Let’s stop talking about THE design process

An interesting article by Carissa Carter from Stanford d.school talks about how their pedagogy has moved on from the well known five hexagon “design thinking” model shifting the focus from process to ability. They now use a experiential learning-style in which the students gain practice in these eight abilities:

Navigate Ambiguity
This is the ability to recognize and stew in the discomfort of not knowing, and then come up with tactics to emerge out of it when needed.

Learn from Others (People and Contexts)
This ability includes the skills of empathizing with different people, testing new ideas with them and observing and noticing in different places and contexts.

Synthesise Information
This is the ability to make sense of information and find insight and opportunity within.

Rapidly Experiment
This ability is about being able to quickly generate ideas, whether written, drawn, or built.

Move Between Concrete and Abstract
This ability contains skills around understanding stakeholders as well as zooming and expanding on product features.

Build and Craft Intentionally
This ability is about thoughtful construction and showing work at the most appropriate level of resolution for the audience and feedback desired.

Communicate Deliberately
This is the ability to form, capture, and communicate stories, ideas, concepts, reflections, and learnings to the appropriate audiences.

Design your Design Work
This meta ability is about recognising a project as a design problem and then deciding on the people, tools, techniques, and processes to use to tackle it.

Read the full article on: medium.com


The Design Process: What is the Double Diamond?

From: designcouncil.org.uk

Designers across disciplines share strikingly similar approaches to the creative process, which The Design Council mapped out as ‘the Double Diamond’.

Divided into four distinct phases – Discover, Define, Develop and Deliver – the Double Diamond is a simple visual map of the design process.

This article explains the Double Dimond model.


Typography | Off Book | PBS

A great short video on Typography

As they say “Type is everywhere. Every print publication, website, movie, advertisement and public message involves the creation or selection of a fitting typeface. Online, a rich and artistic typographical culture exists, where typefaces are created and graphic design seeps into every image.

In episode 2 of Off Book, typeface designers Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones outline the importance of selecting the right font to convey a particular feeling. Graphic designer Paula Scher talks about building identity in messaging, while Eddie Opara uses texture to create a reaction. Infographic designers Julia Vakser and Deroy Peraza map complicated data sets into digestible imagery, mixing colour, graphics and type. http://www.pbs.org/arts “

Behind the Screens event at Xero

Xero is holding a Behind the Screens event at their Wellington office on Thursday 10th May from 5.30-7pm.
This is to give students an insight into how our Marketing and Product design teams work at Xero. They will also discuss the intern and grad opportunities offered at Xero through Summer of Tech and the Xero Grad Programme. As well as giving students from a variety of design schools in the city a chance to socialise together.
Event invite and rsvp form is:

Pixar in a Box

Love animation? Or video storytelling in general? Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode.

This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney.


Art of Sky: Light Awaits with Jacky Ke Jiang [Wellington, FREE]

Chromacon proudly presents: The Art of Sky: Light Awaits with Jacky Ke Jiang

A special free event sponsored by the Weta Workshop School at Massey University: http://wetaworkshopschool.massey.ac.nz/

Join us for a fireside chat with Jacky Ke Jiang AKA “AutoKite” Artist Page(Art Director, thatgamecompany) as he discusses the development journey of thatgamecompany‘s highly anticipated upcoming game – Sky: Light Awaits, the connection between his own creative practices and art direction of “a game about giving”.

Hosted by Allan Xia (Chromacon Festival Director)

The event will be held at ‘The Pit’ at Massey University. Online map can be found here: https://creative.massey.ac.nz/study/first-year-information/map/ See More

Tuesday, March 27 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM


 ‘The Pit’ – Massey University, Block 12, Level B
Tickets by Eventbrite