00336 Nested Monument

00336 Nested Monument

An exploration in nesting arches. The smallest archway could be 6m tall. This could be a monument of some sort, set in the middle of a...
Perpetuated product UX fails

Perpetuated product UX fails

For as long as I could remember, this has always happened to every single bottle of cream cleanser I’ve ever purchased and used; regardless of the brand. The hinge breaks, the small hole clogs up, and product accretes around the hole in an unsightly manner. All these...
00289 Astor

00289 Astor

A small building, perhaps a cinema, with Brutalist and Art Deco...
That Google Duplex demo

That Google Duplex demo

There’s been some negative reactions to the recent demonstration of Google Duplex where the AI assistant called a hairdresser to make an appointment. The natural-ness of the voice and speech pattern is astounding. The use of fillers and minimal encouragers – umms and...
00277 Wedge

00277 Wedge

A house with zig-zagging pitched roofs. This can be read as a domestic house where each square is a 3.5m floor-to-ceiling window. Or it can be read as a larger building with each square window being  2 to 3 storeys...
Top tip for working with a difficult person

Top tip for working with a difficult person

In collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-functional design projects, encountering the difficult person is inevitable. In the opening interactions with a difficult person, a lot of their behaviours (hostility, obstructiveness, complaining, blaming, general...
00270 Fett

00270 Fett

Exploring alternating cantilevered blocks. The curved top is a gesture towards Art...
Interrogation vs Inquiry

Interrogation vs Inquiry

Traditional fact-finding tend to revolve around Why. Why did this happen? Why were these things done? Why weren’t these measures implemented? Appreciative Inquiry tends to revolve around How. How did this situation come to be? How could we do better? How can we...
00264 Aplanci

00264 Aplanci

A telecommunications exchange/hub? The walls could be installed with LEDs to create smart...
Three fundamental user needs

Three fundamental user needs

In User eXperience (UX) or user-centred design, we need to understand and cater to the three fundamental human needs of Safety, Agency, and Comfort. Safety I am in control, I see what is going on, I know what I am doing, I have the tools and information I need, I know...
00256 Minerva

00256 Minerva

A contemporary Brutalist style block. This could be a university...
The context gap in UX design

The context gap in UX design

A friend’s recent woes when changing from an ADSL to fibre internet connection with the same ISP highlighted this classic UX design fail: the context gap between the service provider and the service consumer. And also the siloing gaps between related processes within...
Agency in UX design

Agency in UX design

“Agency is the capacity of individuals to act independently and to make their own free choices.” [Wikipedia] The User eXperience (UX) of a piece of software, equipment, or process has significant impact on the user’s sense of agency. This affects the psychological...
De-conflation in problem-solving

De-conflation in problem-solving

Conflation is a common challenge in problem-solving. Conflation happens when we mix multiple issues into the problem we are trying to solve. These issues can feel like they are related, especially when we are caught up in a spate of worrying. The more we worry, the...
0233 Arch Trellis

0233 Arch Trellis

A micro-build of an arch building with smaller internal cylinders. The cylinders could be elevator tubes and...
Sacred Riana’s greater whole

Sacred Riana’s greater whole

This is a very impressive performance by Sacred Riana on Asia’s Got Talent 2017. The individual illusions are in themselves not particularly new or different. The wow factor is how the she has combined them into a consistent, unique, and well-executed concept. A...
00223 Arch Jonathan

00223 Arch Jonathan

Another arch building with an internal asymmetric secondary form that protrudes outside the arch on one...
Two reasons to leave

Two reasons to leave

Sometimes, it is necessary to leave a job or end a contract early; for the sake of our wellbeing. Here are two signs that may signal that time has come: 1. When we (as the service provider) no longer care about the work. Or we find ourselves constantly struggling to...
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