What a waste! – The concept of Mottainai

For years, western countries were inspired by Japanese concepts and beliefs. Zen-Buddhism served as a basis for minimalistic design; Kaizen pushes companies to a never ending optimization, and the bento box influenced us at Goodpatch to structure our approach to project work. Of course, everyone knows the ideas of Marie Kondo.  Another Japanese concept that …

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Executive Education Redesigned – The Design Thinking Expedition

What does it take to experience and not just learn about design thinking? At Goodpatch, we think it is essential to go beyond theory and solve real problems. Together with the University of Zurich and Stanford University, we created a 5-day Design Thinking Learning Expedition. In this program, executive MBA students experience the entire design …

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What is planet-centric design?

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Why planet-centric design matters The past decade has seen us finally understand human-centric design. We got so good at optimizing everything for convenience, distraction, and addiction that people changed their long-lived behaviors. The products and services were just too desirable. We keep scrolling, buying products that perfectly complement all the stuff we already have, and …

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A Designer’s Perspective — 5 reasons I prefer Telegram to WhatsApp

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For those who have no idea I’m talking about; Telegram is a messaging service equal to WhatsApp, Lime or iMessage. It was created in 2013 by Pawel Durow, an entrepreneur and founder of the Russian equivalent to Facebook. Telegram is a weird thing: Almost everyone has it installed but my guess is that merely around 5% …

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4 drivers for a successful remote Designathon

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The current pandemic has inspired us to take the Designathon, one of our most successful workshop formats, and adapt it to a remote setting. Doing so made sure we could continue the inspiring work with our partners and clients, regardless of the location and local restrictions. Working between Tokyo and Berlin, remote work was nothing …

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Hybrid events in a distanced world

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Five ways for your virtual events to connect with audiences beyond screens In 2020, conferences and events were different. What used to be a gathering in impressive locations now takes place virtually in everyone’s living room. While events have become a lot more inclusive and approachable, all the small interactions happening in-between are now hidden …

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Remote user testing for more inclusive digital products

With remote work being the new normal in COVID-19 times, there’s no excuse left for not testing your digital product with a more diverse user group. COVID-19 has impacted every single aspect of our lives. The need to keep a safe distance so that infection numbers stay manageable has influenced the ways we interact with …

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