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Here is a blog post on ‘a project’ I am currently working on or perhaps living with. It is about using design approach to build a relationship. In a more designerly term, that is taking the relationship as an object for design.

A six-week project (A design sprint)

‘why not to start a six-week design project to build our relationship’.

Then each two-weeks we assigned ourselves a development goal with a set of tasks to work together. The idea was simply to adopt a new product development mindset to design relationship. A typical double diamond design process with four stages (e.g. discover, define, design and develop) was used in this six-week project to structure the development. We also apply lots of design methods to understand the challenges and come up with solutions for those emerged from the project. And it turned out to be quite fresh and exciting approach to be in a relationship. And at the end of first 6 weeks, we decided to continue for another 6 weeks, which we took it as a second phase. Then another 6 weeks. another 6 weeks. Now we happen to keep rolling this design project and stay together for a year!

Inspiration at the beginning

At the very beginning, We were very inspired by a TED talk given by a linguistic expert on how the metaphor we used to describe love shall be re-thought.

A design thinking approach:

It feels like that everybody is ‘DIY’ their own relationship but perhaps unconsciously falls into the same template from a mainstream pop culture.

Research questions

As a service designer, I was thinking about what if we can shine a bit light on this subject through a design perspective. Taking a designer’s hat on, I was asking myself the following question:

Insights so far

Here are a few work-in-progress insights we want to share in this post.

1. Interaction design works for designing relationship.

2. Relationship needs consistency to build trust.

3. Relationship has to be co-designed.

To Be Continued….

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