Design systems, systems design and the wonderful world in between – Part II

In the first part of this article Stefanos established that design systems are inherently social and we saw what some key principles of systems thinking might mean for design systems. This second part of the article is basically a brainstorming exercise around Donella Meadows’ leverage points.

The power of paradoxical thinking

As we try to solve complex problems, we encounter paradoxes that are seemingly contradictions. We tend to dismiss them as irreconcilable and make a choice for one of the extremes, but by doing so we actually make a big mistake.

Tools and pragmatism in UX design

Are you gullible when it comes to trying out every shiny new design tool? Michel isn’t. He takes us through a plethora of tools, from pen and paper to the latest virtual collaboration boards and advises on when it makes sense to add yet another tool to your design toolbox.

The paradox of travel

What’s the main distinction between animals and plants and what does this have to do with humans and travelling? Joannes takes us on a ride through how the current pandemic makes us consider our habits and where we should aim to evolve, given what we’ve learned and experienced in lockdown.

Going online for the Information Architecture Conference 2020

As design conferences and events are moving online, Namahn designer and information architect Koen Peters describes what it was like to prepare and participate as a speaker for the IAC20 conference. He’s made his insights available, together with a replay of the talk itself.

Namahn in the time of COVID-19

With remote working becoming the new normal, we’ve changed the structure of how we offer our design services, training courses and events so that we can continue to work uninterrupted to support our clients.

Namahn managing partners win the prestigious Henry van de Velde Lifetime Achievement award

Kristel Van Ael and Joannes Vandermeulen, the two managing partners at Namahn are the winners of the prestigious 2016 Henry van de Velde Lifetime Achievement award. In their report, the jury especially commends their hard work in the field of educational tool development, open knowledge sharing and the tremendous commitment to social objectives as trendsetters. […]

Hybrio Event – IoE: The Internet of Experiences

As design challenges get more complex, to meet them projects will require specialist designers working together. Branding is moving from physical to digital and the border between brand, product and service is becoming blurred. In response, KAN and four partner companies have created Hybrio, a platform of connected experience in service, product, interaction and identity design. Hybrio brings together 98 experts in selected design and development disciplines and can create a tailor-made team for your hybrid project. And we can close the gap between design and production.