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New design research paradigms, processes and methods are vital to an organizations' ability to sustain their competitive advantage. The days of open-ended budgets and years spent on a project before delivering results are gone. Our team's recent work in crowdsourcing shows that fast, inexpensive and quality research can be conducted though open innovation by integrating the research of small autonomous teams.
By applying an Inspirational Design Briefing and an iterative team and crowdsourcing procedure, our Design Quantification Lab initiative team experimented with fourteen crowdsourcing challenges, involving incremental to breakthrough innovation challenges. More than one thousand comments resulted from these challenges and provided paradigm shifting thoughts from professions ranging from artists and designers to venture capitalists.
When applying crowdsourcing, we found that it is important to target a challenge at key professions and group sizes. Certain profe...
What do you think is most important for succeeding in developing good products and services for people in developing countries? Here is what we learned from creative professionals.
Are you tiered of listening to bad news? If so reinventing journalism could provide news about peace and not war!
Per Arnoldi, Danish designer / artist / TV and radio host / etc. shares how art brought people together to save the Alps.
Hope you have enjoyed the Stanford Alumni Blog - Inside Design and found The Huffington Post stories useful and inspiring. Our Design Quantification team’s design research made significant progress last year and submitted the following scientific papers:
- Design Driven Portfolio Management
- Business Plans Informed by Design
- Profit from Design - leveraging design in business
- Improving Collaborative Concept Evaluation using Concept Aspect Profile Method
- Inspiring Design - Informed by Metrics
- Design Philosophy Drives Product Performance
- What Designers Can Learn from Artists & Architects About the Philosophy within Conceptualization
Our team is looking for committed professionals interested in collaborating on design research. For 2012 we are pursuing the following themes:
- Build Dynamic Capabilities Through the Use of Design (first article published in The Huffington Pos...
Are you tiered of listening to bad news? If so reinventing journalism could provide news about peace and not war!
Have you ever met someone for the first time and—not in a romantic or sexual way—inexplicably tumbled into a space-time vortex of pure human-to-human connection? As you talk with this stranger, a sense of urgency emerges, while simultaneously you lose track of how many minutes have passed. There’s so much to share! Your speech hastens, your gestures grow larger, your facial expressions more elaborate. Then you find you’re interrupting each other with gasps of, “Me, too!” and “You had a similar experience?” and “Wow.” You feel certain, even if you don’t really believe in reincarnation, that you met this individual in a previous life.
Suddenly, the spell breaks. Sounds and sights from your current reality come flooding back into your awareness. Your partner taps you on the shoulder. “Can we go now, please?” he groans, eyes rolling. Or you get to the front of the line at your favorite local caf&eac...
Applying a three-phase design process -- direction, design and development -- to personal change might look something like this . . .
The sun is shining, it's almost 80 degrees, and the fans are getting ready for the big game here in Glendale!
Now besides College Football's Biggest Party west of the stadium and the Stanford alumni party on the south lawn of the stadium, there is a rocking bash going on inside the Glendale Media Center right across the street called 'Stanford Rocks 2'.
Now performing: Brett Michaels, a Valley native -check him out in the pic below. Also in the star-studded line-up: LMFAO and Ke$ha. How about that! And we hear Stanford alum Tiger Woods is in the house!
So party on Stanford fans - it's a Fiesta!
You may not know every year the Fiesta Bowl hosts a Media Day, where reporters and photographers from across the country get a chance to talk to players and coaches one on one. Each school represented gets about one hour in front of the cameras, and it kicks off with a special presentation by Glendale Vice Mayor Steve Frate. Check out what Stanford coach David Shaw received: a huge basket of chocolates from Glendale’s own chocolate company, Cerretas.
Quarterback Andrew Luck was on hand of course and had his own platform for interviews:
From here on out the team will be focused on the game!
Let’s cheer on our Cardinal as they head down to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl! Here’s a fun recipe for a grilled twist on an Arizona specialty, Navajo tacos. Traditionally, Navajo tacos feature a combination of beans and/or ground beef and toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cheese all atop crispy fry bread. Since I like to use my panini maker for all kinds of cooking, I’ve opted to grill the fry bread. No panini maker? A regular gas grill will work just as well.
Grilled Navajo Tacos
By Kathy Strahs, Panini Happy
Of course you’re here to watch Stanford play in the Fiesta Bowl game – but there are a lot of other cool things to do while you’re here in Glendale.
Some of the very best ideas for the family: a trip to Cabela’s, one of the country’s largest sporting goods and outdoor stores complete with a huge display of (stuffed) animals, a walk through aquarium and a fishing pond. It’s just a block north of the stadium, and almost gets as many visitors as the Grand Canyon!
