"Look" Methods

Alberta CoLab was disbanded in March 2020. This page exists as a historical record.

Look – Scan the environment and organizations for information and experience.

Looking reaches outside the existing knowledge base of the team to bring external references into the design project. This can include horizon scans, ethnography, models, field trips, and non-traditional data sources.

External references help broaden a team’s perspective, deepen understanding of a problem, and expand options for improving it by introducing different perspectives and world views that provide opportunities for reframing.