We use design thinking and an iterative and participatory prototyping process to envision, design, and test solutions that meet the needs of our partners and users.
How we approach our projects
We partner with communities to bring ideas from concept to implementation. We work in the development sector, globally, with a toolbox full of customized methods to design within this diverse field. While each setting is different and the needs of each client community vary, our process is consistent.
What We Do
Each engagement is unique, typically encompassing these services
For projects of all scales and sizes, we begin by identifying strategic direction. This includes framing the problem, understanding the challenges and opportunities as well as ensuring that project indicators: vision, objectives, progress, project considerations, and focus areas are well understood at the outset of any work. This provides the high-level design direction that guides each project.
We imagine a world where everyone has access to well-designed products and services that stimulate and sustain better lives. From systems mapping to concept generation and distribution strategy, our team of designers, engineers, and business strategists have the skills, experience, and networks to offer a comprehensive approach to developing products and services for low-income and underserved communities.
As we know, the role of the designer is constantly evolving, and we want to ensure that our clients, partners, and end-users are well versed in our design ethos, tools, and methods. We believe tough problems require creative thinking by all stakeholders, beginning with the communities they are meant to serve. In all our engagements, we offer workshops, training, and mentorship.
We investigate and disseminate design research focused on the acceleration and accessibility of quality market-based solutions to inequalities. We help clients, partners, and end-users gain a deeper understanding of how design can spur their initiatives.
We research and identify underlying causes of inequality and injustice, and we employ participatory prototyping to find and test solutions with underserved communities. We take that data and experience, formulating policy recommendations for local governments and funders.