XPLANE xBlog visual thinking http://xblog.xplane.com XPLANE http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss en-us Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:34:21 -0700 email@addresshere.com Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:34:21 -0700 Three Kick-Ass Visual Icebreakers http://xblog.xplane.com/-three-kick-ass-visual-icebreakers/ If you were once three years old, you can draw. If you don’t believe us, you’re grounded – go to your room.   XPLANE’s discovery sessions succeed because of visual thinking. Our post up exercises, affinity mapping, group collaboration and sharing sometimes stir up a bit of anxiety from one or two of the participants, especially when we ask people to draw. If we had a nickel for every time we heard, “I... Design MBAs - They’re Real http://xblog.xplane.com/design-mbas---theyre-real/ Design education embedded into MBA curriculum? Yes, and in Cleveland, Ohio no less.   XPLANErs Patrick Dodson and I were in the heartland for client meetings last week and during our travels we swung by my alma mater, the Weatherhead School of Management, to field questions from first year MBA students about Design Consulting.   In true XPLANE fashion, students jotted questions on Post-its, one idea per Post-it, and stood... Engage Your Audience - Transform PowerPoints into Clear, Compelling Stories http://xblog.xplane.com/engage-your-audience---transform-powerpoints-into-clear-compelling-stories/ During Get Naked! Let Your Message Stand Up Without PowerPoint, Visual Thinking School on November 7, we tackled how to transform PowerPoint decks into simplified, clear stories that can be presented in two minutes – without PPT. We introduced several alternatives including storyboards, live sketching, and interactive posters.   The attendees split into teams and each were given a source deck with topics... So, You Have to Give a Presentation http://xblog.xplane.com/so-you-have-to-give-a-presentation/ Wait, did you just instinctively open PowerPoint? STOP! Did you know that 80% of the time PowerPoints (or slideshows generically) fail to communicate their message? That’s not a real statistic, but we’re pretty sure we’re in the ballpark.   Using PowerPoint for every presentation is like only eating bread (or rice, if you’re gluten-free) for every meal, every day. It gets boring. Ready to detox from PowerPoint and... Holiday Inn® Shifts from Traditional to Digital Ad Strategy http://xblog.xplane.com/holiday-inn-shifts-from-traditional-to-digital-ad-strategy/ InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), owner of the Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express® brands, recently made changes to their marketing and advertising approach and execution; IHG engaged XPLANE to help develop a communication strategy that clearly communicates the transformation of these global brands’ marketing program to owners and investors.   To accomplish this task, XPLANE gathered with a team of IHG... Flesh, Blood, and Data An Art Show by Information Designers http://xblog.xplane.com/flesh-blood-and-data-an-art-show-by-information-designers/ Information designers go through a process to gather content, synthesize data, and weave their findings into cohesive stories. Traditionally these stories help business audiences achieve certain goals. XPLANE Associate Creative Director Tim May created this exhibition to give designers license to use the same information-gathering processes to create works of personal and creative meaning, and to use tools not typically associated with... Bookmark This! Change DNA Library http://xblog.xplane.com/bookmark-this-change-dna-library/ Over the past two months we've been exploring the DNA of Change. It's been fun to assemble top thoughts, methods, and tools for designing change over a series of conversations. We love XPLANEing topics like this, but even more so when the subject matter is close to our heart. Through developing the DNA of Change series and the valuable feedback it has stirred up, XPLANE has deepened our own practice of designing for change. We use... XPLANE Hosts Open House for DWP 2014 http://xblog.xplane.com/xplane-hosts-open-house-for-dwp-2014/ XPLANE is a business design consultancy. The definition of what we do is a result of the evolution in the definition of the word, ​“design.” We help large organizations clarify, communicate, and achieve their goals by leveraging visual thinking, human-centered design, co-creation, and multi-disciplinary teams to help clients solve complex problems and accelerate results. For Design Week Portland, our goal was... Visual Thinking School Amsterdam: Behavioural Climate Change http://xblog.xplane.com/visual-thinking-school-amsterdam--behavioural-climate-change/ Last Thursday we held Visual Thinking School (VTS) in our Amsterdam office. VTS is a sandbox event hosted by XPLANE, where we experiment together with people from our community. Similar to our session based client work; we provide a framework and stimulate co-creation in order to accelerate the creative process. It’s always guaranteed to be an inspiring and fun afternoon!    As it was the week of the UN Climate Summit... Sharing is Caring 10.3 http://xblog.xplane.com/sharing-is-caring-103/ It's hard to believe what a typical office desk looked like in 1980 compared to today, memorizing your entire presentation deck is ridiculous and unnecessary, and #TablessThursday almost killed someone. I Tried Living On One Brower Tab and Almost Died #TablessThursday Everyone is looking for ways to be more productive, more focused, less distracted. This article details 4 hours in the life of John Hess as he attempts...