Category Archives: Feature

Big Data: A Systematic View

We hear an increasing volume of stories around the shortcomings of current approaches to Big Data, resulting in failures of decision-making, biased insights, excessive data collection, and semantic confusion around the term itself. In our community, recent conversations have turned to the question of how research can participate in this picture, and blending the qualitative and quantitative approaches to insight…

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Personas: A Short Guide to Creating Inspirational Stories of Real People

Persona development has become an important strategic tool within innovative organizations. Uday translated the SonicRim perspective, grounded in years of experience with persona development and its relevance to inspiring innovation, into an easy-to-read white paper. View the deck here.

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Building Client Personas

On April 27th, SonicRim hosted our fifth Whiteboard event at our SOMA office. This time we did things a little differently. Rather than continuing with the open format of previous Whiteboard events, the April attendees participated in a persona building exercise—with the objective of creating personas of the types of clients who seek out and employ design researchers. It was an offbeat assignment for sure, but one that quickly engaged our collective attention.

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Levels of Social Action

‘Social’ is a hot word in technology circles; new startups crop up everywhere promising social experiences, the term ‘social fabrics’ crops up in the strategy statements of Google and the like. ‘Collaboration’ shows up in business magazines, web technology conferences, activist manifestos. However, there is still a lot of confusion around what social action looks like.

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Questions from Whiteboard @SonicRim

The March Whiteboard session was all about questions. There were about 18 of us– independent consultants, contractors, industry experts, students– and we began with an icebreaker that called for curiosity. Everyone was asked to write three to five questions on the whiteboard that were (closely or distantly) related to the field of design research. Once all questions were up, we all voted on the ones we wanted to further delve into.

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Future of Autonomous Driving in India: A Co-Creation Workshop

Uday will conduct a co-creation workshop at the 10th Pune Design Festival on February 26th and 27th. The workshop will offer an opportunity to learn how to introduce  a disruptive technology into community imagination with sensitivity to cultural, psychological and social factors. For the workshop we have chosen a topic that is already drivers’ mental models and challenging the imagination... learn more »

Whiteboard @ SonicRim: Designing Design Education

Where should we draw the boundaries of design education? Design has been considered to encompass all kinds of things — from a safety pin to a highway.  It involves the development of hardware and software. Its scope involves tangible and intangible domains of human life. The practice of design has come a long way since... learn more »

October 16, 2015: A workshop on “Innovation Through Co-creation” at Wayne State University, Detroit.

A workshop on “Innovation Through Co-creation” at Wayne State University, Detroit. SonicRim Uday Dandavate and Kevin Schmidt facilitated a workshop on “Innovation through Cocreaton” at the Wayne State University in Detroit. 25 participants from both for profit and non-profit sector participated in this hands on workshop. A key point made was the need to introduce... learn more »