We are a sustainability innovation lab specialised in strategic design, scenario building, co-design with users and community centred approaches. We conduct field work, action-research, and training activities. We work both on the present and on the future(s), and both at local level and at meta level.

Tools we use
Communication

... communication is intended here as the process of disseminating a project and making its results visible...

... communication is intended here as the process of disseminating a project and making its results visible...
Video animations

VIDEO ANIMATIONS With the development of internet videos, (downloading, streaming on youtube, vimeo, dailymotion), animation movies, animated gifs, etc. video animations are a quite efficient way for communicating and sharing ideas. As... [read more]

VIDEO ANIMATIONS With the development of internet videos, (downloading, streaming on youtube, vimeo, dailymotion), animation movies, animated gifs, etc. video animations are a quite efficient way for communicating and sharing ideas. As... [read more]
Exhibition

EXHIBITION Exhibitions tends to present finalised solutions to passive visitors. On the contrary, SDS tends to use exhibitions as a tool to prompt social conversation within a large number of... [read more]

EXHIBITION Exhibitions tends to present finalised solutions to passive visitors. On the contrary, SDS tends to use exhibitions as a tool to prompt social conversation within a large number of... [read more]
Ad-posters

AD-POSTERS Advertising-like posters figure new product-service through a simulated advertising visual and related claim. Advertising is the way most users get a first contact with a new solution: it is... [read more]

AD-POSTERS Advertising-like posters figure new product-service through a simulated advertising visual and related claim. Advertising is the way most users get a first contact with a new solution: it is... [read more]
Key-frame

KEY-FRAME A new solution based on a mix of products and services requires often a sequence showing an interaction with users in context to be properly presented. Key-frame is an... [read more]

KEY-FRAME A new solution based on a mix of products and services requires often a sequence showing an interaction with users in context to be properly presented. Key-frame is an... [read more]
Systemization

... to build system-maps, to trigger players to question their current relationships, to establish new partnerships, new communities of practices...

... to build system-maps, to trigger players to question their current relationships, to establish new partnerships, new communities of practices...
Online platform

ONLINE PLATFORM Facilitating exchange of experiences and knowledge brokering; developing partnership and synergies between distant stakeholders; fostering collaboration and exchange within a neighbourhood… can be enhanced by appropriate and open... [read more]

ONLINE PLATFORM Facilitating exchange of experiences and knowledge brokering; developing partnership and synergies between distant stakeholders; fostering collaboration and exchange within a neighbourhood… can be enhanced by appropriate and open... [read more]
Enabling kits

ENABLING KITS Producing enabling kits means to design a complete set of elements that may enable people to perform a particular activity in a more autonomous way: instructions and check-lists;... [read more]

ENABLING KITS Producing enabling kits means to design a complete set of elements that may enable people to perform a particular activity in a more autonomous way: instructions and check-lists;... [read more]
System map

SYSTEM-MAP System organisation maps shows the organisation between different stakeholders to perform a solution. They are based on an open library of graphic elements (icons, pictures, arrows…) and a set... [read more]

SYSTEM-MAP System organisation maps shows the organisation between different stakeholders to perform a solution. They are based on an open library of graphic elements (icons, pictures, arrows…) and a set... [read more]
Visualisation & Simulation

“…talking about sustainable transition, stakeholders are obsessed with what they may loose because they feel difficult to imagine what they may gain… Envisioning, visualising, showing in concrete terms ‘how life... [read more]

“…talking about sustainable transition, stakeholders are obsessed with what they may loose because they feel difficult to imagine what they may gain… Envisioning, visualising, showing in concrete terms ‘how life... [read more]
Evidencing

EVIDENCING Evidencing are touch points of new product-service systems. They are material evidences of a service and by extension of this notion, they can also be a series of instantiations... [read more]

EVIDENCING Evidencing are touch points of new product-service systems. They are material evidences of a service and by extension of this notion, they can also be a series of instantiations... [read more]
Rapid prototyping

RAPID PROTOTYPING A tentative solution based on a mix of new artefacts, distant services providers, complex architecture of software application, etc, is simulated by part and with possibly already existing... [read more]

