Random (and hopefully useful) thoughts at the intersection of Design, IT, Psychology, and Business.

Going to the extreme

Sometimes, taking a train of thought to the extreme can reveal new ideas and opportunities. First we had bumper stickers. image from StuffWhitePeopleLike. Then we have mobile billboards. image from banbillboardblight.org. (Not that this diminishes my abhorrence of...

Death by deliberation

At the start of projects, there is necessarily a lot more more deliberations than decisions. As the project moves towards implementation, the amount of deliberations should go down, while decisions go up. If deliberations continue to siphon up considerable amount of...

Facts, emotions and crises

Facts don't by themselves cause crises. It is our emotional responses to them that can spin a situation into a panic. A crucial aspect of any problem solving is to acknowledge and work with the emotional aspects (in additional to the hard facts.) Exploring and...

Useful worrying

If you must worry, at least know what you can usefully worry about. You can only worry things you have some possible of exerting control over. Like the distance between your car and the car in front. The distance between you and the car behind is actually completely...

Sculpture

Boat sculpture reflected in windows at Chatswood Library. Sydney, Australia. 2013.

Inspiration fatigue

I had a great day at TEDxPerth recently. Until I got inspiration fatigue towards the end. Inspiration is great. But inspiration alone is not generative. it does not produce any outcomes. Actions are what matter. So what is the conversion rate from inspiration to...

Past vs future focused

We can live in the past or the future. We can also make decisions based on what has gone before, or what is potentially ahead. Making decisions on the past means asking: Where have I been? What did I do? Was that the right thing to do? Do the numbers support me?...

Innovation is…

The practicable, and often surprisingly elegant outcome from a creative and strengths-based problem-solving process.

Canopy

Black plastic cafe canopy from above. Sydney, Australia. 2013.

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