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Here is the latest buzz on “design thinking” and related topics from sources we trust. Enjoy!


Remote Workshops and Collaboration: “Being There” when You’re Not in the Room

April 2, 2020, 4:19 pm – An EPIC Talk with NICHOLE CARELOCK (Ad Hoc LLC), MARTHA COTTON (Fjord/Accenture Digital), & CARRIE YURY (Fjord) Tuesday, 7 April, 11:00 Pacific Time (GMT-7) This online event is free for EPIC Members Overview The daily work of ethnographers requir... [ Read the full story ... ]

Tamara’s War Story: Piercings, Power and Getting Older

March 31, 2020, 3:49 pm – Tamara Hale leads the research practice at Workday. She presented this story live at the Advancing Research conference. (This post will be updated with videos etc. as available) As a researcher, I’m quite used to changing my appearance and my bodi... [ Read the full story ... ]

Randy’s War Story: Don’t Fall Flat

March 31, 2020, 3:28 pm – Randolph Duke II is an Experience Strategist with Cantina. He is always open to connecting on Slack or LinkedIn. He presented this story live at the Advancing Research conference. (This post will be updated with videos etc. as available) As a rese... [ Read the full story ... ]

EPIC2020 Will Be a Virtual Event—Join Us from Anywhere in the World!

March 30, 2020, 5:21 pm – → Submissions Accepted through JUNE 1 → Proposal Review Starts APRIL 1 As the pandemic escalates, we've been contemplating the forecasts, listening to our communities, and rejigging our lives. It's now clear that EPIC's treasured annual gathering ... [ Read the full story ... ]

"The universe is made of stories, not atoms"

March 19, 2020, 10:18 pm – A quote from the poet Muriel Rukeyzer's book "The speed of darkness." Why stories? Because they combine history and context, critical events and results, both good and bad, expected and unexpected all linked through causal explanations. Stories em... [ Read the full story ... ]

Matt Marcus, Leo Burnett’s first CXO

March 18, 2020, 7:43 pm – Since graduating from ID, Matt Marcus (MDes + Foundation 1998) has sparked change and pushed some of the best and brightest organizations (Gucci, Sapient, R/GA) to leverage technology in new ways. In November 2019, he joined Leo Burnett as its fir... [ Read the full story ... ]

What do the Volkswagen Beetle, an OXO vegetable peeler, and Spotify have in common?

March 17, 2020, 5:36 pm – By Andrew Connor In 1959 Jay Doblin—then director of IIT Institute of Design—led an effort to compile a list of 100 of the best-designed products of the twentieth century. By polling 100 designers, architects, and other design leaders, Doblin and ... [ Read the full story ... ]

EPIC in Uncertain Times

March 16, 2020, 9:32 pm – Hello EPIC friends, As ethnographers we are tenacious, resilient, curious, improvisational, thoughtful, and reflective. It is ironic that the thing we do best—being on the ground with people—is exactly not what we should be doing at this time. For... [ Read the full story ... ]

Work/Life in the Pandemic: Strategies and Support

March 16, 2020, 3:11 pm – The novel coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered our work and lives in a matter of weeks. Our ethnographic sensibility, which keeps us immersed in the lives of people on the ground, has shifted to meticulous social distancing, or even more ... [ Read the full story ... ]

Lizzy Engele selected as a “35 under 35” honoree by Chicago Scholars

March 10, 2020, 6:39 pm – By Kristin Gecan Lizzy Engele (MDes 2021), co-founder of MakerGirl, has been selected as a 2020 “35 Under 35” honoree by youth development organization Chicago Scholars, which recognizes diverse, talented young leaders in Chicago who are making a ... [ Read the full story ... ]

Post-Human Centered Design: Working Responsibly at Scale

March 10, 2020, 4:33 pm – An EPIC Talk with JOHN PAYNE (Verizon) Thursday, 14 May, 12:00 Pacific Time (GMT-7) This online event is free for EPIC Members Overview Human-centered design has driven a two decade renaissance in product development, providing a transparent frame... [ Read the full story ... ]

RECYCLING: A POOR SOLUTION TO THE WRONG PROBLEM An essay in Two Parts

March 10, 2020, 12:26 am – A two-part essay: 1. why recycling is too complex for me (and perhaps everyone)to understand; 2. Why recycling is the wrong answer to the problem of waste. [ Read the full story ... ]

Changing Design Education for the 21st Century

March 10, 2020, 12:00 am – Updated: April 2, 2020. We recommend a procedure for updating design education through curricula that match their goals and abilities of every school, producing practitioner and academics who will fully realizing the value of design in the 21st ce... [ Read the full story ... ]

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