Mindsets of Public Design Bureau: Visual Thinking

Illustration by Lorry Jamison. Learn more about our illustrators. Mindsets of Public Design Bureau: Visual Thinking What’s the mindsetVisual thinking is about creating images or other mock-ups that represent the current or imagined world and help us make sense of it and communicate it. Visual thinking can be as simple as a stick-figure sketch on aContinue reading “Mindsets of Public Design Bureau: Visual Thinking”

Reevaluating Criteria for Decision Making

Illustration by Lorry Jamison. Learn more about our illustrators. Reevaluating Criteria for Decision Making Any design process involves making a series of intentional choices: which opportunity to address, which idea to prototype, which prototype to iterate, which features to prioritize, and which prototype to develop into a pilot are just a few of the choices alongContinue reading “Reevaluating Criteria for Decision Making”

Virtual Facilitation: The Human-Centered Design Way

Illustration by Lorry Jamison. Learn more about our illustrators. Virtual Facilitation: The Human-Centered Design Way We love teaching workshops on facilitation: the process of facilitating (inviting, planning, steering, and reflecting) a group of people to come together and make decisions and progress is at the core of our work. There’s a lot we could say aboutContinue reading “Virtual Facilitation: The Human-Centered Design Way”

Mindsets of Public Design Bureau: Embracing (Small) Failure

Illustration by Camryn Cogshell. Learn more about our illustrators. Mindsets of Public Design Bureau: Embracing (Small) Failure What’s the mindsetEmbracing (small) failure is treating an unexpected or undesired response as an opportunity to learn and adjust. It’s a mindset that pairs with a process of managed risk taking where each risk is small enough to limitContinue reading “Mindsets of Public Design Bureau: Embracing (Small) Failure”

What’s it like to work with Public Design Bureau? An interview with a partner

Illustration by Camryn Cogshell. Learn more about our illustrators. What’s it like to work with Public Design Bureau? An interview with a partner One of our favorite ways to work is as the “people” partner – collaborating with teams of designers, planners, and other experts and helping them learn from and incorporate wisdom of people withContinue reading “What’s it like to work with Public Design Bureau? An interview with a partner”

Packing the backpack: taking lessons learned on to a new adventure

Illustration by Camryn Cogshell. Learn more about our illustrators. Packing the backpack: taking lessons learned on to a new adventure Liz here! I’m excited to share about a big transition in my life (and the life of Public Design Bureau): early next month, I will leave my role as the Associate Director (and founder) of theContinue reading “Packing the backpack: taking lessons learned on to a new adventure”

Mindsets of Public Design Bureau: Optimism

Illustration by Tay Tuteur. Learn more about our illustrators. Mindsets of Public Design Bureau: Optimism What’s the mindset Optimism is the attitude that things can be better than they currently are, and that change is possible Why it’s important For us, design is the intentional process of making things better than they were before — ideally, more sustainable,Continue reading “Mindsets of Public Design Bureau: Optimism”

Design to develop partnerships

Illustration by Tay Tuteur. Learn more about our illustrators. Design to develop partnerships Over the last several years, we’ve worked with a wide variety of teams who are figuring out how to work together — from new organizations and budding coalitions to long-established groups making changes. Some of these groups think of this process as ‘strategicContinue reading “Design to develop partnerships”

Bringing together numbers and feelings

Illustration by Tay Tuteur. Learn more about our illustrators. Bringing together numbers and feelings In our process, we’re most interested in feelings, stories, and the complex messiness of experiences that happen in people’s lives. We want to get beyond the objective knowing of how many and what into understanding the subjective answers to questions like who,Continue reading “Bringing together numbers and feelings”

What’s it like to work with Public Design Bureau? An interview with a client

Illustration by Shannon Levin. Learn more about our illustrators. What’s it like to work with Public Design Bureau? An interview with a client We’ve had the great pleasure of collaborating with Heather Corcoran, Vice Provost and Interim Dean of University College at Washington University in St. Louis on the Re-Imagine UCollege project since summer 2019. WeContinue reading “What’s it like to work with Public Design Bureau? An interview with a client”