Monday, 4 December 2017

Smooth Design Blending Can Lead to Increased ROI for Any Design Effort

The capability of design thinking often means addressing the elusive capability of creativity. Models have flooded the internet to explain how creativity can be harnessed and even squeezed like blood from a stone however none has been more clearly articulated than the Conceptual Blending Framework

Detailed in "A Case Study on Design with Conceptual Blending"  we see the vocabulary, literally, underlining how exact nomenclature of specific physical attributes and functional capabilities can increase the likely hood of design specific elements can directly contribute to the adoption and success of specific design efforts. 

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Friday, 3 November 2017

Breaking Rules Means Breaking Perceptions

Defining creativity is hotly debated and yet it can serve a purpose or it can waste valuable time. Time being the dependent variable for the arrival at a destination defined is the factor used to determine success of endeavors. Normally all of this comes within the context of reward not only for the team, but in a real world environment, this means increased value to shareholders. Without this, no firm can be self sustaining and if there were no sustainability issues, eg. government projects of unlimited budget, the issue remains of arriving at a destination. These are the fundamental principles of design success. 

In the context of creativity, via "A study of university design tutors' perceptions of creativity"  we see the capability of ‘challenging conventions’ and ‘freedom from hegemony’ and ‘striving for coherent solutions’ and ‘solving real world problems.’ all of which are measurable tools for effort based success targets. In combination with tools for experienced designers and frameworks for design processes, there are specific mechanisms to make sure that efforts make to arrive a specific destinations can be done so with creativity when measured against increased value to shareholders as well as non-specific environmental factors such as empathy, safety and security all of which do not directly, but indirectly support the efficacy of organizations and their growth. 


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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

New Tools Mean New Innovations - Design Means Experimentation

When it comes to determining innovation pathways, the issue is not why to beign the process or not begin the process, the question is how to keep the process flowing. Often the mechanisms by which non design team members are able to push the boundaries of design innovations is only limited by the capabilities of how far they are able to see the environment around them. With this gentle and not so gentle nudges can assist to make things happen

In "A case study of idea generation in a professional engineering team"  we see the basis that can be used in any arena from the boardroom to the basement - and ways to make the flow continue. Firm that do this solve problems. Firms that solve problems, Innovate

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

The Right Research Methods Mean Successful Design Efforts

Often the issue with design is not the designing but a method for evaluating the results. There is collaborative design, divergent design, business analysis, empathetic design, but in the end the reality is, is what is designed used or not and for how long. Facebook, Google, Apple, Snapchat, etc., are notorious for constantly reviewing design efforts on a click by click basis to determine IF an new piece of functionality is used, how much, how often, or at all, and in that, should the teams that are involved in the efforts be given the capability to continue. Effective? Yes, but only for continued production of new functionalities. 

All of this is only possible when specific research methods are even considered and in "research methods in visual communication design"  we see designers should not be overwhelmed with different research approaches, either traditional or alternative “the main problem with developing a research culture .... is not to do with the angst of creativity, but with the structure of research” which is often missing all together. Creation for the sake of content is the mechanism of the business of quantity over quality but not so within the context of new product development - clients expect functionality AND beauty and only with a correct research measurement system can this be achieved. Simplicity is the key - no PhD required - but a measured approach is. 

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Design Tools --> The Path to Novelty --> The Path to ROI

They say that Design Never Sleeps and neither does a clients push for more access to customers and possibilities for new products to dominate a market. There were multitudes of new audio players that hit the market from the 1st pocket sized radios, to walkmans to MP3 players before Apple dominated the market for portable music players. Now they are all obsolete not because they are useful, rather because the firm that designed/innovated/produced the fastest. And, it didn't even matter if what they produced was good enough, only that the journey was afoot.

The reality of the positive correlation between the number and variety of ideas produced during the design process, and the novelty of the design concepts is a clear indication that the tools are the key. In Influences of design tools on the original and redesign Processes  we see the clear underpinnigs of this and how organizations can effectively move faster to capture the illusive "good enough" which keeps thriving firms succcessful

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Switching ( Costs ) & Later Stage Creative Behavior Economics - It's the basis for creativity

Design Isn't The Only Thing That Gets A Little Wild As Time Goes On.

Initially thought of as the last bastion of the process of design, when creative behaviors wield their heads at later stages of the design process, often this is to the determent of all involved from the management, finance and operations side of design and new product development efforts. Something as simple as millimeter changes can have lasting impact on the manufacturing and deployment of complex productions of new product development efforts. In the software development world this is just as complex however not necessarily as devastating as in the physical product development world - only due to the physicality of production.

Regardless, and what is of note, is that it is later stage changes and deign modifications that often make the greatest impact in the success of highly designed products which make innovations possible for example the impact ( and acceptance ) of DRM embedded in the first apple products which is possibly the single greatest factor to the success of the product with the music and movie industry. Described in "The appearance of creative behavior in later stage design processes" we see how this is possibly how Apple was able to dominate the marketplace so quickly - once the movie and music industry embraced Apple's products ( and software solutions to thwarting copyright infringement ) there was no limit to how many they could sell by removing the worry that Apple's devices were contributing to copyright infringement - later stage creative problem solving in the development of new products and how this can also impact your firms new product development activities.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

When Kliner Perkins hires designers it's official: 7 Tips From Leading Design Entrepreneurs

When Silicon Valley's most prestigious VC in Q4 2012 sets up the Kliner Perkins Design Fellowship, and a National Design Award is given due to a designer's design entrepreneurial work you know the US is finally catching on. But what are the secrets to design breakthroughs? Here's a starting point: 

      1) Learn to code and understand web analytics: because in the beginning you can't afford a full web development effort and you will have to sell your goods online - there is no more door to door anymore and if you can't push the BUY button because there is no system to make that happen, your project is not going to make it.
      2) Never underestimate how important design is: if your product looks bad, if your site does not work on tablet and smart phones it's all over. Customers know 1st impressions mean everything and now almost as much as the product itself.
      3) Don’t allow design to damage your focus: if your not Steve himself, then you may have to work with someone that is and in that, be flexible as your design might not be your own
      4) Keep a side project: Google allows 20% of time to employees own projects. Use this as your guiding principle as you can't "design" all day many times your building what has already been designed
      5) Read everything. Listen To everything. Experience as much new as possible: design inspiration is the key to disruptive design and zigging when others are zagging - the point to "winning" new clients in a sea of also-rans
      6) A prototype is worth 1000 words: this is an absolute must. Prototype fast and Prototype often. The faster you and clients can see what is going on the faster you get to the endpoint
      7) Think like a student as that is what a designer is: if you can't think outside the box you just created you can't innovate. The tighter the rules the harder it is to be "different" and different can sometimes be disruptive or even fully "innovative" by Schumpeters definition.

And there are many more, but with these your products will be that much further ahead of the competition.

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