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One hour talk for Junior College students about design, creativity and innovation. Going beyond buzzwords and eye-candy, the aim of this talk is to motivate and inspire young people to understand and …

One hour talk for Junior College students about design, creativity and innovation. Going beyond buzzwords and eye-candy, the aim of this talk is to motivate and inspire young people to understand and become aware of design. Delivered: 04/07/2013

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  • 1. Fundamental Principles of Design Dr. Ricardo Sosa ricardo_sosa@sutd.edu.sg Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • 2. Hi Ricardo, We have been invited by NJC to give the talk on Design Thinking during the Singapore International Science Challenge. The session will be on 4 July 2013 from 10am to 11am. I am wondering if you will do the honour of giving this talk to the students?
  • 3. buzz·word (ˈbʌzˌwɜrd) n. “a word or phrase, often sounding authoritative or technical, that has come into vogue in popular culture or a particular profession”
  • 4. Patterns and trends on what millions of people search sometimes tell us something…
  • 5. Some keywords show us what people value or want to know more about
  • 6. Big data can reveal priorities, interests and perceptions
  • 7. Big data can confirm our intuitions and observations
  • 8. It’s not easy or trivial to interpret these aggregate numbers…
  • 9. Back to the main topic of this talk: Why should we search for, discuss and engage in design?
  • 10. http://www.designsingapore.org/Files/Dsg_II_Strategic_Blueprint.pdf “… this rate of change will need to be matched with mindset and paradigm changes in order for us to maintain our ability to innovate, and to create new value. It is no longer business as usual. We are already facing increasing global competition in the new ideas-driven creative economy… Design must become the critical strategic tool for futureproofing Singapore from the uncertainties of the future.”
  • 11. http://www.designsingapore.org/Files/Dsg_II_Strategic_Blueprint.pdf
  • 12. Ok, it is important, but what is design?
  • 13. Bruce Archer (1960s) “The practice of design is a very complicated business, involving contrasting skills and a wide field of disciplines. It has always required an odd kind of hybrid to carry it successfully” Engineer, Professor of Design Research at the Royal College of Art Bruce Nussbaum (2010s) “Design Thinking is beginning to ossify and actually do harm, in order to appeal to the business culture of process, it was denuded of the mess, the conflict, failure, emotions, and looping circularity that is part and parcel of the creative process” Economist, Professor of Innovation and Design at Parsons The New School for Design
  • 14. How to understand and excel in something that experts refer to: “complicated, odd, mess, conflict, failure, emotions, looping circularity”?
  • 15. My goal here today is simple: To get you (more) interested in design, creativity and innovation (And I will attempt to do this without eye-candy)
  • 16. The opportunity is huge
  • 17. 534M 328M 89M 12M
  • 18. You can compare with other countries/cities/keywords Or define more specific targets…
  • 19. Ok, what about more concrete evidence, such as an analysis of the contents of one million books published in the last one-hundred years?
  • 20. Google Books Ngram Viewer displays a graph showing how phrases have occurred in a corpus of books over the selected years http://books.google.com/ngrams/info
  • 21. Google Books Ngram Viewer displays a graph showing how phrases have occurred in a corpus of books over the selected years http://books.google.com/ngrams/info
  • 22. Let’s talk about design (thinking, doing and feeling)
  • 23. Reason abductively • D: “Aristotle is mortal” • I: “All swans are white” • A: “Our new product will be a success”
  • 24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/goingslo/4981211649/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 25. If facing uncertainty and ambiguity is not enough…
  • 26. Think critically
  • 27. http://www.cihm.leeds.ac.uk/document_downloads/Art_of_Powerful_Questions.pdf
  • 28. How to make decisions in such conditions?
  • 29. Make reflectively http://kristen-soley.blogspot.sg/2012/03/in-sculptors-hands.html http://www.gladwinlibrary.org/joomla/index.php/june-25th-knitting-club
  • 30. To succeed in this area, you need to fail
  • 31. Cultivate failure http://kingdomentrepreneur.blogspot.sg/
  • 32. ricardo_sosa@sutd.edu.sg “Babe” Ruth hit 714 home runs in his career (1914-1935) He also struck out 1,330 times in his career http://www.flickr.com/photos/cliffbaise/4479440032
  • 33. “Alfred Nobel was full of ideas; he said ‘If I have a thousand ideas a year, and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied’. I, too, am full of ideas, and I would be satisfied with one good idea per year” Dr. Linus Paulinghttp://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1962/pauling-acceptance_en.html
  • 34. Un-learn a few things
  • 35. Avoid myths http://www.wall321.com/
  • 36. The Ten Year ‘Miracle’ of the poster child for design and innovation NASDAQ AAPL: Jobs returned to Apple in 1997. iMac was introduced in 1998, iPod in 2001, iPhone in 2007
  • 37. NASDAQ AAPL vs AMZN / KRX5930
  • 38. “a bestselling book on creativity for people who do not like books on creativity”
  • 39. Select the best ideas
  • 40. A B C F K N R S Ford Model T http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/7213 http://www.goldcoastmodela.com/Early_Ford.pdf http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/347933.html?1363551928 http://25.media.tumblr.com/935fa0bd19cd7f4edfcb7528cffd21ad/tumblr_mga6unWcNt1rgmlf9o1_1280.jpg
  • 41. http://wordlock.com/ http://140.116.71.92/lock/english/char.htm http://restraintsblog.blogspot.sg/2010/12/1876-clarke-10-letter-combination.html http://www.datagenetics.com/blog/march32012/index.html
  • 42. Old and new ideas
  • 43. 3 Lenses http://savic.cc/tag/feasibility/ http://www.wixomdesigns.com/architecture.php
  • 44. http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/3012011ec026.pdf
  • 45. Water http://www.flickr.com/photos/haniamir/2630466183/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 46. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/3732230674/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 47. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/03/22/world-water-day-a-forceful-reminder-that-the-u-s-is-running-out-of-fresh-water/
  • 48. http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-bottled-water/
  • 49. http://awesome.good.is.s3.amazonaws.com/transparency/web/1204/your-daily-dose-of-water/flash.html
  • 50. http://www.waterfootprint.org/downloads/TheWaterFootprintAssessmentManual.pdf
  • 51. Fundamental Principles of Design Dr. Ricardo Sosa ricardo_sosa@sutd.edu.sg Singapore University of Technology and Design

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