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The Designer Fund

The Designer Fund
Who we are The mission of Designer Fund is to help designers create businesses with meaningful impact. Our community gives angel funding, mentorship, and connections to entrepreneurial designers. We accept applications and referrals from talented designers and match them with resources to succeed at any stage of their development, ranging from incubation, seed to Series A and beyond. We also produce a designer-in-residence program called Bridge, organize educational events, and publish content such as the Designer Founders book to benefit the larger design community worldwide. Why we exist

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What does an innovation strategist do? The opportunity to become an “Innovation Strategist” catches people’s attention. Since our initial posting for the role in Toronto, we’ve received over 120 resumes from dynamic, brilliant young individuals all interested in joining the Idea Couture team. From the outside looking in, innovation strategy sounds incredibly sexy (and it certainly looks good on a business card). But if you ask a typical applicant what exactly they think an innovation strategist does, what usually follows is blank stares, buzz words, or my favorite, “They strategize innovation”. None of those are good answers.

Service Design Amsterdam Customer Journey Lab Design Thinking How to improve the Customer Experience of your Brand? The Customer Journey LAB provides an environment where TRUE customer centric service innovation takes place involving relevant stakeholders using a 'design driven' approach. We offer our creative LAB sessions for identifying improvements and new opportunities. Our creative thinkers can help your company improve the customer experiences of your brand using tools like: Customer Journey Mapping, Persona's, Stakeholder & Value Network Mapping etc..

Using Your UX-pertise to Save the World: Pro Bono Work That Also Benefits YouUser Experience Magazine Figure 1. A designer and researcher pair up and propose website usability improvements to a nonprofit representative during our World Usability Day event. There are companies and organizations in our community that are struggling to improve life beyond the commercial sector. Most of them lack the expertise or the resources to improve their messaging or the usability of their products. The Future of Design Education Design schools have built up an expectation that they can equip students to tackle complex problems through the power of creativity alone. They can’t. They don’t. How Volvo Changed the Way We Travel? ← GoFoolish A decade ago, buses were built on truck chassis and were more or less a by-product of trucks. Body builders bought chassis primarily from Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland . The difference between city and inter-city buses, normal or deluxe, was just a stylish paint job . But the game changed when Volvo , a Swedish company bid for a tender by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) in 1998 showcasing its B10LE low-entry city bus which drew a lot of attention. And thats marks the start of totally new era for luxury buses. This low-entry coach prompted more weighty concerns: Were India’s roads ready for rear-engine buses, and What about 10 times more cost than a normal state transport bus?

About Us IDEO has been working in the social sector for more than ten years. Recently, it became clear that launching a nonprofit organization focused solely on social innovation would allow IDEO to make an even bigger impact on global poverty. Enter,! Remote collaborative sketching, brainstorming and design studio techniques I’ve been facilitating design studios with collocated teams for years. Many, including me, have covered the benefits of collaboratively sketching new ideas and concepts with a cross-functional team. Recently though, I was tasked with bringing this exercise to a distributed team. With the product and user experience team in New York and the development team in Vancouver, it proved to be an interesting challenge. What follows is a play-by-play of how we set up the exercise and executed as well as an analysis of the successes and failures of this first attempt.

part of Evernote's Creative Series - Evernote Blog Today we’re kicking off Evernote’s Creative Series, a collection of posts about creative uses for Evernote and the creative people behind them. Recently, we learned that lots of people use Evernote to create mood boards, which got us thinking…what the heck’s a mood board? Luckily, Julie Gomoll was kind enough to explain and show off her process. When dealing with a client, how does one elicit the kind of presence they want to convey?

design studies forum › Rethinking Design Thinking: Part I This article originally appeared in Design and Culture, Volume 3, Number 3, November 2011 Abstract The term design thinking has gained considerable attention over the past decade in a wide range of organizations and contexts beyond the traditional preoccupations of designers. The main idea is that the ways professional designers problem solve is of value to firms trying to innovate and to societies trying to make change happen. This paper reviews the origins of the term design thinking in research on designers and its adoption by management educators and consultancies within a dynamic, global mediatized economy. Three main accounts are identified: design thinking as a cognitive style, as a general theory of design, and as a resource for organizations.

Strategic Design MBA Course Descriptions Download the course schedule forJanuary 2013 - June 2015Cohort 1, Cohort 2, and Cohort 3 Course 1: Innovative Leadership Compare to traditional MBA courses: Leadership, Organizational Behavior This course addresses the skills, concepts, and mind-set that support leadership in complex, innovative organizations. In the context of new business models and planning for uncertainty, topics include self-leadership, critiquing diverse models of leadership, creating vision and strategy, understanding people, managing change, ethical decision making, power and influence, motivation, facilitation of diverse teams, conflict resolution, and organizational culture. The course begins with creative exercises in leadership style self-assessment and extrapolates these results to leadership in new, innovative organizational structures.

A (Nearly) Complete Online Toolkit For Startups When you’re launching a startup, what’s the one thing you need? Initial funds? Organization? A plan? Well, yes—but also tools. UX consciousness in business magazines Last month, we published our research on the degree of "user experience consciousness" we found among the analyst firms. The results were quite interesting, so we've repeated our method to assess the UX consciousness of mainstream business publications. Here are the eight publications we chose, based on an informal poll of about ten colleagues who work at the intersection of business strategy and user experience: Harvard Business Review The Economist Business Week Fast Company Business 2.0 Inc. Entrepreneur Strategy + Business

Rethinking Design Thinking Posted by Don Norman | 19 Mar 2013 | Comments (15) OK, I take it back. Well, some of it anyway. In June, 2010, I posted an essay on Core77 entitled "Design Thinking: A Useful Myth." (Got a lot of responses, that one did.) Since my essay was posted, I keep encountering people who jump to solutions and who fail to question assumptions—engineers, business people, and yes, designers (and design students).

Design thinking Design thinking stands for design-specific cognitive activities that designers apply during the process of designing.[1] Overview[edit] Design thinking has come to be defined as combining empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality in analyzing and fitting various solutions to the problem context.[2] According to Tim Brown, CEO and president of IDEO, the goal of Design Thinking is "matching people’s needs with what is technologically feasible and viable as a business strategy" [3] The premise of teaching Design Thinking is that by knowing about how designers approach problems and the methods which they use to ideate, select and execute solutions, individuals and businesses will be better able to improve their own problem solving processes and take innovation to a higher level. Origins of the term[edit] (For a detailed evolution, see History, below.) Solution-based thinking[edit]