Sunday, July 5, 2020

Chinese edition of The Design Way

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.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

scientific method vs integral thinking eg design

This is an interesting review of a new book on Scientific Method vs Integral Thinking. For me design is the quintessential example of integral thinking. Method seems to be winning over thinking unfortunately.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Amelia Stockman's presentation on David W. Orr

There has not been a lot of good news in this time of the 'virus' but just as I was getting a little depressed about it all I was introduced to this presentation on David W. Orr by Amelia Stockman, a student and member of the next generation of scholars and practitioners in Australia. She has given me new hope that her generation is getting on with what needs to be done to overcome the mess they have inherited. Thank you Amelia":

Amelia's presentation youtube

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Dieter Rams video by Hustwit

Industrial / product designers make stuff for people to buy and use. One of the most successful designers of this type in the 20th Century and now most influential in the 21st Century is Dieter Rams. This is a great video about him and his work:
"Rams is streaming free with optional subtitles in English, German, Italian, Czech, Russian, Korean, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.
Hopefully some of Dieter’s philosophy and wisdom can be an inspiration for you during this crisis. #LessButBetter
Watch Rams free now, until April 14:"

Friday, March 27, 2020

social networks video - PBS

This is a great series on 'social networks' and other emergent systemic design phenomena. Introduces 'what to think' but more importantly hints at new 'ways to think'.

Social networks PBS video

1 disruption
2 winter takes all
3 networked war

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

'Objectified': Gary Hustwit' video on 'material design'


Excellent video on 'material design'. Gary Hustwit’s video ‘Objectified” limited access

Monday, February 24, 2020

Two views of 'design thinking'

I champion clarity and transparency between terms like 'design' and 'design thinking' wherever I can. Here is a great example of two approaches to the ubiquitous term 'design thinking'. The first is a particularly good review.

Two views on ‘design thinking’

Friday, February 21, 2020

clarity and corporate speak

I have participated many times with colleagues and others in discussions about the importance of transparency and clarity in the use of terms such as design, innovation, creativity, change et. al. Related to this, a book I recommend highly, was the last book published by Russ Ackoff: Differences That Make a Difference: An Annotated Glossary of Distinctions Important in Management. Russell L. Ackoff Triarchy Press. 2010 Devon, UK And then as a reality check on reality: Corporate speak

Thursday, February 13, 2020

prototyping large expensive designs

I think this is what it looks like when the ‘design thinking’ model’s heavy emphasis on prototyping is used on multimillion dollar projects. Professionally I think a serious ‘systemic design' approach would make a huge difference in consequences. Military ships are not ‘products' of course but I understand why contractors, political interests etc. do benefit from this IDEO like approach.

Monday, January 13, 2020