#dchat: Design & the law

(Photo via Flickr user  Mark Fischer) Can we re-design the law to make it more accessible to the general public while creating more opportunities for the nation's lawyers -- if so, how? We have someone at the d.school working on that. Margaret Hagan, in addition to holding a law degree from Stanford, holds a Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies from Queens University in Belfast. She is an illustrator and a designer interested in changing the legal world using design thinking.

Margaret has illustrated a number of pieces for the whiteboard, including a piece where she chronicles the missions of law and design. She has also created the Open Law Lab, "an initiative to design law". So, how would you do it? How would you re-design the law? Where would you start -- immigration, taxes, property, contracts?

Now is your chance to chat with Margaret about it, because it's Tuesday, which means tonight is #dchat -- one hour to chat about design thinking and the messy problems and questions around a central theme. So, join us tonight at 6pm PT to talk law and design with Margaret. You can follow Margaret at @MargaretHagan, and you can check out last week's #dchat with d.school fellowships director Justin Ferrell on emergence.

#dchat: Let's talk emergence

Starlings are one example of emergence in nature. (Photo by Flickr user muffinn) What does leadership look like in an organization where there is no leader? Emergent systems -- think non-hierarchical collectives, such as ant farms and flocks of starlings -- function like this. So does, in many ways, the d.school.

We've visited the subject of emergence with George Kembel, the global director and co-founder of the d.school. If you missed it, it's worth a read before joining this week's chat. Justin Ferrell, the Levinthal Director of Fellowships at the d.school and our first #dchat guest, will be back for #dchat on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6pm PT to discuss and take your questions about emergent systems. How do they work? What does it take to get one started? What is it like to work within an emergent system?

It's worth noting that Justin is currently reading Steven Johnson's "Emergence". So, if you're reading it, have read it or are interested, you'll definitely want to join this chat.

In the meantime, check out the recap of last week's #dchat with d.school fellow Anne Gibbon (@AlcinoeSea). We were a bit light due to the State of the Union, but thanks to everyone who joined in!

#dchat: What are your best and worst design moments? (6pm PT)

Tools can only get you so far, learning from your mistakes is critical. (Photo via PublicDomainPictures.net) We're back with another week of #dchat! This week we'll be reviewing your best and worst design moments and what you learned. Think back through the times you have applied design thinking: what worked, what didn't work? What are the lessons you've learned from those moments? Most importantly, what wisdom would you impart to others if you could?

I'll be hosting online Tues., Jan. 22 from 6pm - 7pm PT/ 9pm - 10pm ET to field and share your responses!

In the meantime, you can read tweets from last week's #dchat on Twitter.

#dchat: What are your design thinking resolutions?

Photo by Flickr user vanhookc. We're officially back from winter break, and we're kicking off the year with our first #dchat on Jan. 7 at 6pm PT. The topic is rooted around the New Year: What are your design thinking resolutions? Now, there are a slew of recommendations as to how to implement changes in your behavior. Commit to small changes rather than sweeping ones, opt for adopting new systems over setting new goals, and so on.

There's a family that holds a competition throughout the course of the year to see who can keep their resolutions. Dilbert creator Scott Adams has a whole list of recommendations for how to be happier in 2014 (with the appropriate caveat that one should probably not take medical advice from a cartoonist). When it comes to resolutions, there's plenty to read. But it's almost impossible not to think about making a resolution or two when the new year rolls around.

One component of the design-thinking process stood out to me when my mind turned to resolution-making: mindset. This is an important part of the design-thinking process. There's the need to adopt the mindset of a child when tackling complicated problems, and to keep an open mind during brainstorming. Mindset is incredibly powerful, and making a point to more actively adjust your mindset daily can help produce real changes. So, my resolution this year is to be more active in controlling my mindset to fit my needs, rather than letting my mindset control my actions.

So, what's your design-thinking resolution? I'll be online at 6pm PT on Tuesday, Jan. 7 to start off the conversation. If you plan to join us, feel free to let me know on Twitter or in the comments.

In the meantime, here are some highlights from our last #dchat with d.school fellow and San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education commissioner Matt Haney:

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#dchat: Integrating technology and design thinking

(Photo by Flickr user Mike Lau) Tuesday's around the corner again (as is Thanksgiving), and we have your #dchat recap and an introduction to this week's topic. Our host this week is d.school fellow and Nearpod Founder and Co-CEO Guido Kovalskys (@GuidoNearpod). Nearpod is a platform that essentially turns mobile devices into teaching assistants.

The topic for this week's discussion is: integrating technology and design thinking.

Here are some questions from Guido to start off the discussion: "How can/should technology be integrated into the design thinking process? What tech tools have you experienced at the different steps of the process that you'd like to share?" In case you're new to #dchat, you can join us at 6pm PT on Tuesday, Nov. 26 (tomorrow) on Twitter.

But, before we get to that, here's a quick recap of last week's #dchat highlights on the topic of "designing you online":

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#dchat recap & tonight's topic: Designing you online

It's Tuesday, which means it's #dchat day. We hope you're as excited as we are. (Photo by Flickr user Thomas Anderson)

Last week's chat was lively and jumped around, as conversations are wont to do on Twitter. We started with an open question on the future of the press release and whether it was in need of a re-design. Then we jumped to science fiction writing, the symbiotic relationship between design and storytelling, and we even told some four-word stories.

