In the health sciences we are dominated by text as our primary means of communicating. This is a habit that doesn’t really account for how people come up with ideas and learn. Perhaps its time for a change: bring a sketchbook to your next meeting.
If design thinking is to escape the trap of being trendy towards impactful, the methods that it uses must improve their rigour and testing. This post explores the challenges and opportunities for design thinking to consider it as more than thinking, but also of action.
Thinking is a worthwhile term connected to ‘systems’ and ‘design’. New ways of visioning the systems we live in and how they are designed requires new ways of thinking and while it seemed funny at first, the use of the term ‘thinking’ seems more appropriate than ever to fit to both design and systems.
From H1N1 apps for the iPhone, seeing the beauty of islands from space, the carbon footprint of pets, exploring innovation online, and visualizing the world around us using computer-assisted tools, the first week of November has offered a lot of amazing things.
This week’s Halloween edition of Amazing stuff highlights a short video on complexity science (and organizing a children’s party), an unexpected (and amusing) link between environmental health + pornography, a map of illness, marketing and PR for the masses, and figuring out what meaning really means in the world of design.
Hurting your back really changes how you see the world, including the boundaries and assumptions of the systems we live in and design. This post looks at how a simple problem led to some complex revelations about systems thinking.