Design Inspiration Readings

Norman Teague on rewriting Design History

In this short film, designer Norman Teague talks about his work, why representation matters, and the need of rewriting design history.

Design Readings

Watch Marc Rettig and Hannah DuPlessis “Design as Participation”

In their Talk “Design as Participation”, Marc and Hanna bring their point of view to the theme of “design in context,” expanding it to consider three contexts: the operational context (where we focus most of our attention), the “great context” of systemic and societal shifts, and the inner context on which the quality of our participation depends

Design Innovation Readings

Watch Patrick Whitney’s “The Value of Abstracting Design Problems” talk

Patrick Whitney, Institute of Design Dean and Steelcase / Robert C. Pew Professor explains the value of design for business and innovation — in under four minutes!

Design Readings

Watch Jason Ulaszek & Brian Winters’ “From Design Research to Experience Roadmap” talk at Interaction’13 | IxDA Conference

Design research is critical. Creating foundational, living documentation about the needs, beliefs and behaviors of your customer is of the utmost importance. And, being able to identify needs, opportunities and the future direction for the business, based on both sound process and analytical thought, will be your keys to short and long-term success. In this session you’ll learn how to turn design research activities into a mental model, identify potential new business opportunities and derive business and experience direction from your newly found consumer insight. And, you’ll look like a freakin’ rockstar in your company doing it […]

Design Readings Software

[EVENT] IxDA Shanghai presents “Four Mobile Machines” with Aaron Marcus: SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2012, 7:30PM

Mr. Marcus reviews briskly four projects that are conceptual designs for new kinds of mobile applications (smartphone and tablet with associated Web portals) that combine the theories of information design and persuasion design to change people’s behavior […]

China Consumer Behavior Economics Trend Watching

Consumer Behavior in Brazil & China: US to increase the number of tourist visas

The United States should increase the capacity to process visas for Brazil and China by 40% over the next 12 months, ordered President Barack Obama recently, as part of a stimulus package for tourism for their country, announced in Disney World in Florida […]

Design Information Technology Innovation Trend Watching

Watch Richard Buchanan’s Keynote on IxDA | Interaction ‘11 Conference

Richard Buchanan is Professor of Design, Management, and Information Systems at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Before joining the Weatherhead faculty in 2008, he served as Head of the School of Design from 1992 until 2002 and from 2002 until 2008 as Director of Doctoral Studies. While at Carnegie Mellon, he inaugurated Interaction Design programs at the Masters and doctoral level […]

Design Economics Innovation Trend Watching

Watch Jason Fried’s “Why work doesn’t happen at work” talk at TED

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. At TEDxMidwest, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work […]

China Design Innovation Readings Trend Watching

[EVENT] IxDA Shanghai presents “An evening of conversation about Design, Interaction, Work and Life” with Marc Rettig: May 25th, 2010, 6:30PM

In the midst of a global conversation about change, many designers are pondering their own impact in the world. How does our experience in software interfaces, web sites, and physical products prepare us to address the profound issues humanity is facing? These issues involve many complex systems, systems too big to fit into the scope of any single company or institution. Design methods are potent at large scale and scope, but what does it take to be effective as a practitioner, as a team, as a company? What is it like to actually achieve a meaningful, sustainable, positive difference in life? In this evening of conversation, Marc Rettig will moderate a few discussions about the fundamentals of design work, and the need for designers everywhere to be working to have impact beyond making money for their employers […]

China Innovation Readings Trend Watching

China, Technology, Innovation & the Environment: Green Business Opportunity in China

China can be a great place for international companies interested in green business.It’s a matter of getting to know the right people, adapting to the culture and “getting over your fear of China,” said Peggy Liu, who chairs the Joint U.S.-China Cooperation on Clean Energy, an NGO that seeks to change the way China makes and uses energy […]