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Apply now to become 1 of 3 companies who transform their futures

Each year, we accept 3 leading-edge companies who are ready to push past their daily operations and limits and innovating to create futures which incorporate new ideas, technologies, and approaches to doing business. These companies become thought leaders in their field, and push the boundaries of what is possible in their industries.

Application deadline for Round 1: 1. June, 2021

Can my company be considered for the Designer in Residence program?

We accept companies who are interested in challenging their processes, products or services, and who are willing to prototype potential futures. These might include companies interested in developing new technologies within transportation, real estate, health, fitness, wellness, or consumer facing devices; innovation tanks or design agencies who need to take their own medicine; large companies who are finding it difficult to initiate and follow through with innovation; companies who want to engage employees in design thinking methodologies; and companies who want to begin developing for the far-future (50, 100 or 200 years from now) today. We accept future thought leaders.

Facilitation prototyping design thinking

You're busy, so we facilitate the process.

We ensure that time is used effectively to minimize your resource expenditure. Utilizing cutting-edge research and design methodologies, we work with your team to inspire new thinking, influence your company culture and prototype your company’s future.

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Inspired by Artist in Residence Programs

This concept is inspired by “Artist in Residence” programs such as those at Microsoft Research which explore areas such as AI, embedded sensor technologies, emotion / affective computing, or computer vision; or those at V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) where they focus on collaborations with scholars, artists, designers and makers.

What you get as part of the Designer in Residence Program:

Applied interdisciplinary mapping of the state-of-the-art in industry, art, the maker scene and current and future technologies

A critique, analysis and redesign of your company culture, focusing on innovation and design thinking

A crash course in design thinking, ideation and critique for all team members

Facilitated weekly inspiration, knowledge sharing, and design thinking training sessions with team members

Presentation and discussion of reports (1 per month) focusing on emerging trends, technologies and design methodologies

3 Prototypes produced (early mockup, mid-level explorative and functional, and “final” demonstrative prototype).

Case Study co-written with the company and produced as a 90 second promotional video, and downloadable PDF

Access to our Alumni Network, joining other industry thought leaders who have graduated from the program