Using Rapid Design Interventions to Create Better Solutions for Your Team & Organisation

One of the biggest barriers to innovation within organisations is often us – people. We often shy away from taking risks because we are scared of failure, its potential repercussions and the negative impact it can have on our business.

However, there are some ways to reduce risk while taking risks, and one of these is ‘Rapid Design Interventions’. Put it simply – design workshops. Using ‘Design Thinking’ – a human-centred approach that builds upon design tools and methods – these workshops allow team members and stakeholders to come together in a safe environment and explore solutions towards a more sustainable future, with minimal human and financial resources.

Through research, experiments, prototypes, tests and refinement of concepts, Rapid Design Interventions can help you de-risking the innovation process and enables organisations to take more calculated decisions to grow and thrive.

During this fun and creative workshop led by Dr Justine Carrion-Weiss and Charlie Richardson, we will work together using Design Thinking to tackle real-world digital challenges and develop solutions that can be applied in your business and industry.

Via this workshop you will:

• Gain an understanding of Rapid Design Interventions and their potential to quickly and creatively address challenges in teams,

• Understand how to strategically embed Rapid Design Interventions to your day-to-day activities,

• Understand the importance of working closely with stakeholders throughout the innovation process,

• Leave with a number of tools and methods you can reuse in your organisation and with your team,

• Leave with solutions you could implement in your organisation and industry.

5th July

Gateshead College, Baltic Business Centre, Quarryfield Rd, Gateshead NE8 3BE

14:00 – 17:00


Dr Justine Carrion-Weiss is the founder of The Blooming Platypus. Her design innovation agency is helping organisations and businesses navigate the challenges of the modern world using design thinking and design-led innovation. Justine and her team work closely with their clients to develop creative solutions and strategies that ensure their long-term sustainability. Justine is also a Senior Researcher who recently completed her PhD in Design Innovation at Northumbria University. Her academic research focuses on the value that rapid design interventions bring to organisations. These high-paced workshops can spark intense creativity and innovation, resulting in impactful and lasting change for businesses of all kinds. Justine’s passion for design and innovation is palpable, and her work is changing the game for companies nationally and internationally.

Charlie Richardson is an experienced Design Innovation Strategist who works as an associate with The Blooming Platypus. He has a strong design background and completed a BA in Design for Industry in 2017 as well as an MA in Multidisciplinary Innovation in 2018. Charlie has a breadth of experience working in innovation across academia and industry, engaging with many diverse organisations, sectors, and industries, which is the aspect of innovation he enjoys the most. He began his career working as the Innovator in Residence for Northumbria University in 2019, after which he worked in London as a Content Manager for a Cryptocurrency start-up company. At present, he lectures at both the Newcastle and Amsterdam Northumbria University campuses with a focus on Multidisciplinary Innovation and Luxury Brand Management.

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