Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ideas from IDEO for Museum Designers

Fred Dust from from the design firm IDEO gave a great session at the AAM Conference on Tuesday morning.

There were many great takeaways involving IDEO's approach to "design thinking" that were useful for museum folks.  Here are some bullet points that I rapidly scribbled down on my legal pad:

• Good design reframes problems.

• Constraints create/Create constraints.

• Every design problem is an opportunity to learn.

• Don't survey (design for behaviors, not demographics).

• Museums need to look at everything as their competition, not just other museums.

• Evolution is revolution --- create cheap, easy prototypes! (real-time and full-scale, if possible.)

• Crowdsource for questions not answers.

So get out there and start looking for questions!

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