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27 Apr 2021

The Business Impact of Design

Designers around the world are in an incredible position. Culturally we are in a moment of transition, with an estimated impact that has not been seen since the industrial revolution. The influence that designers can and will have on this new emerging world is going to be great. While this is all incredibly positive, there […]

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10 Apr 2021

How To Conduct Research About The Future

How do we uncover what may be possible in the future? With research. Research is defined as a systematic investigation into materials and sources to establish new facts and reach new conclusions about a topic.  The tricky part of applying the process of research to the future is there are no known facts about the […]

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26 Mar 2021

Design Is Leadership: Exploring New Trends In The Industry

The design industry has reached a new level of maturity. Over the past 12 months companies have pivoted, adapted and defined new business models. This was possible because of design. Designers have met their moment in history, equipped with the skills that the next world needs. However, with great success, comes great responsibility. Teams have […]

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13 Mar 2021

Future Scenarios: Clarifying The Possible

The history of future scenario planning is short, when contrasted with the years into the future it can plan for. The first person credited with working with future scenarios is Herman Khan who developed the practice of telling future stories in his work for the US Military and the RAND Corporation in the 1950’s. Prior […]

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01 Mar 2021

Discover Weak Signals To Move Beyond Disruption

Living in a time of disruption creates opportunities for deep reflection. For most of us the last 12 months has been a sustained period of change and the questions that we have been pondering have been profound. Many of us have been wondering; are our outputs important or even relevant in this new world? Do […]

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10 Feb 2021

Data-Thinking and Design-Thinking: Creating Strategic Outcomes

Designers are now solving problems at the intersection of two disciplines : data and design. 20 years ago, I began my working life as a graphic designer performing in global advertising and design agencies. And then my understanding of what design was changed. As the influence of good design grew so did my view of […]

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17 Jan 2021

Design Thinking: A Core Skill For A Post VUCA World

2021 has arrived and the world is a very different place. How do we navigate this new landscape? At Echos we believe in empowering people to design desirable futures. For many of us, making decisions about how to create new futures can feel difficult when the world seems unstable and unclear. To assist with moving […]

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10 Dec 2020

Design Your New Life For 2021

2020 is drawing to a close. It is time to ask, what do you want for your 2021? If the last year has taught us anything, it is that we cannot predict or control what happens to us.  However, that should not stop us from imagining what we desire for our futures and creating a […]

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19 Dec 2017

Design Thinking For Beginners: 3/3 – Create the Solution

Design Thinking: Creating a Solution   This is the third article from a series of three. My intention is to help newbies /non-designers to see clearly when they might want to use a tool or a method in a Design Thinking (DT) project timeline. In this article I focus on the second part of a project, […]

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19 Dec 2017

Design Thinking For Beginners: 2/3 – Find The Problem

Design Thinking: Finding the Problem   This is the second article from a series of three. My intention is to help newbies/non-designers to see clearly when they might want to use a tool or a method in a Design Thinking (DT) project timeline. In this article I focus on the first part of a project, with […]

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