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Let’s Review: An introduction to incorporating scientific evidence into the design process

Client: Action Design Boston | Role: Teaching and presentation design | Year: 2018


In this lecture for Action Design Boston, my goal was to communicate the value of seeking empirical evidence when designing for social impact, rather than relying on intuition alone.

This lecture introduces designers to the how and why of literature reviews and provides practical guidance on how to integrate them into the design research process.

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Ethnographic research. Usability studies. Competitive analysis. User interviews. Participatory workshops. Designers use many tools to understand users, stakeholders, and the competitive landscape. Unfortunately, published scientific research often gets left out of the design process.

As designers, we have the power to help bridge the gap between theory and implementation by folding in the latest evidence about what works in health, education, finance, and other social impact projects into our work.

In this session, you’ll learn the when, why, and how of a scientific literature review, as well as how to synthesize findings and integrate them with traditional design research methods to inform concept development.

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I’m always down to chat about climate action, design ethics, behavioral science, and methods nuances. Whether you’re interested in conversation or collaboration, you can reach me here:

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