What is design?

There are many design disciplines. What makes you a skilful professional isn't your title but your ability to adapt to a context and use the right tools and methods for the best outcome. Through my experience, I have therefore been a different designer.

It’s the practice to involve the different stakeholders in co-creation sessions to solve a social challenge. Generally an urgent need affecting a community that can be solved by involving the public or non-profit sector.

Activist design might collaborate only with the affected community and not ask for permissions to the authorities.

Strategic design is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to the client and its stakeholders. Emphasizing users’ voice is one of the tool and method we use.

A strategic designer can always adapt to a client’s awareness and implement design practices following the Danish Design Ladder.

More common on the private sector, service design replies to a company’s need first, by assessing and fostering customers needs. The solution can be a complex and contextualized product-service-systems.

A multidisciplinary design is someone that has knowledge -theory and practice- in the different fields of design. It generally refers to the three pillars of design: graphic, space and product design.

An aid worker typically responds to humanitarian relief efforts including natural disasters and man-made disasters. Therefore, both designers and aid workers are using “human-centered” tools to do their work.
In the aid sector, there are strict tools and principles like the Do No Harm Approach to monitor the impact of the work.
My goal is to increase this collaboration between both disciplines.