Tag Archives: collaboration

DIY toolkit – 1 year old

The DIY toolkit we created with Nesta and Quicksand last year has just passed its first birthday. And what a year it was! Since its launch the website has had 350.000 visits, from all over the globe (200 different countries). And 40.000 tools were downloaded. Every person who completed thequestionnaire about their usage of the toolkit said that they feel more effective as a result. That is a compliment we are very happy to take.

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.

DIY Toolkit

Initiated by Nesta and made possible by The Rockefeller Foundation, STBY and Quicksand have edited and designed the DIY Toolkit. DIY stands for ’Development Impact and You’. The toolkit is primarily meant for practitioners in international development, but can be used by anyone who feels they can benefit from it. It contains a set of 30 best in class and proven tools that aim to trigger and support social innovation. Every tool has a concise description, a downloadable worksheet and some practical instructions to get you started. The toolkit is published under a creative commons license and therefore freely available […]

Developing the DIY Toolkit for Social Impact

We are very happy to have worked with our Indian REACH partner Quicksand, Nesta (UK’s Innovation foundation), and the Rockefeller foundation on the DIY Toolkit for social impact. The aim of the toolkit is to support and increase the innovation capacity of international development practitioners.

Service Design in Practice

STBY is proud contributor to the book ‘Service Design: Insights from nine practices’ that has recently been translated to English. This book is the  result of a three year service innovation programme ‘Service Design in Practice’, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the municipality of Utrecht and the Utrecht province. The book was edited by academic researchers from TU Delft and Hogeschool Utrecht, who followed the proceedings of a series of case study projects. The various chapters provide an inspiring and instructive look behind the scenes of some of Service Design projects, including two by STBY. The editors […]

Belonging & Belongings: Design Research Through Visual Explorations

Together with Daijiro Mizuno from Keio University Japan, Geke van Dijk and Bas Raijmakers from STBY have co-authored a paper for the annual IASDR conference in Tokyo (International Association of Societies of Design Research). This paper describes the methodology and application of the artistic design research conducted for the Belonging & Belongings study. This ongoing experimental research programme across multiple cities (Tokyo, London, Amsterdam) has generated an abundance of visual explorations. A final publication is forthcoming. Daijiro Mizuno presents this paper on 28th August.

Service Design by Industrial Designers

In March 2013 this new book by Froukje Sleeswijk Visser was launched. It is a critical reflection on recent developments in service design, specifically on the consequences for the education of a new generation of designers. It features several case studies and reflections on the mindset, methods and skills of designers including those of STBY. In fact, STBY is happy to have helped co-write one of the key chapters on the Prototyping stage in the design practice. The full book is available at lulu.com

Investigations on emerging usage of smart devices

Over the past year we have worked on an extensive series of projects investigating how people make use of ‘ecosystems of smart devices’. We have, for instance, looked into how people make choices on which devices to use in particular circumstances and situations. In many occasions the functionality of the various smart devices people own (e.g. smart phones, tablets, computers, game consoles, in-car navigation devices, cameras) partly overlaps and partly supplements each other, so what to choose when, where and why?

Making Connections: Working with PuntExtra to help the elderly live at home, longer

  How can service design bring people together? One frustration some people experience when trying to improve a service is the amount of different organisations that might be involved. What we’ve found at STBY is that it’s still possible to make service design techniques work with broad, loose consortiums who are all involved with a single issue. This was the background for a project in the Netherlands, where we built on our previous project expertise with care services. Working with a consortium of 10 local organisations, we helped design a project exploring how older people in a small village in […]

ZuidZorg: Supporting Early-dementia Carers

  What services are needed to support people living with dementia? STBY recently tackled this question together with Zuidzorg, a Dutch provider of extra-mural health care services who (amongst many other things) offer services targeted at at dementia sufferers who want to remain living in their own home. Whether these people live alone or with their partner, they invariably depend heavily on people within their social circles to provide some (or indeed all) of the care they need. ZuidZorg provide additional care and support, and asked STBY to investigate how they could collaborate more with these personal carers, whether they […]