Archive for February, 2006

Introducing: Mark Vanderbeeken

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Mark Vanderbeeken, our first guest blogger did not disappoint me :-) In his typical Putting People First style Mark has been so kind to write a short note on the workshop he organised with Richard Eisermann and Roberto Verganti on how to foster the climate for regional innovation by user-centred design approaches.
While this description makes […]

Guest Posting: Mark Vanderbeeken |

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Workshop on design and innovation for top Piedmont decision makers:
In mid-January 2006, Torino Internazionale (, the strategic agency for the city of Turin and the region of Piedmont, and the user experience company Experientia ( organised a successful workshop on design and innovation.
The workshop, which was aimed at top Piedmont decision makers, was lead by […]

Aggregator Blog from the Olympic City of Torino

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Well, my last postings should have given you some good stuff to think about. Therefore today a short posting ;-) As you have noticed last night Marc Vanderbeeken has left a comment to my posting: “Designing Contexts: Co-creating Services”. I’ve felt quite pleased about this for 3 reasons. Let me tell you why:

Mark is […]

Designing Contexts: Co-creating Services

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Looking back to my previous posting about the formation of business & creative clusters today I’ve decided to randomly post about strategic spaces which will be relevant for designers (and I mean this in the broadest and literal sense!) now and in the future. While I’m only a single voice in the market I’m thankful […]

Mapping (Creative) Clusters

Monday, February 6th, 2006

From various conversations with students at the Zollverein School I know that some of their interim projects have dealt with business plans on how to leverage from the heritage of the former coal mine areal as well as from the status of a “UN World Heritage” donated in 2001. In the late 1920ties, architects Fritz […]

Design Institute of Australia: Understanding Corporate Identity

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

The Design Institute of Australia host a series of articles written by design professionals about the various fields of the design industry. From quickly browsing through the list I understand that they are mainly aiming at helping designers to sell their products and services better.
Therefore one shouldn’t expect too much of a “the next big […]

It’s that easy: Writing your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day!

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Once in a while students ask me for my advice prior to starting their master thesis. Questions usually comprise issues on formal requirements, writing style, research methodologies or time planning.
While there is a broad range of literature on the market I would like to present my top 3 list of books addressing the issues mentioned […]

Move forward - Who needs your gift now?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

As my previous posting is indicating there’s a life after the MBA ;-) and I’ve had interesting discussions with some students about their plans after finishing their MBA by the end of this year.
Interestingly previous experiences with students from other design management programmes as well showed that engagement in post graduate programmes like the MBA […]