Category Archives: Teaching

How to Conduct Observational Studies in Design

In design, observational studies are useful when you cannot talk to people directly or to better understand how people perform a task. This is because it is easier for people to perform a task than to explain how they perform

How to Conduct Observational Studies in Design

In design, observational studies are useful when you cannot talk to people directly or to better understand how people perform a task. This is because it is easier for people to perform a task than to explain how they perform

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

Are Designers Creative? Project

Developing creative thinking, and reconnecting with the imagination and the capacity to envision new futures and different realities is essential to address system-level challenges. Similarly, Don Norman, Ken Friedman, and Terry Irwin, among others, have indicated creativity as the skill

Are Designers Creative? Project

Developing creative thinking, and reconnecting with the imagination and the capacity to envision new futures and different realities is essential to address system-level challenges. Similarly, Don Norman, Ken Friedman, and Terry Irwin, among others, have indicated creativity as the skill

A bright start to each day: Clear instructions & human-centered products matter

Even the simplest of tasks, like making coffee in the morning, need clear instructions and taking the user into account. Last week we received a Cafelat Robot Espresso Maker as a Christmas gift. This coffee maker looks like a little,

A bright start to each day: Clear instructions & human-centered products matter

Even the simplest of tasks, like making coffee in the morning, need clear instructions and taking the user into account. Last week we received a Cafelat Robot Espresso Maker as a Christmas gift. This coffee maker looks like a little,

Redesigning Design Education: Better Together

These are interesting times for design. Those who have been involved in design higher education for more than two decades have seen how internal and external factors have influenced the education of designers: students, types of projects, the practice, the

Redesigning Design Education: Better Together

These are interesting times for design. Those who have been involved in design higher education for more than two decades have seen how internal and external factors have influenced the education of designers: students, types of projects, the practice, the

Why Designing Futures matters

We live in a world where everything is more interconnected, and everything we do has an impact on the planet. In addition, we experience constant rapid social, economic, technological, political, cultural changes that create more uncertainty and ambiguity in different

Why Designing Futures matters

We live in a world where everything is more interconnected, and everything we do has an impact on the planet. In addition, we experience constant rapid social, economic, technological, political, cultural changes that create more uncertainty and ambiguity in different

Joining forces to better equip the next generation of designers

The world is changing. Problems are changing. Design is changing. Design education has been changing too. One of the main changes has focused on helping designers move into management positions to lead problems that are unframed and whose solutions are

Joining forces to better equip the next generation of designers

The world is changing. Problems are changing. Design is changing. Design education has been changing too. One of the main changes has focused on helping designers move into management positions to lead problems that are unframed and whose solutions are

Sh*t Stories Matter

Design has changed. And designers’ role has changed too. The Future of Design Education Group describes designers as “starting to address some of the major societal issues facing the planet.” Challenges of this complexity need creativity, original ideas and fresh

Sh*t Stories Matter

Design has changed. And designers’ role has changed too. The Future of Design Education Group describes designers as “starting to address some of the major societal issues facing the planet.” Challenges of this complexity need creativity, original ideas and fresh

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

What is effective information design?

This post is based on my Week 2 class for EGR381: Design for Understanding this semester. Cognitive-neuroscience is one of the core building blocks of information design. Understanding how we learn and process information is as essential to effectively design

What is effective information design?

This post is based on my Week 2 class for EGR381: Design for Understanding this semester. Cognitive-neuroscience is one of the core building blocks of information design. Understanding how we learn and process information is as essential to effectively design