One of this year’s hosts for the Stanford LEAD program’s Me2We event was the DuPont Silicon Valley Innovation Center – home to four labs designed to enable real-time collaboration, prototyping, testing, and iterative design. Having collaborated closely with the Innovation Center on exciting and innovative projects, 219 Design was invited to lead an interactive workshop about our product development process, including the best ways to overcome innovation challenges. We hope you find these best practices as useful as we do.
Me2We is an annual three-day student-led event that brings Stanford LEAD program participants and a diverse group of thought leaders, experts, researchers, authors, and Stanford GSB faculty together from all over the world.
Priya is a UX and New Concept Development Consultant. She works closely with 219 Design on projects and presentations that require her specialized knowledge. She thrives on combining the human-centered design process with business strategy to achieve innovative solutions.
We often think of design thinking as a process
Is your company laser-focused on maintaining existing processes? Maybe you have a strict development environment? Do various departments need to come together on a clear vision? True innovation requires empathy, diversity, radical collaboration, and experimentation. Start incorporating the following design mindsets into your company’s culture to move beyond the traditional and begin thinking in new, innovative ways.
Talking about something again and again but not moving forward? Grab some markers, large sheets of paper, post-its, etc. and start actively brainstorming together. Or, grab a few supplies you have handy – clay, blocks, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, foam core, cardstock, etc. and create visual, low-fidelity representations of ideas you might be exploring. Using your hands can open up more creative and productive parts of the brain and get you and your team really innovating to help you build the right thing.
Your company is great at doing what you do. When you want to do something new, there’s no harm in reaching out to a firm with different experience and expertise.
If you find that you could use some additional skills, knowledge, resources, or perspective – reach out to 219 Design. Our value goes beyond expert product development. We’re in the business of helping our clients achieve success. Our approach, our passion, and our versatility show in our results. With 219 Design, you get a true development partner that is in it for the long run.