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…

Global awareness, personal power

Even as our awareness expands to the global scale, the locus of control has been increasingly contracting to a more personal sphere. Apart from oddballs like North Korea,…

Helping people build loyalty

Helping people usually involves helping them solve problems they are facing. AKA relieving their pain. A study in the Harvard Business Review shows that companies build customer loyalty…

Designing from where users are

Go out and meet your users where they are! User-centric design takes into account where the user is currently at – the cultural, psychological, ability and physical context…

You don't need to have it allfigured out to move forward. -- Dale Partridge

We don’t have to have it all figured out

Tackling complex problems in a world that is changing quickly is like travelling through multiple airports in succession. We are faced with different situations, stimuli and challenges to…

Infographic fail

I was excited by the title of this AdWeek post Infographic: See Which Devices Your Target Audience Is Using but was most dismayed to find that I cannot…

The normalisation of sociopathy

It was disturbing to read through the comments on this article about what working for Apple is like. It is of course reasonable to expect some level of…

Audacity vs arrogance

Arrogance is not audacity. On the surface they may initially appear to be synonymous. I have certainly mistaken one for the other. So how do we tell these…

We get what we venerate

“All humans are delusional. It is only the rich who have that delusion fostered. All humans are, to some extent, assholes. But only rich people can get away…

Five Gamification Techniques for Business

Gamification can take your application or process to the next level of productivity and quality. It is however, not a magic cure, nor does it replace empathic user…

Chaos or order?

Chaos and order are sides of the same coin. Too much chaos and nothing thrives. Resilience goes up though. As does stress and the constant reinvention of the…

Pay attention to build connections

Thoughts after reading Is Facebook Making Us Lonely: If we were to describe Facebook to someone in the eighties, they would be forgiven for thinking that it’s mere…

Commitment and happiness

Science says we need commitment to be happy. Death is needed for happiness. Life and death are two permanent states we are committed to. There are no other…

Weeding the lawn

How easily we forget the grand and good stuff we have; and focus instead on the small imperfections or setbacks. We train ourselves to notice the weeds growing…

Dell Venue 8 Pro opportunity missed

Image via Dell. After several months of struggling through growing disappointments with a brand new Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet, I finally returned it (with some relief) after…

The discipline of simple

In the early stages of approaching a new problem, I inevitably find myself caught up in the enthusiasm and coming up with a solution or approach that is…

Apple emojis missing the point

Image via Gizmodo.com Apple’s new racially diverse emoji choices may be well intentioned but they completely missed the point of emojis. Emojis are those little icons we use…

Wilful ignorance about the Internet

Why is the government so bent on stuffing up the internet? They don’t understand the technology and: a. Refuse to learn or consult experts. b. Don’t care about…

Why I keep Opera around

I live primarily in Chrome now, even more so since I moved away from using Outlook mail and calendar. So why do I have the Opera browser installed on…

One simple change to increase web form usability

There is a very good reason why we write long numbers as smaller clusters of 2, 3 or 4 numerals separated by spaces. Breaking down long sequences of…

Another pointless and wasteful design?

I came across this ANDREA Air Purifier on inhabitat and couldn’t quite get my head around it. See the video making some astonishing claims here. How can sticking a plant inside an…

Reframing for new perspectives

What if the problem you are facing now is actually a blessing? List all the positives you can possibly imagine. However fantastic. Reframing a problem changes our perspective, and in…

 

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