Lesson from Van Gogh 2

I found myself profoundly moved by Van Gogh’s story while visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. No one creates in isolation (on an island or otherwise.) Van…

Lesson from Van Gogh 1

I found myself profoundly moved by Van Gogh’s story while visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The immediate impact was the sheer volume of work; work completed…

Looking for the win-win

Travelling is a great opportunity to practise looking for the win win in less-than-optimal situations. The unfamiliarity of new places, new customs and new rules increases the likelihood…

Creating “foreign” to test UX

When was the last time you travelled through a country where you didn’t know the local language? Not having any hooks into an unfamiliar culture (to which language…

9,000 year commitment

In 1759 Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease for the brewery in Dublin. Now that is commitment to a vision. Can you imagine signing a 5 or…

Guinness Storehouse: exhibition done well

The Guinness Storehouse exhibition is done very well indeed. Here’re the techniques I thought worked well. Clear traffic direction. Unlike the Book of Kells exhibition, the Storehouse design…

Book of Kells exhibition: could be better

If hell were other people, then the Book of Kells exhibition at Trinity College was hell made manifest. The exhibition design did not effectively manage and direct movement….

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…

 

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