The best designers in the world all squint when they look at something. They squint to see the forest from the trees-to find the right balance. Squint at the world. You will see more, by seeing less.
— John Maeda, The Laws of Simplicity

What do we mean when we say “Design”?

 
 Source: IDEO

Source: IDEO

Human-centered Design: A Mindset

Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategy. This approach, which IDEO calls design thinking, brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable. It also allows people who aren’t trained as designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges.

Source: IDEO

 
 Source: IDEO

Source: IDEO

Product and Service Design

Companies are increasingly differentiating their products and services through design. From Apple to Airbnb to Zappos and Disney, intentional design has become a cornerstone for successful businesses to stick out from a crowd. Managing the design of products and services involves an understanding for how to translate customer or business insights into ideas into prototyped concepts. Tools such as storyboarding, wire-framing, and user testing are key.

Source: Dribble

 
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Places, Spaces, and Community Design

The physical design of the places, spaces, and communities in our built world are changing rapidly and informing the way we interact. Understanding what it means to design for in-person interactions in a digital world is key for many businesses and organizations and requires an understanding for how we fit into a broader system. More productive collaboration between developers, businesses, architects, and planners will be key to shaping our communities of the future.