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Conference insights from Vancouver and Boston to Paris and Beijing.

Jan Chipchase Goes to Washington

frog Executive Director of Global Insights Jan Chipchase gave a speech today to members of the U.S. State Department about his research in the field of mobile money.

As part of Tech@State, the US State Department’s ongoing series of collaborative discussions on the subject of mobile money, Jan Chipchase presented “Scaling the Mobile Frontier” today, a talk exploring how we can leverage technology and partnerships for sustainable development and financial inclusion.

BREAKING: frog discusses EV Chargers on CNN

frog Executive Creative Director Paul Bradley appeared on the "Big I" (ideas and innovation), anchored by CNN Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi.

Sensemaking

Sensemaking

I finished presenting at the Design Research Society conference today on the topic of Sensemaking - the manner in which we make meaning during the design process, and arrive at insights and new design ideas. You can read more about this topic in my paper, and if you are looking for my slides, you can grab them here. [On a mac, use Acrobat - not Preview]

Design + Politics

DRS in Montreal

Better Ideas Faster


I had a chance to attend HOW Design Conference in Denver, Colorado, where over 2,500 designers gathered to be inspired by their peers, play with new tools and techniques, and network in some unusual ways—such as Neenah Paper's closing party, where everyone wore white. (Have you ever seen a room with a thousand people all wearing white?) My contribution to the event was a session on how graphic designers can brainstorm more effectively.

Supply, Demand

I was running a seminar on design and creativity at the 2010 RGK Center Institute on Social Entrepreneurship, discussing the basics of design process and talking about how qualitative research helps drive insights, which in turn evolve into design ideas.

Peter Frumkin, a Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community, organized the seminar; we had talked before in some depth, and he had told me he was interested in learning more about design thinking. He had been carefully listening to the lecture, and he approached me at a break to discuss the role of sample size – “how can you be sure your sample isn’t biased?” he asked. Of course, it’s entirely biased; I described how design is provocative instead of predictive, and how marketing focuses on making sure a small insight represents a larger behavior, while design explores the possibility of what might be. Peter’s response was that it seemed like design is about supply, while marketing is about demand. Design, he said, looks at what they can best supply to a given market, while marketing judges what the market demands.

Meaning and Impact: Design That Matters

Notes from Nikkei's Universal Design Symposium in Tokyo.


I was recently a guest speaker at Nikkei's Universal Design Business Symposium, sponsored by Toyota, in Tokyo, Japan on June 18, 2010. The theme of this forum was universal design, that is, "design that brings happiness to every corner of the earth," a more endearing description than the too often used "design for the 90%."

SF Design Week's Studio Crawl

Last night, during SF Design Week’s studio crawl, frog opened its doors to let the local design community get a flavor of the projects we do and, equally as important, the fun that we have here.

Designing the Design Problem


Thanks for everyone who came out (virtually) to see my presentation last week at Creativity Oklahoma's online conference on applied creativity in art and design with Scott Belsky of Behance.

Frontiers of Interaction

Matteo Penzo is Associate Technology Director at frog in Milan. Long before he joined frog, he initiated the Frontiers of Interaction conference. This year the conference will take place on June 3-4 in Rome, and frog Fellow Luke Williams will be one of the keynote speakers. In this blog post, Matteo explains what moved him to set up and drive this conference.
 
Nowadays we’re living on a planet where almost everyone, everywhere, can follow lessons from more than 300 top universities through iTunes U. A planet where, given all the constraints we are confronted with, the adoption of Open Source and Creative Commons is spreading like wildfire. Institutions like the Singularity University and events like TED, Lift Conference, or the World Science Festival are doing a great job at spreading (good) ideas and democratizing the access to knowledge.