04 Jun 2019

5 Ways To Lead In An Era Of Constant Change

It is no secret, and we do talk about it a lot here at the Echos’ blog: technology constantly drives change. With the advancements of AI and machine learning our always-evolving world seems to be spinning faster and faster. What do these accelerated changes in environment, culture and customer demand mean for companies across the […]

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28 May 2019

Designing For Invisible Ecosystems

How can we use design to create a sustainable world, a world with a real future? The engineer and biodiversity scientist, Jessica Green, talks about how, if we think about the invisible ecosystems around us, we can design for a better tomorrow. “Our bodies and homes are covered in microbes — some good for us, […]

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07 May 2019

Urban Intelligence: Innovation & Sustainability in Metropolitan Areas

Climate change, finite natural resources, growing populations – these are some of the very real challenges humanity needs to solve if it wants to avoid extinction. Although this pain is self-inflicted, the solution for such problems also lies within us humans. Practising sustainability in the context of big cities with mechanisms that were designed to […]

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16 Apr 2019

The Era Of Open Innovation

The verb “to innovate” is defined by the Oxford dictionary as “To make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products. To introduce something new, especially a product”. At Echos, we like to describe innovation as something that adds value to people’s life. Anyone and anything can be innovative, depending on […]

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16 Apr 2019

SXSW 2019: The Design Trends

SXSW started as a music festival that aimed to bring life to Austin, Texas. As the years went by, the event continued to expand and, nowadays, it is known as the biggest innovation festival in the world. Currently, the event is divided into four categories: interaction (technology and innovation), film, music and comedy. In each […]

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02 Apr 2019

5 Prototyping Tools To Test Your Ideas

Too many great ideas end up never leaving the paper. Today we share five prototyping tools that will empower you to give life to your creativity. 1 – Paper Prototyping The simplest way to prototype only requires two things: a piece of paper and a pen. With these two simple tools, you can draw your […]

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02 Apr 2019

Can We Design A Future That Is Safe For Women?

As part of Melbourne Design Week I collaborated with Juliana Proserpio from Echos Innovation Lab and Nicole Kalms from Monash University XYX Lab to run an experimental workshop using Human Centred Design to see if we can disrupt the status quo around violence against women. The prevalence of violence against women in Australia is overwhelming. […]

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19 Mar 2019

From Air Mattress To Airbnb – A Case Study

When planning a trip away, chances are Airbnb is the first thing that pops into your mind when thinking about accommodation. The company, founded in 2008, is a phenomenon that changed the hospitality industry forever and is valued today at US$10 billion. Today we’d like to share with you their case study, which has become […]

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19 Mar 2019

Getting It Wrong May Be Exactly What You Need

Look at the images below: Images: Failed It!: How to turn mistakes into ideas and other advice for successfully screwing up What do they have in common? If you guessed that they were all picture failures, you guessed it right. These pictures can be found in the book Failed it: How to turn mistakes Into […]

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12 Mar 2019

Watch, Listen, Read: Design & Inclusion In Every Medium

How can we design a society that is inclusive of everyone? What role does design play in it? Below you’ll find a TED talk, a podcast, an article and a scholar paper that will give you insight on the work we collectively need to do in order to design a fair society for all. TED […]

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