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Making Sense of Design / Design Thinking


The NextD Journal Archive (links below) contains downloadable versions of many NextD Journal documents from the early days of 2003 thru to today. Included are 30 + NextD Journal sensemaking conversations as well as other documents. What began as a community sensemaking intiative grew into early advocacy for recognition of the need to rethink designerly methods in the context of rising complexity.


NextD Journal readers would often tell us that we had created a new, still missing form of design related journalism focused, not on marketing spin, but rather on methods related sensemaking.


Ten+ years ahead of the complexity curve, what we were pointing out, and advocating beginning around 2003 was not always understood at the time, particularly in design education circles where defence of the status quo in methods and education was often encountered.



The arriving wave of interest in "design thinking" further postponed the acknowledgment, particularly in graduate design education that methods related change was indeed needed. Today there is finally more community understanding of the need and certainly growing interest in what is now more commonly being framed as Design for Complexity.


To better understand the history of NextD Journal and much of the community research that went into the Rethinking Design Thinking book as well as the now ongoing conversations see the documents in this archive. The archive has existed in parts on two sites; Issuu and edu for several years but we want to bring it closer to this renewed NextD Journal site.


NextD Futures Archive


Below are a few examples of documents in the archive:


NextD Reality Check: 2003


NextD Barks: 2003: What Matters? Analysis of Proposal to Create a new Design School at the University of California, Irvine by GK VanPatter


NextD Journal: 2015: Origins of NextDesign Geographies


NextD WorkshopONE at Hyperwerk, Switerland 2005


NextD Journal: 2011: Rethinking Wicked Problems: Unpacking Paradigms, Bridging Universes (Part 1 of 2)


NextD Journal: 2011: Rethinking Wicked Problems: Unpacking Paradigms, Bridging Universes (Part 2 of 2)


NextD Journal: 2007: Special Issue: Beautiful Diversion: Response to Nussbaum's "Are Designers The Enemy Of Design?"


NextD Journal 2008: Beyond UX: Making Sense of Human-Centered Design Now!


NextD Journal 2004: Navigating Innovation: Understanding the KaosPilots


NextD Journal 2004: Human Centered Innovation: Understanding IIT Institute of Design


NextD Journal: 2007: IAs Unidentical Twins / An Information Architecture Transformation Story


NextD WorkshopONE: New York City, 2008


NextD Barks: 2007: Beyond [Roger Martin] Hostility: Finding and Creating Inclusive Models for Co-Creation


NextD Journal: 2011: Double Consciousness: Back to the future with John Chris Jones


NextD Journal: 2011: Science in the Making: Understanding Generative Research Now!


NextD 2011: Teaching CoCreation Now


NextD: When [Old Design Thinking] LOVE is Not Enough 2005


NextD Barks: 2008: Towards Adaptable Inquiry: Transforming That Sustainability Thing


NextD Journal: 2011: Patterns in Motion: Examining Design’s Reconstruction


NextD Journal 2006: New Design Thinking? Can Service Design Save the World?


NextD Journal: 2011: Into the Immeasurable: Understanding the New Umbau School of Architecture


NextD Journal: 2011: Frozen Pictures: Can Design Journalism be Reinvented?


NextD Journal: 2011: Managing is Designing


NextD Journal: 2005: Design as Glue: Understanding the Stanford D. School


NextD Barks: 2008: Beyond UX: Making Sense of Human-Centered Design Now!


NextD Journal: 2011: Understanding Design 1,2,3,4


NextD Journal: 2004: Envisioning Design: Understanding Domus Academy


NextD Journal: 2011: Ladder of Fire: Unpacking Advocacies


NextD Journal: 2003: New Design Research: Leading or Following?


NextD Journal 2003: Intervals-Ideas-Initiatives


NextD WorkshopsONE, TWO & THREE: New York City, 2011


NextD Journal: 2011: The Third Lens: Making Sense of Thesis Complexities Now!

NextD Journal: 2011: The Sky Room: Four Views into Transformation


The OTHER Design Thinking 2013



Many other documents can be found in the archive!



NextD Journal and NextDesign Leadership Network are sponsored by Humantific / SenseMaking for ChangeMaking in New York City.




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