The d.school is rife with stories of learning and insight. It can be difficult, however, to capture those stories as they happen (which is when the insights stand to be most rich). Often the story of design thinking is buried in process and lost when the story of the finished product is told. It also makes failure difficult for others to learn from, since even after-the-fact storytelling can leave out valuable pieces of information in the interest of putting a good spin on the process for the sake of those involved.
One of the aspects of the design thinking we'd like to focus on more broadly in the coming year is the capture of stories in process. So, a way of outlining the challenge could be: How might we seamlessly integrate storytelling into an innovator's process? I largely worked alone on this question at a time when I was trying to ascertain what design thinking actually is. Even then, I wasn't entirely clear on the design challenge in front of me in terms of helping the d.school fellows tell their stories.
This year, I have a bit more clarity and the opportunity to collaborate with an exceptional individual in Seamus Harte.
Seamus has been working on an experiential prototype here at the d.school -- a space where individuals could come to craft, edit, produce and publish the stories of their design work in process. Using cardboard and printouts, Seamus has laid out a prototype space using this design prompt: What would it look like if you could walk into iMovie?
Seamus invited me into the space to take a tour and offer feedback. Here's a quick video of what he had created:
While still a prototype, the print outs of where cameras, lights, computers and how-tos, among numerous other tools could be placed sparked a number of other ideas and inspirations: What if, instead of whiteboards, the room used black dry erase boards to reduce glare and be more distinct? What if all of the mobile devices we distributed to innovators during the year were linked through unified social media accounts or a collaboration platform such as Evernote? The meeting was a mix of brainstorming and defining around these and other potential opportunities and challenges. Let us know what you think and if this window into Seamus's process leads you to any insights of your own.