See the introduction here
“Solutions group should allow people to have a personal product consumer interaction by providing a tactile explorative experience.” (Eva Oosterlaken, Maite Gieskes, and Jamie Ongkiehong)
In the future, large retail stores will disappear due to the majority of shopping will take place online. The Experience Box is a futuristic version of a concept store, where a brand can offer an interactive, and immersive experience, which allows users to explore and discover new products in a pleasant way. Different than at home, through the Experience Box users, can test out the product physically.
I had the opportunity to present the paper “Design of Vision Concepts to explore the future: nature, context and design techniques” during the 5th CIM -Creativity and Innovation Management- Community Workshop, which was held in the campus of the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands on 1 September 2015.
Here the video of Teresa Amabile from Harvard Business School who welcomes the participants of the workshop.
I presented the paper: Mejia, J.R., Simonse L., and Hultink, E.J. (2015). Design of Vision Concepts to explore the future: nature, context and design techniques. 5th CIM –Creativity and Innovation Management– Community Workshop, Enschede, The Netherlands.
More information about the event here: http://www.continuous-innovation.net/events/cimworkshops/2015.html
Javier Ricardo Mejia Sarmiento
Report of the “Design Policy Conference, make a plan”, 17 & 18 October, 2014, Cape Town, South Africa. http://wdcdesignpolicyconf2014.com/
In 1994, a research project was instituted in Colombia to study design policies and approaches. The study revealed that 97% of businesses were small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Only 5% of these had a body in place to implement design in their business, and just 2% had funds to invest in design. Believing that designers need to understand the user, and build a bridge between the user and the designer to design workable products and services, there was a need for design, academia and SMEs to lead and catalyse the process of implementing design in business.
A systematic way was needed to apply design to SMEs: design is not only operational – it must be strategic, too. With this understanding, the design policy comprised three steps: knowledge transfer about design through handbooks, manuals, diagnostic tools and workshops to explain the value of design; viewing and promoting successful case studies of local design; and hosting an international co-creation roundtable and other events to ask what the policy should contain.
(Text from the official report of the “Design Policy Conference, make a plan”, 17 & 18 October, 2014, Cape Town, South Africa).
The full original document: Design-Policy-Conference-Report
Javier Ricardo Mejia Sarmiento
Workshop: Visioning the future of built environment and preliminary concept ideation (#FutureThroughDesign) as part of Climate-KIC Thematic Summer School 2014 ‘Transforming the Future Built Environment’
INTRODUCTION / PRESENTATION: Complex topics like urbanization and energy management need special commitment in unifying a common view, specially due to the amount of parties co-designing and co-producing products and services for its development. This requires collaboration across departments and partnering companies, and is connected to problems of communication and concerted action between partners. Different parties need to develop a joint understanding, goals, and agenda.
In order to create a set of alternative futures -to unify the vision of stakeholders- that cover a number of possibilities the technique called “scenario thinking” as a way of dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty is generally used from a strategic perspective.
In a ten-hours-long workshop the attendees, guided by a group of facilitators, will explore diverse future scenarios of buildings and then will develop different kind of solutions regarding new low carbon technologies using a variety of creative techniques.