Human-centered design — a wholistic approach to problem-solving and design that allows room for empathic understanding and iterative prototyping — is really just good design. Period.
Asking the right questions in the right setting can have a huge impact on the quality of information that you collect.
Hunches happen. They can be used as a valuable decision-making tool and, at the very least, they're worth a quick assessment.
Engagement's about more than taps on a screen. Ideally, it's synonymous with meaningful experience(s) and human connection. Shifting perspective. Leaving an impression. And it's worth doing it right.
If you want to create a product or service or brand that people are drawn to, you have to give it room to mature. Because chasing for attention doesn't look good on anyone.
How an architectural design project led to another architectural design project that became a service design project and, eventually, a whole new product.
True design thinking asks us to consult the heart as well as the brain.
Brands are made up of far more than "About Us" statements. It's their actions, their visual choices, the stories they tell that really tell us who a brand is.
It doesn't really matter whether you're employing sympathy or true empathy in your search for innovative solutions; it's the commitment to real context that is fundamental to the design thinking process.
Developing brands for a public that prizes experiences requires an internal culture that's committed to design thinking. Design thinking cultivates empathy, and having an empathetic finger on the pulse of those on the street helps create the connections that they crave.