Improving onboarding for users and staff

Improving onboarding for users and staff

November 21, 2019
We take a look at how to set up a good user onboarding experience, and what happens when we bite the bullet and apply this to our onboarding of new staff at Portable.
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Changing the way we talk about innovation in government

Changing the way we talk about innovation in government

November 15, 2019
For the past decade, we’ve been working with government departments and we continually come across individuals working to make great change but who are unable to get projects over the line due to various barriers. We recently ran a workshop with a government department, and took this opportunity to explore the ways co-design can be used to view innovation from a new perspective.
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Approaching youth justice with a design mindset

Approaching youth justice with a design mindset

October 30, 2019
Working in justice is not new to us, but tackling the distinct challenges of youth justice is. Join us as we explain why working in this area is important to us, and find out the early insights we have already gained about the youth justice system.
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digging deeper into our education report

digging deeper into our education report

October 24, 2019
We want you to join us on 8 November for a webinar that will be taking a close look at our new report, Design for Education (without screwing it up). You'll get to hear directly from those who were involved with the report about what we found along the way and why the 6 principles we identify in the report are so important.
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What does it take to make a Deathable City?

What does it take to make a Deathable City?

October 11, 2019
In light of Melbourne's continual loss of the title of Most Liveable City, we thought it would be worth considering what it would take to become the World's Most Deathable City instead. Working with researchers, community leaders and the public, we have designed and created the steps it may take for Melbourne earn this most prestigious title.
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Making strides in micro-lending

Making strides in micro-lending

October 8, 2019
As part of our pursuit to create better business for a better world, we have been micro-lending with Kiva since 2017 and recently hit $100,000 USD in loans to communities worldwide.
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Introducing young people to design thinking

Introducing young people to design thinking

September 26, 2019
Not only did we have the privilege of having some work experience students in our office last week, they also shared some thoughts with us about their introduction to design thinking and how this helped to expand their horizons.
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Bringing design thinking to education and environment

Bringing design thinking to education and environment

September 23, 2019
Our commitment to working with education and the environment has lead us to create a team centred around projects close to these topics, allowing us to draw on their knowledge and create innovative solutions for these areas.
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A chance to relax, sip and socialise

A chance to relax, sip and socialise

September 11, 2019
Join us for another of our Neighbourhood Drinks events on 3 Oct, at the Portable Studio in Collingwood.
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Connecting with the international legal design community

Connecting with the international legal design community

August 5, 2019
Portable was recently invited to speak about it's work building the next-generation online dispute resolution platforms at the University of Haifa.
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B Corp behind the scenes: how Portable prioritises purpose in business

B Corp behind the scenes: how Portable prioritises purpose in business

July 25, 2019
July is B Corp month! In this video, Portable's Joe Sciglitano, Luke Thomas, Sarah Kaur and Simon Goodrich shared some of their thoughts on better business for a better world.
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The UX of voluntary assisted dying: friction and complexity as safeguards

The UX of voluntary assisted dying: friction and complexity as safeguards

July 17, 2019
As Victoria’s policy to legalise assisted dying comes into effect, Sarah Kaur examines the difference between policy and access.
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A blockchain listicle for designers

A blockchain listicle for designers

June 6, 2019
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.
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Portable’s Approach to Artificial Intelligence V1

Portable’s Approach to Artificial Intelligence V1

May 30, 2019
It's time for some human-centred ground rules for design and developers working with AI.
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The real infrastructure debate: how metrofitting can repair cities and lifestyles

The real infrastructure debate: how metrofitting can repair cities and lifestyles

May 22, 2019
Metrofitting, retrofitting at urban scale, is related to a systemic change of how we design and experience design in the city. By Eleni Kalantidou.
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Making sense of the infrastructure slush bucket

Making sense of the infrastructure slush bucket

May 22, 2019
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?
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When design gets personal

When design gets personal

May 8, 2019
Several months after joining our project group on The Future of Death and Ageing, content strategist Peter Roper shared a deeply personal experience – the death of his twin brother Daniel. Peter says he found it difficult to talk about but Daniel's death at home, surrounded by family, is inspiring.
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90 people, 2 days: a crash course in design thinking

90 people, 2 days: a crash course in design thinking

April 16, 2019
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. Some of Victoria’s biggest local government councils were also represented at the workshop, which was part of Vicsport’s ‘Forward Thinking Series’.
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How Human-Centred Design Elevates AI

