From Big to Grand: Unlocking Excellent Research

During two whirlwind weeks of teaching People-Centred Research, Eilidh and I had the opportunity to reflect on our approach to design research, what enables powerful outcomes, and how to teach those practices. Throughout the course we aimed to teach not just the theory and framework, but really the underlying techniques that cultivate great research: strategy, time management, comfort with people, communication, adaptation, documentation, and a bit of fun.

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The Art of Prototyping

One of the intriguing aspects of interaction design is the rapidly changing landscape and the overlaps with other disciplines and complex systems. To test and iterate ideas within this milieu, we design our prototyping process as much as we design final products and services.

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The Rules Of Good Collaboration

As our industry evolves from relying on manufacturing to being more heavily service-based, the role of a designer is evolving away from that of a ‘rockstar’, one-man genius. Here are CIID’s key principles for managing teams of collaborative fusionists that excel at designing services across our modern, complex systems.

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CIID NYC: Getting To Good Quicker

Launching a successful product is no easy task. It requires good design, elegant use of technology and a smart approach to fundraising. Last Monday evening CIID hosted their first NYC event; ‘Getting to good quicker’.

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What’s it like to Be An App?

It is always an honour to be selected to speak at game changing design conferences like Design Matters 2015. We sent, Rory Hamilton and Julia Frederking to talk about  our views on digital design.

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Join CIID in New York for a night of ‘getting to good quicker’

CIID is excited to share that we are hosting a New York event on the 26th of October, in collaboration with Barclays Bank and Rise New York. The event is called ‘Getting to good quicker’ and will bring together speakers from The New York Times, Spotify, Tomorrow Lab and Kickstarter, to talk about their experience of launching successful products. Sign up quick before the spaces run out!

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Making the most of meetings

Hosting a good client meeting may seem like a straightforward task. And it can be with a little thought. It can also be a fiasco, if you don’t treat it with its due credit. A well hosted and curated meeting can be the foundation of a good first impression, making important decisions, or even closing a deal amongst other things.

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A reflection on design (and) anthropology

For two days in August I participated in the Designing Anthropological Futures Conference, an exploratory conference that brought anthropologists and designers together to reflect on ‘future-making’ from a design anthropological perspective. The discussions, workshops, and animated debates made me reflect on the evolving nature of ‘design anthropology’.

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