Designing Innovation: Rose, Thorn, Bud and What if …?

In an effort to gain greater understanding of our stakeholders, the barriers affecting populations who lack food security and how these intersect with the many ideas our team has put forward, we did an exercise in class last week from Luma Institute’s, Innovating for People: Handbook of Human Centered Design Methods called Rose, Thorn, Bud. […]

Designing Innovation: Empathy Maps and Personas

Modeling Modeling is a great way to bridge the information and observations you discover while speaking with the people you are designing for but also with. The people we interviewed continue to invest a lot of time and energy and inevitably have different experiences, opinions, and suggestions for how to move forward and what solutions […]

Prototyping: User Flow for CurateCare, Our Intelligent Entertainment System

Moving forward in the design process, Qinyu and I sat down to sketch out the user flow for our CurateCare concept while enjoying a burger at Shake Shack (I’m so grateful they have gluten free buns). Qinyu volunteered to create a higher fidelity version (below).  What’s Missing I think we still need flesh out the […]

Voice Recorder for Interviews

There was a time when I interviewed several people about photographers’ websites (another time, another story) and used my iPhone 6S with a Sennheiser ClipMic digital microphone (lightning connector). It worked pretty well under the right conditions but the software is clunky and perhaps better suited for someone who much more well-versed in audio. Sony […]

Designing Innovation: Stakeholder Interviews & Summaries

“Design is a conversation with materials.” I love that quote by Donald Schön, highlighted in our book, About Face. I’ve done interviews in the past and I’ll be the first to admit that I get nervous every time. Not the kind of nervous I get when I’m speaking to a large audience or even the […]