Posts in Design
Design and Development - What's the Difference?

Design exists along the entire continuum. It’s not design then development, but rather design and development. The ancient roots of the word “Design” have meanings such as to indicate with a mark or sign and to have a particular purpose or intention. Design is about asking questions, and asking the right, or most meaningful questions. What basic science research can I do today to have the most impact on society tomorrow? What car should we build with this new fuel cell technology? Who will be the first to adopt such a technology, and what does car look like for them?

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Design Thinking and the Design Process - What's the Difference?

I’m compelled to start with a great lesson illustrated in the book, “The Goal” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. That lesson: If you take the manufacturing process developed by Toyota (better known as the Toyota Production System or TPS), and implement that process in your manufacturing facility - it won’t work.

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Design Thinking and Human Centered Design - What's the Difference?

What is the difference between design thinking and human centered design? It’s hard to ignore all the talk around human centered design (HCD) and design thinking these days. A quick google search of those terms, in quotes, reveals a combined 23 million results. Digging into those results, and the opinions on the topic might make a head spin.

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What is Human-Centered Design?

At Trig, human-centered design is a philosophy put into daily practice.  We approach each new product design challenge with the mindset of a student, listening and watching carefully to understand the customer needs and experiences throughout the process.  We wonder:  How can we make the product or service not only functional and solve an existing problem, but also a joyful experience?

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What Are the Origins of Design Thinking?

Design Thinking has generated a lot of momentum through mentions in the Harvard Business Review and Forbes. A majority of corporations operate analytically and can be disrupted by trends that sometimes renders businesses obsolete, you must create a culture that fosters creativity, methods that promote innovation, and the tools that designers utilize can be perfect in the effort to avoid these pitfalls.

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