Close
User avatar

stevep
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 210
Joined: January 20th, 2004, 2:49 pm
Location: Montara, CA
Please introduce yourself in this thread.

Who are you?
What kind of work do you do, or what are you studying?
What has your experience been with "innovation"?
Anything else you'd like to share!

Postby stevep » November 9th, 2005, 4:19 pm

User avatar

stevep
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 210
Joined: January 20th, 2004, 2:49 pm
Location: Montara, CA
I'm Steve Portigal.

I studied HCI in grad school; but I wasn't prepared to do "design" - which is what a lot of the work out there was about. I had more of a theoretical or critical perspective on the field. I became involved in user research (or ethnography or design research or whatever you want to call it) because it drew me in with a consideration of the larger questions - what should we be making? It wasn't the activity of field research as much as the opportunity to reframe the question, to identify needs and to figure out how to address them with products or services.

I worked at a consultancy for a few years where we branded this as an "innovation" offering. We struggled forever to define innovation (and frankly I'm not so interested in solving that one - but go ahead if you are!) even though we were offering it as a service, supposedly.

I've been running my own small practice (Portigal Consulting) for more than four years now. I describe the consulting work as the synthesis of user research (ethnography), design and business strategy.

I work from a home office, in a small town with no cell coverage and an alpaca ranch around the corner.

LukeW

Postby lukew » November 9th, 2005, 11:52 pm

User avatar

lukew
 
Posts: 1
Joined: November 9th, 2005, 11:40 pm
I'm LukeW (Luke Wroblewski)

Currently Principal Designer at Yahoo!, author of Site Seeing and Functioning Form, and design consultant through LukeW Interface Designs.

I create Web experiences and have designed new products for many heavy hitters and small companies. I'm one of those "do it all" designers: visual design, information architecture, interaction design, Web programming, etc. My experiences with innovation are best articulated by those wiser than myself. As such I quote Jim Leftwich:

"I have always believed in the speed, breadth of integrative power, and just sheer purity that a single strong design lead can bring to a problem. I'd qualify that further in saying that similarly strong leads in all the necessary aspects of product or system development (that understand the value of the others - i.e.: engineering, business, etc.) is even more powerful, but in my long career, fairly rare. What separates truly extraordinary and transcendent products or systems from the merely adequate (I won't even talk about poor efforts) is vision. Until such time that the communication and coordination between *separate minds* can reach the speed and integration of neurons within a single mind with vision and experience, the latter will always be capable of creating and *inspired* solution.

The higher up the food chain this capability and leadership resides (or is consulting into), the greater the likelihood of an inspired and elegant solution. Now this doesn't by any means insure larger business success, because there are many extenuating and complex forces at play in the product world. It also doesn't imply that such a leader is always *right*, but in the long term, and especially when it comes to significant or revolutionary *innovation* (as opposed to the overwhelming majority of development that is merely "me too" or evolutionary feature creep), a design leader with vision will very often drive a product or system to greater and more successful heights."

Postby csven » November 18th, 2005, 4:58 pm


csven
step four
step four
 
Posts: 432
Joined: June 25th, 2004, 11:41 am
I'm the same "csven" listed on the Core77 contributors page for those who haven't made the connection.

Postby Infini » December 4th, 2005, 7:53 pm

User avatar

Infini
step three
step three
 
Posts: 139
Joined: November 9th, 2004, 3:13 pm
Location: Singapore
And Infini is my log in name, I also use Niti Bhan to sign checks over to the landlord. As csven says, profile in the contributor's section.

Postby cg » November 20th, 2006, 1:57 pm

User avatar

cg
full self-realization
full self-realization
 
Posts: 2498
Joined: January 10th, 2004, 12:21 am
Location: San Diego
I'm Chris Gielow.

I've moved from Industrial to Interaction to Experience Design over the years. Now I'm heading up a User Experience Design group at Cardinal Health. I enjoy the large sandbox I get to play in, but the design community is small here in San Diego, which is why I'm a regular here.

I've quickly become known as the "innovation guy", but I never realized how difficult it could be to change an entire culture--especially when most people don't know what design is (and some don't care to find out.)Needless to say it's become my singular purpose to make innovation happen, and I've been soaking up everything I can on the subject. That may mean that in a few years "Experience Designer" won't cut it for a title either.

The most important advice I can give to anyone right now is to constantly re-invent yourself and find the place where you can offer the most value as a designer. This is a pivotal moment for designers, and we need to show business that we can step up to the plate and deliver on all of our promises.

On Design and Innovation:

I had a conversation with (author/professor) Jonathan Cagen and he actually suggested that I ditch the "design" in my group name and replace it with "innovation." He might be right, but I just can't bear to do it. It's interesting that the name of this forum, like at BusinessWeek, includes both labels.

