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Is AI Ready to Drop Some Rhymes and Write Some Prose?

There is a lot of talk these days about artificial intelligence and its exciting developments. When you hear about AI, you might think about practical uses such as self-driving cars or detecting the early signs of lung cancer.   If you’re a marketer, the potential of segmenting your leads and gathering valuable insight might be…

Australian Banking Royal Commission

Trust: Inside the Banking Royal Commission

A ‘once-in-a-generation’ Banking Royal Commission has highlighted the flaws of existing financial regulation and left many asking how the established financial institutions can possibly rebuild trust with Australian customers.   The Commission’s report savages the motivation and conduct of the big banks, their boards and senior management, describing organisational cultures which focussed purely on profit…


4 Brilliant Products Co-Created With Brands

In our current era of empowered consumers, instant gratification, and an average exposure to 5,000+ advertising and brand messages per person, per day, brands are constantly looking for new ways to meaningfully engage with their customers.   Today there’s a new yet rare breed of creative agency that’s responding to these trends by creating not…

Ideation phase of service design jam.

Our First Service Design Jam: New Tech for Older Users

“A new generation of older adults is beginning to demand far more out of later life than ever before.”   Last Wednesday, we hosted our first Service Design Jam at Claisebrook Design Community.   Joined by people from Bankwest, Silver Chain, Western Power, Telstra Health and Grandton, we explored ideas and solutions for how tech…

What Does A Service Designer Do?

What Does A Service Designer Do?

To people outside of the industry, it’s not immediately clear what a service designer actually does. Put simply, a service designer plans and organises the processes behind the delivery of a service, to create the best customer experience (and therefore organisational outcomes) possible. They look inwards to the organisation’s resources and workflows, and then outwards…

Judgement Day of Design - Part 2: Boiling Point Design Thinking Process

Judgement Day for Design Part 2: Boiling Point

My idea for this article was sparked by a conversation on the This is HCD podcast. The podcast discusses the concept of design hitting a “boiling point”, and if we are approaching the singularity of design. Let’s review the first step of the design thinking process: Empathise. We believe that creating impactful design and better experiences (and…

Judgement Day for Design: Is there too much bad design?

Judgement Day for Design: Is There Too Much Bad Design?

Think about your day-to-day interactions with products and services. From public transport to apps and shopping centres, there are many instances of poor design decisions that flood our lives. And yet we generally accept this to be ok. Take, for example, the parking signs below.     Typically, we read parking signs as we’re driving…

A smiling humanoid robot created with a human-centred design approach.

The ELIZA Effect: A Lesson in Human-Centred Design

Every human interaction is emotional: delightful, surprising, uncomfortable, stressful. It’s the truth that human-centred design is based on. And it’s no different with technology. You’re convinced the computer crashes itself whenever you’re doing important work. That the tinny voice of automated customer support just oozes sarcasm. Or that Siri shares your sense of humour. That…