MeldFest 2019 – Delivering on our mission

January is a time of natural reflection and gathering. At Meld, it's part of our DNA to do this as a collective, and MeldFest is a time for us to align and define who we are as Meld together, the role we play, and the...

Designing for designers

My name is Laura, I am the Studio Manager for Meld Studios in Sydney and Melbourne. This blog post is about my experience at Meld and how it has shaped me, my role and changed my mindset as a whole. Background I come from a corporate background...

What can designers learn from Malcolm Gladwell and Steve Levitt?

Alison Sharp shares 7 learnings and poses 3 questions based on Malcolm Gladwell and Steve Levitt’s talk in Sydney.I got to see renowned authors Malcolm Gladwell and Steven Levitt talk about The Future: Disrupted and Reimagined. What a treat! I found both men to be articulate and humble storytellers. Steven Levitt was particularly...

Designing the visitor experience for galleries, libraries & museums

Over the last few years we’ve done quite a lot of work with galleries, libraries, archives and museums (the ‘GLAM’ sector). During this time we have observed a change in attitude around a visitor-centred approach to designing experiences. What starts with scepticism moves to tacit...

2016: A year in review

We look back on 2016 as a year of contrasts: the disappointment of Brexit and the US Presidential Election juxtaposed with the birth of a child to our GM, Alison, two engagements (Dom & Laura), and the opening of our Melbourne studio.The year has taken...

Transition Design: Design for a Brave New World

[caption id="attachment_3919" align="aligncenter" width="764"]NASA's The Blue Marble[/caption] The world today is complex. It is layered with complexity that didn't previously exist or that we didn’t previously understand. With this, the problems we face have become more complex. Sometimes referred to as wicked problems. As a...

#Censusfail – a timeline

The 2016 Australian census was nothing if not controversial. For those outside Australia, most of the controversy relates to whether the names and addresses of the public should be retained along with the statistical data. Previously, unless you had specified you wanted your name kept...

A Service Design Perspective on the Rollout of New Federal Disability Funding

Service design is playing an ever increasing role in large systemic changes in which there are human elements. A systemic, service design approach could support the roll out of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) for individuals with mental health needs. It is critical to ensuring that the...

Quick guide: how to create a blog post without writing

I caught up with my friend Lauren Currie (aka Red Jotter) in London a few weeks ago and we spoke about her latest project, #upfront. The project is a response to the common issues people face in sharing their thoughts and opinions through public speaking....

The problem with product-led thinking in a service-dominant world

We are well into the service age but it's taking a while for us to catch up. Product-led thinking still guides the operating structures of many large organisations, even though the successful delivery of their services requires them to act differently. Could it be that...