A great quote from Nussbaum I frequently highlight when selling design and innovation internally: "When people talk about innovation in the ‘90s, they really meant technology. When people talk about innovation in this decade, they really mean design” -Bruce Nussbaum, BusinessWeek

Postby stevep » November 20th, 2006, 2:02 pm

User avatar

stevep
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 210
Joined: January 20th, 2004, 2:49 pm
Location: Montara, CA
cg wrote:A great quote from Nussbaum I frequently highlight when selling design and innovation internally: "When people talk about innovation in the ‘90s, they really meant technology. When people talk about innovation in this decade, they really mean design” -Bruce Nussbaum, BusinessWeek


That's a great point. I find people like Nussbaum also throw in 'ethnography' to that stew of overlapping words/concepts/processes. I'm not entirely happy with the slipperyness between them, myself. Although if you are perceived as being in one box or the other, then sometimes the conversation gets very difficult very quickly.


Robin Ferraby
 
Posts: 5
Joined: July 13th, 2009, 11:04 am
Location: Portsmouth, UK
Hi, I'm a Senior Industrial Designer at Kenwood UK and have just started a blog here: www.ferraby.com

I'm going to be posting about design as strategy within a business having worked for the last 5 ish years to see process change here at Kenwood, it's been a ride...

Please take a look and comment, thanks, Robin
Robin Ferraby
Senior Industrial Designer
Kenwood Ltd
www.ferraby.com

User avatar

SK
step three
step three
 
Posts: 140
Joined: February 14th, 2005, 5:37 am
Location: Adelaide
I am Sivam Krish

I am into Generative Design. I blog about it in https://genoform.wordpress.com
I am interested in changing the game of design.


booner
step one
step one
 
Posts: 26
Joined: October 8th, 2007, 2:25 pm
Location: WI USA
My name is Jason Boon, and I am an internal industrial designer/design manager for Kimberly - Clark on our consumer brands (Kotex, Poise, Kleenex, Pull-ups to name a few). I am passionate about using process and rigor (maybe a better way to state this is defined, repeatable steps) in design to create innovation, of which using design research is critical. I am currently working to highlight areas in my company where we don't do that, and compare to a handful of good case studies that have been building in the last few years, with the hope of creating an efficient, strategic, and reliable design engine for our businesses.

Before coming to KC four years ago, I worked for two years at a small design consultancy outside of Madison WI after graduation from UW-Stout.

I would love to start some conversations about design research and market research - this directly relates to where I am at in the corporate culture of KC.

All the best,
Jason


dcdesign4u
 
Posts: 3
Joined: April 24th, 2007, 8:56 am
Location: MIDWEST
Hey

Derek Crenshaw (dcdesign4u)
Product Design Director - SI Jacobson
Design and develop soft goods products. Range is wide; Backpacks, Luggage, Custom Cases, Coolers, Sportbags, Golf, Apparel and anything that comes my way.

Innovation-experience-Shared thought;
Designed the first cooler to sell over 3 million units at Walmart. Designed and developed the first backpack approved by the WFC. I have worked on numorous products that have had awesome innovation. I just wish I worked for companies that protected the innovations. I have worked with alot of great designers, that have lost alot credit because of fast followers and no protection. So, my experience, if it's worth the title innovation...protect it.

nuff said!

User avatar

Roozbeh
 
Posts: 1
Joined: November 29th, 2010, 12:24 am
Location: Tempe, AZ
Hey
My name is Roozbeh, graduate student at ASU, AZ.
Before moving to US, I worked for several years as Industrial designer, Director and Instructor.
At this time , I am challenging picking a research topic up within my several research interests.
I would love teaching design!

User avatar

elevenllc
 
Posts: 2
Joined: June 17th, 2013, 2:20 pm
Location: Boston, MA
Hello!

(ELEVEN) is a small product development studio based out of Boston, MA. We are industrial designers, researchers, strategists, and engineers. Our objective is to improve and create experiences and products that will engage users and ultimately improve their lives. http://www.eleven.net

User avatar

yo
Administration
Administration
 
Posts: 16317
Joined: January 5th, 2004, 6:57 pm
Location: SoCal
Why would 11 post this here? Makes no sense.

User avatar

NURB
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 4670
Joined: November 10th, 2005, 1:31 pm
Location: MPLS
Take a look at the profile when you get a second.
Chris Haar

twitter:@chrishaar

Those who define design as knowing how to use Illustrator will be condemned to using Illustrator their entire career. - @monteiro

Go to the Next Page

Return to design research