The Design Thinking Process Paradox

Designers or Design Thinkers often like to think that they require a certain level of “freedom” to allow their creativity to flourish.  Indeed, the best ideas come when the mind is free from distractions: particularly in places like the shower or when you are just

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Wishing All A Hap-pig Lunar New Year!

It the time of the year where we look back, reminisce, reflect and appreciate everything that has happened to us in the past year.  Therefore we would like to wish all our readers, friends, partners and clients a Happy Lunar New Year! Gong Xi Fa Chai,

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Thoughts on the iPhone Xs Max

As a typical post-industrial type designer, I've given up the need to buy new stuff.  This MacBook Retina I'm writing this post on is Mid 2012, so new product "reviews" are pretty rare here.  However, due to extensive casing damage on my iPhone 6+, I

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Design Thinking Experts Fill In Gaps Between Steps

How do you identify the best Design Thinkers? Separate the men from the mice? They can fill in the gaps between the steps. Design Thinking has been expressed as codifying how designers think. However, when a process gets codified, the tendency is to simplify it for the purpose of

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We turn 8 Today!

It has been 8 years since I decided to evolve as a human by moving from employee-ship to entrepreneurship. Since then we have worked on over 110+ projects and counting. It has been a massive roller coaster ride, made easier in the privileged company of many

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Zero to One: Find a Niche and Own it!

I really like Zero to One by Peter Thiel.  So much so, that I'm slowly reading it chapter by chapter to internalize the information. If you are interested in how game-changing strategies behind new products and services are conceptualized, this book is for you.  I particularly like his

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Is Your Business Ready for Innovation?

Some of you might be familiar with the Diffusion of Innovation. It is a theory that seeks to explain how new ideas and technology spread and is typically used to explain consumers’ adoption of technology. Through our course of work, we’ve come to realise this

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What is Design Worth? A Masterclass on Design’s Value

  Our partners Methodology.sg is running an awesome Masterclass workshop called: DESIGN LEADERSHIP: How to Identify and Communicate the Value of Design. Details as follows: Design as a Strategy is the next big thing. Enlightened companies such as Apple, Dyson and PepsiCo have bet on Design and won. But to

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Fighting the Status Quo

Many of us, stuck in the trenches of Design Thinking, have to challenge the status quo. We have to convince, cajole, or fight with people to effect change.  Change goes against established Orthodoxies or cultural norms, thus you would have likely heard a lot of: "Son, this

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Creative Freelancer Bootcamp

FREEDOM! That is the first thing that freelancers talk about when asked why they became a freelancer. Why work in an office when you can work from anywhere in the world with just a laptop and an Internet connection? While the benefits are many, the

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(Re)building Trust in the Healthcare System

Earlier this month, it was reported that 22 patients in a renal ward of the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) have been infected with the deadly hepatitis C virus. 4 have since died. The current prognosis is that it was likely due to cross-contamination

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