Choosenick. Notes and observations on service design, as well as other interesting things/thinking. By Nick Marsh.



Archive of September 2010


“They were making wire out of ingots of copper,” says Marks. “They had chicken farms to lay the eggs for the cafeteria. One building had 2,000 toolmakers. We had none at the time. But we did after that.”
This stuff makes me think of Victorian Britain. If anyone is thinking this next century belongs to anyone but China, think again. I'm just in awe of this stuff.
September 10th, 2010 / Trackback / Comments

European service design research opportunities

At Sidekick Studios we're busy working away on amazing things, and we have a network of amazing people around us that we use to make them happen. However, we currently have a really amazing opportunity turn up at our door that is making us look a bit beyond our usual networks and associates.

We're looking for design researchers to work on a Europe-wide research programme to help inform a really interesting piece of business-led social innovation. Our client is based in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, and we need to conduct qualitative research in all of these countries.

At this stage, we're open to who we work with. It might be we can find one or two individuals who can speak these languages and plan the research from our London base (where our client is also based), or it may be that we partner with one or two small local agencies.

We expect the work to take place in october/november/december time, and we want the people we work with to be:

  • Fluent in one or more of the languages above
  • Be experienced in conducting qualitative design research, including home visits, discussion groups/workshops and so forth
  • Ideally have some experience of design research for service innovation
  • Ideally have some experience of design research for social innovation
  • Be available for work during october/november/december

Above all, we are looking for creative, inspirational partner(s) who will add value beyond simply conducting research. We have a strong point of view about this project, but we want to be challenged and surprised!

If this sounds like you, please get in touch with nick@sidekickstudios.net to discuss the opportunity in more detail.
September 3rd, 2010 / Trackback / Comments