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Connect+Create: Graham Gardner
September 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The first phase of any design thinking project is design research—getting an understanding of the prompt, learning from different stakeholders, and experiencing the pain points and successes of those involved. Great design research can inspire design teams and propel them to invent truly innovative projects. But what is great design research, and what does it take “behind the scenes” to pull it off? Graham Gardner, Design Research Ops at IDEO, will give us a look behind the scenes, discussing what great design research is and how to make it happen, giving us tips to do better design research in our own work.
Graham Gardner is a creative-minded researcher working to build and scale the Design Research Operations discipline at global design and innovation company, IDEO. A tinkerer in the world of research, he feels most at home problem-solving, process-diagramming, story-telling, and helping others. He is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion and believes that revolutionary design starts by revolutionizing our systems and processes for understanding, creating, and designing the future together. You can find him walking around parks in Rochester, New York with his neuroscientist wife and two fluffy dogs or online at grahamg4rdner.com