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Breakthrough Thinking: A Q&A with Thomas Vogel

In the business world there has been a lot of buzz about “design thinking,” “innovation,” “creative thinking,” and more. The rumor is that it’s only the newest fad in business and soon, it too, will fade away in to obscurity and become non-applicable to the average businessman. This belief is held by many outside...

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Paolo Soleri’s Visionary Book

Paolo Soleri, a visionary architect and designer of Arcosanti, the eccentric arts settlement in the Arizona desert that was a mecca for young creative-types during the hippie-era and a pioneer of the sustainable architecture movement, died at 93 this week. His desert property was a laboratory where he erected buildings that were harmonious with...

Engaging the Synchronous, the Emotional, and the Idiosyncratic in our Networked Society

By Peter Beaugard, Summer Associate Today, we have greater access and more speed to information than ever before. Everything we interact with is location-aware, self-logging, self-documenting, and uniquely identified. Amazon can tell us what books we might like. Netflix is able to recommend movies. Even our supermarket can provide coupons tailored to our purchasing...

Tucking You In With 12 Pullman Fact Booklets 1929-30

Before branding and marketing had all the options afforded the advertiser today, there was a substantial period when companies spent their time and money on offering up little giveaway goodies to the public. Without the web, television or even radio, corporations often relied on print to spread the word about their “Made In America”...

Still Alive! Highlights from Design Thinking: Dead or Alive?

The New York City Chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America and innovation consultancy Fahrenheit 212 collaborated last month on a very successful event entitled, Design Thinking: Dead or Alive? A stellar panel of voices, including Stephan Clambaneva, Debera Johnson, Cliff Kuang, Bill Moggridge, Mark Payne, Helen Walters and moderator Allan Chochinov, gathered...

The Question of Transformation

by Mark Payne, President, Head of Idea Development A perspective on the pursuit of breakthrough innovation. There’s a rarely-discussed but fundamental truth about the pursuit of growth-driving transformational innovation: the likelihood of an innovation project landing on transformational answers pivots almost entirely on whether it starts with transformational questions… Spend enough years zipping out the door each...

Today's Obsession: Ignore Your Users

Interesting that this idea at Co.Design would suddenly pop up in public. The first time I heard this said, it was an anonymous Sony Vaio design team member in the nineties. Similarly, my partner tells a story about a seminar a friend sat through with a technical support service team. The first things she...