"Prism is the dark side of design thinking"

"I would argue that design thinking is a product of digital culture. It shares the values of innovation and entrepreneurship bound up in the digital world and follows the same open-necked babyboom commune to boardroom trajectory. It’s also a product of how digital culture shows us the world: of networks and accumulations of big data. It’s a product, in part perhaps, of the converging digital tools we use across disciplinary boundaries. But more than this, it’s a product of the the fact that the digital is both where we design and what we design, both subject and object of contemporary design activity.

Design thinking annexes the perceived power of design and folds it into the development of systems rather than things. It’s a design ideology that is now pervasive, seeping into the design of government and legislation (for example, the UK Government’s Nudge Unit which works on behavioral design) and the interfaces of democracy (see the Design of the Year award-winning .gov.uk). If these are examples of ways in which design can help develop an open-access, digital democracy, Prism is its inverted image. The black mirror of democratic design, the dark side of design thinking. Whether legal or not, Prism is a design-thinking solution to national security.”

Ah hm! An interesting article about NSA and Design Thinking. Thanks to Rob Walker for the link!

Progress on the Frontlines

YES. This is great. New language for new practices. Clarifying and specifying. This is only great news.

morethanthisblog:

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Alright. Finally a step in the right direction. John Cary, the founder of Public Interest Design (a blog documenting the growing movement at the intersection of design and service) has curated a glossary of social impact design terminology. While the practice of “social design” has been in existence for quite some time, we, as both educators and practitioners, have long-lacked a common vocabulary to describe our approaches.

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Umm…nerding out a little about the Design Thinking for Educators toolkit from IDEO being updated! 

www.designthinkingforeducators.com

Umm…nerding out a little about the Design Thinking for Educators toolkit from IDEO being updated! 

www.designthinkingforeducators.com

Apprenticeship Application - Little Things Lab

Little Things Lab in Detroit is now accepting applications for Spring 2013. Megan Deal from Little Things Lab has been a guest lecturer in Design Thinking class in the past. Want a place to apply Design Thinking? Here it is.

Yes, once again, designers are the problem. I’m not talking about the designers who created this surprisingly controversial identity. I’m talking about everyone else. I’m talking about the haters. Designers who want the profession—and themselves—to be taken seriously need to be asking questions that get to the core of the motivations and goals that frame a project before passing judgment on the outcome. Otherwise our “criticism” is simply subjective. And if and when we do criticize the work of fellow professionals, we should strive to do so in an informed and civil manner.
There is confusion between having an opinion and having a relevant opinion,” said Correa. “This results in even less productive social discourse around everything—not just design; it’s a basic misunderstanding of democracy.

AIGA | The UC logo controversy: How 54,000 people, the mainstream press and virtually every designer got it wrong

This is a great exploration of public discourse (if you can call it that?) surrounding a new logo/identity system for the University of California. Christopher Simmons unpacks the controversy well. Bravo! Great piece. 

Look! DesignFile! A new series of e-publications from the Cooper Hewitt Museum!
These should be excellent…
(via Publications | Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York)

Look! DesignFile! A new series of e-publications from the Cooper Hewitt Museum!

These should be excellent…

(via Publications | Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York)

charlottexcsullivan:

————- For Immediate Release —————————-
Frontier Fellowship: Now Accepting Applications for 2013-15
The Frontier Fellowship is offered through the Epicenter, a community resource center instigating positive change through design based projects and programs. The Epicenter is located in a historic building in Green River, Utah (pop. 953) and houses an office space, a small basement workshop, outdoor workspace, and five full-time employees. Epicenter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 
The Frontier Fellowship gives creative professionals the opportunity to live and work in the town of Green River for four to six weeks. In the context of the frontier, Fellows respond to the rural location with their independent work. However, collaborative work is highly encouraged. While in residence, Fellows ideally spend 50% of their time working on personal projects and 50% of their time contributing to a project initiated by the Epicenter. While in residence, Fellows are given printing privileges, wifi access, use of a bicycle, Family Meal Plan membership, use of tools, and workspace. The Fellowship is currently unpaid. However, there are scholarships available for workshop supplies, travel, and/or living stipend. Fellows’ work is promoted for four-weeks (at minimum) during their Fellowship and added to an online exhibit upon completion. The experience extends long past one’s stay through inclusion in the ever-expanding group of past participants that continue to exchange ideas, information, and opportunities. 
The Epicenter facilitates Fellowship opportunities on a continual basis throughout the year, and is currently seeking Fellows in the fields of visual art, community-based art, collaborative art, public art, architecture, design, film, culinary arts, new media, and writing. Applications will be accepted regardless of applicant’s background, focus, or specialty.
January 4, 2013 - All applications due (in hand)
January 4 - February 1, 2013 - Applications reviewed & applicants interviewed
February 1, 2013 - Final notification
Apply for the Frontier Fellowship at designonthedottedline.org
To see examples of past Frontier Fellow’s work visit designonthedottedline.org/fellows
For more information on Epicenter see ruralandproud.org

charlottexcsullivan:

————- For Immediate Release —————————-

Frontier Fellowship: Now Accepting Applications for 2013-15

The Frontier Fellowship is offered through the Epicenter, a community resource center instigating positive change through design based projects and programs. The Epicenter is located in a historic building in Green River, Utah (pop. 953) and houses an office space, a small basement workshop, outdoor workspace, and five full-time employees. Epicenter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

The Frontier Fellowship gives creative professionals the opportunity to live and work in the town of Green River for four to six weeks. In the context of the frontier, Fellows respond to the rural location with their independent work. However, collaborative work is highly encouraged. While in residence, Fellows ideally spend 50% of their time working on personal projects and 50% of their time contributing to a project initiated by the Epicenter. While in residence, Fellows are given printing privileges, wifi access, use of a bicycle, Family Meal Plan membership, use of tools, and workspace. The Fellowship is currently unpaid. However, there are scholarships available for workshop supplies, travel, and/or living stipend. Fellows’ work is promoted for four-weeks (at minimum) during their Fellowship and added to an online exhibit upon completion. The experience extends long past one’s stay through inclusion in the ever-expanding group of past participants that continue to exchange ideas, information, and opportunities. 

