What we're about

Design Thinking is a human-centred approach to innovation and solving complex problems – it’s as much about doing as thinking.

The vision for the meetup is to build a community and ecosystem of people from a diverse range of design practices, industries, contexts and roles… to learn and share. To find their tribe. To get exposed to what others are doing and be inspired. We have a strong focus on using design to have a positive impact on people, our planet, and business.

We’re proud to see this in our community – our members are anthropologists, experience designers, chemists, architects, researchers, engineers, service designers, mathematicians, consultants, app developers, project managers, medicos, startup founders and many other roles.

We keep it pretty casual with plenty of time for networking, talks and panels on a broad range of topics, and a healthy Q&A that often turns into a group discussion. You can read a bit about the history and journey of our community and events here (http://dynamic4.com/ideas/sydney-design-thinking-meetup-1-2000-15-months).

New members are welcome! If you’re not a member already, feel free to join our community. Each meetup audience is curated to a degree to make sure we have a mix of new people, as well as the committed regulars.

We’d love to hear from you if you’re keen to speak – or if there’s someone you think we should invite to speak.

Kingsley Jones, Ben Pecotich, Zoe Rosen, Lucas Mara & James Cooper
Sydney Design Thinking Organising Team

Upcoming events (2)

Sydney Design Thinking Meetup #46: Jared Spool - A New UX Design Resolution

Please join us for some thought provoking conversation with interesting people keen on design thinking. We're extremely honoured to have the world renowned Jared Spool talking to us about The Evolution of a New UX Design Resolution. Pull back to an organisation level, working to connect applications and other services together. Design Works on Many Levels Looking at design through different levels of resolution helps us answer some important questions. Is there a difference between UX and UI, and if so, how does that change how teams should operate? What is the relationship between product design and service design? How do we start preparing for what comes next? An alternative is a well-designed process for creating your designs. The secret sauce in that well-designed process is a realisation and inclusiveness of everyone on the team. It’s infused with an understanding of how people contribute to the design process, even when they aren’t trained in design skills. And it opens up opportunities to give everyone—not just your trained designers—the superpowers necessary to rid your products and services of bad design. This talk will inspire you and your team to: • Avoid the dangerous trap of thinking too narrowly about your career • Understand the relationship between pioneers, settlers, and town planners, when it comes to design craft. JARED SPOOL - FOUNDER OF USER INTERFACE ENGINEERING (UIE) Jared is the founder of User Interface Engineering (UIE), the largest usability research organisation of its kind in the world. If you’ve ever seen Jared speak about usability, you know that he’s probably the most effective and knowledgeable communicator on the subject today. He’s been working in the field of usability and design since 1978, before the term “usability” was ever associated with computers EVENT SPONSOR Thanks to ThoughtWorks Sydney for hosting us and providing refreshments.

Sydney Design Thinking Meetup #47: Design MegaMeetup 2019 Festive Drinks

We've teamed up with a bunch of other Sydney design meetups to put on Design MegaMeetup 2019 Festive Drinks! More details coming soon... WE ARE NOT TAKING RSVPS ON THIS PAGE. THE EVENT PAGE WILL BE POSTED SOON The meetup groups hosting are: • Design Systems • Enterprise UX Sydney • IxDA Sydney • Sydney Design Thinking • UX Book Club • Web Accessibility & Inclusive Design Sydney VENUE SPONSOR Tank Stream Labs are hosting us at their space in the Sydney Startup Hub on Level 8, 11 York St, Sydney.

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