Why bad ideas lead to good ideas: using “reverse thinking” in a design sprint at the National Gallery of Art
Imagining the worst way to solve a problem can actually help you solve the problem. Learn how we used a bad ideas brainstorm In a four-day design sprint at the National Gallery of Art to arrive at good solutions.
A design thinker in residence: an interview with Henry Trejo of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Henry Trejo is the design thinker in residence at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In his role, Henry advocates for visitors and works to make the museum welcoming and inclusive.
The #FutureMuseum Project invites professionals from around the world to share their ideas about the future of museums. My view is that the museum of the future will be more visitor- and guest-centered than ever before in the history of museums and cultural institutions.
Minimizing the Einstellung Effect in Design Thinking: How to Arrive at Innovative Solutions by Diminishing Cognitive Bias
The Einstellung Effect—when preexisting knowledge or experience prevents us from considering alternative possibilities to a problem—can seriously impede a team’s innovation capacity. Here are some small steps to mitigate its effects.
Why every organization needs a human-centered design hallway: lessons from the Akron-Summit County Public Library
In an interview with Jennifer Stencel of the Akron-Summit County Public library, I learned how a scrappy, makeshift space is transforming the library from the inside out, making it a more human-centered place for the community.
How a small arts organization on Vancouver Island is dreaming big with design thinking: an interview with the Nanaimo Art Gallery
How can small arts organizations with limited budgets and lean teams leverage the power of design thinking? Learn how the Nanaimo Art Gallery on Vancouver Island is using design thinking in this interview.
I’ve observed a set of common errors that practitioners new to design thinking often make when implementing the process. By leveraging the learnings of others, you can more successfully champion, utilize, and apply design thinking.
Are you curious to hear from other practitioners who are dipping their toes into the waters of design thinking and human-centered design? We've launched a new LinkedIn group and have started a Twitter hashtag for professionals to share stories, ask questions, and join the conversation.
The Computer History Museum, in collaboration with the design firm IDEO, is using human-centered design methods to research the needs of local communities, generate creative concepts, and build consensus for a new Education Center opening in fall 2017.
For a series of printed visitor guides, The Phoenix Art Museum adopted an innovative approach to content development: a design sprint. For this post, I interviewed Christian Adame, Assistant Education Director, about the sprint and what they learned.
“How do I get our director/my boss/the curators/my colleagues on board with the design thinking process?” This question touches on one of the most demanding aspects of human-centered design in museums: promoting change. In this post, I share five steps for managing up design thinking in museums.
This guest post by Maryanna Rogers explores how museums and cultural organizations are looking outside their walls and co-designing public space with their communities.
The keynote speaker at the 2015 Museum Computer Network, Liz Ogpu, talked about the power of human-centered design and its potential for impact in museums.
Earlier this summer, I came across the Derby Museums Human-Centred Design Handbook, developed by the Derby Museums Trust in Derby, England. I spoke with Hannah Fox, Project Director, to learn more about the Museums' use of human-centered design methodologies.
How might we embed design thinking into a museum? 5 steps from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
How might we embed design thinking into a museum? This is the question I've been exploring with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science over the past six months.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, one of the largest encyclopedic museums in the country, began a design thinking process in 2013 to find new ways to enhance museum visitors’ experiences.