We have been working with Meaningful Ageing Australia to co-design an innovative and interactive digital tool for personal care assistants working in aged care to introduce them to the practice of “spiritual care”. We call this interactive experience “Meet Akira.”

Meaningful Ageing Australia is a national not-for-profit and peak body for spiritual care and ageing. As defined by Meaningful Ageing Australia, spirituality is integral to, but not confined by, religion and faith. It’s about what gives our lives purpose, and our sources of meaning and hope, which in turn is…

Senior Legal Designer at Portable, Luke Thomas, reflects on the strides made by Portable in the last few years in bringing human-centred design to the Australian justice sector.

Creating design solutions is all about trying to understand the problem. When I started working in legal design, it was difficult for me to clearly articulate the problem with how people experienced the justice system. …

July is B Corp month! Hear from Portable staff on why they’re proud to work at a B Corp and their bright visions for a future of better business for a better world.

As a certified B Corporation since 2016, Portable lives its values, not only to do good work but to run our business in a way that prioritises purpose.

B Corps are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment.

There are five key areas that need to be addressed to make the next generation of blockchain products and services more user friendly. By Ward Oosterlijnck, Creative Technologist, Portable.

Blockchain’s image has been damaged by its complexity and mystery, its popularity with criminals and the fact that it is innately slow. So here’s a challenge: what if you applied design thinking to blockchain? Imagine blockchain as a client, wanting to reframe its growth strategy through an iterative process that…

It’s election time and the major parties have been making infrastructure announcements worth billions of dollars. But where’s the user research, will we really get what we need and will it contribute to the future we want?

Illustration: Aron Mayo

As we count down to the federal election, the major parties have been making infrastructure announcements worth billions of dollars. From freeways and fast trains to local swimming pools, the announcements have come thick and fast.

And once again, the NBN is among them.

Almost 10 years after it was…

Metrofitting is about retrofitting at urban scale to change how we design and experience design in the city. Design Psychologist Eleni Kalantidou writes about how we can embrace the value of wholesale change.

By Eleni Kalantidou, Design Psychologist, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Design And Innovation Research, Griffith University.

Photo: Jayden Staines via Unsplash

Metrofitting or, to put otherwise, retrofitting at urban scale, is related to a systemic change of how we design and experience design in the city. This approach goes beyond the scope of just saving money…

One researcher’s personal mission to see new ideas and important questions being asked about the future of death and dying.

Several months after joining the project group exploring the future of death and ageing in Australia, Peter Roper shared a deeply personal experience: the death of his identical twin brother.

Daniel died in August 2011 at the age of 25, from cancer. At 18, a melanoma was removed from the…

Teaching design-thinking in a two-day workshop is a huge challenge, but the results can be amazing.

Portable recently teamed up with Vicsport and VicHealth to run the 2019 Sport Jam — a workshop for 90 sports administrators from more than 20 organisations governing sports ranging from calisthenics and cycling to tennis, netball, basketball, baseball, sailing and water-polo. …


Co-design and technology agency tackling social need and policy gaps. B-Corp. Melbourne, Australia. www.portable.com.au

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