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Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Tag Archives: design-thinking

Designing My Life: Health/Work/Play/Love Dashboard

As mentioned in previous posts, I’m designing my life with the help of Burnett & Evans’ book Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life.

For my first activity I completed my dashboard to gauge where I currently am in my life.

After completing my dashboard I could definitely see some areas I can work on. It’s also important to point out “gravity problems”. These are areas that cannot be changed, i.e. weather, the fact that I have 2 young kids. These are issues that won’t change but that I can be creative with working around.


Design Thinking: How Librarians Are Incorporating It Into Their Practice

Design Thinking: How Librarians Are Incorporating It Into Their Practice


Thu, March 8, 2018

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST

I just registered for this free and online event & hope to learn about some interesting ways libraries around the USA are using design thinking. I will be posting a summary of the presentation for those who are not able to attend.

Designing Your Life with Design Thinking

A recent article in the Technician online has got me thinking about the yet unlabeled life crisis sandwiched between quarter and mid-life that me and many of my peers are be going though. The article discussing design thinking as applied to life/career counseling.

The Designing Your Life Workshop will teach students how to design a life and career they will love using design-centered thinking. In the beginning, the workshop was inspired by a visit by three deans from NC State to Stanford University’s design school where they explored the concept of design thinking. The workshop is also based on the book “Designing Your Life,” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.

Using design thinking principles and methods, students are being equipped with tools necessary to put together an action plan to apply to their life/career.

Unfortunately the workshop was only available to students. But this has article has lit a fire and I hope to apply design thinking to my career action plan. Meanwhile, I can at least start by reading Burnett & Evans’ book.


Using Design Thinking on My Career

In a recent article for Fast Company, a former lawyer applies design thinking to reinvent her career.

  1. First she observed and defined the problem. – Mainly, what does she love doing at work?
  2. Next she moved to the ideation stage.  – She generated as many ideas as possible. For her that meant a list of all the activities that excited her.
  3. Then she used rapid prototying to test her list from the ideation stage. Conducting information interview was the easiest way to rapid prototype.
  4. Getting feedback and iterating was next.
  5. Finally she implemented and acted on her solution which was to apply to a psychology program.

I enjoyed this article and it has inspired me to apply design thinking in my own career and life.

Project Management for Librarians: Upcoming Workshop

In case you missed our initial announcement last month, we’re doing a METRO workshop titled Getting Started in Project Management for Librarians. Join us on Tuesday, June 7th from 10am-1pm. Register at

Whether you’re organizing an event, renovating or rearranging a space, creating a program, or implementing a grant, you’re managing a project. Project management can help you manage projects more effectively and efficiently. Learn tools and techniques for successfully planning, organizing, and administering projects. To best respond to the constantly changing library world we will be sharing principles and concepts from design thinking and agile project management.

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Receive a basic overview of iterative and agile-like project management from a design thinking perspective
  • Gain knowledge to successfully manage a project cycle from start to finish through hands-on activities and exercises
  • Receive a project management toolkit
  • Learn about tools, strategies, and techniques to manage projects and teams better

Register at