About us
Mark Stevens is a writer, designer and researcher. In his professional career, he has worked across communications disciplines and has developed projects with, amongst others, IDEO, Interbrand and McCann Advertising. website email

Mark Watson is a researcher, designer and writer. Trained in computer science, he has worked in research labs across Canada, primarily in interaction design, human-computer interaction and algorithms. website email

Special thanks to the exceptional Stine Laurberg Hansen, the Dashboard’s third parent who is equally responsible for bringing it screaming into the world. Bradley Schnell also contibuted with graphic design and product design for the Dashboard. Many thanks too to Luigi Ferarra, whose lectures inspired us to look for under our own noses for the invisible technology of design.

Lots of gratitude goes out to our gorgeous Dashboard models: the brilliant engineer and designer Krista Palen and architect supremo Karl Robert Johnson. We are also very grateful to Toronto’s Type Books, Swipe Books and the Drake Hotel. And finally a thank you to the rest of the 2007-2008 Institute Without Boundaries team. It wouldn’t have been possible anywhere else.

About the Dashboard
The Design Dashboard was created at the Institute Without Boundaries in 2008. It was used to navigate a multifaceted project commissioned by the Government of Costa Rica. Asked to create models for the development of sustainable communities in the rapidly developing province of Guanacaste, the Dashboard provided a framework to address multiple clients and different levels of interaction, while demonstrating sensitivity to local cultures and communities. It is now being released to help designers (and others) tackle complex problems around the world.

About the Institute Without Boundaries
The Institute Without Boundaries was founded in 2003 by the School of Design at George Brown College, Toronto. It is a graduate program that emphasizes collaborative design in a studio environment. Each year a small group of students are selected to work together on real problems with real clients. With diverse backgrounds in design, the arts, science and business, they collaborate to research, design and realize social and environmental projects.

The Institute was launched as part of the Massive Change initiative. Developed with Bruce Mau Design, Massive Change explored design’s potential to affect positive change globally. The project became a highly successful exhibition and bestselling book.