RAPID PROTOTYPING A tentative solution based on a mix of new artefacts, distant services providers, complex architecture of software application, etc, is simulated by part and with possibly already existing... [read more]
Photo-stories

PHOTO-STORIES Photo-stories presenting a fiction through a series of scenes shoot in photography and used as comic stripe provide an accessible and engaging form of visualisation: users project themselves easily... [read more]

PHOTO-STORIES Photo-stories presenting a fiction through a series of scenes shoot in photography and used as comic stripe provide an accessible and engaging form of visualisation: users project themselves easily... [read more]
Story-script

STORY-SCRIPT The script is the backbone of the narration, it points the key-moments of an interaction picturing both its overall meaning and the processes to achieve it. Story-scripts are in... [read more]

STORY-SCRIPT The script is the backbone of the narration, it points the key-moments of an interaction picturing both its overall meaning and the processes to achieve it. Story-scripts are in... [read more]
Video-sketching

VIDEO-SKETCHING Video camera is used as a sketching tool in order to quickly visualise and communicate the interaction between a new product-service and potential users in context. The video style... [read more]

VIDEO-SKETCHING Video camera is used as a sketching tool in order to quickly visualise and communicate the interaction between a new product-service and potential users in context. The video style... [read more]
Supports to Strategic conversation

“…when you pick-up an apple with the intention to eat it or to through it away, the same gesture is triggered by the activation of different zones of your brain:... [read more]

“…when you pick-up an apple with the intention to eat it or to through it away, the same gesture is triggered by the activation of different zones of your brain:... [read more]
Co-design lab

CO-DESIGN LAB Co-design sessions are based on creative integration of multiple activities: SDS co-design lab is an open space organised as a movie studio with ‘flying walls’ and video networks... [read more]

CO-DESIGN LAB Co-design sessions are based on creative integration of multiple activities: SDS co-design lab is an open space organised as a movie studio with ‘flying walls’ and video networks... [read more]
Creative conversation workshop

CREATIVE CONVERSATION WORKSHOP Projects at a city scale involving multiple stakeholders or challenging a company and all its different department requires moments of creative exchange to converge towards a shared... [read more]

CREATIVE CONVERSATION WORKSHOP Projects at a city scale involving multiple stakeholders or challenging a company and all its different department requires moments of creative exchange to converge towards a shared... [read more]
Story-telling

STORY-TELLING Story-telling is at start the most simplest process: just tell the story! What will you do in that place? How will you use that device? What your day-to-day life... [read more]

STORY-TELLING Story-telling is at start the most simplest process: just tell the story! What will you do in that place? How will you use that device? What your day-to-day life... [read more]
Participative investigation

...we look for what we call ‘friendly users’ which is to say, people assessing the new product-service but in a positive and friendly way, with empathy and willingness to overcome... [read more]

...we look for what we call ‘friendly users’ which is to say, people assessing the new product-service but in a positive and friendly way, with empathy and willingness to overcome... [read more]
Residence

In collaboration with the public innovation lab La 27e Région, we develop and experience a residence format based on long immersion sessions of small creative and interdisciplinary team to engage... [read more]

In collaboration with the public innovation lab La 27e Région, we develop and experience a residence format based on long immersion sessions of small creative and interdisciplinary team to engage... [read more]
Field Lab

From classical focus groups or interviews conducted in-vivo to long and in-depth, field interactions inspired by ethnographic approaches, we take a journey to visit houses, sneak into kitchens...

From classical focus groups or interviews conducted in-vivo to long and in-depth, field interactions inspired by ethnographic approaches, we take a journey to visit houses, sneak into kitchens...
ICON MAPPING

With help of icon-cards, stakeholders are encouraged to draw their daily patterns, explain their habits, and map the contexts of use and complex practices in which the usage of a... [read more]

With help of icon-cards, stakeholders are encouraged to draw their daily patterns, explain their habits, and map the contexts of use and complex practices in which the usage of a... [read more]
Experimentation of new tools

When asked “what are the tools SDS is using, we tend to list some of our favourites… But most of the time we don’t have ready-to-use tools: we design our... [read more]

When asked “what are the tools SDS is using, we tend to list some of our favourites… But most of the time we don’t have ready-to-use tools: we design our... [read more]