How is Nordic Service Design different from other Service Design? This was a question that was answered at the premiere of the Nordic Service Design documentary hosted by OP, a Finnish banking and insurance company.
In addition to the documentary there were several presentations from leading Finnish Service Design firms. Tim Hall from Fjord brought in an outsider’s perspective and explained how he thought Nordic Service Design differed from that done in other countries.
Native of the UK, Hall had experienced the UK as the center of the world. After arriving in Finland he realized that the difference was that the Nordics were smaller countries with smaller populations that were eager to co-operate with each other and others. The command of English also comes to play.
Hall told that Fjord often gets asked for a Nordic Service Designer for projects. He said it’s not really about nationality but about perspective. There is more empathy in the Nordics.
According to Hall, at the moment people are starting to get the need for Service Design, because companies are struggling to connect with customers. Service Design has risen from the micro level to macro level – designing business.
Threats are the push for speed and the proliferation of Service Design.
“The less educated have a design thinking workshop and they think that’s the design done. That’s wrong”, Hall said.
Proliferation of Service Design is a threat because it might become a management fad. Therefore we need to fight for craft.
“Underlying need and curiosity will prevail. We are bridging the gap of the digital and the physical world.”
For more about Nordic Service Design, watch the documentary below. The documentary was made by the Nordic chapter of the Service Design Network.
The author Noora Penttinen is a journalist and a recent Service Design student who believes in creative chaos and thinks that best ideas appear at four in the morning.