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The design brief acts as a guide and set of instructions on the problem you are trying to solve. The format of this brief is similar to what professional designers receive from their clients to let them know what they want to happen and why. Designers must do lots of research to make sure they approach the problem in a considered but creative way, that is what you will be doing this week!
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Getting started with Miro: Board basics | Miro Academy

Some guidance on how to navigate and use Miro:

Getting started with Miro: Collaboration 

Getting started with Miro: Collaboration | Miro Academy

User Groups

Older People

IKEA is designing homes adjusted for people with dementia

Tactile mobile phone for the blind by Peter Lau



Arup Future Cities Cards 
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A Playful City 
A not-for-profit focused on creating more playful, engaging and inclusive cities with and for communities.

A playlist:Our future in 21 cities(21 talks)
Humanity's future is the future of cities. Explore the crowded favelas, greenned-up blocks and futuristic districts that could shape our future cities -- and take a profane, hilarious sidetrip to the suburbs.

3D-printed home made of clay
mario cucinella architects and WASP have completed ‘TECLA’ — a 3D-printed habitat made entirely from raw earth. Built in Massa Lombarda, Italy, the experimental dwelling, proposes a sustainable habitat that can be 3D-printed in a small fraction of the time required by traditional processes, while also significantly reducing waste and emissions.


The interiors of future houses

Spotify to make its offices feel more like home as it introduces "work from anywhere" policy

Vertical factories in future megacities wins 2nd place in eVolo competition


Spotify to make its offices feel more like home as it introduces "work from anywhere" policy

Vertical factories in future megacities wins 2nd place in eVolo competition


Design/Design Thinking

Design Thinking is an approach that is applied to meet needs and solve people’s business, social and everyday problems. Design Thinking has become an important way of doing business for many organisations of all sizes.

Design Thinking has a number of characteristics:

  • It is a process, not a series of one-off activities
  • It is a philosophy which puts the user at the centre
  • It focuses on problem solving
  • It considers great ideas as only one part of the process
  • It is mostly performed in groups
  • It is iterative – you keep going back to go forward

At DICE_TY Academy, you will apply a Design Thinking process called UNIQUE – Understand |Needs | Ideas | Quick Prototype | Use | Evaluate


Innovation is the practical implementation of ideas that result in the introduction of new goods or services or improvement in offering goods or services. Creativity plus work equals innovation. Innovation isn’t solely represented by new devices, ideas or methods, but also by the process of uncovering new ways to do things (Henderson 2017). Innovation doesn’t have to be the next Google or Microsoft with massive public relations behind it. A quote from a CIO Magazine article called "What Really Makes Something Innovative?" reads, “Sometimes it’s those quiet achievers who can make just as big an impact without having to be ostentatious about it."


Creativity is fun! Everyone is creative in one way or another. We lose ourselves in creative projects and time flies. But creative activities also need some structure if they are to lead to something that is both novel and useful. Your creative processes must be managed, reviewed and constantly adapted. 

Creativity is ‘a central source of meaning in our lives’ and ‘the mysterious process by which men and women come up with new ideas and new things’ (Csizszentmihalyi, 1997). You have the ability ‘to move beyond what currently exists to generate and implement new ideas’ (Ward, 2004). Creative products, services and experiences must be novel and useful (Runco, 2014). Creativity is not limited to art or music. All areas of life contain creativity – unleash yours! 


Being creative is a building block of being an entrepreneur. You replace the old with something new, which can be thought of as ‘creative destruction’ (Schumpeter, 1934). Entrepreneurship involves taking an idea, building a product, service or experience around it, and finding someone who will buy into it or even buy it! Each of these activities require intense commitment and motivation. Imagination and boldness play central roles (Kirzner, 1978). Entrepreneurs often display characteristics such as openness, curiousity, willingness to work crazy hours, great support from family and friends, ability to say ‘I was wrong’, understanding of customer needs. But there is no single recipe that makes a great entrepreneur! 

The Future

Post-pandemic Ireland: 16 sweet ideas to improve our country

How Drones Are Changing the Future of Education

How Technology Is Driving A Sustainable Future

Fluid Spaces Are The Future Of Better Housing And Community


Playlist: Whats the future of food? (5 talks)
Scientists and entrepreneurs have been cooking up innovative ways to put food on our tables.  
What are they serving up next?

Playlist: What does the future look like? (13 talks)
Visions of the future of everything from cars to the Internet to the human species.

Playlist: Pets of the future? (4 talks)
Imagine a future home filled with robots in the likeness of dogs, cats and even dinosaurs ...

Angela Oguntala: re-imagine the future
From flying cars to lab-grown food, we love thinking about what delights the future will bring. But futurist Angela Oguntala suggests that, in fact, these pop-culture benchmarks create a blinkered vision of the future. In her talk, Oguntala urges us to reach further and push for true innovation.