The Epicenter facilitates Fellowship opportunities on a continual basis throughout the year, and is currently seeking Fellows in the fields of visual art, community-based art, collaborative art, public art, architecture, design, film, culinary arts, new media, and writing. Applications will be accepted regardless of applicant’s background, focus, or specialty.

January 4, 2013 - All applications due (in hand)

January 4 - February 1, 2013 - Applications reviewed & applicants interviewed

February 1, 2013 - Final notification

Apply for the Frontier Fellowship at designonthedottedline.org

To see examples of past Frontier Fellow’s work visit designonthedottedline.org/fellows

For more information on Epicenter see ruralandproud.org

On behalf of the Design Thinking Fall 2012 students, you are invited to attend final student presentations of the Rethink PSU project.
Students have been working hard this term to identify challenges within the Portland State community and collaboratively propose design-driven solutions. We would be delighted if you would attend, and if you’d like, participate in a casual feedback session with each of the three groups.

WHAT: Rethink PSU Project, student presentations from Design Thinking Winter 2012WHEN: Tuesday, December 4, 10am-11amWHERE: Room 170, Art Annex Building. 1990 SW 5th Ave.PROJECTS:Annexed: Finding a place for PSU.GDIt’s Contagious: Providing delightful distractions for stressed studentsPSU Bridge: Connecting students for creative collaboration

There will be breakfast snacks!
Thank you for your time, and we hope to see you there. (Please forward and share.)

On behalf of the Design Thinking Fall 2012 students, you are invited to attend final student presentations of the Rethink PSU project.

Students have been working hard this term to identify challenges within the Portland State community and collaboratively propose design-driven solutions. We would be delighted if you would attend, and if you’d like, participate in a casual feedback session with each of the three groups.

WHAT: Rethink PSU Project, student presentations from Design Thinking Winter 2012
WHEN: Tuesday, December 4, 10am-11am
WHERE: Room 170, Art Annex Building. 1990 SW 5th Ave.
PROJECTS:
Annexed: Finding a place for PSU.GD
It’s Contagious: Providing delightful distractions for stressed students
PSU Bridge: Connecting students for creative collaboration

There will be breakfast snacks!

Thank you for your time, and we hope to see you there. (Please forward and share.)

YOU GUYS! This is so cool! Using the visual language of advertising to have positive social impact. BOOM!
“This campaign, which launched in October and has quickly become both the best-looking and most ubiquitous advertising on L.A.’s streets, is produced by art organization ForYourArt to benefit the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education (or LA Fund for short), a nonprofit co-founded by LAUSD superintendent John Deasy last year. And the artist is none other than the legendary Barbara Kruger, whose signature black, white and red graphics — like a public service announcement meets reassuring Mad Men-era advertising — reads spectacularly well in L.A.’s urban environment.
The LA Fund is hoping to raise $1.5 million by the spring to fund a new initiative called Arts Matter and Kruger’s work — actually an original, site-specific piece named Untitled, (Human History) — is meant to work on two levels, says LA Fund executive director Dan Chang. The campaign is meant to both communicate the critical importance of arts education funding to Angelenos and deliver that art to the city in a kind of mobile gallery. “It’s about the awareness of getting public art into the streets of L.A. and making it accessible to people who wouldn’t otherwise see it.”“
(via Barbara Kruger Created the Billboards and Buses For the Best Ad Campaign in the City Right Now - Los Angeles - Arts - Public Spectacle)

YOU GUYS! This is so cool! Using the visual language of advertising to have positive social impact. BOOM!

This campaign, which launched in October and has quickly become both the best-looking and most ubiquitous advertising on L.A.’s streets, is produced by art organization ForYourArt to benefit the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education (or LA Fund for short), a nonprofit co-founded by LAUSD superintendent John Deasy last year. And the artist is none other than the legendary Barbara Kruger, whose signature black, white and red graphics — like a public service announcement meets reassuring Mad Men-era advertising — reads spectacularly well in L.A.’s urban environment.

The LA Fund is hoping to raise $1.5 million by the spring to fund a new initiative called Arts Matter and Kruger’s work — actually an original, site-specific piece named Untitled, (Human History) — is meant to work on two levels, says LA Fund executive director Dan Chang. The campaign is meant to both communicate the critical importance of arts education funding to Angelenos and deliver that art to the city in a kind of mobile gallery. “It’s about the awareness of getting public art into the streets of L.A. and making it accessible to people who wouldn’t otherwise see it.”“

(via Barbara Kruger Created the Billboards and Buses For the Best Ad Campaign in the City Right Now - Los Angeles - Arts - Public Spectacle)