Tag Archives: design research

Presenting Engaging Design Projects at Goldsmiths

We’ve been working with the latest cohort of Goldsmiths’ MA Design students on their current term project, ‘Engaging Design.’ The design research brief asks students to engage with a Public Body in the UK of their choosing as a starting point.

Belonging & Belongings workbook

Belonging & Belongings is a compilation of our artistic design research activities and materials from a research programme we have worked on together with Dr Daijiro Mizuno, from 2007 to 2011. The book is rich in imagery, reflecting our visual research approach, and includes photographs, magazines, and film stills from the various studies we carried out in both Japan and the United Kingdom. The book can be seen as an introduction into what artistic research can bring to design research, with the Belonging & Belongings programme acting as a Research & Development activity for STBY. The five essays included in […]

Exchange about state of the art service innovation

We were honoured to welcome a delegation of Japanese business visitors to our office in Amsterdam. They were interested to learn more about our pioneering work as design researchers for service innovation. We shared our vision on the current state of the art in the field, as well as some emerging trends we observe in the context of our work.

Modifying and applying tools to context

We recently hosted a day-long workshop with Microsoft, where we explored the potentials of the tools in the DIY Toolkit (Development Impact & You) for their team. In this immersive hands-on workshop we looked at how these tools can be used among multidisciplinary design teams, to both communicate design research findings to stakeholders as well as identify design actions for the future. UsingĀ behaviour filmsĀ and heuristic data as our starting point, we looked at how these tools can provide a beneficial structure to the ongoing, open-ended collaborations amongst designers. The tools in the DIY Toolkit are versatile and can be applied […]

What can we learn from lead patients using wearables?

The Dutch Ministery of Public Health advocates an increased focus on e-health, with the aim that more and more people will monitor and manage their healthy lifestyles through using smart technologies. One of the strategic goals is for 75 percent of patients with chronic diseases to use self-measurement technologies as part of their everyday lives within 5 years. To reach this goal, it is necessary to better understand and cater for the needs of these patients. It is important to enable their self-sufficiency, while preventing a mere technology push that would incur unnecessary costs and resistance to usage.

Strategic scoping for new governmental intranet

To inform the strategic decision making by the management team for the national government’s new intranet, STBY was asked to investigate the needs and preferences of the wide range of users across all departments and regular suppliers.

Co-creating water management policy

STBY worked with regional policy makers on opening up the dialogue around the water management in Noord-Brabant to local stakeholders. A Design Thinking approach was used to circumvent some conventional hurdles.

Family Oriented Services

STBY has recently completed a design research project for an international communications company focusing on family oriented services. Successful family oriented services can already be found in many industries, from banking to utilities. They are seen as a very effective way to satisfy and retain customers. While the family oriented concept has been widely used by marketeers and advertisers in the past, designers and strategists need a deeper understanding of the information flows, habits and motivations of individuals within a household – a very special context. STBY helped one of our clients by designing and conducting a generative design research […]

Design Research and UX Research on App Store Usage

Very recently we were challenged to imagine a research project to support the development of a new app store design that could combine design research and UX research.

Routledge Companion to Design Research

STBY was invited to contribute a chapter to the book ‘Routledge Companion to Design Research‘, edited by Professor Paul Rodgers and Dr. Joyce Yee for Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group Publishers. This high profile book is published to support undergraduate and postgraduate education in design research. The editors set out to celebrate and illustrate the plurality of design research, and also the wide range of conceptual, methodological, technological and theoretical approaches evident in contemporary design research. They collected a wide range of cross-disciplinary contributions from the global design research community. STBY is proud to be included in this book with […]