July 2008

Infinite OZ | Tin Man | SCIFI.COM – a beautiful immersive experience. Like living paintings you fly through…

A dump truck that’s a work of art. Amazing.

Notes from A Technique for Producing Ideas

A tiny book lent to me by a friend, which can be summarized in far fewer words still. The insights, however, are as strong as any. The book is a 20-minute read, and someone even typed it out online. It’s worth reading for the examples, though most of the content can be summarized as below. […]

Shoreditch tricycle race benefits social entrepreneurs – D’oh! It’s the week after I leave London…”it’s a pedal powered race of epic proportions, mixing the glamour of Monaco, the endurance of Le Mans and the idiocy of adults attempting a street race on children’s toy tricycles”

Nike Ultimate Ignition SS V-Neck – there’s something cool about taking something really simple to a performance extreme. Like a t-shirt.

Tony Blair on his role in world events – Surprisingly humble: “Truthfully, the British prime minister has limited power to affect this. Maybe 80 years ago he did. The only way I affect it is by persuasion. And by giving people a sense of strategy and a plan. No one outside the US president has […]

Notes from Expertise in Design

Victor Lombardi pointed to a research paper on design process (PDF) with some interesting findings. Excerpts and notes below. Notes Interesting distinction of exploration methods; I’ve found myself using both: Novice behaviour is usually associated with a ‘depth-first’ approach to problem solving, i.e. sequentially identifying and exploring sub-solutions in depth, whereas the strategies of experts […]

“Happiness consists in finding out precisely what the ‘one thing necessary’ may be, in our lives, and in gladly relinquishing all the rest. For then, by a divine paradox, we find that everything else is given us together with the one thing we needed.” – Thomas Merton

A design company posts their business plan online – Nice philosophy: “So what about people stealing our ideas? Well, the ‘how’ of how we do it isn’t as much of a competitive advantage honestly…It’s just technology, and eventually everyone gets the same stuff anyways. It’s really about people and process.”

Two Things Design Experts Do That Novices Don’t: design lots of different concepts and reframe problems to be solvable. Cites two interesting studies, How designers work (a Ph.D. Dissertation) and Expertise in Design (PDF).