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July 14, 2020
Asynchronous and Synchronous Communication Challenges in a Pandemic World

How might we take advantage of asynchronous videos to help create meaningful content, provide avenues for clearer communication, and utilize the remote synchronous time more thoughtfully?

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July 7, 2020
Design Philosophy: Conceptual Integrity and Empathic Anticipation

Most designers try to strike a balance between the two ideals: conceptual integrity and empathic anticipation. Stephen Taylor outlines three skills designers need to strike the balance.

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June 23, 2020
A Service Designer Lens: Grocery Pickup Spot #4, the New Normal?

From bruised apples and tomato paste to lucky pickup spot #4, let’s take a look at what qualifies as a “stamp of approval” when it comes to grocery pickup services during a global pandemic.

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June 16, 2020
Designing for Sustainability: A Harmonic Design Series About Service Design and the "S" word

Service design practice is all about connection—in service of others, and in service of the planet. We've reached out to sustainability experts and had the opportunity to gather valuable insights on how service design and sustainability intersect.

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May 19, 2020
The Politics of Design

In an effort to work the democratic spirit into how teams work together, I’ve been working on a Design Collaborator’s Bill of Rights. Like all documents of this kind, they anticipate the need to assert rights when they are infringed.

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May 13, 2020
From Teachers to Facilitators: Is it Time to Evolve Yet?

We teach others how to use service design to create better outcomes in their organizations and society. This cycle of learn-practice-teach is integral to our work and why we do what we do.

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April 28, 2020
Understanding Activity Systems as a Service Designer

How much do we need to understand about business strategy to be effective as service designers?

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April 23, 2020
A Place in Library Land

I’m thinking about libraries today because it’s National Library Week. The theme this year — chosen months ago — happens to be “find your place at the library.”

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April 16, 2020
The Elephant in the Blueprint

We practice human-centered design by researching and designing for service providers and the people who interact with those services, but what about the elephant in the room?

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April 14, 2020
Service Safari (Elephants Included)

A service safari is a method service designers use to evaluate service experiences in situ—going out to the location of the service and experiencing it themselves as a visitor, customer, user, etc. And what better location to test out a new framework for a service safari than at a zoo?

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