Research

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In implementing design thinking, it’s the mindset that matters

Applying design thinking in non-design organisations requires a change in mindset, which is easier said than done. Buying into the logic of the iterative approach requires fluctuating between divergent and convergent thinking, and this can be a struggle for people accustomed to a more linear approach.

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JoelIn implementing design thinking, it’s the mindset that matters
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Upcoming research insights

Upcoming research talks at the Design Factory: Mikko Illi on better sales processes on 9.4. and Antti Surma-aho on developing empathy and innovation attitudes through project-based courses on 23.4. Come and ask us some good questions!

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JoelUpcoming research insights
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Should there be a method to the madness?

We at Design Factory get frequently asked about what is our method. There seems to be a strong assumption that there is a “DF method” that can be summarized in a few clear steps. Our answer – that there isn’t one –  seems often to be met with surprise, confusion or even disappointment. So why do we not have a clear-cut method or process… and should we?

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Miko LaaksoShould there be a method to the madness?
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Does early ideation result in collaborative fixation within a development team?

Various types of creative sessions are typically held early on in projects to help design teams in exploring the solution space and ensuring a wide consideration of potential design directions. However, research has shown that such a group situation might result in fixation effects from exposure to ideas and perceptions of other group members. Miko, Tua and Senni studied how an early ideation workshop affects the range of perspectives to the problem and ideas for solutions present within interdisciplinary teams.

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Miko LaaksoDoes early ideation result in collaborative fixation within a development team?
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Balancing between divergence and convergence in design creativity research

Greetings from the design creativity research community, convening at Atlanta at the 4th International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC)! Read on for some interesting results from a place where laughter yoga, standardized tests, and prototyping facilities in actual castles all co-exist in peace.

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Tua BjörklundBalancing between divergence and convergence in design creativity research