How Human-Centred Design Elevates AI

January 29, 2019
Jason Hendry's been researching AI and machine learning for the last couple of years but has struggled to incorporate it into human-centred design. Until recently.
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Design Your Death: a Portable R&D Demo Evening

Design Your Death: a Portable R&D Demo Evening

December 4, 2018
You’re invited to Portable for the launch of our R&D into the future of death and ageing in Australia. We’ll present our report, and you’ll get hands-on with a series of new, interactive digital prototypes. These tools aim to improve death literacy, enable conversations, and create better relationships with loved ones by creating a better relationship with death.
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A Statement of Work

A Statement of Work

September 3, 2018
And why you should bother writing one. By Sarah Kaur.
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Present the Story, Not the Report

Present the Story, Not the Report

September 3, 2018
How to turn a 60-page report into magic. By Sarah Kaur.
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Design Thinking: Helping Put the “Public” in Public Policy

Design Thinking: Helping Put the “Public” in Public Policy

August 31, 2018
Too often, public policies are designed without… the public. But there's a perfect set of tools to address this, writes Eden Baker.
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Storytelling moves to Conversational UI

Storytelling moves to Conversational UI

August 14, 2018
First came the command line, then the graphical user interface, and now conversational formats are emerging as the new user interaction paradigm.
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We believe in Government

We believe in Government

July 18, 2018
Portable launches its Innovating in Government report in various Australian cities. Read more about the story that inspired the research.
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Introducing YourCase: A tool to reimagine the court experience

Introducing YourCase: A tool to reimagine the court experience

July 9, 2018
We are pleased to announce YourCase — a project we’re working on to reimagine the court experience, particularly for victims of family violence.
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Portable Picks: The Best Design Books

Portable Picks: The Best Design Books

July 9, 2018
The second instalment of Portable Picks looks at our favourite design books.
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Government is a force for good

Government is a force for good

July 9, 2018
We’re talking about the people who work in government, who knows how the systems works, its quirks and its problem areas, and can thus work within it to make lasting change.
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Redesigning Work: Does the Office Need a Redesign?

Redesigning Work: Does the Office Need a Redesign?

July 9, 2018
New technologies are impacting not only what jobs we have, but how we do them. Automation is one prominent example of this.
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Redesigning Work: The Automation Debate

Redesigning Work: The Automation Debate

July 9, 2018
New technologies are impacting not only what jobs we have, but how we do them. Automation is one prominent example of this.
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Redesigning Work: Future Proofing Skills

Redesigning Work: Future Proofing Skills

July 9, 2018
What skills do you need to prepare for the future of work?
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Back to Basics: Defining Innovation

Back to Basics: Defining Innovation

July 9, 2018
The term innovation is bandied about a lot, but what does it actually mean? And what does it look like in the public sector?
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Portable Picks: Our Favourite Design-Related Podcasts

Portable Picks: Our Favourite Design-Related Podcasts

July 9, 2018
The first instalment of Portable Picks looks at our favourite design podcasts.
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The future of learning is peer-to-peer

The future of learning is peer-to-peer

July 9, 2018
Our work with Peer Academy aims to inspire change through peer-to-peer learning.
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Redesigning Work: Balance

Redesigning Work: Balance

July 9, 2018
Is technology good or bad for work-life balance?
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YourCase: Redesigning the delivery and experience of justice

YourCase: Redesigning the delivery and experience of justice

July 9, 2018
Helping users navigate the complex and often intimating justice system, from beginning to end
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The Future of Design is Data Driven

The Future of Design is Data Driven

July 9, 2018
The future of design is data driven but we need to change the way we think about design within organisations and as individuals.
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What Do Workers Want in Work?

What Do Workers Want in Work?

July 9, 2018
What do people define as success nowadays? does it occur post-career, what does it look like during the career? Looks like getting a job isn’t the sole indicator of success anymore.
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Designing Invisible Systems for Government

Designing Invisible Systems for Government

July 9, 2018
Service design understands the role of the user and what they seek to experience in their journey. Policymakers should look to service design to innovate policy and address social issues.
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New Approaches to Designing the News

New Approaches to Designing the News

July 9, 2018
Service design understands the role of the user and what they seek to experience in their journey. Policymakers should look to service design to innovate policy and address social issues.
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What does the future of work look like?

What does the future of work look like?

July 9, 2018
Technology, globalisation and automation are all changing our relationship to work. Over the next decade, the way in which we interact with work could be dramatically different to today.
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Five key takeaways from the Law & Courts Conference

Five key takeaways from the Law & Courts Conference

July 9, 2018
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