Combining design thinking and applied psychology

I use three different problem-solving processes: Design Thinking, Crisis Support and Suicide First Aid. I see a great deal of similarities between them. There is a possibility to combine…

“Design” has a double meaning

“The word ‘design’, unlike ‘art’, has a double meaning. Both a verb and a noun, it is not just a feature of our surroundings, it is also the…

Work life balance is not a flatline

In a previous post, I wrote about factoring in time when considering work life balance; that balance can really only be achieved over time, when we can look back…

How we make meaning

There are three layers of perception: The real objective world. Absolute reality that we don’t actually perceive objectively, Our gut reaction.Conditioned responses. Subconscious interpretations. Our active meaning making…

Travelling is like a startup business

The mentality we adopt when travelling is very similar to that of a startup business. Traveling is externally focused. Outward bound. Get things done now. Use whatever means…

Driving over vs walking around potholes

Driving a car along a potholed road is like applying brute force to solve a problem. You are going to feel the effects of the potholes. The harder…

If it burns, stop touching it!

PAR38 reflector bulb via Phillips. Many many years ago, while setting up an exhibition in architecture school,  I noticed a fellow student struggling with a spotlight. She was…

Action-oriented mindset

I have noticed that when I travel, I get into this get-it-done mentality. When something happens that I need to act upon, I just use whatever resources I…

Knowledge transfer vs construction

Constructed knowledge is “knowledge discovered through exploration or inferred from constructs (mental models made to fit a particular frame of reference) by examining and questioning the available information….

Movie soundtrack censorship fail

[Warning: this post contains uncensored naughty words.] I really don’t get why some cultures still censor “bad” words from movies. It can’t be about the children surely –…

Flow from a floor

Restoring an old damaged parquet floor meant a lot of repetitive work scraping each and every tile clean so they can be re-laid. Surprisingly enough, it can also…

Design + applied psychology: A hybrid problem solving process

This is a work-in-progress hybrid process that combines three problem-solving processes I use regularly; Design Thinking, Crisis Support and Suicide First Aid: The design process strengths: creative exploration, collaboration,…

UX lies beyond just the screen

Moving between a brand new Airbus A380 and an elderly Boeing 777 in a single (long) journey, operated by the same airline, provided the perfect opportunity to experience…

Process: roast beef

This is a process chart I just sketched out to work out the timing for roast beef. Guest what’s for dinner tonight?!!

On travelling

Travelling as a reminder that the world is at once vast burgeoning with possibilities, and  dramatically shockingly accessible. Travelling as an effective way to create a sense of…

Phone loss contingency idea

This is a great travel idea thanks to my local Optus shop. The challenge: How can I continue to have access to my phone account if I were to…

Hello Europe

I’ll be in Europe next week! I am taking stock of the first 20 years of my work life, reviewing each of my experience and skills critically. It…

Rapport in 10

Rapport is a powerful state to strive for in any relationship. More so in relationships during a difficult or crisis situation. Establishing genuine rapport with a complete stranger…

Avoiding suffering

“…the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of being…

Feeling and Being in UI/UX design

“The fundamental human desire for a feeling of safety and security – even though this feeling may be only indirectly related, at best, to being more safe or…

We run our own mazes

I had this thought after watching The Maze Runner. We are all runners of our own mazes. We live in our private mazes, within our own heads. Sometime we are…

Same green different light

Here’s a dramatic example of how the same colour can appear really different under different lights. I snapped this in Perth central station. On the left is the…

Address, appease or avoid

Here are three A’s for responding to a situation. Address: meet the current situation head on and call immediacy. “What is this elephant doing here?” “I’m feeling really uncomfortable…

From big external to small internal

From one of many discussions with the ineffable Bob Jacobson. Here on control, drivers for action, influence, and empowerment. Global village Village global People power Personal empowerment Mass Personal Fast…

 

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