How do stolen media spaces change human behavior? That's the question I'll be considering as part of my work exploring media design. Does stolen always mean illegally taken? No. Are media spaces all online? Of course not. So, where should I start? As always, I need to start with people. That means, I need your help.Read More
There is a popular notion that a person must invest 10,000 hours of practice to become a master in a field or a practice. The original idea stems from psychological research by Anders Ericsson. It’s a call for years of dedication to one’s craft. But we should also consider how we become capable, how we add a new ability to our practice. I’ve discovered the mark to hit for this accomplishment: The 100-hour knack.Read More
It’s a five-second dance party, and it’s important. I’ll explain.
Every day, when I let my dog back inside after his morning constitutional, we do a little dance together. We share a moment of dogjoy. Even if you’ve never heard the word before, I bet you know what I’m talking about. Nothing is happier than a happy dog. Just a drop of this particular type of joy contagious.Read More
The following sentence is an understatement: Aaron Huey is a photographer.
Aaron is a designer, storyteller, explorer, entrepreneur, activist, author and maker -- and those are only a few of the hats he wears. In addition to his award-winning work for National Geographic, The New Yorker, Smithsonian and The New York Times, among other publications, Aaron is an alumni of the Knight Fellowship program at Stanford and is currently a Global Ambassador of the d.school fellowship program. For seven years, he photographed the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, transitioning from objective observer to activist, which led to his collaboration with street artist Shepard Fairey and the launch of the Honor the Treaties campaign.Read More
Applications for the d.school fellowship program for the academic year 2015-16 closed on May 10. This year, we were looking for restless experts in the fields of K12 education and civic innovation.Read More
Can design thinking help people do better research and better science?
Enter the d.school pop-up class “Research as Design: Redesign Your Research Process“, which was taught this past winter. The class provides PhD candidates, post-doctoral researchers, master’s degree candidates, faculty and others engaged in professional research at Stanford an opportunity to learn how they may apply design thinking to their work.Read More
Have you ever attended a d.school class or workshop and wondered what goes into teaching the d.school way? Well, now's your chance to find out.
Applications for the d.school teaching fellowship are now open. The teaching fellowship (not to be confused with our professional fellowship program) runs for a full year and offers individuals an opportunity to learn, teach and grow their expertise in experiential teaching and design thinking.Read More
We all need a break every once in a while. That includes the whiteboard newsletter.
Winter quarter has ended, and spring break is upon us. That means the campus is getting a little quieter. But the d.school is humming. There are changes to the space afoot, and the work of the media design team is beginning to ramp up.Read More
Media design. It's a popular term now at the d.school as we embark on a two-year exploration. But what is it? It's pretty broad, when you think about it. There's media. Nearly everything, from a piece of paper to the food on your plate, can serve as media. There's design, and within design, there's organizational design, industrial design, product design and the list goes on.Read More
Batman is my favorite superhero.
Beneath the tragic life story, the brooding and the money -- the infinite gobs of Wayne Enterprises money -- is a human being. He can't fly, he doesn't have a magic ring, he can't breathe under water and webs don't shoot out his hands. He has a secret identity and buys and makes really cool tools.Read More
I have been trying to wrap my head around vulnerability recently. Yes, I finished reading Brené Brown's "Daring Greatly". No, I am not the first person to do so or to be taken with the concept of vulnerability as a powerful force in our everyday lives. I am now hunting for people with whom I can speak about the topic. I am also observing people as they write, share (or don't) and why. I am also keenly aware of what they write and why they choose to take the approaches that they do.Read More
If you want to automate your home today, chances are you have to change something major about it. It may mean switching out a thermostat or replacing a light switch. There’s no getting around fumbling with wires, a screwdriver, and hoping not to get electrocuted. So, how are people supposed to try out home automation when it’s so hard just to get started? We created Switchmate to solve this problem, launching it as part of d.school’s fifth Launchpad class. Our device snaps right over a light switch and lets you control it from your phone in seconds without rewiring.Read More
The moment is unmistakeable. You are in the garage, you've long since shut off the engine and you're just sitting there listening. Maybe you're in a dark theater and you've forgotten how much time has passed. Perhaps your sitting across the dinner table and all you can hear is that sound -- the sound of a great story being told.Read More
Where do you retreat?
I visit the plants on my patio. There's an orange tree (named "Apple"), a struggling rosemary bush, a hydrangea on the mend and some succulents, among other plants. I visit these plants to get away from everything. More often than not, I even abandon my phone in the house.
It's quiet aside from the birds, a few active squirrels and the rush of water being driven from the spout into my water canteen. You can hear the occasional car rush by the house and the horn of a train in the distance. Both are nice reminders of my temporary absence from the world outside.Read More
It’s over. In fact, it has been over for a while. I just needed some time to recover.
The class, in all, was a wonderful prototype — an attempt to have a group of people from multiple disciplines consider the entirety of the news ecosystem, ascertain a challenge worth tackling and wrestle with deeply-held assumptions.Read More
I am exhausted.
The idea of writing this post is terrifying (nothing good can come of this level of fatigue), yet here I am. Before I launch into our third class, I wanted to take a moment to remember media critic and award-winning journalist David Carr. I was incredibly inspired by David's work -- especially this posting of a class curriculum on Medium. Aside from being a marvelous reading list, it hit me between the eyes as the future of what learning could and should be -- shared.
In that spirit, I'll continue.Read More
I have a horrible secret: It is really difficult for me to listen to stories.
The reason has always escaped me. Now, listening to one story, I think I understand why this simple act is so difficult for me. I am afraid.Read More
If I hear that we need to think outside of the box when it comes to news one ... more ... time ...
Regular readers of the whiteboard know I am in the midst of teaching a class on Redesigning the News Ecosystem. The teaching team, aside from myself, is made up of Dave Wright of Twitter and Tyson Evans of The New York Times. Laura McClellan Pickel is our experience assistant (think teaching assistant on d.school steroids).Read More
I want to write more. I do.
But the thing is... writing is f#$%ing hard.
But, as I sit here with knots in my stomach trying to tie up my first blog post on the whiteboard, I'm realizing that writing isn't actually the hard part. In fact not only is it not hard, it's kind of easy. 'Kind of enjoyable.
Actually, I kind of love writing.Read More
Update: The Kickstarter is underway for this project. You can learn more about Girls Driving for A Difference and show your support through March 26, 2015.
The more time I spend practicing design thinking in the d.school, the more inspired I feel to share the methodology with others and take creative leaps in my own educational experience.Read More