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Newly Released Service Design Book – The Master

Newly Released Service Design Book – The Master

The Third in a Trilogy of Service Design Handbooks Published by the International Service Design Institute (Tampa, Fl., April 2020)—The International Service Design Institute has released The Master, the third in a trilogy of handbooks for service designers.  Service...

Service Designers Need to be Leaders, Too

Service Designers Need to be Leaders, Too

There are many in leadership positions with impressive titles and offices, but they are not necessarily leaders.  One of my mentors would say: “You are not leading if you have no followers. Otherwise, you’re just a manager.” A decent manager can lead projects, but a...

Ready For What’s Next?

Ready For What’s Next?

Many of us are wondering when businesses will recover, and most importantly where and how each of our skills will fit into the recovery. I, for one, am very optimistic about the future. In past economic downturns, recovery took years due to a collapse in financial...

Getting the Message Right

Getting the Message Right

For nearly 60 years, an obscure Norfolk, Va.-based auto-insurer with an equally unassuming name, Government Employees Insurance Company, took its place in the ranks of insurance companies. Today, GEICO is the second largest share of auto insurance in the United...

What Service Designers Can Do to Design Better Services

What Service Designers Can Do to Design Better Services

Service experiences typically involve multiple services that make up an entire, complete service. One way to think about this concept: services are a sum of its parts. And, complex services are a sum of distinct services. Others would describe it as a service system...

Newly Released Service Design Book – The Master

Newly Released Service Design Book – The Master

The Third in a Trilogy of Service Design Handbooks Published by the International Service Design Institute (Tampa, Fl., March 25, 2020) — The International Service Design Institute has released The Master, the third in a trilogy of handbooks for service designers....

The Good News: Disruptive Innovative Services Will Bring Markets Back

The Good News: Disruptive Innovative Services Will Bring Markets Back

Stock markets as of late have taken dives and jumps due to fears around the Coronavirus epidemic, along with accompanied labor uncertainty. Yet in time, the markets will stabilize, and we’ll be just fine. That’s because we have a robust service sector, which is...

The Failure of New Coke

The Failure of New Coke

An Excerpt from The Master: A Handbook for Service Designers. (Available soon.) Anyone with a memory of the summer of 1985 will most likely remember the disastrous launch of New Coke, a reformulated recipe of the old standard. It was 1985 when the company suddenly...

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