60 Minutes and the Future of Design Thinking

January 8, 2013

Apologies for tooting IDEO’s horn here, but I am quite proud that this week the award-winning American news program 60 Minutes aired a profile of David Kelley and IDEO. Hosted by Charlie Rose, it covers David's life and IDEO's work and culture. Watch the full 60 Minutes segment here. You can also w...

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Make It Visual

December 27, 2012

Here’s another design thinking tip from Change By Design: Make it visual. Some things are hard to describe in words. In fact, many things are hard to describe in words. Try describing in detail the bedroom you spent your childhood in. My guess is that you will have a hard time describing it well en...

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5 Ways to Begin Designing Your Life in 2013

December 20, 2012

Great designers don’t just do design, they live design. Like them, we can learn how to practice design thinking principles both at work and at home. As you start designing your life in 2013, here are five ways to begin: 1. Be optimistic, collaborative, and generative. There’s something wonderfully...

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Nurture Your Design Courage, One Challenge At a Time

December 18, 2012

If courage is an accumulation of small steps, one way to nurture your design courage is to join OpenIDEO—a digital innovation community composed of 42,000+ creative thinkers around the globe engaged in solving real-world challenges for social and environmental impact. Each challenge offers a fun, co...

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Back to Basics: Behavior Change Networks

December 13, 2012

One way to get back to basics in 2013 is to focus on behavior change that positively impacts health. The World Health Organization estimates that in excess of 346 million people worldwide are diabetic and without intervention this number is likely to more than double. This week, IDEO alums Adrian J...

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Big Idea 2013: Designing the Necessities of Life

December 11, 2012

Humanity spends billions every year designing, developing, and marketing new things. The question I have is, are we directing those efforts appropriately? Research suggests that beyond a certain point consumption does not increase happiness. So why are we spending so much time creating new things f...

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To Boost Creative Thinking, Ask This Question

December 6, 2012

Recently I posted one design thinking tip from Change By Design: Once a Day, Deeply Observe the Ordinary. Here's another: Don't Ask "What?" Ask "Why?" Instead of accepting a given constraint, ask whether this is the right problem to be solving. Every parent knows how infuriating 5-year-olds can be w...

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Will Work For

December 4, 2012

Most prognostications about the future of work have explored how technology is disrupting work patterns or enabling new forms of work. Mostly they do not question the core motivations for why we work, or the value we should expect to unlock. Will Work For is a design provocation and conversation st...

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Inspiration Break: Creative Confidence

November 29, 2012

Recently I recommended that you watch David Kelley's TED talk on Creative Confidence, one of 10 talks chosen by TED for a playlist about the beauty—and difficulty—of being creative. Since then, Harvard Business Review magazine has published an article by Tom and David Kelley that expands on the con...

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One Design Thinking Tip You Can Use Right Now

November 27, 2012

Design thinking has its origins in the training and the professional practice of designers. Yet, these are principles that can be practiced by everyone and extended to every field of activity. If you’re ready to start designing your life here’s one design thinking tip from Change By Design you can ...

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