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Jo Szczepanska
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Very colourful tiled pattern, using abstract 60’s shapes to spell out co-design. Fluro teal, pink, yellow, deep green and red

You may have just heard the word co-design for the first-time or you may already be jaded at the thought of it. In any case, there is something about it that has captured your attention. Imagination, cynicism or a combination of both.

If you are unsure and curious about co-design…

Co-design is a approach to design that has been gaining momentum — and evidence — for 40+ years. Starting in coming from social research and community development it has many names and diverging paths.

What that means for you is that there are many more tools out there and a…

Yup. I’m doing this folks it’s a definition.

Co-design is a group of people with different backgrounds, knowledge and skills cooperatively and creatively working together.

It works by having people

  • jointly explore and envision ideas
  • make and discuss stories (past, present, future)
  • tinker with mock-ups or prototypes.

What makes co-design tricky to define is that it is adaptable. It can be used for just about anything at any time. Co-design is performed differently depending on who you want to engage…

Photo taken by Amy Whitfield

It’s all fun and games until you have to get up in front of a bunch of people you don’t necessarily know very well and try to compel them to design futures that are significantly different to what they currently know.

We were looking to get our participants thinking about…

Last week Today partnered with KeepCup for Melbourne Knowledge Week (From the Ground Up — An exploration of Food, Hospitality and Tech in Melbourne) to run a fast paced workshop on the topic of post disposable futures. Our goal was to start an important conversation around Melbourne’s future waste plan…

What is this? As the name suggests this is a list of tools that span design thinking and human-centred design. The tools go both ways because Design thinking draws a lot from human-centred design and vice versa.

Who if this for Well, you may have gotten a flavour of design…

What is design thinking, why do I keep hearing about it?

Recently design thinking has gained momentum in the business world through mentions in the Harvard Business Review and Forbes publications. As a thing, design thinking has been described as anything from “a unified framework for innovation“ to the “essential tool for simplifying and humanising.”

Being in the news though doesn’t…

Things you should be thinking about, if you weren’t already


As part of to [icon] here are a of my few musings about how to get started in icon design. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the be-all-end-all expert on designing icons, but if practice makes perfect, than I’m getting pretty darn close…

Jo Szczepanska

Jo wants to live in a fair and healthy world, where services are co-designed with communities. She's multidisciplinary designer with a background in research.

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