Category Archives: Teaching

Becoming a Designer takes work

Teaching design in non-design universities and schools is certainly a very different experience from teaching in design education. For the last six years, in addition to my design courses, I have been teaching design thinking to non-designers. All this time

Becoming a Designer takes work

Teaching design in non-design universities and schools is certainly a very different experience from teaching in design education. For the last six years, in addition to my design courses, I have been teaching design thinking to non-designers. All this time

The Power of Solid Conceptual Design

Once again, I challenged my information design students with the task of improving this garbage and recycling schedule: Working in pairs, students had around an hour to work on this challenge, but couldn’t use colour or digital tools. They followed

The Power of Solid Conceptual Design

Once again, I challenged my information design students with the task of improving this garbage and recycling schedule: Working in pairs, students had around an hour to work on this challenge, but couldn’t use colour or digital tools. They followed

The fear of giving feedback

As I approach the end of the semester and an intense year of teaching, I like to reflect on the highlights and learnings from each course. Interestingly, this year I noticed a common phenomenon across most of the courses I

The fear of giving feedback

As I approach the end of the semester and an intense year of teaching, I like to reflect on the highlights and learnings from each course. Interestingly, this year I noticed a common phenomenon across most of the courses I

Thinking Creatively with UN Leaders

This month Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS) research programme worked together with the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) to organise a 3-day leadership workshop for 16 senior United Nations staff focused on developing more innovative ways to help achieve

Thinking Creatively with UN Leaders

This month Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS) research programme worked together with the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) to organise a 3-day leadership workshop for 16 senior United Nations staff focused on developing more innovative ways to help achieve

A Tool From a Novice’s Perspective

This summer I have been exploring the world of quantitative analysis, statistics and data visualisation (here by data vis I’m specifically referring to visualisations purely created with large quantities of numeric data). As part of this journey, one of my

A Tool From a Novice’s Perspective

This summer I have been exploring the world of quantitative analysis, statistics and data visualisation (here by data vis I’m specifically referring to visualisations purely created with large quantities of numeric data). As part of this journey, one of my

Five things I learnt from my students

For the last two years, I have been teaching various flavours of design (information design, design thinking, interaction design) in non-design institutions. So far, the experience has been extremely eye opening but also challenging as when I started, I didn’t

Five things I learnt from my students

For the last two years, I have been teaching various flavours of design (information design, design thinking, interaction design) in non-design institutions. So far, the experience has been extremely eye opening but also challenging as when I started, I didn’t

How to mirror brain cognitive processes with Information Design

Information design solutions can look really attractive, but quite a few fail to achieve their intended goal: audience cannot understand them. Why is that? Frequently this occurs when design decisions do not support cognitive activities. Often, this is the consequence of designers

How to mirror brain cognitive processes with Information Design

Information design solutions can look really attractive, but quite a few fail to achieve their intended goal: audience cannot understand them. Why is that? Frequently this occurs when design decisions do not support cognitive activities. Often, this is the consequence of designers