危机、冲突与数据:为人道主义者们创造一个开放的平台

在信息管理室里,Fredy Gamez正利用OCHA哥伦比亚办事处的监测系统检测全区的危机数据。图片来源:Yumi Endo

旨在为联合国机构、民间组织和政府之间互通数据信息而搭建一个开放的平台,2014年4月28日,青蛙设计与联合国人道主义事务协调办公室(OCHA)建立起了了全新的合作伙伴关系。人道主义工作的发展永远伴随着危机的存在,而新兴技术的不断涌现则意味着我们能拥有更多的可能去提高人道主义机构在危机状态下的信息收集、交流与分析进程能力。近来,在“知识开放节”中,OCHA正式启动了人道主义信息交换(HDX)项目的测试版本,我们共同的建立一个开放的人道主义间的信息互通平台的愿望与现实更进一步。

Designing for the K-12 Digital Classroom: Ten Influential Elements To Consider

In a recent frog program, I was part of a team that explored how educators in the U.S. K-12 education system are incorporating new technologies in the classroom to improve teaching and learning. We interviewed teachers, principals, and state leaders to understand the needs of educators in the changing education landscape. We found that new companies entering the K-12 space are likely to face several challenges. State and local budgets are still recovering from restrictions in federal funding during the 2011-2012 school year. The selling cycle is long and often requires a custom approach for specific student populations, meaning that scaling up quickly as a new entrant is difficult. Buying at the school level is being squeezed between centralized technology mandates coming down from the district and requests for new digital technology tools bubbling up from teachers.

From Code the Future to Al Jazeera Canvas

People join hackathons to meet and mingle with other passionate developers, exchange ideas, experiment with technologies, and challenge themselves with new ideas. We like to think of a hackathon as a moment when the seed for a new opportunity is planted.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in San Francisco through a New Approach to Social Impact R&D

The San Francisco Bay Area is notorious for the wealth of Silicon Valley, yet at least 1 in 5 Bay Area residents live in poverty. With housing prices rising 18% since last year, more of the population is struggling to survive than before. Poverty in the Bay Area is getting worse, not better.

When Objects Talk Back

The Control Dilemma

We expect a lot from something that is labeled as smart. But as smart as a product could be, data analysis and sensing is not enough to design a fully trustworthy experience. By relying on a product’s smartness, we tend to hide complexity. And by focusing on connectedness we outsource all controls to remote applications.

30 Weeks: How Are the Future Founders Doing?

frog Helps Transform Designers into Founders

A new study by The Design Management Institute and Motiv Strategies found that over the last 10 years, design-led companies have maintained significant stock market advantage, outperforming the S&P by an extraordinary 228%. If design plays such a big part in a company’s success, how come there are very few designer founders? That’s about to change.

Design Thinking in Harvard Square

The business community’s growing interest in design recently took frog to Harvard’s Innovation Lab for a crash course in the process and techniques of sensemaking, or how we turn qualitative research data into design.

Roam Ropes Headphones: Reflecting on the Design Inspiration

Fluidity and motion are what we experience in real life. The best moments are split seconds in time when we careen aimlessly like tumbleweed, and suddenly realize, with stunning clarity, that you are going somewhere. Usually, for me, these moments come with a soundtrack. So my ability to quickly access music should be able to keep up with my journey.