The power of vulnerability

After attending a talk on Design Research by Karen Faith last friday, I was surprised (ok maybe not too surprised) to learn that most great researchers share the common trait of being alot more ‘human’ than normal, and as a result are able to empathize and glean a lot more data and behavioural insights from their subjects (the people they interview or observe) than usual. Having spent some time talking to Karen, it has become very apparent to me that it is a necessary skill set to have, not just as an industrial designer hoping to excel in his/her work, but just as a person. Enjoy.

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