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Design Thinking

Peter Day finds out about the concept of 'design thinking', and how designers are moving out of the lab and into the real world in some very unusual ways.

There's a certain magic when a product you've bought just simply works, when a company's customer service satisfies instead of frustrates, or when a website gives you exactly the right information you need, exactly when you need it. But these seemingly serendipitous moments might actually be the result of exact planning and customer research. The technical term is 'design thinking' and with the help of designers eager to break out of the lab and into the real world, it's a movement that's catching on in all sorts of unlikely places.
This week Peter Day talks to the people behind an award-winning government website, agencies that are creating whole companies from scratch, and finds out about other ways that innovative designers are intruding into the real world like never before.
Producer: Mike Wendling.

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30 minutes

Last on

Sun 25 Aug 2013 21:30

Contributors to this programme

Tom Hulme

design director, IDEO


Ben Territt

designer, Gov.UK


Suzy Stone, James Moed, and other designers

IDEO London


Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh

chief executive, FormFormForm, makers of Sugru


Mohsen Mostafavi

dean, Harvard Design School


Duncan Fitzsimons and Adrian Westway

directors and founders, Vitamins Design Studio


Pete Lomas

founding trustee, Raspberry Pi Foundation


Pete Collard

curator, Design Museum


Baroness Kingsmill

co-author, ‘Restarting Britain 2: Design and Public Services’



  • Thu 22 Aug 2013 20:30
  • Sun 25 Aug 2013 21:30

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