After 8 wonderful years at the University of Calgary, I've recently made a change to a new academic home. I've joined Mount Royal University as an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Social Innovation at the Bissett School of Business and I can't wait to get started. With that said, … Continue reading An exciting new direction.
I recently had the chance to work with a colleague at the University of Calgary on the design of an experiential, inquiry-based and student led approach to learning for a new program opening up - one that used the real and proven innovation practices that are fostered through the use of a design mindset. It … Continue reading That’s a good question – Using design thinking to support the development of divergent thinking practices in first-year students.
I've finished my dissertation on the creative problem solving practices of designers (lovingly named Wanda so that I have someone to scream at when needed) and submitted it to the University of Calgary - I'm ALL DONE! Yay! I'm sharing it here with you...prepare yourselves accordingly for a longish visit to theory town. But once … Continue reading Doing Design Thinking: An Ethnography of the Digital Graphic Design Studio
I've been having a really interesting conversation with a student recently about the shape and function of design thinking practices inside and outside the studio space. How does each camp (business folk, organizational studies researchers, designers) understand who has ownership over what? In trying to suss this out, I went back to some mapping. Mapping … Continue reading Mapping the un-mappable in design thinking
In an effort to wrangle the term design thinking into submission, I'm trying to untangle design thinking from all the words...design, designing, thinking, and designing our thinking. As a model for change in the world of post secondary education, design thinking serves an important purpose: it is both a tool that can enhance learning for … Continue reading Untangling Design Thinking from Designing, Thinking, and Designing our Thinking.
So it would seem that design thinking is having a moment. I know, I know. This is not news. After all, once something has hit the twittersphere with the force that design thinking seems to have (#designthinking), the moment may actually be almost over. But this is exciting for me, because it means that the … Continue reading Design Thinking’s moment in the University classroom.
One of the questions I ask designers in my field research is “how did you learn to solve problems”? I get all sorts of answers, but after more than a few jokes about the boot camp that is design school and the battle field of client work, most of the designers I interview talk about … Continue reading Connecting Innovation and Creativity in teaching and learning: Design thinking goes to University.
Innovation. We’re hearing this word a lot these days – in our federal budget, our businesses and especially in our research work. The use of design thinking as a method to generate innovation in spaces outside the design studio is something that I believe we should all celebrate. If, as the meme-verse tells us, creativity … Continue reading Connecting Creativity and Innovation – researching our #cdninnovation future
I'm so thrilled and honoured to be a part of the SSHRC Storytellers Top 25 Competition this year - I really believe that developing a better understanding of the ways that designers solve complex and critical problems will help us connect creativity and innovation in Canada's future, and I'm so excited to share the research … Continue reading What does it mean to connect innovation and creativity through design thinking?
From the candidacy vault: a list of practice theory sources and inspirations, with a special focus on organizational dynamics, and the process of learning, changing and evolving practice forms. Barab, S., & Duffy. (2011). From practice fields to communities of practice. In D. Jonassen & S. Land. (Eds.), Theoretical foundations of learning environments. New York, … Continue reading A little light reading: Practice Theory edition
More from last year's candidacy, in case it is of help to others who suffer so: a brief listing of readings from the world of ethnography with a special focus on cultural production studies and organizational ethnographic studies. Alcoff, Linda (1992). The Problem of Speaking for Others. Cultural Critique, 20, 5-32. Atkinson, P., Coffey, A., … Continue reading A little light reading: Ethnography edition
For what it is worth: a brief listing of readings from the world of Cultural Production Studies with a special focus on the world of design. Banks, M., Gill, R., & Taylor, S. (Eds.). (2014). Theorizing cultural work: Labour, continuity and change in the cultural and creative industries. Florence, KY: Taylor and Francis. Becker, H. … Continue reading A little light reading: Cultural Production Studies edition
My recent presentation of research at the EPIC 2016 conference (Minneapolis) is available at https://www.epicpeople.org/learning-ethnography-design-studio/. A full PDF of my presented paper is available here: epic2016_3-1dorland https://vimeo.com/199881299
Recently I had the opportunity to contribute an article to Perspectives at EPICpeople.org. The full text can be found here: https://www.epicpeople.org/design-ethnography-practice/ What do you think? How do designers understand research, and how are they designing the future of ethnography?
Designing Innovation: A Proposal For Future Policy Direction (Dorland, 2012) builds off of the initial discussions started in 2010 about the need for a Canadian National Design Policy. This working paper explores various forms of creative policies using case studies from Europe, the USA and England, and suggests that a hybrid of innovation, creative industries … Continue reading What form should Canada’s national design policy take?
Practice Theory in the Studio: The Dynamics of Change in Innovative Design Methodologies (Dorland, 2016) locates and maps the field of practice-based approaches, suggesting that the practice turn identified by Warde (2005) has moved into a third wave of empirical study. It then explores how three key scholars from the second wave of practice theory … Continue reading How is the practice of participatory design embedded, adapted and shared in the studio?
Saying the Unsayable: Intersections of Tacit Knowing and Explicit Knowledge Within an Expanded Definition of Design Thinking (Dorland, 2016) explores the origins of the term "design thinking" and proposes that the term can be best understood as a method of knowledge conversion, rather than as either a tacit, or an explicit way of knowing. This … Continue reading How can we understand design thinking as a conversion between tacit and explicit forms of knowledge?
Design Ethnography and Ethnographies of Designers: An Embedded and Collaborative Approach to the Study of Cultural Producers (Dorland, 2016)