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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

YouTube Sketching Demo Video

 

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Episode 028 Leaping into Design Thinking with Thought Leader Turi McKinley from frog design

In this episode, Angie interviews Turi McKinley from frog design, a global design and strategy firm. As a leader at frog, Turi regularly utilizes design thinking principles in order to excel frog’s thought leadership initiatives. During her interview, Turi explains the complex topic of design thinking in layman’s terms, as well as why design thinking is an essential mindset for anyone dealing with complex, wicked problems.


Show Notes


Quotes from this episode:

“Stop talking & start making!” - Turi McKinley

"You need to have multiple perspectives together in order to make a solution that is meaningful to the user, appropriate for the business, and sustainable in the market." - Turi McKinley

“You should talk and plan collaboratively as a team but more importantly DO, build & make something together.” - Angie Cross

“Turi is great at taking this complex topic of design and breaking it down to layman’s terms. It goes to show how well she understands it.” - Angie Cross

 

Resources from this episode:

At Frog, Turi leads the frogCamp program, which builds the capabilities and processes that enable teams to transform the way they approach user centered design and innovation.

You can also find frog design & Turi McKinley on Twitter

Turi’s online Lynda course: “Design Thinking: Lead Change in your Organization”

 

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Episode 027 Applying Design Thinking to Complex, Wicked Problems

How do we take an understanding of complexity and apply it to how we handle “wicked problems”? Is design thinking an innovative action plan for approaching complex problems? In this episode, Angie talks with our former co-host Stacy Hale to address these questions and take a closer look at what “design thinking” really means.


Show Notes


Resources from this episode:

Stacy Hale was the Managing Editor of design4emergence, a digital magazine which blends network science, design thinking, and strategy for better decision making in the age of networks.

The premiere issue will be available this week at design4emergence.com You can also find them on Twitter

Fostering Complexity Thinking in Action Research for Change in Social–Ecological Systems

Design Thinking is “a methodology to solve complex problems, and find desirable solutions.” - Creativity at work 

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