Category Archives: practice review

How to Conduct Research Workshops in Design

Workshops are fun and can act as collaborative research experiences to elicit rich insights about your audience. Through hands-on activities or active discussion, workshops help participants discover unknown and undefined needs or identify specific steps in the way they perform

How to Conduct Research Workshops in Design

Workshops are fun and can act as collaborative research experiences to elicit rich insights about your audience. Through hands-on activities or active discussion, workshops help participants discover unknown and undefined needs or identify specific steps in the way they perform

How to Conduct Diary Studies in Design

As designers, this is the method where we can be very creative. Unlike observations and interviews, diary studies give participants the ac­tive role in gathering data, while you minimize your influence on them and remain an ‘outsider’. You would conduct

How to Conduct Diary Studies in Design

As designers, this is the method where we can be very creative. Unlike observations and interviews, diary studies give participants the ac­tive role in gathering data, while you minimize your influence on them and remain an ‘outsider’. You would conduct

How to Conduct Contextual Interviews in Design

Contextual interviews is one of the most frequently used method in design research. However, many students and designers underestimate the amount of preparation and practice needed to conduct effective interviews and elicit useful insights. This is because contextual interviews are

How to Conduct Contextual Interviews in Design

Contextual interviews is one of the most frequently used method in design research. However, many students and designers underestimate the amount of preparation and practice needed to conduct effective interviews and elicit useful insights. This is because contextual interviews are

Series 1: Understanding how to design for real people

As design challenges grow in complexity and ambiguity, the ability to understand people—not just data about them—is essential to developing human-centered solutions that address the nuances of human behavior and their specific needs. This understanding becomes particularly paramount when we

Series 1: Understanding how to design for real people

As design challenges grow in complexity and ambiguity, the ability to understand people—not just data about them—is essential to developing human-centered solutions that address the nuances of human behavior and their specific needs. This understanding becomes particularly paramount when we

Clear Communication Matters

When people think about information design, they often think about the creation of information graphics or visual explanations, but not so much about the presentation of ideas or the creation of stories (e.g. PPT or PDF presentations). But, stories also

Clear Communication Matters

When people think about information design, they often think about the creation of information graphics or visual explanations, but not so much about the presentation of ideas or the creation of stories (e.g. PPT or PDF presentations). But, stories also

Teaching Information Design and Research Virtually: Challenges & Learnings

The last week of class before spring break was challenging. I went to sleep prepared to go teach my class the next day, and when I woke up, everything was changed: campus was close and classes had been moved online

Teaching Information Design and Research Virtually: Challenges & Learnings

The last week of class before spring break was challenging. I went to sleep prepared to go teach my class the next day, and when I woke up, everything was changed: campus was close and classes had been moved online

Design Thinking isn’t for everyone

Design thinking (DT) has been hot topic for a while, and many people advocate for it arguing that this approach can help solve any problems. While there is a lot written and said about the approach and the methods, and

Design Thinking isn’t for everyone

Design thinking (DT) has been hot topic for a while, and many people advocate for it arguing that this approach can help solve any problems. While there is a lot written and said about the approach and the methods, and

Final Step: Designing Your Ideal Experience

What does the ideal college experience look like for freshman students just twelve weeks into their first semester? How could colleges support that experience? After eight weeks of self-reflection, metacognitive activities and creativity exercises, students in my Creativity seminar answered

Final Step: Designing Your Ideal Experience

What does the ideal college experience look like for freshman students just twelve weeks into their first semester? How could colleges support that experience? After eight weeks of self-reflection, metacognitive activities and creativity exercises, students in my Creativity seminar answered

Step 3: Using Analogies

In previous posts, I wrote about two important steps involved in the creativity journey that students explored in my creativity freshman seminar in the Fall: Coloring outside and beyond the lines, and moving from unconscious to conscious levels. This post

Step 3: Using Analogies

In previous posts, I wrote about two important steps involved in the creativity journey that students explored in my creativity freshman seminar in the Fall: Coloring outside and beyond the lines, and moving from unconscious to conscious levels. This post

Get MapCI Cards to design information!

More than 10 years ago, I started working on the idea of creating something to help information designers do their job better (like using color effectively!). It took me several workshops and research studies to understand why even experienced designers

Get MapCI Cards to design information!

More than 10 years ago, I started working on the idea of creating something to help information designers do their job better (like using color effectively!). It took me several workshops and research studies to understand why even experienced designers