What are the hallmarks of good DESIGN?


What is good design?

Dr. Gary Hamel says great design evokes an almost visceral reaction because it is:

  1. Utterly unexpected

  2. Amazingly competent

  3. Aesthetically exquisite

  4. Conspicuously conscientious

 CLICK HERE to read Dr. Hamel's article in FORBES.


Design Thinking is a proven and repeatable problem-solving protocol that any business or profession can employ to achieve extraordinary results. Read the article in Fast Company Magazine HERE.


Stanford University's d-School has developed a process for Design Thinking. CLICK HERE to read the d-School's "Bootcamp Bootleg". 


Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, offers 3 steps to a more open, innovative mind. 

  • Be curious
  • Have empathy
  • Beginner's mind

CLICK HERE to read the article in Fast Company magazine.


Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, gives a fascinating TED Talk encouraging designers to think big!


Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO:  Why social innovators need design thinking


Don Norman is an academic in the field of cognitive science, design and usability engineering. His TED Talk on "The three ways that good design makes you happy" (below). 


Amos Winter is an MIT Engineer who asks "How do you build a wheelchair ready to blaze through mud and sand, all for under $200?". In his TED Talk below, Winter guides us through the mechanics of an all-terrain wheelchair that's cheap and easy to build -- for true accessibility -- and gives us some lessons he learned along the road.


Robohand -- When Richard Van As, a woodworker in South Africa, decided to make a set of mechanical fingers, it wasn't just for fun. He'd lost four of the fingers on his right hand in an unfortunate work accident. For a carpenter, a disabled hand is a big professional risk, so Richard decided on the day of the incident that he would use the tools available to him to remedy his situation. Watch the inspiring video below to hear how Richard's project, Robohand, is changing lives with patience, spirit, and a MakerBot Replicator 2.



The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Design. Much of what is fueling the best in design is the desire to make life easier and more enjoyable. Read the article from the March 2014 issue of Fast Company HERE.




Extreme By Design

Extreme By Design is the story of three Stanford University Design School students who take a course on designing very low-cost products that meet basic needs of the world's poorest people.

During the 6-month course, they travel to Bangladesh and Indonesia and race to design life-saving breathing devices, IV medicine infusion pumps, and fresh water storage systems. 



PBSLearningMedia (a curriculum portal for teachers) created a series of interactive videos designed to help students learn how to think and act like innovators. It is designed for 4th through 12th grade students, to be completed after watching the Extreme By Design documentary. 

Learning Episode 1 ("Being an Innovator") introduces students to the design thinking approach. Scenes from the documentary are used to illustrate concepts, and a protagonist acts as a guide, providing instruction and explanations to the students.