I'll be your host again this week, and the topic will be designing you online. As the Web continues to embed itself deeper into our lives, designing and owning your identity online is becoming increasingly important. How do you do it? Do you start on social media, or should you establish your own domain name? If so, what's the best way to go about it? Should you go about it at all? I'll be looking for answers as much as I am able to provide any. I'll also be looking for people to share their favorite platforms and lessons learned in designing their online identity. How can you leverage the five-stage design thinking process in establishing your online identity? Here's the question we'll be leading off with:

Where would you start your empathy interviews to begin designing your online identity?

Would you start with family, friends, co-workers or perfect strangers? What would you ask them? Would you begin at this stage in the design-thinking process, or would you skip to rapid prototyping?

Okay, there's plenty to discuss tonight. Here's our recap of last week. This is by no means comprehensive. We're just covering some of the highlights:

Thanks to those who kicked us off before 6pm!

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Then we were up and running!

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We also had a call for four-word stories:

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Here's an interesting tangent on the role of four-word stories in a marketing campaign...

And then, it was time to go!

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Okay, almost ...

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Thanks to everyone who joined us last week, and we look forward to seeing you tonight!

The #dchat recap & this week's topic: Design in storytelling

So, another Tuesday is upon us. This means another #dchat at 6pm PT tonight! This week's topic: design in storytelling. Your host: me. There are so many new ways to capture and convey stories. I was struck last night while reading quotes from Isabel Allende on writing that this is a field not only ripe for design but that also serves as its lifeblood. I first became aware of this during a Spark Camp gathering around storytelling I was fortunate enough to attend earlier this year.

My big takeaway from d.bootcamp on Monday. The lecture centered on storytelling and was led by Stanford lecturer, Anne Fletcher. (Emi Kolawole)

Then, yesterday during d.bootcamp, we participated in exercises to highlight the importance of stories in the human-centered design process. This included exploring how stories tend to begin ("There was that one time..."), the requirement that there be a problem and a resolution, and the role stories play in defining culture. Anne Fletcher, a lecturer at Stanford who is teaching ME 277: Graduate Design Research Techniques this winter, led the exercises. Her lecture raised a number of questions for me around the future of storytelling and what it could mean for the ways journalists report, companies share information and books are written and distributed.

I hope tonight's #dchat provides an opportunity to explore some of these concepts. I don't profess to have all of the answers, but I can guarantee I have plenty of questions and topics I'd like to explore with you. Here are a few to get us started:

- Does the press release have a place in the modern storytelling landscape? Is it in need of a re-design? If so, what could it look like? - Should companies hire in-house, professional storytellers? How could one go about designing that role? - Smartphones or notebooks: Which one works best for capturing a story? - Twitter, e-books, blogs or the good ol' dead-tree method: How do you like to get your stories? - Writing daily & design: Does writing daily make you a better designer?

Now, of course, a heart-felt "thank you" goes out to everyone who joined us last week. We had d.school Fellow Anne Gibbon on tap to discuss neuroscience and its potential role in freeing people up to be more creative in the design thinking process:

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The #dchat roundup: Getting 'the wheels moving again'

dchat-artSo, we held our first #dchat on Tuesday, and we want to thank everyone who participated. Sorry to be a day late with the roundup -- we have a lot going on here at the d. The #dchat was a raucous good time. We had Justin Ferrell, our director of fellowships here at the d.school, fielding questions. The topic was pretty broad (we'll work on that for next time), but you all brought your A-game. Here are some of the highlights from this week's chat:

What is design thinking?

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Justin offered up his favorite thing about design thinking...

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And some advice on being comfortable with what's uncomfortable:

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...and the most amazing thing he'd tell a 9th grader who wanted to use design thinking to change the world:

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There was an interesting discussion about empathy:

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Not-so-old acquaintances were found:

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There were Post-It notes all over the place, of course:

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And there was some #meta action:

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And the one thing we really wanted to happen happened: We helped inspire!

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See you all next week, and thanks so much for tuning in! We'll see you Tues. at 6pm PT!

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Let's #dchat: d.school to host first #dchat at 6pm PT

dchat-promo Update: Our pals over at @k12lab host #dtk12chat once a week, so be sure to check that out Wednesdays at 6pm PT!

We get a lot of questions at the d.school. A lot. People want to learn everything from how we work, to how they might collaborate with us to how they could create a d.school-like environment in their own context.

It's time we talked, so let's do it!

On Tuesday, Oct. 29 we're hosting our first chat on Twitter: #dchat.

This is an opportunity to talk with members of the d.school about whatever's on your mind in the realm of design thinking and creative confidence, and at the d.school in general. Our Director of Fellowships, Justin Ferrell, will be leading the discussion. And we'll be bringing along a few of the project fellows to participate, as well.

You may be wondering: How do I follow this? Do I have to be at the d.school to participate? What if I don't know what design thinking's all about? Let's take them one by one:

How do I follow the chat?

If you're familiar with Twitter, we'll be using the hashtag #dchat. So, if you follow that hashtag, you'll be able to follow the discussion. Will there be side-discussions? Of course. But all of our tweets regarding the chat with answers to your questions and discussion prompts will feature this hashtag.

Do I have to be at the d.school to participate?

Nope! Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, put your feet up, log on to Twitter and join us. It's as easy as that.

What if I don't know what design thinking is?

All the more reason to join us!  In the meantime, you can check out this online crash course.

What if I miss it? Where can I find the chat transcript?

We'll be collecting answers to questions and doing a "best of" list on Wednesday here on the whiteboard.

This sounds familiar? Where have I seen this model before?

One of our favorite online conversations is #wjchat. It's a wonderful conversation that carves a space in the Twittersphere every Wednesday at 5pm PT. If you're interested, please check it out.