around clunky recorders, hefty cameras and brick-like hard drives to interviews and observation sites. The design researchers of today need only bring along a smartphone hooked up to a few complementary gadgets and software to capture and save quality audio, video and images.

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.