Design Thinking Roundtable

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The Design Thinking Roundtable is a collaboration between the SocialinNOVA Hub at NOVA SBE and the Design Lab @ NYU MakerSpace. Originally conceived by Harshita Nedunuri and Anne-Laure Fayard, then co-created with Priyanka Vora. Since Fall 20219, it is conceived and produced by AL Fayard. Audio production and sound design (in various episodes): Guilhem Tamisier; Blake Rook; John Klima. Covert Art: Guilhem Tamisier

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In this episode, I talked with Javiera Arenas, a design strategist and service designer, from Chile, working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. Javi reflected on her practice in designing holistic healthcare experiences. She highlighted the need to take a system view and engage all stakeholders in the process.  While acknowledging the difficulties inherent to designing holistic experiences, she also provided great stories on how to use participatory design to co-create spaces that support those who are experiencing a difficult time. Follow Javi on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/javiera-arenas/ Credits: Conception, host and production: Anne-Laure Fayard Sound design & Post-production: John Klima Music: Blake Rook Art work: Guilhem Tamisier

Dec 3

26 min 50 sec

In this episode, I talked with Ben Reason, founding partner of pioneering service design studio Livework, created in London in 2001. Ben and I discussed Ben’s article “Designing in the Anthropocene”. Ben reflected on his journey from his early interest in triple bottom line and his current interest in sustainability. He discussed the tensions between theory and practice.  He also shared his thoughts on the role of designers as facilitators and the importance of multi-stakeholders collaborations to address complex problems like climate change. Follow Ben on Twitter @breasy and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/breasy/ Credits: Conception, host and production: Anne-Laure Fayard Sound design & Post-production: John Klima Music: Blake Rook Art work: Guilhem Tamisier

Nov 5

29 min 58 sec

Engineering X Design is a Podcast Series produced by the Design Lab at NYU MakerSpace. This podcast complements a series of fireside chats where we invite professionals working at the intersection of design, engineering, and technology. Our guest for this episode is Rinat Sherzer, Founder of Of Course Global (https://www.ofcourseglobal.com/) To watch her TED Talk: The Bloody Taboo With The Power To Change The World: https://www.ted.com/talks/rinat_sherzer_the_bloody_taboo_with_the_power_to_change_the_world Or read about her project "What Would the Egg Do?": https://www.wwted.com/ Credits--- conception and production: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook; voice: Melchior Tamisier-Fayard; logo design: Florentina Sergiou

May 18

13 min 27 sec

In this episode, I talked with Clare Brass, a London-based designer and innovator for business, with a focus on sustainability and circular economy. Clare is the Director of Department 22, which offers consultancy and training in design, innovation and circular economy with a focus on food systems. Clare shared her views on the importance of values in design as well as how to design sustainability and with a circular mindset. She reflected on the new role of designers when they move away from designing "stuff". Follow her on Twitter @clarebrass and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/clare-brass-851771/?originalSubdomain=uk Check also: http://www.department22.uk Credits: Conception, host and production: Anne-Laure Fayard Sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook

Apr 26

30 min 45 sec

Engineering X Design is a Podcast Series produced by the Design Lab at NYU MakerSpace. This podcast complements a series of fireside chats where we invite professionals working at the intersection of design, engineering, and technology. Our guest for this episode is Adekunle Oduye, Senior Engineer at Mailchimp. Credits--- conception and production: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook; voice: Melchior Tamisier-Fayard; logo design: Florentina Sergiou

Apr 15

11 min 54 sec

Engineering X Design is a Podcast Series produced by the Design Lab at NYU MakerSpace. This podcast complements a series of fireside chats where we invite professionals working at the intersection of design, engineering, and technology. Our guest for this episode is Hannah Chung, Co-founder of Sproutel and Design for America (DFA). Credits--- conception and production: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook; voice: Melchior Tamisier-Fayard; logo design: Florentina Sergiou

Mar 27

9 min 52 sec

In this episode, we talked with Jess Majekodunmi, an accomplished design historian, an experienced facilitator and an occasional poet, currently the Director of the Human Insights Lab at The Dock, Accenture’s Flagship R&D and Innovation Center, based in Dublin, Ireland. Jess shared with us her views on conscientious innovation, in particular when designing AI systems. She stressed the importance of designing for unintended consequences, and how history allows us to understand the present and imagine the future in order to to create meaningful and sustainable solutions Follow her on Twitter @MajekJess and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessmajekodunmi/ Some of the resources Jess shared about AI: https://ethicalos.org https://ethicalstack.virteuproject.eu https://doteveryone.org.uk Credits: Conception, host and production: Anne-Laure Fayard Sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook

