Artists and Phenomenologies of Climate Change: A Community Proposal

Teresa Akers is a multidisciplinary designer, artist, and culture-maker, focused on realizing dreams into built products, experiences, and environments. Her practice “dances between paper space, digital space, and physical space to bring to bear highest expressions of purpose, giving impact-oriented ventures an edge in the burgeoning new experience economy”.

Theresa Akers

Theresa’s professional investigations into built and virtual environment center on how spaces, products, and environments tell stories. This experience allows her to apply systems level perspectives on providing a coherent, synchronous relationship between the mission of organisations and how they are expressed – through company culture all the way through to their product and service offerings.

For this reason it has been a huge pleasure to have been one of Theresa’s masters degree thesis supervisors for her course on Sustainable Design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Continue reading “Artists and Phenomenologies of Climate Change: A Community Proposal”

Is Human Centred Design the same as Design Thinking?

A very interesting question was raised today in a Facebook service design group in which the following question was asked:

I’m new to UX Research and I would need your help to clarify something for me.

I imagine this question is often asked but: What is the difference between Design Thinking (DT) and Human-Centered Design (HCD)?

The line between those two is very blurry but I would say that HCD places the user at the center whereas for DT, instead of placing the user at the center like in HCD, DT brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable.

I see a lot of people using Design Thinking and HCD interchangeably, which confuses me because if these 2 terms exist it is because they do not mean the same thing even though they are related.

Or did I get all wrong? Correct me if that’s the case.

Continue reading “Is Human Centred Design the same as Design Thinking?”

Visualising Terms and Conditions

Dima Yarovinsky is a UX/UI designer who works at ZenCity and who is a student of visual communication at Betzalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.

Dima Yarovinsky

His project I Agree will be showcased in the US at the Visualizing Knowledge exhibition, an event which showcases new talents from the field of Information Design. Following an open call that yielded high quality entries from all over the world, 13 works were selected in regard to understandability, societal impact, aesthetic qualities and visual innovation. Continue reading “Visualising Terms and Conditions”