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Insight into Scintilla’s working ethos

Insight into Scintilla’s working ethosJanuary 2016

Just thought we’d share a little insight into how Scintilla tackles research, strategy and design challenges with our clients. Being process oriented, not product driven is the most important and difficult skill for a designer to develop. Being process oriented means:

  • Seeking to understand a design problem before chasing after solutions
  • Not force fitting solutions to old problems onto new problems
  • Removing yourself from prideful investment in your projects and being slow to fall in love with your ideas
  • Making design investigations and decisions holistically (that address several aspects of a design problem at once) rather than sequentially (that finalise one aspect of a solution before investigating the next)
  • Making design decisions conditionally – that is with the awareness that they may not or may work out as you continue toward a final solution
  • Knowing when to change and when to stick with previous decisions
  • Accepting as normal the anxiety that comes from not knowing what to do
  • Working fluidly between concept and detail to see how each informs the other
  • Always asking ‘what if ……?’ regardless of how satisfied you are with the solution

Dorte attends workshops in USA

Dorte attends workshops in USA December 2015

As part of our ongoing development and commitment to our clients, Dorte attended two workshops in the USA run by the Design Management Institute. The first workshop, “Leveraging the Power of Design”, was held in New York City and was attended by a diverse groups of professionals from public, private and not for profit organisations including Sony Mobile Communications, Swarovski and the Toronto Star newspaper. The content presented by Deb Mrazek was inspiring and the diverse perspectives and experiences present provided unique insights into how design thinking is being applied globally.

The second workshop, “Innovation tools and processes” was hosted at the Head Office of Autodesk in San Francisco. The inspiring and human-centric building was the perfect location to learn about and apply the suite of innovation tools and processes presented by Bill Lucas. Bill presented a refreshing look at some old favourite tools and a great range of new tools and processes that when combined with our existing toolkit will be provide powerful tools to boost creativity and innovation. The workshop had a strong USA contingent with people from Google, WalmartLab and PwC as well as international attendees from Sony Mobile Communications and Scintilla.

Nir Stalkol, Product Manager, iRobot Corp, Bedford, MA, USA
Dorte Bell, Director, Scintilla Design, Sydney, Australia
Yassu Nishioka, Director, Sony Mobile Communications, Beijing, China

Scintilla employs graduate designer Isabella Rago

Scintilla employs graduate designer Isabella RagoNovember 2015

As Scintilla develops greater ties with our clients and an ever expanding base of work, Scintilla has engaged Isabella as a full time Product, Strategy and Experience Designer. Isabella, who has degrees in Industrial Design and International Studies, has a background in engineering administration and will contribute to Scintilla’s workload in the areas of strategic data visualisation, system and global thinking, design development, user experience design and systems planning. We wish Isabella all the best and look forward to working with her.

Scintilla Design Turns 1

Scintilla Design turns 1 October 2015

Mid-October saw Scintilla reach a significant milestone – our first birthday! Over the course of the past year we have seen the practice move from strength to strength as we continue to work with our clients in the areas of design strategy, business improvement and product development. We thank our clients for their continued support and look forward to continuing our work together.

Ian attends Design Strategy Workshop

Ian attends Design Strategy WorkshopSeptember 2015

As part of Scintilla’s commitment to continuous development for the benefit of our clients, Ian attended a workshop at the prestigious Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) located in Chicago (the same institution where architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe taught). The workshop, attended by participants from London, Australia, Africa and of course the USA, delivered theoretical knowledge and its practical application in the areas of integrating design and business strategy, design value and design management. “The workshop was inspiring and with participants from different backgrounds and industries enabled different perspectives to be appreciated”, says Scintilla Director, Ian Johnson. The material presented enables Scintilla to deliver greater insights and benefits for current trends and its application to product design to our clients.