Mar 10

34 min 56 sec

In this episode, Mayo Nissen, a a New York-based creative director, currently Design Lab Director at the New York City Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer, talked about his work at the intersections and interplay between research, systems thinking, and human-centered design. He shares with us his approach to human-centered design and how a systems thinking lens allows us to zoom in and out to create meaningful and sustainable solutions. To learn more about Mayo's work: http://www.mayonissen.com Follow him on Twitter @mayonissen Credits: Conception, host and production: Anne-Laure Fayard Sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook

Dec 2020

32 min 49 sec

Engineering X Design is a Podcast Series produced by the Design Lab at NYU MakerSpace. This podcast complements a series of fireside chats where we invite professionals working at the intersection of design, engineering, and technology. Our guest for this episode is Jeremy Joachim, Creative Technologist on Gensler’s Digital Experience Design team. Credits--- conception and production: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook; voice: Melchior Tamisier-Fayard; logo design: Florentina Sergiou

Dec 2020

13 min 30 sec

Engineering X Design is a Podcast Series produced by the Design Lab at NYU MakerSpace. This podcast complements a series of fireside chats where we invite professionals working at the intersection of design, engineering, and technology. Our guest for this episode is Umi Syam, Multimedia Editor at The New York Times. You can see her work on http://umi.codes/ Credits--- conception and production: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook; voice: Melchior Tamisier-Fayard; logo design: Florentina Sergiou

Nov 2020

9 min 16 sec

In this episode, Lee-Sean Huang, a designer and storyteller, cofounder of Foossa, a community-centered design consultancy, tells us about storytelling and its role in the design process, and shares with us his perspective on the intersection between design and democracy. To learn more about Lee-Sean's work, check his website: https://leesean.net/ , Foossa's website: https://foossa.com/ and follow her on Twitter.com/leesean Make sure to listen to Design Futures Now, the podcast he runs for AIGA, the professional association for design: https://anchor.fm/designfuturenow To learn more about two projects mentioned on the podcast: A talk about the Kigali Genocide Memorial project: https://vimeo.com/143880913 The video created for the Future of Financial Counseling: http://dfe.nyc/financial-counseling-video Credits: Conception, host and production: Anne-Laure Fayard Sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook

Oct 2020

26 min

Engineering X Design is a Podcast Series produced by the Design Lab at NYU MakerSpace. This podcast complements a series of fireside chats where we invite professionals working at the intersection of design, engineering, and technology. Our guest for this episode is Wayne Suiter Matamoros, Managing Director of Product and Experience at Unreasonable Group. Credits--- conception and production: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook; voice: Melchior Tamisier-Fayard; logo design: Florentina Sergiou

Oct 2020

12 min 42 sec

In this episode, Sarah Fathallah, a Moroccan social designer and researcher, talks about her work at the intersection of human-centered design, community-centered design and participatory design. She shares with us her approach to design research and illustrates it with stories that show the value of design research in creating meaningful solutions. To learn more about Sarah's work, check her website: https://sarahfathallah.com, read her writing on Medium: https://medium.com/@sfath and follow her on Twitter.com/SFath Credits: Conception, host and production: Anne-Laure Fayard Sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook

Oct 2020

27 min 36 sec

In this episode, Tim Reitzes from NYC Civic Service Design Studio at Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity and Daniel Herrera from the Administration of Children’s Services tell our host, Priyanka Vora, how their offices collaborated to use the principles of human-centered design to make ACS’ services more user-friendly. Here’s who we interviewed in the order they appear on the show: Tim Reitzes, Design Lead, NYC Civic Service Design Studio at Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity Daniel Herrera, Advisor, Division of Prevention Services at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in New York City. ********* Credits: Production, host: Priyanka Vora; Conception: Anne-Laure Fayard; Sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook *********

Jun 2020

19 min 35 sec

In the second episode, our host, Priyanka Vora sat down with experts at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Lab at OPM (The United States Office of Personnel Management) who applied human-centered design to better understand Veterans’ perspectives on how to prevent suicide as they transition out of military service. Here’s who we interviewed in the order they appear on the show: Commander Shannon (‘Kinzie) Lee, Lead for Strategic Partnerships at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Office of Policy and Partnerships. Leah Chan, Public Health Advisor on the Strategic Partnerships Team in the Office of Policy and Partnerships at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Ben Winter, Service designer and strategist at the Lab at OPM (The United States Office of Personnel Management) If you are having thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free. You can find a list of international resources at speakingofsuicide.com/resources ********* Credits: Production, host: Priyanka Vora; Conception: Anne-Laure Fayard; Sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook ********* Acknowledgment: Thank you to our sponsor, NYU Tandon’s Department of Technology Management and Innovation.

