Episode 029 Design Led Innovation with Jon Kolko

In this episode, Haley interviews Jon Kolko, the VP of Design at Blackboard and the founder of the Austin Center for Design. He is also an author of several books, including Well-Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love, which is discussed in this episode. Jon shares his vast knowledge and experience with complexity, design, and problem solving.

Show Notes

Quotes from this episode:

“Ideas are free, if you don’t make them they are up for grabs.” - Jon Kolko

"Design is about making things, it’s a verb, not necessarily a noun." - Jon Kolko

"What good is an idea if it stays in your head?" - Angela Cross

"Design is about making things for people and thinking about them critically...it is both strategic and tactical." - Jon Kolko  

"I have no misconceptions that designers can ‘solve’ massive problems, or even approach them on their own without collaboration from other disciplines. But I feel strongly that designers make great agents of change and can champion new and novel approaches to old and tired problems. The best indicator of design success, in my experience, is a passion to make an impact, and I see a generation that is wildly passionate about addressing social problems." - Jon Kolko


Resources from this episode:

You can find Jon and AC4D on Twitter 

HBR article: Design Thinking Comes of Age

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