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Vivid Ideas: Alternative Methods for Thinking and Acting

Full price $165 (+bf)
Early bird $150 (+bf)
Group discounts available.


This workshop has been written exclusively for Vivid Ideas.

Designers and their skills are growing in recognised value every day. They are playing vital strategic roles in businesses, affecting policy and systemic change, reshaping futures and creating meaningful impact.

Through all this, designers utilise a toolkit of design methodologies. Yet with emerging design professionals now expected to work in such divergent fields, do we need alternative processes and thinking methods to tackle contemporary challenges?

Design Infidelity: Alternative Methods for Thinking and Acting explores what it means for designers to stop thinking like designers and offers alternative methods for achieving deep user empathy, measuring value and success, approaching problems and implementing change. These methods work in addition to existing processes and skills currently utilised by each designer.

Broken into two parts, this day-long workshop leads participants through a series of activities and exercises that are reflexive and challenging, that interrogate their understandings and processes, and then looks beyond design into other professions to find new ways to solve problems. Techniques borrowed from fields as varied as journalism, software engineering, mathematics, anthropology, art theory, biology, linguistics and law can help designers to think and act in new ways, and adapt their processes into something dynamic and unique.


Who is it for?

The workshop is suitable for designers of all disciplines and experience levels, including students. Some knowledge of design processes is advantageous to the participant’s enjoyment. All materials and learning guides are supplied, and each participant will leave with artefacts of their own personal design approach.



Bonnie Abbott and Aimee Jay, Double Days.



This workshop is presented with our generous venue sponsor, Spaces.


Earlier Event: May 13
Design, Designing and The Designer