May 2020

26 min 48 sec

Engineering X Design is a Podcast Series produced by the Design Lab at NYU MakerSpace. This podcast complements a series of fireside chats where we invite professionals working at the intersection of design, engineering, and technology. Our guest for this episode is Alonso Castro, Senior Experience Designer at Verizon. Credits--- conception and production: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook; voice: Melchior Tamisier-Fayard; logo design: Florentina Sergiou

May 2020

12 min 7 sec

Engineering X Design is a Podcast Series produced by the Design Lab at NYU MakerSpace. This podcast complements a series of fireside chats where we invite professionals working at the intersection of design, engineering, and technology. Our guest for this episode is Jocelyn Miller, Founder and CEO of JM Coaching and Training. Credits--- conception and production: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook; voice: Melchior Tamisier-Fayard; logo design: Florentina Sergiou Thank you to our sponsor, the Department of Technology Management and Innovation, NYU Tandon. To learn more about the Design Lab @ NYU MakerSpace visit makerspace.engineering.nyu.edu/designlab/ and follow us at twitter.com/NYUMakerSpace.

Apr 2020

11 min 8 sec

Engineering X Design is a Podcast Series produced by the Design Lab at NYU MakerSpace. This podcast complements a series of fireside chats where we invite professionals working at the intersection of design, engineering, and technology. Our guest for this episode is Jeff Kessler, Senior Design Lead at IDEO. Credits--- conception and production: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design, music & post-production: Blake Rook; voice: Melchior Tamisier-Fayard; Logo design: Florentina Sergiou Thank you to our sponsor, the Department of Technology Management and Innovation, NYU Tandon. To learn more about the Design Lab @ NYU MakerSpace visit http://makerspace.engineering.nyu.edu/designlab/ and follow us at http://twitter.com/NYUMakerSpace.

Apr 2020

11 min 13 sec

Design Thinking Roundtable returns with its third season —Designing for the Public to investigate the meaning of Human-Centered Design in the public sector. Public sector fundamentally pertains to and involves people: Without people, the “public” does not exist, nor does the government. We discuss, debate and question the past, present and future of design thinking in the public sector. In the first episode, our host, Priyanka Vora sat down with design experts working with and in the government to discuss why human-centered design matters for developing and implementing policies that create positive social impact. Here’s who we interviewed in the order they appear on the show: Arianne Miller, Managing Director of the Lab at OPM (Office of Personnel Management) Cat Drew, Chief Design Officer. Design Council, an independent charity that advises the UK government on design. Mari Nakano, Design Director, Service Design Studio at the New York City Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity Jocelyn Bailey, Strategic and social design practitioner, critic and researcher based in London. ********* Credits: Production, host: Priyanka Vora; Conception: Anne-Laure Fayard; Sound design, music & post-production: Guilhem Tamisier. ********* To learn more about the New York University’s Design for America, visit www.dfanyu.com and follow us at twitter.com/DFANYU. You can email us at nyu@designforamerica.com and mention the podcast in the subject line. Acknowledgment: Thank you to NYU Tandon’s Department of Technology Management and Innovation and Design Lab @ NYU MakerSpace for their support. [ https://engineering.nyu.edu/academics/departments/technology-management-and-innovation] [http://makerspace.engineering.nyu.edu/designlab/]

Feb 2020

16 min 42 sec

For the season finale of the Designing for All Humans series, we sat down with disability advocates to learn why inclusive design has the potential to grow beyond its current conception and practice— towards disability-led design. We explore the following questions: Is inclusive design even a fitting label for this movement? How might disability-led design push the movement forward towards genuine inclusion? The guest speakers featured in this episode are: Liz Jackson [Founder, The Disabled List & Curator, Critical Axis], Shaina Garfield [Design Researcher, Hologic], and Morten Bonde [Senior Art Director, LEGO]. Visit https://www.thegirlwiththepurplecane.com/, https://mortenbonde.dk/en/, and http://www.shainagarfield.com/ to stay up to date on their current work. ********* Credits---conception and production: Harshita Nedunuri; co-conception: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design, music & post-production: Guilhem Tamisier. To learn more about the NYU chapter of Design for America, visit www.dfanyu.com and follow us at twitter.com/DFANYU.

