Ben Logan

Director

Ben Logan
1 February 2018

We recently welcomed a small group of second-year product design students from the Glasgow School of Art to view our studios and hear about what it’s like to work at Spotless. After a brief warm-up activity and introductions, our Service Designer (and GSA alum!) Hannah Steele led the conversation about our work and methods over breakfast. We highlighted a few of our key case studies and explained how we live up to our mission – to empower people to deliver innovation that matters – by working with a flexible, iterative design process driven by rigorous research. The product design course…

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Ben Logan
1 February 2018

Last year on 2nd August 2017, humans had already used up their allowance for water, soil, clean air and other resources on Earth for the whole of 2017, according to environmental groups WWF and the Global Footprint Network. This is known as ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ and the date last year was earlier than in 2016, which means humanity was surviving on “credit” until 31 December 2017. “This means that in seven months, we emitted more carbon than the oceans and forests can absorb in a year, we caught more fish, felled more trees, harvested more, and consumed more water than…

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Ben Logan
22 December 2017

“Hello sir, can I talk to you for a few minutes about mortgages?” I pleaded with passersby. A few shook their heads, but most fully ignored me. I did receive a few grunts and “Never agains”, but no one wanted to take more than a few seconds to actually talk about the stressful subject of mortgages, which I was researching for an upcoming design pitch. This was an insight in itself, and I used it to reframe the question. “Hello, sir, do you own a home?” I asked the next traveller passing through King’s Cross Station in London. “Would you…

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Ben Logan
7 November 2017

In most disciplines, you have to know the rules to break the rules. In service design, the rule is to break the rules. Service designers are encouraged to draw on experience to determine what method is most appropriate in any given scenario. Prototyping, for example, generally works well for touchpoint-heavy services, while contextual interviews are better suited to services that people interact with in a specific location. But there is no one method that works for every situation, every time. In order to make space for truly compelling insights, a good service designer understands how to select methods with an…

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Ben Logan
3 October 2017

During the Service Design Fringe festival, the Spotless team held two 1 day workshops; Mocha Methods and Underground Games. The first workshop aimed to apply Service Design methods to re-invent the experience of a coffee shop. While the second event, Underground Games, attempted to use service design methods to identify future opportunities in transport.   Mocha Methods by Hannah Steele and Kath Saeng-Uraiporn Underground Games by Kayleigh Thompson and Erin Peace These two events were successful well beyond our expectations with great ideas and enthusiasm from all participants. On Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September, we welcomed people from the…

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Ben Logan
26 September 2017

It’s awesome to see the team growing and to have so many talented designers joining the ranks! We welcome 2 new Service Designers and a UX Designer to the team.

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