New paper accepted on the design risks framework

Check out our lab’s latest paper titled The design risk framework: Understanding metacognition for iteration in Design Studies.

Iteration is an important design process that novice designers struggle to follow. However, iteration is difficult to coach because we do not understand the underlying metacognitive knowledge required for effective iteration. We developed the Design Risks Framework, which helps researchers to identify the knowledge underlying three metacognitive processes that control iteration: focusing attention on key areas of the project, identifying project risks, and choosing iterative strategies to mitigate risks. We tested the framework over a 6-week period with 5 novice design teams and found that novices seemed to lack metacognitive knowledge of 49 criteria for identifying project risks. By using this framework to diagnose knowledge gaps and design coaching interventions, educators and managers can improve how novice designers iterate in design projects.


Design for America Teams Up with Innovation Leaders to Help Fight Against COVID-19

Participants in the challenge met via Zoom to discuss the initiative.DFA joined with IBM Design and the World Design Organization on a design initiative to address the pandemic

The COVID-19 Design Challenge is a global initiative to mobilize the world’s design communities to focus on this battle. Spearheaded by the World Design Organization (WDO), IBM Design, and Design for America (DFA), this effort has brought over 225 designers together from 33 countries to address some of the most urgent and important challenges posed by the Coronavirus.

Learn more about the COVID19 Design Challenge

Congratulations to Design Thinking for Teens

A belated congratulations to Design Thinking for Teens for receiving the a Google Education Grant! DT4Treceived a Google Education grant to fund high school teachers to attend professional development classes that will help them bring back design thinking to their classrooms. 

DT4T partners with teens, teachers and local nonprofits to bring a free design thinking program into schools and was started by Oliver Greenwald in partnership with Design for America.

Panel on the future of technology and innovation work

At the annual conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, I was honored to lead a panel on I what I call collective innovation – the process by which technology helps to leverage the capital in distributed networks at a speed and with broader participation unimaginable just a decade ago.  Dr. Laura Dabbish (Carnegie Mellon), Dr. Jeff Nickerson (Stevens Institute of Technology), Charlie Hill (IBM) and Mira Dontcheva (Adobe).

Design for America celebrates 10 years!

Design for America celebrated its 10th birthday at the annual Design Summit at Northwestern University. We talked about the power of community with 300+ friends and family of Design for America. We are grateful to the generous support of McCormick School of Engineering and many others over the past decade. We are looking forward to the next decade!