Your Singapore Get Lost

I was at the movies this week and saw this somewhat odd ad selling tourism in Singapore. I am sure they were not intending on audience participation, such as calling out “get stuffed” in response to their “get lost.” The ad came across as...

Brands in education

The Alliance of Girls’ Schools (Australiasia) (AGSA) has invited the CEO of weight-loss giant Jenny Craig to speak at an upcoming conference to inspire educators. Understandably, groups like “Enlighten Education, which works with girls in schools on...

Ignorant about design

A lot of people, including designers, are ignorant about design. When they think design, they think fashion and style. They think about how something looks; the style, the “feel”, the colours, the visuals, the composition, and the textures. Design is a process for...
Baking cookies

Baking cookies

Is it possible to design work to make it as fun as baking cookies with young children? Here’s the list of contributing factors I can think of: Clear expectations and shared goal – we are baking cookies! Positive anticipation of the outcomes. Sense of togetherness and...
Six Secret Multinational Giants

Six Secret Multinational Giants

Have you heard of any of these companies: Saudi Aramco, Cargill, Quanta Computers, International Paper, VF Corporation, Gannet Company? No? If you use a computer, drive a car, drink a cup of coffee with your burger, read a newspaper or buy a new top, you have given...
Making things unnecessarily complicated

Making things unnecessarily complicated

(Image from ZDNet) I came across this article on ZDNet recently on how to turn the iPad 2 into a serious writing machine. To turn a designed for content consumption iPad into a “serious” writing tool is a great example of kludging and making things more complicated...
When is 4G not 4G?

When is 4G not 4G?

When Apple calls their new iPad “4G LTE” when it can’t operate as a 4G device at all outside of five networks in the US and Canada. From the Apple website (screengrab above), The 4G moniker was clearly used as a means to differentiate the...

Has “innovation” lost all meaning?

When politicians start getting on a bandwagon, it is probably time to get off! If you’ve been following the meme parade in American business jargon these days, you may, like The Reg, have become mightily sick of the word “innovation”, which is now so...
Computer monitors marketing full circle

Computer monitors marketing full circle

(Ohio Scientific Challenger 4P MF, 1979. oldcomputers.net) When computers looked like this, you could hook it up to your television, which provided typical resolutions of 160×200, 320×200 and 640×200 (Wikipedia). (IBM P-series Trinitron monitor.) When more people...

Texting makes you stupid

University of Calgary researcher Joan Lee has shown that using textisms makes you stupid. Textism – sometimes also called lingo – is the use of “pneumonic devices or shortening of words into text form such as LOL, OMG, TTYL, L8R, H8, luv, ect.” (From the...

Self belief adjustment

Do you think of yourself as “big” or “small”? As with most things, neither extreme is good. The middle ground is goal of any personal development journey. Big extreme = grandiose, entitled, the world owes you. Small extreme = inadequate, undeserving, not valued by the...

I can make the money but you can’t

And to round off this week’s posts on disrespect, here’s a gem from among many at clientsfromhell.net CLIENT: I’m looking for VERY edgy photos for my wedding. Should be an all day job, with 6 hours of posed photos with the wedding party. I’ll need a DVD of...
Strelitzia

Strelitzia

A perfect Strelitzia Reginae (bird of paradise) flower backlit in a suburban Perth garden, 2011.

Cheap and disrespectful

Coincidentally after my post yesterday on the lack of respect for professionals by professionals – Looking for a real professional who charges a low price – I was pointed to the Freelancer site. On sites like this, punters post jobs across a variety of categories like...

“Looking for a real professional who charges a low price”

Have you ever been asked this? It may seem like an innocent question at first glance. But is it? Underlying this question is a lack of respect and trust. We all want to work with the best people. We all prefer to pay a good price. And we all know there is a limit to...
National minimum wage – a photo is worth…

National minimum wage – a photo is worth…

I spotted this somewhat odd choice of photo used to illustrate the Fair Work Ombudsman’s web page on the National Minimum Wage. What does the man’s expression say to you about the minimum wage rate of $15.51 an hour? I reckon they over-thought the choice...

Devices don’t matter as much now

Most people seem to use technology in broadly similar ways these days. Surf the web, deal with email, watch YouTube, get on Facebook and other social sites, and some basic to intermediate Office-y stuff. It doesn’t really matter whether this is on a smartphone,...
The rich are bad … mkay … but we sure want to be rich!

The rich are bad … mkay … but we sure want to be rich!

On one hand we are appalled by the action of the mega rich to amass even more riches – in this case using their wealth to influence the media and political debate – and at the same time we all aspire to be mega rich. But of course when WE become rich, we...
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