Celine Celines

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celinecelines is the personal blog of Céline Semaan Vernon,
founder of slowfactory.com,
co-founder of ledesignteam.com,
also associated with noweapon.org.

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Le Design Team

by celine on July 19, 2013

My long time friend (and ex-colleague at HUGEinc), Carl Collins and I have co-founded Le Design Team.

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Le Design Team works with companies’ collective capabilities to solve their own complex problems

So in January we all moved back to NYC thanks to husband Colin Vernon who was hired by littleBits [YAY!] as Web and Mobile director. Since then I have been trying to adjust and adapt. For the past years since we had moved out of NYC all I ever dreamed about was to come back to my beloved Brooklyn. Life is unpredictable, here we are back to Brooklyn… when all the Brooklynite and New Yorkers move out of the big city once they all have kids, we do the opposite by moving back in this crazy concrete jungle with a one year old. [CRAY!]

Since then it has been a hell of a ride for me as a new mom in a new city. Finding a daycare, starting my own daycare? Finding work, getting hired by the first thing that came to me, and finding out that I am not at a stage where I can just take on just anything that pops in front of me, I have the luxury to chose who I want to collaborate with. The experience I have accumulated in the past decade has shaped me in a way that I now want to start my own business.

Emails are wonderful

Carl and I emailed compulsively with each other, we both wanted to work with like minded people, we both needed a space for dreams to shape up. We are both idealists. We are both designers who have tested our ideals. We know what can work. We know how to make it work. We have this idea that we can design a better world somehow. This is how Le Design Team was born. Out of a dream, out of a series of “what if we did this,” “what would happen if we did that,” and here we are.

So what is it all about?

As we are working on “toolkit One” coming up on August 1st, we have in the meanwhile gathered our thoughts and process in what we call a white paper explaining our Organization-Centered Design.

INQUIRY BASED SYSTEMIC DESIGN.“A common obstacle to understanding is our habit of asking for a specific product we have used or seen rather than analyzing our need.” – Richard Saul Wurman

Overview Affirmations

Inquiry Based Systemic Design moves through several phases – we present these phases as an ordered list but the process does not follow a strict order. Secondarily the ordered list does not illustrate the magnitude of each step, a magnitude that will vary between every project.

Investigation LEARN HOW TO QUESTION

Observation LEARN HOW TO LOOK

Documentation HOW DID WE LEARN THIS? WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED? WHO ELSE KNOWS?

Workshop HOW BIG IS THIS STEP? HOW DO WE KNOW WE MADE PROGRESS?

Expression ATTEMPT TO ARTICULATE HOW IT COULD BE DIFFERENT

Building quickly / Quick prototyping

Testing the built thing

Loops / Metaloops

Following this path does not ensure success – process is important and as you’ll notice there is not too much unique about our process – it did not spring fully formed from a god head –

We are confident in our ability to remain open and integrate defensible ideas, separating them from those that, for whatever reason, are not appropriate.

Cultivating this sense of appropriateness is an important part of our investigative technique.”

 

Who inspire us

We are inspired by many dreamers, designers, by design fiction, William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Maria Kalman, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Bob Taylor, Doug Englebart, Russell Davies, Ben Terrett, Matt Jones, Geoff Manaugh, Kurt Vonnegut, Brett Victor, Genevieve Bell, Brené Browne, and the list goes on…

And as everything is a remix, we have processed all the things we read, we think are right, the things we have expertise in, the things we want to try and are very excited to launch our new business.

Doug

What kind of clients can we help?

– Startups growing too fast not allowing enough time for the CEO to make the right organizational decisions… What are the priorities now? Are we keeping our intents intact? Do we need to? How are we changing? How can we design for change?

– Governmental organizations in desperate need to keep up with the wheel of the Innovation Time.

– Cities who have real life problems to solve and are willing to try a new company without any background of corrupted management consultancy, rather a new efficient light way to work and innovate.

– Companies in desperate need to keeping it real as well as optimizing their internal organization for a better more efficient rendering.

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