I quite liked this Flickr photostream. It's someone who's tried to capture what design thinking is in their sketchbooks, taking a photograph of all the pages. A nice way of illustrating some key concepts.
On Sunday night BBC Radio 4 broadcast a half-hour programme on the way that Design Thinking is being applied to business. The blurb is:
"Designers are getting tired of being pigeon-holed into the role of making products look better and work better. They want a much larger role in business life. Peter Day hears from some influential people who are convinced that Design Thinking can radically improve the way a whole company works."
It features Tim Brown (of course) and a few others, and is worth a listen.
And while reading this I came across a creativity-oriented social network called Shapeshifters - has anyone heard of it? It seems a great resource for the Global Block. It particularly aims at connecting people across the globe that have similar dreams, ideas or problems. It seems to me like a mega-blog, but which connects through themes, and not only through individuals. Just browsing through it (you can brows by topic, and tags that relate to themes and also places that are related to your post), you can get an idea of how this can be a great source for global design thinking! Their aim is to:
help 'professionals in the global creative
community find each other because one has exactly that what the other needs'
Habitat designer Tom Dixon appeared on BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme today (doh!) in advance of the Milan Furniture Fair, which starts tomorrow. In a 4 minute clip he talked to Evan Davies about the design of chairs, and how chairs might be designed in the future.
technology has had a huge impact on the way buildings are designed and
constructed. Tom Feilden visits Lincoln Cathedral and guest editor Zaha
Hadid's own offices to investigate a new, technology-inspired burst of
I stumbled upon a great list of mainly web 2.0 tools that can be used for design research, but it seems to me some of those tools can also be of use to our U101 students. http://digitalresearchtools.pbwiki.com/
We already have identified many of those links, but there are some new tools, such as: "iSpring Converter: free
download converts Powerpoint to Flash so you can upload your
presentations for easy viewing in e-learning sites or your Web site.
(Free)" Some students might be more comfortable using PPT for some tasks ... (I know people that draw in PPT!) or http://www.ecai.org/: which might be a helpful analysis tool for students in the Global Block.
Moreover, I was reading through Lucy Kimbel's blog and found that she might be a good interview partner (Richard supported or producer led?), too. She is designer from background and is teaching MBA students at the business school design thinking (although she calls it design leadership :), which is a nice take on it.
An interesting Business Week article by Bruce Nussbaum, ostensibly about a talk by Hilary Cottam, but broadening out into old ways of framing the world's problems (the DAVOS conference), and new ways (TED).
The Royal Mint has announced a design competition to design a new 50 pence piece for the London Olympics. It's available for anyone to submit an entry, and seems to be part of a growing trend (facilitated by the web) of getting 'everyday' people involved in design processes. Watch the (nicely produced) video below for more information...