How about a visit to Wildlife World Zoo? You can see animals from around the world in their natural habitats. The zoo is known for having baby white tigers– check out this cutie!
You can get discounted tickets through the Glendale Convention & Visitors bureau.
A Fiesta Bowl travel guide: What to do and where to eat around Phoenix, as suggested by Stanford alumni
Hey Fiesta Bowl goers, here's a little post-Xmas gift for you: a list of travel tips from a few fellow Stanford alums who know the Phoenix/Glendale area well.
Also check out this handy “Fiesta Top Fives” list on the Stanford Alumni Association’s Fiesta Bowl website, and this Sunset Magazine Glendale day trip, published last December but still pretty much on the mark.
Can you believe it? We're off to the Fiesta Bowl! If you are gathering friends to watch what looks to be an epic match-off between our dear Cards and Oklahoma State, here's my take on the perfect game-day menu.
Bone-in ribeye, otherwise known as a "cowboy steak", a nod to our worthy opponents in Oklahoma, which we will be ceremonially eating, by the way, in this menu.
Pinto beans with jalapeños, bacon, and onions, served with salsa, to acknowledge our fine hosts in Glendale, Arizona.
Cool, California avocado slices. Perfect to go with the beans, salsa, and steak.
To drink I recommend a pomegranate and Prosecco bellini, basically sweetened pomegranate juice with Proseco, because it's sophisticated and sparkling cardinal red.
Oh yes, and for a starter or snacks, cranberry-gl...
One of the many exciting events around the Fiesta Bowl is the High School Band National Championship. Marching bands face off at the University of Phoenix Stadium for top honors - and this year, the Eagle Pride Marching Band from Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Phoenix (of course Sandra Day O'Connor is a Stanford Alum!) is among the elite bands to compete.
Glendale 11, the city's television station where I work, stopped in at the band's practice - click here to watch a sneak peek of the Eagles:
By the way, the weather is perfect here - game day next Monday is looking around 70 degrees with sunny skies.
Come visit us in Glendale!
Among the many things to do and see in Glendale is our very own chocolate & candy factory. The family owned company is called Cerretas, and they've come up with a unique way to celebrate the Stanford Cardinal mascot:
Yes, that's right, a chocolate Tree you can decorate yourself in red and white. That's just one of the many yummy treats available:
So stop by if you're here for the game or check them out online - your taste buds will thank you!
Take a break from holiday shopping to feast your eyes on what happens every night in historic downtown Glendale:
This is a shot of Glendale Glitters, where more than 1.5 million holiday lights decorate our downtown - just a few miles from where Stanford will play!
You can win tickets by liking the City of Glendale on Facebook - just click here.
Have a great holiday weekend!
If you're lucky enough to be coming to Glendale, Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl game, I've got an easy way for you to get free stuff and have a great time in our city. Just stop by the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau in historic downtown Glendale wearing anything with a Stanford logo, Stanford colors, etc. and you'll get a free goodie bag filled with discounts, coupons, travel info and much more.
Lorraine, Terry, Jessica and all our great volunteers are ready and waiting to show you all the great places to go and things to do.
We've got our Visitor Center decked out in Fiesta Bowl gear. Check it out!
You may not know that the City of Glendale travels with the Fiesta Bowl staff to the universities to officially welcome the teams playing in the big game. Today I'd like to introduce you to Jen Stein, the Senior Marketing/Communications Manager for Glendale. She's our guest blogger, and had a rather unusual experience at a hotel in Stanford - see below:
"One of the best experiences of working on a Fiesta Bowl is getting to know the teams that are selected. I had the honor of traveling to Stanford with the Fiesta Bowl to meet the wonderful coaches, athletic administration and the alumni staff. In addition, we had the opportunity to share our information and stories through Stanford’s savvy social media. We answered questions on a facebook chat and shared Fun Fiesta Bowl facts for a You Tube video. Actually, this might be a good place for me to add a correction to one of my facts. So here it is – the amount of concrete used to build the stadium i...
Ok, what's better than seeing the Cardinal playing in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale? Winning free tickets to the Fiesta Bowl! And I can offer you that opportunity right now.
The Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving away a pair of tickets to the Fiesta Bowl. All you need to do is visit the Glendale CVB on Facebook (www.facebook.com/glendalecvb) and click the “Fiesta Bowl Ticket Contest” link on the left side of the page. Make sure you like the CVB, too, to get the latest info on discounts, deals, events and more.
Only a few days left to enter - what a great holiday experience.
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