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

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IDEO’s Top Stories of 2018

We’re big fans of IDEO (we mention them a lot in our presentations & workshops, we each have our very own deck of IDEO method cards, etc.), so here are IDEO’s top stories of 2018.

ideo top stories 2018These are some of our favorites:


Monthly Method Spotlight: Cultural Probes

Cultural Probes

When/why: To compare perceptions and behaviors within or across cultures.

How: Assemble a journal kit or even better a camera journal kit and distribute to participants within 1 or across many cultures.

Tips: See cross-cultural comparison and camera journal research methods.

Interested in using/applying these methods in your work? Contact us for more info.

IDEO Design Kit for Libraries

IDEO Design Kit for LibrariesLast year, we mentioned that IDEO relaunched its design kit.

IDEO recently launched a design thinking kit for libraries. The toolkit is the result of a project funded by the Global Libraries program at the Gates Foundation and IDEO-created toolkit was shaped mainly from experiences working with librarians in 2013-2014.

The toolkit has two parts: toolkit guide and activities workbook. Freely download and check out the toolkit at Design Thinking for Libraries. We’ll be looking into what aspects of IDEO’s toolkit can be incorporated into our “DIY Usability & User Experience: Is Your Library People-Focused?” workshops.

IDEO Design Kit

Design KitIDEO has relaunched its design kit. The HCD Toolkit is step-by-step guide to the elements of human-centered design, specifically adapted for NGOs and social enterprises working with low-income communities around the globe. Through a series of  methods, activities, and resources, the toolkit can empower individuals and organizations to become designers themselves and enable change in their own communities.

Filled with photos, graphs, charts, worksheets, etc., the toolkit is well laid out and easy to follow. The toolkit gives an introduction to human-centered design and the process as well as best practices for uses of the guide and scenarios of the toolkit’s use. IDEO has generously made this toolkit available for free in hardcover or downloadable PDF. Get your copy today.

Project Management and Ten Faces of Innovation

Ten Faces of Innovation is one of our favorite books. We first read it in our people-centered methods class at Pratt a few years ago.The Ten Faces of Innovation

Recently, as part of my risk and change management class, I did a presentation about the book and how it relates to project management and risk & change management.