Design and Innovation

A seminar on Creativity Technology & Design, organised by the Tanaka Business School of Imperial College during London Design Festival, clearly showed that business strategist are warming up to the fact that design is a integral part of innovation. All three speakers, Nick Leon (Imperial),¬† Jennifer Whyte (Imperial) and Isabel Pollock (Audi Design Foundation) stressed the importance of close collaborations between business consultants and designers. They frequently referred to the Cox review as a key source to have pointed out that design thinking is a crucial driver of innovation processes.…

Smart molecules

This is a really smart product! Embedded in the knitwear this cap contains D3O material. It is flexible as long as you move in a ‘normal’ way, but locks together on shock. We have been using caps like this since a few months, both for snowboarding and cycling through London. They are much more comfortable than the traditional helmets, and also much better looking! The caps are made by Ribcap. I had some trouble finding a store that sells them. In the end I succeeded in Amsterdam at
Skatezone.

Video Clips

Do you recognise the feeling of creating a live video clip on the fly when you go through a city or landscape with your music in your ears? Music can be a very strong guider of our perspective. When you have a certain song in your ears, let’s say Computerworld by Kraftwerk, and you watch out the window of the train you start seeing things that were not there before. Today I was travelling from Eindhoven to Amsterdam by train and Kraftwerk made me see the Dutch landscape in an even more artificial form than it already normally is.

In the Netherlands almost every nature landscape is cultivated or created from scratch. From my window I saw a new dike for a train, a grid of young trees, some poles in the ground to provide measure points, a dozen cows and three black horses nicely distributed on a fresh green meadow. Computerworld helped me see that all this is created by man, nowadays with the …

New media in everyday life

It’s tempting to make a short manifesto of this post, but I’ll save that for later ;-). This blog is just a daily notebook for things related to our research into new media and everyday life. Have a look at our website to get a bit more information about the research. Expect here small observations of unintended use of communication technology. Like recently, when people around me in a dark train (the train manager had accidentally leaned on a switch!) started reading their papers and books with the light of their mobile phone screens. Phones don’t make very strong flashlights, but good enough to read for some 15 minutes in your book it turned out. When the first person started doing it, many followed within seconds, it spread like virus. While getting of the train I saw the train manager and pointed out to him that we had been in the dark between the airport and Amsterdam…

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.