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”

Do we really think we’re going to change the world?

Illustration by Shannon Levin. Learn more about our illustrators. Do we really think we’re going to change the world? Making an impact while knowing our limits Like any good tool, design can only do so much. Not every problem needs a hammer, and not every opportunity needs design. Our role is supporting other changemakers in theirContinue reading “Do we really think we’re going to change the world?”

How can Human-Centered Design be Useful?

Illustration by Shannon Levin. Learn more about our illustrators. How can Human-Centered Design be Useful? If you’ve gotten this far in our website or newsletter, you’ve heard at least a bit about human-centered design as a creative process for addressing challenges. But how can it actually be helpful for you, in your situation? Here are threeContinue reading “How can Human-Centered Design be Useful?”

Rooted in Place, Building Relationships: Being in St. Louis

Something that was fundamental for us in beginning Public Design Bureau is being grounded in the St. Louis region as our home base. While our collaborations might take place around the country, building practice that is rooted in our community here is crucial. Here are a few reasons it matters to us…

Hello World Part 1: An introduction to the Public Design Bureau founders

Annemarie and Liz have known each other for a very long time (from the very first day of freshman year of college!), and have fortunately ended up traveling down paths that led to collaboration with each other in many formats and contexts, from theater productions to design competitions to human-centered design projects.