Design

The Voice of Serendipity

Many products are invented accidentally. Serendipity led to the microwave oven, corn flakes, Teflon®, penicillin, fireworks, Viagra®, chocolate chip cookies, and the most famous of all accidents…the Post-it® note. The problem with serendipity is it’s not predictable. It is not an innovation method one would count on for corporate growth. But there is value in serendipity if you can unlock ...

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Part I – What does a product change?

I’m a compass and map guy. I walk in the woods. I don’t get lost. I’ve managed that without a compass and map. Water goes down to the road. Follow the water. In a city, I always buy those big thick map books with the street indexes. I have it at my side as I’m driving. Badly though, I consult ...

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Enough Design Thinking Theory Already

How About Let’s Start With Design Thinking 101? by Idris Mootee I’ve written extensively and spoken publicly a lot about the myth of design thinking. Honestly I am getting a little tired reading about it myself. How people can over theorized a very simple idea and now the term is becoming another buzzword. What is design thinking? Design thinking is ...

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Power of Incomplete Microstories

If you follow this blog you know I’m a huge fan of “I Wrote this for You.” (Iain Thomas contributed a piece for this blog here.) Here’s Iain talking at a recent TEDx event is South Africa. It’s a heartwarming story about the power of story. It’s a must-see, if you want to change the world. And even if you ...

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Disney's Berms and Contradictions

The Imagineers at The Disney Company, the folks who dream-up theme parks and make them a reality, have created their own terms that allow quick understanding. The Imagineer Terms Berm – A raised earthen barrier, typically heavily landscaped, which serves to prevent visual intrusions into the Park from the outside world and block the outside world from intruding inside. When ...

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Design Does Matter

So, does design really matter? Let me make my position very clear… design absolutely matters. Whether it is aesthetic, functional, creative, process, innovative, intellectual, technical or applicational… design matters. While I have heard many a professional downplay the value of design, it has been my experience that most business people who espouse this opinion are commenting on something outside of ...

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Radical Innovation of Meaning – Apple iPad

“Ultimately, the iPad is a large iPod touch: a great device to draw your inspiration from, but perhaps not the seismic shift in technology that we were expecting.” – Claudine Beaumont, Apple iPad review, The Telegraph The much anticipated announcement of Apple’s iPad tablet was met with a resounding… “ho hum” or worse from much of the technology crowd. The ...

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Rethinking the Design of Kitchen Appliances

My kitchen is overcrowded. There is no end in sight as we continue to invent new kitchen gadgets. I have always wondered why many small kitchen appliances are so poorly designed both in form and function. Cooking is an art form and the appliances should reflect that. I’ve spent an hour at John Lewis’ basement looking at their kitchen appliances. ...

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