Author Archives: Brita Fladvad Nielsen

About Brita Fladvad Nielsen

I'm a Postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My focus is on Smart Energy Communities in urban settings as well as design of energy-devices for emergency settings and design for humanitarian markets, especially for refugee camps in rural areas of Africa. I blog about my research approach Design Thinking on and about humanitarian design at . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on

Lecture on Design without Borders Uganda by Kathinka Hasselknippe

Dear all designers and non-designers interested in the power of design in all contexts; and particularly in design for development and humanitarian design, Industrial designer Kathinka Hasselknippe will hold a lecture on Design without Borders Uganda At 12:30 on Tuesday … Continue reading

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Design without Borders designs a low-cost medical device for administering safe IV-tranfusions

Congratulations on the great example of rapid prototyping for human centred design for development contexts!   From their FB page: Exciting times; the first prototype of the ECGF infusion set, a low-cost medical device for administering safe IV-tranfusions, is ready … Continue reading

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Reflections from human-centered design research in Uganda; by Lina Aspen

I asked Lina Aspen, industrial designer, to write some reflections following her trip to Uganda where she mapped end-user needs for Picterus. Here is what she wrote: Empathy for the end user and who is really the end user? To make … Continue reading

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“This will be the battle of the century” – City of Amsterdam on Smart Cities

Originally posted on Design Thinking:
During the Annex63 meeting on energy in urban planning in Amsterdam and Leiden, the City of Amsterdam shared some of their experiences and concerns. They have recently gone through an organizational change and say that…

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Humanitarian design – YouTube lecture 

My lecture at Big Design 2016 symposium

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Big design reflections

Truls Ottesen Johansen from Big Design triggered some deep reflection among the students at our Design Thinking class today. Asking questions like ‘is war designed ‘ made the students dig deep into ideas of measurability, rationality and what constitutes a ‘good design … Continue reading

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