• Sharing Session: Broaden your field research skills

    MAD Brussels Fashion and Design Platform

    We’re starting a new series called “Sharing Sessions”. As the name suggests, this series of Meetups will focus on sharing and learning from each other. For our first Meetup in this new series, we call out to anyone in this group with experience in doing field research that wants to learn from other people who do this as well. We asked ourselves: - What can you, as a designer, learn from an anthropologist, psychologist, journalist, … who also does research? - What can you, as a anthropologist, psychologist, journalist, ... learn from a designer who uses design methods for research? We’ve created a structured learning experience to share the tools you use to understand people’s behaviour and the context of a project. There will be time to reflect and share on how you can translate this to your own field, or how to make your learning tangible so you can use it right away. We are looking for a mix of people with different backgrounds to create an optimal sharing experience, so please state your background when registering. IMPORTANT! We ask you to prepare 2 things: 1/ We divided the research in 3 phases: preparing, doing the research and processing the output. Bring real examples of tools, attitudes or documentation methods you’ve used for each of these phases. No need to bring physical stuff, just think about some examples to share. 2/ Please bring some nibbles to snack on (think potluck / auberge Espagnole - style). Your hosts, Luc Lab and Twisted Studio, will take care of the drinks. AGENDA : 18.30 - 19.00 - Drinks + potluck food 19.00 - 22.00 - Sharing session

  • Digging Deeper into Design Thinking: Service blueprinting

    Start It @ KBC Brussel

    Service blueprinting helps you get the complete overview of a service. It goes beyond the customer facing parts, and also exposes how an organization delivers the experience. We'll get very practical during the session. Guest speakers Iva Perez (Boondoggle) and Frederik Vincx (freelance) will present you case studies and we'll create a service design blueprint ourselves. This time around we won't need any Post-Its. Crazy huh?! Instead we'll make digital blueprints in team, using tried and trusted blueprint templates.

  • Digging Deeper into Design Thinking: Futures research

    Start It @ KBC Brussel

    What will our future look like, and how will it affect me? These might be questions you, as a manager, designer or organisation, have been pondering about. Futures research, also known as Strategic foresight or (Scientific) Future orientation, is a planning method that uses alternative stories about the future, many with improbable and dramatic twists, to develop strategy. Back in the 70’s Pierre Wack, the father of scenario planning, predicted the energy crisis and with his “energy crisis” scenarios helped Shell’s managers realize the danger and prepare for it. The result was that Shell prospered more than its rivals and became a leader in its industry. Guest speakers Kadri Sen, Nikki Van Oostende and Julien Hermans, alumni of the Idea and Innovation Management program at EhB, will share their fascination on the subject. Lieven Hérie from co-creation hub Schakel will present a case study. As always during our Digging Deeper sessions, the focus is on hands-on learning. By looking at the strong drivers that will shape our future, we can identify and select possible outcomes that will probably work/plan out. By looking at all aspects of plausible futures and by focusing on the end goal how can you prevent disastrous situations for you and your business.

  • Digging Deeper into Design Thinking: Participatory mapping

    Start It @ KBC Brussel

    In our "Digging deeper" series, we zoom in on a particular tool or method in the Design Thinking process. This time, we focus on participatory mapping. Also known as community-based mapping, participatory mapping is about the creation of maps by local communities to represent the spatial knowledge. It can be used in the research phase, as a way to understand local values and perceptions, as well as in the ideation phase to explore alternative scenarios. Guest speaker and product designer Sarah Rombouts will present a short case study on how she used this tool before and what she learned from it. As always during our Digging Deeper sessions, we’ll focus on a hands-on learning experience. Please be on time! We start 18:45h sharp!

  • Digging Deeper into Design Thinking: storyboarding your user's journey

    In our series about Design Thinking tools, guest speaker Frederik Vincx will learn us how storyboarding is used to tell a visual story about a product. A story that connects to your audience on an emotional level. During this hands-on workshop you'll use the popular Heroes Journey storytelling format to draw engaging stories about your users. No drawing skills required.

  • Digging Deeper: LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®


    In our "Digging deeper" series, we zoom in on a particular tool or method in the Design Thinking process in every session. This time, we focus on LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method (LSP), a facilitated thinking, communication and problem solving technique for use with organisations, teams and individuals.. This method deepens the reflection process and supports an effective shared dialogue. Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator Ralph Van Crombrugge will guide us through a series of questions and imaginary scenarios where you will use LEGO® bricks to experience what is “hand knowledge”, discover unknown facts about yourself and generate a fair co-creation 3D model. Pre-requirement : No experience with LEGO® bricks needed. Note: - Due to the materials needed, this workshop is limited to max. 12 people. - There is no participation fee, but we do ask each participant to contribute to the cost of renting the space. This is 10€/person, to be paid for via bank transfer to BE[masked]. Remaining costs will be sponsored by Twisted Studio.Bank transfers can take some time. Please pay by June 25 at the latest. - RSVP-ing to this event alone is not enough. Please make sure to pay the contribution to ensure your participation. - This workshop is intended for people who are not familiar with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. - LEGO, SERIOUS PLAY, IMAGINOPEDIA, the Minifigure and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this meetup. (Trademark guidelines see https://www.lego.com/en-us/seriousplay/trademark-guidelines)

  • Digging deeper into Design Thinking - Prototyping

    Le Phare du Kanaal

    In our "Digging deeper" series, we zoom in on a particular tool or method in the Design Thinking process in every session. This time, we focus on the Prototyping phase. Deniz Altuntas, former product designer and project manager, now a social designer, will share some interesting prototyping tools and methods. And as always, there will be room to practise what we hear.

  • Service Design Thinking Meetup - New Year's drink + networking

    Happy New Year to you all! What better way to start the year with a 'hello again' or a 'hello, nice to meet you'! We'll toast to the new year and maybe some new connections in the design thinking / service design / social innovation field. Join us on Friday January 26 at Le Phare Du Kanaal, a cosy café right alongside the - you guessed it - canal in Molenbeek. Looking forward! Kind regards, Lies and Marlies

  • Brussels Sustainability Jam


    The Global Sustainability Jam is a 48hr event where people passionate about sustainability come together in cities around the globe to prototype new products and services. For the first time, this is happening in Brussels! Designers, sustainability experts, professors, business people, hackers, makers, artists, students or (grand)parents, everybody is welcome. As long as you are willing to experiment and learn new methods and tools to make an impact, this is the event for you! More info and tickets on: http://bxlsusjam.strikingly.com

  • Digging deeper into Design Thinking - the Business Model Canvas

    In our "Digging deeper" series, we zoom in on a particular tool or method in the Design Thinking process. This time we want to learn more about the Business Model Canvas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Model_Canvas). It's a global standard used by millions of people in companies of all sizes to describe, design, challenge, and pivot your business model. Aurélie Couvreur, digital marketeer and startup coach at Serendipities, is our guest and she'll share her insights on how to use the Business Model Canvas. But we are just as well looking forward to YOUR experiences with this tool! If you have used (parts of) it for your social business, we'd love to hear from you! Location: BeCentral, Cantersteen 10, 1000 Brussels.