Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Fabs and Fads of Design Thinking

Hello all! I want to alert the internet to a recent panel-slash-discussion I participated in for DESMA. I will cut and paste a brief description about DESMA from their website:

DESMA is a trans-disciplinary network of 12 researchers, 4 universities and 8 industry partners. We want to build a vibrant and sustainable community across Europe of high quality research in the intersection of design + management to be driving the discussions on the future of the field, to exchange knowledge and to support collaborations between academia and practice.

One of the initiatives to “support collaborations between academia and practice” was the recent introduction of DESMA chats. This is an informal panel discussion hosted by two great DESMA PhD researchers, Andreas Benker and Andrew Whitcomb. The DESMA chats invite academic and practice based experts to participate in a half hour discussion on a chosen topic. I was lucky enough to be invited along with Cecilia Hill, general manager of design practice at Telstra, to participate in the first episode of DESMA chats, The Fabs and Fads of Design Thinking.

My response was fairly basic, as we are only afforded half an hour and I didn’t want to confuse the general audience. I believe that half an hour is a good length of time as much longer would become tedious to a viewer. However, suggestions as to how to improve either the content or structure of DESMA chats are more than welcome. Would you like to see more complex discussions, or prefer easy to digest information? Follow @desmanetwork to keep up on the latest episodes, or to participate in the discussion.

Anyhow, here is the full episode. Hope you enjoy!


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