All bird posts about Design

Design infects the world of venture capital

Design is on a quest to conquer new territories within society. Beautifully-designed products are guaranteed to attract attention, and as consumers, we love our laptops, tablets, smartphones and all the apps on them. More and more companies realize that good design equates to higher profits, whether for products, services or environments. The new kids on the block are the design-led startups, which often disrupt the incumbent players. The latest addition to this achievement of design are the venture capital firms, the VCs.

Some things marketing can learn from design

The connection between marketing and design is increasingly intensifying in organizations. The forces of digital, the communication power of the customer and the value of experience are driving the two disciplines towards each other. Marketing has been a long-time proponent of connecting with customers, from the inside-out. Now, design brings a perspective, culture and mindset on problem-solving that marketers can learn from.

Design thinking in action

As a means towards innovation and customer-centricity, “design thinking” is lauded as a technique to infuse creativity throughout an organization. We know it’s being taught to future business leaders at places like Stanford’s, but how’s it being applied in the real world? Global enterprise services leader Citrix provides an interesting example.

Answering a challenging question: What’s the ROI for design?

Suggest to a board level executive that they double the number of retail outlets – or expand product lines sold in a web shop – and they might easily envisage the required investment and predicted profits. Selling the value of a design project is notoriously more difficult, however.

Helping businesses realize profits from customer experience design

Re-framing a design challenge as a wicked problem

Customer experience design is hot. Venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and even industry analysts recognize the business advantages of taking a “design approach” to building integrated, memorable, and favorable customer experiences. But despite its popularity, not enough firms know how to practice customer experience design with discipline. On the other hand, many designers face challenges and become frustrated by constraints, politics and changing requirements of their clients.

Designers in suits: Richard Buchanan

If you wanted to instill “design thinking” into today’s organizations, integrating it into a design school curriculum might seem like a good start. But Richard Buchanan made a more astute choice, leaving a design school to teach at a management school, and ensuring that MBA students leave with a truly innovative perspective.

Designers in suits: Roger Martin

In this series of posts, we’ll take a look at icons in the business world who lead the way in proclaiming the importance of design in creating business value. Today’s post focuses on Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management for the last thirteen years.

Designers stand between revolutions and everyday life

Over the past several years, we have seen a rising emphasis on design, creativity and holistic thinking in business to help us deal with an increasingly volatile, unpredictable and complex world. Change is everywhere and design’s most fundamental tasks is to help people deal with change.