#LoFab (Locally Fabricated) Design

Posted on Nov 28, 2015
#LoFab (Locally Fabricated) Design

One of the issues I have with Design is how inaccessible it often seems. Many of the examples we study as “good design” are barely affordable to the masses in the developed world, forget those in the developing world [1]. So when I saw this video about a locally fabricated hospital in Haiti, I had […]

Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu

Posted on Apr 12, 2015
Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu

Over the last few weeks, I have had the incredible pleasure of working with artist and research Joy Lynn Davis, to support her work documenting the theft of stone sculptures of Kathmandu Valley. The theft, which has gone on since 1970s, is quite outrageous. (Though it is heartening that some of the sculptures are making […]

On Design Thinking & David Kelley

Posted on Jul 2, 2013
On Design Thinking & David Kelley

I went looking for this FastCompany article (feb ’09) on David Kelley and design thinking today, because I remember it still, and needed some inspiration. Here is the quote that stayed with me the most: It took Kelley a while to appreciate the power of stepping back before forging ahead. In the mid-1980s, he says, […]

Reading I liked: innovation, user experiences, selling to the poor.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013
Reading I liked: innovation, user experiences, selling to the poor.

Impact Evaluation: Stop measuring outputs, start understanding experiences “Is open government working? I asked the question in a previous post… The answers are not forthcoming.” And even when they are, they are measured in clicks, which just don’t make sense for something like Open Government. The indomitable Panthea Lee of Reboot, on why understanding experiences […]

Links to celebrate March: Beauty and Innovation

Posted on Mar 7, 2013
Links to celebrate March: Beauty and Innovation

Kathmandu is being “Kolor”ed! Kathmandu’s coolest kids, at the Sattya Media Arts and Collective, have started the Kolor Kathmandu project  “to transform Kathmandu, into an open gallery where creative expressions of modern Nepal go hand in hand with temples of ancient times.” Beautiful stuff; wish I was there to witness this personally. UNICEF Innovations had […]