Human-Centered Design tames big data into information that your business can use

While we are all conscious that big data will be transforming our businesses and even our way of life, the best use and how to translate all of that data is not always immediately evident. Human-Centered Design helps find the most meaningful ways to translate big data into information that your business can use to the benefit of your organisation.

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What is design thinking?

At PDD, we get asked this question a lot. What is Design thinking? So here is a brief summary of what it means and the benefits it could have to your organisation.

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PDD rolls out successfully its Innovation Training programme in Asia

One of PDD’s objectives has been to build on the success of its Innovation Training programme and expand it into Asia. Last year, PDD organised several taster HCD workshops during IXDC and delivered a private customised workshop to one of its clients in Asia. PDD’s first Asia specific public ‘Accelerating Innovation through Human-Centred Design (HCD)’ workshop took place in Shanghai on 19th and 20th July, and thankfully it occurred just before the heatwave hit 40℃!

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Risk management: Tips from Bunyadi, London’s first naked restaurant

So the waiting list for London’s first naked restaurant has gone through the roof. The Bunyadi opens in June 2016 for three months and claims to offer diners an experience “free and unadulterated from the trappings of modern life” including phones, electric lights and even clothing. According to a press release, the naked themed menu includes vegan and omnivore dishes made with all-natural ingredients an d cooking methods, served on handmade clay plates, with edible cutlery.

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The Role of Human-Centred Design in Healthcare Reform and Transformation

All too often our health care is taken for granted, and we assume it will always be available to serve our community’s needs. The question is “How healthy are our healthcare facilities to handle the diversity of services and to produce healthy outcomes for an expansive and unprecedented market of six (6) living generations – all distinctively different with a diverse set of needs and priorities?”

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Human-Centred and Human-Powered: an infusion device to offer a real alternative

Despite the many brands and models of drug infusion delivery devices available there are only a few different basic types of device. Considering the breadth of therapeutic application, physical infusion volumes and the economic context, the healthcare provider has a diminished choice and the patient (often the user) has barely any.

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The colour of sweet: Using multi-sensory design to improve human experience

As someone who loves a good mash-up, I was keen to see (feel, hear, smell and taste) how Kitchen Theory’s collaborative gastronomic project fused the fields of gastronomy; food science, food culture, food history, multisensory flavour perception, and neurogastronomy into its first Multi-Sensory Gastronomy Seminar and networking event. The event brought together people interested in synaesthesia (“union of the senses”–a condition in which two or more of the senses are involuntarily and automatically joined together) and crossmodal interactions (how the brain integrates information across the different sensory modalities).

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Mash up: Human-Centred Design & Business Model Canvas

A few weeks ago I posted a mash-of Larry Keeley’s Ten Types of Innovation and Alexander Osterwalder’s and Yves Pigneur’s Business Model Canvas (BMC).

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A Doctor’s perspective on learning Human-Centred Design

During my internship with PDD, I participated in the LUMA Institute + PDD’s Human-Centred Design (HCD) for Innovation workshop that the PDD HCD team runs several times a year in London.

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Health, well-being and HUMIIN™ interactions at the International Home+ Housewares Show

Our friends at Intersection-inc. attended the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, IL, and provided some insights into the hot topics and products from the show.

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Links from the studio: How to design a happier life. #InternationalDayOfHappiness

Are you happy? Although happiness is something we all strive for, achieving it is actually quite difficult. Could we use design to help make our lives happier?

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Links from the Studio (18.10.13)

Today we sadly say goodbye to Ross our Modelmaker & CNC Engineer and fellow running partner for the past two and half years. We will miss him and wish him all the best of luck in his future endeavour!

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Links from the Studio 30.08.13

‘Simple, but not easy!’ To create a breath-taking, efficient and simple product, clear and logical ‘design thinking’ is a must. It can help to deliver an accurate and effective result. Check out the link below from Matt Candy: a talk by Peter Day about how innovative designers use special thinking processes in the real world.

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Design Thinking in Japan: Shun runs innovation workshop

Not too long ago, our Senior Consultant Creative Lead Shun Ishikawa travelled to Japan to facilitate a unique workshop. Upon his return, we quizzed him on the event, the people and what he learnt from the experience:

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Rapid ethnography, brain food and Human-Centred Design from LUMA Institute and PDD

This past July, the LUMA Institute and PDD conducted a 2-day Human-Centred Design (HCD) Workshop in London. The workshop was not only a great opportunity for the thirteen participants to learn hands-on HCD methods that they could use immediately in their companies, but also a chance for me to focus on two recent obsessions: finding ways to provide meaningful rapid-ethnography experiences, and experimenting with brains.

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PDD offers Human-Centred Design Workshop, London

Interest in Human-Centred Design (HCD) – designing solutions driven by the needs, desires, and contexts of people – has been growing rapidly the past few years, with many clients asking if we can provide training.

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