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Design Thinking Comes of Age

Idea in Brief

The Change

Increasingly, corporations and professional services firms are working to create design-centric cultures.

The Reason

Many products, services, and processes are now technologically complex. People are not hardwired to deal well with high levels of complexity. They need help.

The Idea

People need their interactions with technologies and other complex systems to be intuitive and pleasurable. Empathy, experimentation, design smarts, and other qualities help create those kinds of interactions. Those qualities need to spread from the product design function to the whole organization.

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.

This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of modern technology and modern business. That complexity takes many forms. Sometimes

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Home design in the age of social distancing

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As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing has become the new norm. A number of people across the globe have been confined to their homes and neighborhoods for an indefinite period of time.

We don’t know how long these effects will last and whether this change is just a temporary state or here for good. But as the world population increases depleting our resources, scientists are warning that it is putting us ever so closer to wildlife and the next pandemic might be just a matter of time.

What does this mean to the design and traditional meaning of our homes? What are the major social factors that will influence the homes of the future? These are some questions that architectural, interior and landscape designers will need to address moving forward.

As human beings, we already spend more than 90 percent of our time

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