An accidental vagrant is a traveler who has been accidentally blown of course or who has intentionally strayed.
Accidental vagrants fill existing niches or establish new ecosystems. They cross-pollinate the fruits of creativity and innovation.
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A Fork in the Design Road
As Yogi Berra said: “When you come to a fork in the road
Design is at at least one fork in the road: how designers think and Design Thinking (the brand).
— Design Thinking (the brand) is not a description of how
designers think, it is steps creative problem solvers take—as first developed
mid last century and now repackaged for the 21st Century. It is a
good approach to problem solving.
— Our understanding of how designers think and act is
constantly evolving through collaborative experience and shared dialogue.
Designing is how our desired futures are made real. It is a good approach when
problem solving is not enough.
The Design Way; Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World
Horst Rittel is one of the seminal residents in my 'Berkeley Bubble'. Recently a friend and colleague sent me an article about ‘double-wickedproblems’ . I have become ever more aware of the increasing number of references to ‘wicked problems’ in all forms of media that seem to have missed Rittel’s deeper insights . This brought up the concern I have about the use and miss-use of the term ‘wicked problem’. The term ‘wicked problem’, first introduced by Rittel in West Churchman’s seminars at Berkeley, was in reference to his conceptualization of the impossible challenge of dealing with significant social issues using traditional, rational, ‘problem solving’ methods. In most cases what are miss-diangnosed as ‘wicked problems’ are actually complex or complicated problems that can be simplified or broken into smaller 'tame' problems allowing for a straight forward 'problem solving' approach to be taken. This approach is believed by many to be capable
Interesting experience last week. Discovered by accident (Amazon advert) that there is a Chinese edition of The Design Way. It has been available for a few years and has sold several thousand copies. Who would have guessed? If by chance anyone has read this version of the book please let me know. I would like to hear what you think of the quality of the translation. The Spanish edition has been delayed by the virus but is still scheduled to be printed.