ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Fashion your future: Think more like a fashion designer | Suzi Vaughan | TEDxQUT

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Fashion your future: Think more like a fashion designer | Suzi Vaughan | TEDxQUT

Here’s Great Tip: Fashion your future: Think more like a fashion designer | Suzi Vaughan | TEDxQUT


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We live in times of unprecedented, disruptive change and uncertainty and most people find it challenging to thrive in those circumstances. If ‘design thinking’ is the new black, then thinking like a fashion design may just be the next big thing! This talk takes the idea of design thinking and translates it into a series of very practical tips that you can employ yourself, every day to help you think more optimistically in times of uncertainty and ambiguity.

Professor Suzi Vaughan has settled (for now) in Brisbane, Australia having studied, lived and worked in Europe and Asia. After graduating from St Martins School of Art in London with a Ba Hons in Fashion, she started her professional career as a fashion designer, later moving into fashion education. Since 2011 she has been part of the executive team of a large Australian university. With over thirty years’ experience of design practice and teaching, she has become an advocate for the power and potential of design thinking.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

26 Replies to “ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Fashion your future: Think more like a fashion designer | Suzi Vaughan | TEDxQUT”

  1. I'm an engineer but this is so applicable, especially since technology changes so quickly you gotta embrace change, you gotta be observant and how to come up with ideas/solutions and how to pick which ones to go forward with. If, as an engineer you are doing the same thing day in and day out, with logic and no creativity, your job will probably be phased out by AI at some point. I didn't think there was any similarity between fashion designers and engineers before this, but turns out the fundamentals are the same as long as you look pass the superficial stuff like colors/fabric or computer languages.

  2. These are all GREAT, only they can not be imperatives. You can't elect to feel creative, curious, observant, etc. You are either made that way or else trying to force the,. They are actually innate aptitudes- not elective qualities.

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