Minimum Necessary Outcome

How much of what we have to do is indeed what we have to do? How often do we do something without really understanding why or being clear…

History changing objects

Discovering the Asgard at the Museum Decorative Arts & History in Dublin prompted this post. The fact that one single object can come to be so intimately tied to…

The potential in tools

Looking through an exhibition about Irish silver, I found myself drawn more to the tools (the anvils) especially, than to the finished products. The tools promise infinite potential….

Children need less food

Is the world losing our collective common sense? Many of us have heard, and chuckled at, the truism that common sense is really not that common right? I’m…

Cola is red

Following on from my chocolate is gold post, here’s a photo of the drinks fridge in a convenience store. Notice how red is the category colour of cola flavoured…

Chocolate is gold

Gold balls at the Ór – Ireland’s Gold exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology in Dublin. All that gold and not a single piece of chocolate. Isn’t it…

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…

 

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