Design philosophy is a reflective action taken to better understand our community’s design culture. Nascent ideas and opinions go on to inform our value systems, our principles, and our processes.

Breaking the Constraints Breaking the Constraints

We all come up against constraints in our work. The question Marli Mesibov asks us this week is: which constraints should we work around, and which ones should we challenge?

What a Difference a Lab Day Makes What a Difference a Lab Day Makes

Can a single day really make a difference? If it's a day designed specifically to increase innovation, foster creativity, and bring together projects that might otherwise never see the light of day, it can make all the difference in the world. This week, author T.J. Cook tells us about the one-day "labs" his company CauseLabs organizes, and shares advice for how we can incorporate innovation days into our own companies.

Facebook, Sentiment Analysis, and Emotional Contagion Facebook, Sentiment Analysis, and Emotional Contagion

Sentiment analysis and emotional contagion are nothing new, but Facebook's recent research study, dubbed by the media the "emotion manipulation" study has launched heated debates regarding the accuracy of the research and the ethics of performing experiments on people without their knowledge or consent. This week, Kim Morrow brings us through some of the recent articles looking at the different sides of the Facebook "manipulation."

An Interview with the Future An Interview with the Future

The future is a magical place, and we're in the midst of it. This week Matt Griffin joins us to tell us about all that he's learned working on "What Comes Next is the Future," a documentary about how far we've come, and the changes we face in the web community.

Realizing Empathy, Part 1: Art Realizing Empathy, Part 1: Art

Empathy is a curious, human capacity that pervades the worlds of both art and design. In this article, the first of a three-part series, author Seung Chan Lim (Slim) explores the direct relationship between making art and realizing empathy.