October 2018 Newsletter - InGlobal Learning Design
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Design Stories

“Every single project has these major ‘aha’ moments. It’s really common to come back after a design assessment, and people will say, ‘How did it go?’ And we’ll say, ‘Great. The entire reporting feature completely bombed.’ But what we’re celebrating is that we didn’t actually build it and launch it into the world. And then instead we know why it wouldn’t work and what we might put in its place.” -- Michelle Pomorski, in Why We Love Being Completely Wrong

Our next installment of Design Stories features three more terrific stories from Mollie Callahan and Michelle Pomorski of Menlo Innovations: Technology is Not the Solution is about finding the problem behind the problem, and how the solution is seldom a matter of designing a different computer screen. Why We Love Being Completely Wrong shows how low-stakes prototype testing can reveal mistaken assumptions quickly, and Small Change, Big Difference is about how small design decisions can change how a user feels or acts in subtle but important ways.

InGlobal Out and About

Did you know InGlobal Learning Design is part of Design Core Detroit?

Created through a partnership of the College for Creative Studies and Business Leaders for Michigan, Design Core Detroit is a network of design firms in Southeast Michigan and a growing force on the hot Detroit design scene. We joined this past summer and had the chance recently to participate in their networking event, Drinks x Design, part of the 2018 Detroit Month of Design. We joined dozens of design-based businesses in creatively highlighting our work, engaging passers-by in a playful activity using our Design Mindset CARDS and Image/Quote Cards originally developed through the iiE.

During the event design-based businesses are given the opportunity to creatively highlight their work in innovative ways. With approximately 3,500 participants the event was a chance to introduce folks to InGlobal Learning Design services and materials using a creative and playful activity. The “recipe” for this activity is below (don’t forget the secret sauce!) and you can also download a copy here.

Ingredients: Instructions:
1. Pick a DESIGN MINDSET CARD and an IMAGE or QUOTE card at random.
2. Thinking about the image or quote together with the Design Mindset card you picked, what connections can you make? What questions and curiosities does it inspire?
3. On a large sticky note, draw a sketch or write a word that represents one connection or curiosity.
4. Tape the cards to the sticky note and tape the whole thing to this board. Add your name or a business card if you like.

Over 30 people contributed to our board, which by the end of the night looked like this:


United People of Faith Project in the Media

“Communication is based on listening more than speaking, and understanding more than inferring or making assumptions about people and their beliefs. The more you understand, the more you can work with someone to make an important product, article, or whatever you want to achieve.”

United People of Faith, a project led by InGlobal in collaboration with Interactive Communications & Simulations at the University of Michigan, was recently featured in Sight Line, a digital journal produced by the Covenant Foundation who generously funded the project. The quote above is by Gloria Joseph, a recent graduate from De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland Oregon and participant in the project. United People of Faith brought together students from different traditions around the task of designing an inter-faith school. Read more.
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Newsletter editors: Jeff Kupperman and Pagan Poggione

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