Designing Innovation: Teamwork, Prototypes and Feedback

Creating the Education Kitchen kit Prototype This is when our team really shined. Laura, Mackenize, Maria and I went full-on to design a prototype for our presentation last week. Laura especially took ownership designing the look and feel of Education Kitchen. I helped to guide and tweak a few things with the type and colors […]

Designing Innovation: Concept Maps, Design Requirements and Proposed Solution

Concept Map: Connect the Dots Our concept map showing how our different ideas are directly connected or at least related in some way; some have more than just one connection. Based on our interviews with our stakeholders, our initial idea of a social media campaign came to a screeching halt once we realized the depth […]

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 […]

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 […]