Beth Ames Altringer Eagle

An ongoing conversation about design, engineering, psychology, learning, and art.

How Might We Make Design and Innovation Education More Evidence-Based?

Role: Creator, researcher
Recognition: Various consulting clients, multiple courses based on this research at Harvard
2011 - present

This multi-year study involved in-depth qualitative and quantitative analysis of over 300 projects in top design firms like IDEO.

It examined the real-world complexity of innovation projects, which often involve multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural and multi-organizational collaboration, searching for patterns associated with more (and less) successful outcomes.

This research has been supported by the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching.

Previous support came from MIT International Design Center and the University of Cambridge. The work was later continued as a six-year longitudinal study on the effectiveness of project-based experiential design and innovation courses.


Past talks & Workshops

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin it, and the work will be completed.”

- Goethe (in German)
as translated by John Anster

Design Practice Roles

Founder, Ames Studio
Founder, Desirability Lab (blog; on a break)
Contact: ba[at]

Artist Portfolio: (physical, digital)

Arts Curation:Balter Foundation @balterfoundation