This company needs no formal introduction. LEGO’s colourful and endlessly entertaining bricks have been loved by many children of multiple generations since the 1950s — myself included. My brother and I spent hours playing with our “Lego Chest” that was filled to the brim with bricks, wheels, characters and even pieces mixed in from other premade sets. LEGO curated and inspired a deeper level of creativity for us and it was so versatile that even our parents could join in.
With that being said, LEGO isn’t all smooth sailing as a company and went through their fair share of trials…
I love doing workshops. Both last semester and this semester in my degree program, I found myself really looking forward to working with my peers to ideate together. It makes the process less isolating and more holistic.
The best part of all is that it brings a sense of normalcy to my education that I haven’t been able to experience for almost a year now.
This time around I decided to make my co-creation workshop around Cultural Probes and then follow up with an empathy session.
The project is surrounding information during COVID-19 using Ontario’s digital systems currently in place.
Content Warning: The following article discusses deteriorating Mental Health issues in adults as well as children.
Admittedly, this is tough for me to write. Between losing a childhood friend to a mental health condition, to working in a chronic pain clinic where we were often the adult version of Kid’s Help Phone. Thank you to my Professor Yvonne Shek who inspired and encouraged me to share this story.
Seems odd, but this is the origin story of the infamous service design concept: Airbnb. Many people see it on the superficial level- an app and website used to book cheap accommodations. However, it’s more than just its meticulously designed digital components. It’s more than the red and white colour scheme and push notifications. Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb, stumbled upon a new sliver of the service industry after locking his bedroom door at night paralyzed by the fear of what he had just done. Fast forward to the year 2014, and Airbnb was offering lodging in 35,000 cities (that’s…
Macquarie Island, as described in Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath, is a small island (owned by the state of Tasmania) halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica. It’s one of the few islands where animals are able to breed in the area, and due to the fact that it’s uninhabited by humans (aside from visiting researchers), has a plethora of beautifully rare species [Heath, 2020] One of those species is the Blue Petrel, which (after looking up a photo of the bird) is quite beautiful to see in full flight and wingspan. …
Disney is probably one of the most well-oiled service machines on the planet. Having just recently been there (pre-COVID), it’s almost unbelievable until you witness it with your own eyes. Many companies try to emulate the ‘Disney effect’, but no matter how hard they try they just can’t match the attention to detail and experience that Disney is able to provide its patrons and cast members. …
Editors Note: I left this sitting in my drafts for months before I decided to post it. The reason I decided to go ahead four months later is because I believe it’s important we document these feelings- this moment in time where everything went eerily still. Perhaps we can look back on it with more evolved eyes and try to relive these moments.
Nobody expects things like this to happen to society, and when it does it’s usually in a movie. It’s as if someone has pressed pause on an old VHS tape and the screen ripples, still trying to…
From pattern recognition to passive interaction. How design has changed through Smart Tech and Digital Automation
Routines are a part of how humans interact with the world and can be described as a regular implementation of a sequence of actions. They are a personal curation of consistent actions over a long period of time.
“The coherence of an ordered life also lays the groundwork for pursuit of larger goals — and thus the equally important aspects of purpose and significance.” Matthew Hutson
Disclaimer: In this article, there are various brands, and resources mentioned. These recommendations are NOT SPONSORED and are tools that I have personally spent my own money and time on.
I think that it’s important you do this task first. We are so used to living in a world of “I wish”, harsh criticism and desire for more. Wanting to be more is not a bad thing, but it’s important we look back on the things we already have accomplished to keep our balance and our confidence in check. …
Optional mindfulness exercise: at every page break, take one deep breath, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth.
“It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.” Paula Scher
“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Design is not for philosophy. It’s for life” Issey Miyake
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works” Steve Jobs