Around the interwebs…

Lots of good readin’ has been popping up recently, we thought we’d share a few interesting links.

Bill Moggridge, a former d.schooler who’s now the head of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, has a new-ish blog with some fantastic stuff. The video interviews with Jimmy Wales and Neil Stevenson are worth a watch.

Grant McCracken, an anthropologist in the business world and prolific blogger, had an interesting post on the idea of “Square inch anthropology” that might be interesting for needfinders to noodle on. His whole blog is worth checking out.

@carlygeehr uncovered this amazing prototyping materials site, when you need more than popsickle sticks, tin foil, and marshmellows.

Finally, students in our d.leadership class got a crash course in teaching design thinking this weekend. On their second day of class, they taught a workshop for 100 folks who were interested in design thinking. One of the learnees, a Stanford post doc who’s working with d.school startup WorkerExpress, reflected on the experience. We’ll be hearing more from those crazy d.leadership kids soon.

If you’ve run across some good design thinking/innovation related news lately, feel free to share it in the comments section.

3 Responses

  1. Damian510
    Damian510 February 24, 2011 at 8:56 am |

    Just some blogs I think the fine folks as d.school should be aware of.
    http://www.nupolis.com
    Scalable Social Innovations:
    With three focus areas
    1. Urban Sustainability
    2. Education Disruption
    3. Network Impact
    I’m sure there’s something you can find here to spark your interest!
    http://emergentbydesign.com
    Emergent by Design:
    Just one cool girl “looking at how design thinking can be used to better understand human behavior and facilitate innovation.”
    Finally http://www.thehubble.net
    The Hubble:
    A brand-spanking-new collaborative blog, started by some Hubsters that I’m sure could use (and would embrace and enjoy) some input from some d.schoolers!
    Prototype,Failure and Iteration

  2. Brianne
    Brianne May 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm |

    The first link doesn’t work. I’m using the latest version of firefox…? Perhaps that’s why. Anyways, one of my favorite design blogs is called Inhabitat. Design Will Save the World. http://inhabitat.com/

  3. Grant Martin
    Grant Martin July 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm |

    The military has been turning to “Design” as of late ( http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/2011/03/design-and-the-prospects-of-a/ ) and ( http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/2011/04/to-design-or-not-to-design-par/ ). Although I’d argue that military might not be the “national tool” we should use Design with because it is by its nature a blunt force, it would seem that our politicians have perhaps turned to the military more than not due to a lack of other tools (or imagination) to tackle complex problems. What seemed to be a failure of the military’s to take into account differing worldviews and/or to question the logic of its civilian leadership prior to going into Iraq in 2003 has turned into a controversial attempt to “do better” next time- and have soldiers approach efforts utilizing a Design framework. So far there hasn’t been much success ( http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/2011/07/a-tale-of-two-design-efforts-a/ ) as I argue, but am curious as to what Stanford students and professors think about the military turning to Design and/or learning from what Stanford’s experience offers.

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