A mindfulness design tool to help designers stay tuned into values, assumptions, biases, and futures-thinking
The top of the pixel holds the key message - ”Stay centred” around your values.
Three of the sides hold your values, your assumptions of the design project’s theme, and audience lenses to consider to help you address your own biases toward the spectrum of human experience.
The graphic on the fourth side is a reminder to think about the full life-cycle of the product or service you are designing. We don’t just produce an item with a lifecycle defined by human use-we release things into the world that impact multiple ecosystems over the span of the time and distance of their entire lifecycle, from the sourcing of their various materials to their manufacturing, repair, life of use, and final breakdown.
How to use
Fill in your values, assumptions, and biases, print out and fold up your Pixel, and keep it on your desk during the project.
Define your own ritual of use:
- Before any meetings, design sessions, or research sessions
- At the start of each day
- At times of decision making, confusion, or frustration
- Any time you feel you need to tune back into your values
Our core values remain the same over longer periods, but biases and assumptions can change with each project. To keep these in mind for each new project, and to have them accessible through the noise and common formats of all other design considerations, print a Pixel per project. You might have a couple on your desk at once. Picking up each Pixel when needed will also help you context shift.
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