Design Process Semantics

It’s practically the same process, yet different organizations have different terms for the process of innovating with a design process.

1. Jeanne Liedtka – University of Virginia, ‘Design Thinking for Business Innovation’

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2. Austin Center for Design

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3. David Armano’s UX model9203705732_48d0073e99_b4. Todd Warfel’s UX model


Developing Compassion Like a Buddhist

Developing Compassion

I once read in a Buddhist text, that in order to develop existential compassion, start with your Mother.

The reason is this is often the easiest person to feel compassion for. She went through many months of struggle and strain to bring you into this world. Many sleepless nights guarding over you while you needed her help more than ever. Contemplating on the gratefulness you feel for your Mother is a way to connect with your empathy.

This particular Buddhist philosophy believed in reincarnation, reasoning that at some point in time, we are all someone else’s Mother. Perhaps a bit of a stretch for some, but not disproven, and an interconnected perspective, so roll with it!

This should encourage us to extend the same compassion we have for our Mother, to our friends, co-workers, acquaintances, users, and for the truly compassionate: enemies. In this regard, we can be thankful for our enemies and antagonists, for only they can provide us the opportunity to practice some of life’s greatest lessons in patience, forgiveness, and compassion.



Praise In Front of Everyone


Most of us might think being recognized in front of our peers for a job well done would be a great experience. And that’s largely true, if you’re American.

For many Asian cultures, being brought in front of your peers, even for positive recognition, is often embarrassing and uncomfortable. Beyond the cultural differences, this may also be an uncomfortable experience for several other types of people, such as: introverted individuals, people struggling with self-image, or for those who simply are too humble to appreciate being recognized in public.

The point is, people are different, and what we value as a reward does too. Researching, being aware of, and understanding differences between cultural and individual preferences for reward refines how we integrate motivations into designs.