Design Thinking vs. Social Innovation
I read this article today by Robert Fabricant of frog design. He discusses the distinction between design thinking and social innovation, offering some helpful points for learning through the process of trying to apply change through design. A couple of my favorites:
#4) Your Perspective Is Not Automatically Unique. Research and empathy are critical to inform and inspire the design process. But it takes time to develop a viable perspective. You won’t walk in with one.
#7) You Better Be In It for the Long Haul. Ideation is just the beginning. Ideas are cheap. The determination and stubbornness to see them through is critical. Don’t underestimate the time it will take.
I think it’s wise for designers to take a critical look at what sorts of practical change we can begin implementing on a day to day basis and stay humble and patient during the long haul to acheiving it across the board.