Community engagement and co-design
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ThinkPlace has been awarded two prestigious “tick” trophies at the 2019 Australian Good Design Awards.
At an awards ceremony held in Sydney, the global design consultancy won a Good Design Award and a Gold Good Design Award for projects worked on by our Sydney and Melbourne studios.
Great co-design is inclusive. It makes an effort to find and include all of the people who will be affected by a program or service. And that means speaking to people who are often left out of design processes because they are harder to reach.
People on the periphery. People far from the centre.
That has long been our commitment at ThinkPlace but recently we’ve been asking ourselves a more nuanced question.
Adopting the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals as our guiding purpose has absolutely transformed ThinkPlace and the work we do. But we wanted to go further.
We wanted to know: How might we more consciously connect the SDGs with our everyday practice as designers, as changemakers and as employees of the company called ThinkPlace.
We’ve all been there. The connection wobbles and drops out. Somebody’s mic is off. One participant has the wrong link. Another has unreliable WIFI.
“Call them on their mobile; put them on loudspeaker…”
Welcome to videoconference hell.
It seems obvious but so many organisations don’t get it right. Why carry out customer discovery? Why do consumer research?
It’s to ask customers what they want, right?
What is it like design thinking your way across Africa as a new member of ThinkPlace’s Kenya Studio? Eliot Duffy shares the lessons he’s learned in 2018.