Facilitating remote design sprints

Facilitating remote design sprints

The world is becoming increasingly distributed.  Learning to collaborate has gone from being a competitive skillset to becoming table-stakes for almost every role in the company.

Check out Jay’s article to learn more.

Stories, tools, resources for facilitators and innovation teams hoping to begin running remote design sprints. Plus, a new option to…

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Eat healthily and save the planet too.

Eat healthily and save the planet too.

Did you know that animal-based food products require more land to produce than plant-based food products?

The folks at Phy.org have an exciting article about new UN research that shows how healthy, sustainable diets may remove the more unsustainable elements in food production and supply chains.

Though meat is delicious but should be used sparingly, researchers are suggesting that a shift to eating plants, such as green-leaf vegetables, increases your nutrient intake while reducing the carbon footprint of the suppliers

Source: To rein in global warming, healthy forests and sustainable diets are key, UN says

Form, Function, Emotion, Construction

Form, Function, Emotion, Construction

Louis Sullivan
Louis Sullivan

Louis Sullivan coined the phrase “form follows function” and throughout the 20th century, many architects and designers have contributed to the principles of design regarding the relationship of function and form. To name a few-

These design thought-leaders are trying to reconcile the linkage between our emotion and the construction of the designed object.

If we were to plot these principles along a hierarchical value map (see academic journals.org for a research paper) we would likely see the following lineage:

 

Emotion Form Function and Construction

Form, Function, Emotion, and Construction are all layered on each other and great designers are capable of influencing the entire stack of attributes.  When designers first set pen to paper, they often start by solving a problem in a particular level of the stack.  Where function intersects with form, the designer finds their proposed solution.

However, as we all know, just because it can be designed, doesn’t mean it can be constructed.  Neither does it have an emotional connection with the user.  Designers must then go beyond the mere intersection of form and function, but also account for the deep manufacturing, assembly, transport, and packaging of the design.  Likewise designers need to reach up and understand the branding, messaging, and positioning of the design in the heart and mind of the consumer.

Designers in the past have relied on manufacturing engineers, marketers, logisticians, and others to gain the skill set.  Today, the best designers are those who can provide leadership, even in these areas of expertise.  As society continues to diversify and specialize these skill sets, it is crucial that designers maintain, if not increase their role as connectors.

If not, then who will connect emotion to construction?

This is a significant challenge that all designers must answer through their work.

The Burlap Chair

The Burlap Chair

Burlap is one of the cheapest textiles available.  The material is rugged and tough and can endure a lot of wear.  Infused with resin, the material becomes rigid and strong as it is moulded into the perfect contour. See the development history here.

Cherry wood is shaped to continue the design lines, giving it elegance and grace.  As a side chair, the design holds it’s own, but is not attention-starved among other interior decorations. The chair can also be broken down or shipped flat, but does not look like it is assembled from 2-dimensional panels.
This chair represents the Hwyl style.  An upward movement that motivates and inspires, but is grounded and sustainable in its roots.