Play with diabetes

Half an year ago, a friend of mine asked me if I am interested in joining her work for a design contest, 2009 DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge. It was the idea competition for diabetic patients. She and I sit down and discussed a huge amount of ideas with another designer friend. It was an amazing opportunity for…

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Interdisciplinary Design Workshop by NSF “Instruction” @ Stanford University

I was invited to attend the NSF Design Series Workshop called “Interdisciplinary Graduate Design Workshop: Instruction”, on August 28 – 29 at Stanford University. Participants have different backgrounds across mechanical engineering and engineering education to architecture and psychology. I am one of few participants from the business field. Information below might be of help to those who want…

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Jeanne Liedtka, design thinking

Jeanne Liedtka, a professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, visited University of Toronto and presented her work on growth. [Summary] She argues that “catalysts” succeed against odds because they have a broad repertoire (e.g., cross-functionally trained) and have a learning mindset with empathy. In particular, she compared between growth mindset people…

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Minmalist products

  One of the most distinctive current design trends is minimalism. Examples are ranging from electronics such as Apple’s iPod, LG’s chocolate phone, and B&O’s BeoSound system to interior accessories such as Muji’s fan and the humidifier at Plus Minus Zero (by Naoto Fukasawa). Since some of those minimally designed products made a huge commercial success,…

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Dev Patnaik, empathy in business

Dev Patnaik, the founder and principal of the Jump Associates visited Rotman DesignWorks. He discussed empathy and introduced his book, How Your Business Can Prosper When You Create Widespread Empathy. [Summary] According to him, empathy is giving up a self-centered world and walking in others’ shoes. It is related to the concept of mirror neurons…

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