Workshop attendees from left to right:  Tyler Duston - UX Specialist, GfK, Chicago USA Ian Johnson - Director, Scintilla Design, Sydney Australia Sarah Hassanen - Principle, Thinkplace, ACT Australia Filip Wolski - Freelance Consultant, London UK Jen Odegaard - Senior Designer, Christian Science Publishing Society, Winthrope, USA Alexander Escobar - Experience Architecture Activation Manager, Lowes Companies Inc, Mooresville USA Ashleigh Raynes - CX Experience Architecture Activation Manager, Lowes Companies Inc, Mooresville USA Heather Johnston CEO Find MY Spot, Milwaukee, USA Workshop supervisor Michael Ekersley, Principle, HumanCentred, Kansas City, USA

Ian Johnson – Director, Scintilla Design, Sydney Australia
Sarah Hassanen – Principle, Thinkplace, ACT Australia
Filip Wolski – Freelance Consultant, London UK
Jen Odegaard – Senior Designer, Christian Science Publishing Society, Winthrope, USA
Alexander Escobar – Experience Architecture Activation Manager, Lowes Companies Inc, Mooresville USA
Ashleigh Raynes – CX Experience Architecture Activation Manager, Lowes Companies Inc, Mooresville USA
Heather Johnston CEO Find MY Spot, Milwaukee, USA
Workshop supervisor Michael Ekersley, Principle, HumanCentred, Kansas City, USA

Dorte is speaking at “Women in Design”

Dorte is speaking at "Women in Design"September 2015

Dorte will be speaking at "Women in Design" presented by the University of Technology Sydney in conjunction with the Design Institute of Australia on Thursday 10 September at 6pm. This is the first open conversation with women from industrial design, UTS alumni in Sydney 2015. The event recognises and celebrates the growing number of women who practice across a range of disciplines with foundations in industrial design. Please come along! For more information and to book tickets, visit:
http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=154633

Scintilla in Workshopped 2015 Exhibition

Scintilla in Workshopped 2015 Exhibition August 2015 – Scintilla was very excited to be a finalist in this year's Workshopped Design competition with our entry "Orbit". The Orbit wall clock is a commentary on our obsession with time. It aims to put the passage of time back into perspective by alluding to the enormity of time on geological timescales – moons orbiting a planet, planets orbiting a sun. The front face of the clock forms the minute hand and the passing hours are marked by a chrome sphere orbiting the face. Opening night of the exhibition was Wednesday 5th August at Moore Park Supa Centa, Sydney. The evening was buzzing with excitement as all the finalist entries were revealed to the public. The exhibition runs until August 23rd as part of the Sydney Design festival so be sure to go and have a look.

You can vote for us in the People's Choice Awards here: http://www.workshopped.com.au/survey/Peoples_Choice_Awards/VOTE_WS15

For more information on orbit visit: http://www.workshopped.com.au/article/WORKSHOPPED15_Exhibition/WS15___Dorte_Bell

New website launched

New website launched July 2015 – After 9 months in business, we are excited to launch our new website. Many thanks to Lasso Creative for the website design and to Joshua McNulty for his original music composition. Please take a look around. We believe the website really reflects our brand and we welcome your feedback.

UTS first semester down – one to go!

UTS first semester down – one to go! June 2015 – Ian’s final year industrial design students have just submitted their dissertations. The first semester was research based and required students to select and research a topic area in depth where the ultimate aim is to identify potential market needs. The final semester will see students translate this research into real world solutions. Ian says: “I was very impressed by the calibre of work presented by these students. It was very professional and I would certainly encourage people to attend the final year exhibition. Stay tuned!” Ian looks forward to taking his students through to develop their ideas into real world solutions next semester.

Scintilla selected as Workshopped 2015 finalist

Scintilla selected as Workshopped 2015 finalist June 2015 – We are excited to have been selected as a finalist in this year’s Workshopped design competition. Workshopped is an innovative Australian company that exhibits, manufactures and retails Australian and New Zealand design products, to commercial and residential markets. For further information visit: www.workshopped.com.au. This year’s theme is architecture, so our entry, Orbit wall clock has a simplicity and purity of form that is representative of modern minimalist architecture. Stay tuned for information on exhibition dates.