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).
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.