COLLABORATE ACROSS DISCIPLINES
ITERATE TO INNOVATE
OUR CAUSE IS OUR EFFECT
CREATE FORESIGHT WITH INSIGHT
CREATING THE CONDITIONS FOR INNOVATION
The business and R&D landscape of Australia is rapidly changing and we believe that the only way to stay ahead of the curve is to use design thinking and co-creation methods to discover new offerings.
Our interdisciplinary teams work together on real world projects, with local and global partners, using human centered design methods to co-create extraordinary insights and outcomes. This diversity of minds, skills, and experience drives R&D capability and impact.
THE LATEST FROM DFM
Collaboration in a Global Virtual Festival – How to bring five continents virtually together for one week to collaborate effectively
What do you do when you are expected to get together representatives from 25 different universities and research institutions around the world and the calendar shows the upside-down year of 2020? You defy 18 hours of time difference between the East and the West, and you move everything online.
Rev Up with DFM Series – Bite-sized Learning to Support in Rapid Transformation and Disruption
Rev Up with DFM is a series of short posts to get your day started.
Creative Collisions: Collaboration with The Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
Design is a universal approach to problem solving across disciplines. What if we applied this to the field of astronomy? Stars were aligned, when Design Factory Melbourne and The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing joined forces by exploring creative solutions for reducing the carbon footprint of astrophysicists.
HALO Concept Detects for Drugs at Airport Checkpoints
HALO is one of three concepts developed by students in 2020 in the Design Factory Melbourne’s CBI A3 Program, in partnership with IdeaSquare CERN.
DFGN chats to DFM Director, Anita Kocsis
Design Factory Global Network’s Marthe Dehli sat down with DFM’s Director, Anita Kocsis to give others a window into DFM, our space, our students and our hopes for the future. This article is part of DFGN’s interview series to get to know other design factories around the world through the eyes of its people!
DAILY PRACTICE OF INNOVATION
Small actions, big shifts
What makes up a typical workday? It can differ vastly from creating new ideas for a program launch to framing customer needs in a compelling way for a project proposal. How can we then make each day as productive as possible?
Over the last two years, we at DFM have gathered a range of productivity perspectives to the core work we do around innovation. Now, we are sharing our insights with everyone through this Daily Practice of Innovation: Small actions, big shifts book.
This book is a collection of insights and activities to find new perspectives in your daily work. In it, we explore how to set the foundations for a productive day, leverage the most of your time, find opportunities hidden in plain sight, boost energy, and gain new perspectives at work. The activities are brief and require no prior knowledge, so you can jump right into the doing.
We also love to thank Jaiden Gusti, our DFM alumnus, for the design of the book!
RE-THINK. RE-FRAME. RE-IMAGINE
A Year of Resilience
Is there a better time than now to illustrate the importance of innovative practices in the face of uncertainty?
The last 18 months have forced a lot of us to take a step back and assess our approach to challenging circumstances.
At DFM, we took this opportunity to embrace resilience and continue to convert our expertise into action. We remained curious and open to new opportunities and experimentation, seeking new ideas from a variety of perspectives. We directed our focus towards the future, imagining the possibilities of inclusive design, design for science and technology and innovation ecosystems.
Our new publication, Re-Think, Re-Frame, Re-Imagine, highlights the different avenues in which we applied this mindset, from our student and industry projects, professional workshops, community-based activities, and our latest research.
Discover our insights in our new publication, available online now.
GET A GLIMPSE INTO LIFE AS A DF STUDENT
Industrial Design student Josh has completed both the local and global streams at DFM – read about his experience.
Read about how Business student Amelia Iverson’s experience with DFM shaped her future path.
As part of Emily Cheesman’s Master of Occupational Therapy she is completing a stream of units with DFM. Read about her introduction to design thinking here.