FOOD IS A TOOL: How to design your way out of “Dining al Desko”

We all eat. Food is a universal experience that brings people together and builds and sustains healthy communities. At HLW we see organizations using food experiences as both cultural and innovation tools. Food can be embedded in experiences that help people to discover themselves in a learning context and to share about themselves in a…

NEW ATTITUDES IN OFFICE DESIGN

In an era where everyone is asking, “What does an innovative workplace look like?” it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find exceptional examples that truly break the mold. HLW‘s design for the YouTube Space NY is one of these exceptions. Click here to read more about the presentation I gave as part of the AIA…

WHY SPACE MATTERS: A Workshop at the 2014 Service Experience Conference

You can design a great service, but if your service is tied to a physical place, and the design of that space hasn’t figured into your blueprint, the whole thing can fall apart. Space and your physical environment can sometimes be taken for granted. Through the eyes of an architect’s mindset, I have developed a…

THE INNOVATION INSURRECTION

Check out my answer to the question, why is design thinking regularly bypassing architecture and interior design firms? This line of questioning is posed by writer Emily Bobrow in the recently published article, The Innovation Insurrection, by the Nielsen Perspective 2015fallwinter magazine.

“NECK-DOWN” DESIGNING

In October of 2013 I lead a workshop for the Columbia University Chapter of Design For America and introduced students to design research methods aimed to unearth more rigorous discovery within their own research projects. For these students, it was important to get ‘out of their head’ and ‘into their body’. The methods I introduced…

DRAWING FOR THINKERS: Sketching skills for the non-believer

I have developed DRAWING FOR THINKERS, a 2-hour workshop teaching drawing skills as a way to diagram and think through tough problems.   The target audience for this workshop is the ‘I Can’t Draw’ crowd and those who want to improve on their ability to sketch as a tool for design thinking and representation. Participant Learning Objectives…

CHANGING HOW WE CARE- Presentation

In October of 2011 I presented at the Global Service Design Conference in San Francisco with colleague Ali Baba Attaie from HelloLAB. The following includes our presentation slides and some comments about the project. HOW IT STARTED:  Ali and I met over a year ago at a conference on design, technology and innovation. His organization, hellosmile is a…

SPACE FOR SERVICES- WORKSHOP FOR ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS

More and more, space can be considered a platform for dynamic experiences, not a just a static container. So, how can designers prepare to design spaces that empower a more mobile, personal and participatory experience?[1] This was the question I posed to the students at the beginning of our half-day workshop at the gradate school…

HOW TO TURN A STATIC VISUALIZATION INTO A SUCCESSFUL ANIMATION

This article was originally posted on the VISUAL.LY blog on Feb 21, 2012 How to Turn a Static Visualization Into a Successful Animation by Liz Burow   Short animations are one of the best tools out there for explaining ideas, but they aren’t used often enough for fear they’re too advanced. Yet, creating animations can really help designers understand…

VISUAL THINKING at UNITEDHEALTH INNOVATION DAY

Visual Thinking Presentation for United Health Innovation Day Pictures are global and transcend words. They carry metaphors, symbols and meaning beyond the written word. Capturing ideas with images takes less time than reading text or verbalizing ideas, and making drawings helps you tell stories more effectively. Visual thinking can help you make sense of complexity,…