Aug 2019

19 min 55 sec

In the second part of the Designing for All Humans series, we feature two fascinating projects that empower children with disabilities through play: Project Fizzyo and Braille Bricks. The two projects provide insights in how to practice inclusive design. The experts involved in these initiatives highlight the importance of engaging all the stakeholders during the whole design journey: from inspiration to ideation and prototyping. Learn more about Project Fizzyo here: https://fizzyo.github.io/, Tack Tiles here: http://www.tack-tiles.com/, and LEGO Braille Bricks here: https://www.legobraillebricks.com/. The guest speakers featured in this episode are: Haiyan Zhang [Director of Innovation, Microsoft Research Labs], Morten Bonde [Senior Art Director, LEGO], and Stine Storm [New Ventures Manager, LEGO Foundation]. ********* Credits---conception and production: Harshita Nedunuri; co-conception: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design, music & post-production: Guilhem Tamisier. To learn more about the NYU chapter of Design for America, visit www.dfanyu.com and follow us at twitter.com/DFANYU.

Aug 2019

15 min 9 sec

This first episode of the Designing for All Humans series introduces key concepts and vocabulary in inclusive design through conversation with educators at the Ability Project. What is ability? How might designers participate in the destigmatization of disability? What is the difference between inclusive design and accessibility and related concepts? The Ability Project is an interdisciplinary research lab at NYU dedicated to the intersection between disability and human-centered design. Learn more about the Ability Project by visiting http://ability.nyu.edu. The guest speakers featured in this episode are: Allan Goldstein [Senior Lecturer of Disability Studies, NYU Tandon], Marianne Petit [Professor of Digital Media, NYU Tisch & Board Member, Adaptive Design Association], and Anita Perr [Professor of Occupational Therapy, NYU Steinhardt]. ********* Credits---conception and production: Harshita Nedunuri; co-conception: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design, music & post-production: Guilhem Tamisier. To learn more about the NYU chapter of Design for America, visit www.dfanyu.com and follow us at twitter.com/DFANYU.

May 2019

16 min 55 sec

Human-centered design plays an important role in the intersection of architecture, sustainability and social impact. In this episode, Sameera Chukkapalli [CEO & Founder, Needlab], talks to us about the process of designing with communities in need and the ideology of "think global, act local". Needlab is a non-profit design research organization with a focus on the built environment. Through projects around the world, Needlab is working to unveil new ways of creating a dialogue between local materials, social customs, cultural heritage, and the environment. Learn more at www.needlab.org. Credits---conception and production: Harshita Nedunuri; co-conception: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design: Tunan Guo; post-production: Jessica Chase.

Feb 2019

25 min 4 sec

Do designers have a seat at the table when it comes to solving the wicked problems of the world? If the medium is the message, what does it mean to shift the medium of design towards human behavior? In this episode, Sean Rhodes [Executive Creative Director, Frog], sheds light on these pressing questions + offers advice on how to design responsibly and with purpose. Credits---conception and production: Harshita Nedunuri; co-conception: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design: Tunan Guo; post-production: Jessica Chase.

Feb 2019

22 min 49 sec

In recent years, management consultancies have started acquiring design firms and several have been integrating design teams within their consulting practice. McKinsey & Company engages in this phenomenon—their acquisition strategy and the launch of McKinsey Design indicates a major shift in the industry. Alex Kozovski [Senior Designer, McKinsey New Ventures], NYU ITP alumnus, tells us how despite the different epistemic stances management consultants and designers hold when it comes to innovation, their skills are in fact very complementary. In this first episode, Alex covers multiple topics from the importance of embracing ambiguity (what he calls “the discomfort of not knowing") to building empathy for clients ("understanding what keeps our clients awake”) and the importance of prototyping to test assumptions. Credits---conception and production: Harshita Nedunuri; co-conception: Anne-Laure Fayard; sound design: Tunan Guo; post-production: Jessica Chase.

Dec 2018

18 min 20 sec