Feeling in Control: Bank of America Helps Customers to “Keep the Change”
Sep26

Feeling in Control: Bank of America Helps Customers to “Keep the Change”

How do you encourage new customers to open bank accounts? In 2004, Bank of America assigned design agency IDEO to boost their enrollment numbers: a problem lacking any user perspective or problem (yet).

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Taking Risks, Earning Trust and Including Co-Workers: User-Centred Design at Deutsche Bahn Operations
Jul20

Taking Risks, Earning Trust and Including Co-Workers: User-Centred Design at Deutsche Bahn Operations

Start with a small thing, and it will grow bigger: Andreas Bürgler, Head of Deutsche Bahn Station&Service AG (Operations), talks about introducing user-centred design methods in his department – with a 200-participant design thinking sprint and a re-designed service counter as a lighthouse project.

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Energy Solutions for the New Generation: Design Thinking at Innogy
Jul24

Energy Solutions for the New Generation: Design Thinking at Innogy

In Innogy’s innovation hub, venture developers either cooperate with an existing start up – or pitch their own ideas for a viable business model. In 2015, Itai Ben-Jacob went for the latter and developed the idea for innogy’s eCarSharing project in a design thinking workshop.

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Adding Value to Service Expansion: Vlisco’s Innovation Journey
Feb01

Adding Value to Service Expansion: Vlisco’s Innovation Journey

The Dutch company Vlisco produces traditionally crafted ‘Dutch Wax Print’ fabrics for West African markets. Lately, the organization faces disrupted markets, competition, and Chinese counterfeit – and uses design thinking to come up with a new vision to secure its future.

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A Tough Crowd: Using Design Thinking to Help Traditional German Butchers
Jan31

A Tough Crowd: Using Design Thinking to Help Traditional German Butchers

“If this were a good idea, someone would have done it already”: this is what a design thinking team heard, over and over again, when trying to develop new business concepts for traditional butcher shops in Germany. As design thinkers and fans of wild ideas, they were used to skepticism – but definitely not to the level they’ve encountered in this project with the butchers.

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How Design Thinking Turned One Hospital into a Bright and Comforting Place
Jan27

How Design Thinking Turned One Hospital into a Bright and Comforting Place

Long dreary corridors, impersonal waiting rooms, the smell of disinfectant — hospitals tend to be anonymous and depressing places. Even if you’re just there as a visitor, you’re bound to wonder, “How can my friend recover in such an awful place? Will I get out of here without catching an infection?” The transformation of the Rotterdam Eye Hospital suggests that it doesn’t have to be this way.

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