Fueling the Evolution of Blockchain Technology

From Play to Innovation The United States Air Force (USAF) was one of the first organizations to chart technological progress. In the early 1950s, the team looked at the development of aerospace technology to determine whether there was a pattern to the speed of innovation. Since aerospace was one of the fastest moving frontiers in…

Feelings at Play

Finding Radiant and Radical Ways to Be Present With Cancer You’re diagnosed with cancer for the second time in your thirties. You have two young children under the age of five. You’re an entrepreneur in a physically demanding industry. You work with people whose livelihood depends on your creative vision. Rendered motionless by the terminal…

On Education: Let Practitioners Play!

In a time where more people than ever have free access to an abundance of knowledge, educational institutions need to rethink their functional role within society. It's a shame to see some of the brightest minds take an isolated and intellectual path – one without opportunities to apply what they have learned or to refine…

Diagrams of Power: Exploring Inconvenient Truths

Diagrams of Power is an ongoing exhibit at Onsite Gallery, the flagship professional gallery of OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. Onsite Gallery is treated as an experimental curatorial platform for art, design, and new media – an ideal space for Diagrams of Power. Curated by Patricio Dávila, the collection of works pushes the envelope around what…

For His Eyes Only

Are women being left behind by the biased design of VR experiences?   It was a fresh spring Saturday morning, and I was excited about
the adventure I was about to embark on. I was on my way to try some new “experiences” at a documentary film festival VR pop-up. The
VR documentaries ranged from a 6…

Robot-Centered Design

The Future of User-Centered Design Has a New Kind of Stakeholder You’re a designer. You create products, experiences, services, buildings, and more. Each time you begin the design process, you consider the multitude
 of touchpoints and features of your design and how they will engage with your intended user. This is the logic of the…

Thinking Design Thinking, One More Time

This is an updated version of an article 
I wrote in 2007 while waiting for a flight. I think it is time to revisit and update 
this article, as “design thinking” is in a very different state today than it was
 10 years ago, with organizations practicing it to different degrees of maturity. Before my…

The Role of the Ritual

When we build insights, we are trying
 to elevate something that has been observed during anthropological fieldwork into something that has profound meaning for the design process and allows us to identify problems that can be addressed as we build a product or service. This is not always easy, because people are often looking for…

Exploring the Creative Process Through An Industrial Designer’s Lens

Industrial designers shape our world through products, services, and experiences.  Today we have vastly more powerful tools and deeply insightful methods at our fingertips, allowing industrial designers to inform the creative process as never before. As observers of user needs and identifiers of market expectations, they have a vital role to play in meeting challenges…

Work Out Your Brain: Creativity Gyms

Creativity needs to stop being seen as an impalpable gift and start being seen
 as a skill like analytical thinking or time management – one that can be improved and developed. However, there is no “creativity potion” a person can take; instead, creativity requires an environment conducive to cognitive dissonance and curiosity, in which creativity…

Cautious Play

Taking a Purposeful Approach to Innovation   In 1956, President Eisenhower set in motion the largest public works program in history: the creation of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (also known as the Interstate Highway System). The program was envisioned as a grand solution for addressing problems of road…

Hyperloop Suburb: Reimagining the Dystopian Community

The suburbs have received an increasingly negative reputation due to their poverty-stricken beginnings in the 1920s, and their continued evolution into cookie-cutter, isolated communities for the middle class American in the 21st century. When we think of these family-dominated communities, we typically feel a sense of dystopian fear, an anxiety that lingers somewhere between an…

Odile Decq and the Romance of Disagreement

Odile Decq is an award-winning French architect and urban planner, with an innate ability to bring together multiple disciplines and trains of thought to produce highly sophisticated designs. Since her first major commission for La Banque Populaire de l'Ouest in Rennes, France, she has become a radical voice in architecture research, being awarded The Golden…

The Strength in Heterogeneity of Purpose

OBSERVATIONS FROM RESEARCH-BASED PHARMA I am fortunate to feel passionate about each aspect of my professional life, which has helped me understand how having a sense of purpose is key to enjoying and finding fulfillment in the long days, immense challenges, and difficult roadblocks I must navigate to be successful in my career. In my…