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Tim Brown: Design Thinking

This morning, Northumbria design students were treated to a talk by IDEO director — and former alumni — Tim Brown talking about design thinking and his company's forays into social innovation through IDEO.org and Open IDEO. Will a designer's DQ ('design quotient') be to them what Klout is to those in social media? Who knows.

The audience of MA and BA design students were also given a quick rundown of some of the social innovation related design PhD research happening here:

  • Mersha Aftab (third year) on design competencies and innovation in regards to large companies
  • Priti Rao (writeup) on design for the poor in India
  • Laura Warwick (first year) on design problem framing and the social services in the North East of England.

Storify below.