Category Archives: Design
Over the last year I’ve been equipping myself to make pamphlets. I’ve purchased several reams of beautiful French Paper in cover and heavy text weights, waxed linen bookbinder thread, needles, and awls and a bone folder. I’ve figured out how … Continue reading
The hyper-accellerated software release cycles of the 2010s will be seen as the analogue of the hyper-miniaturized mobile phone designs of the early 2000s: a dubious goal pursued to an absurd extreme.
I just realized I never re-posted my October 2010 article summarizing James Spradley’s incredibly cool way of defining different types of research — by the role of the participant vis a vis the researcher. Here’s the text: Anyone who has ever commissioned, … Continue reading
S: My view is that art is made without reference to the receiver. It is entirely ego-centric. It is thrown out into the world and if someone understands and desires it, it’s a miracle. Design is made with reference to others … Continue reading
For non-designers (and immature designers) the toughest part of design is trying on different trade-offs. The reason it is so tough is this: while most people can shift between ideas with relative ease, it is harder to shift between conceptions … Continue reading
I find the term Design Thinking inadequate. First, the term Design Thinking belongs to IDEO. As far as I know, they made the term up, they use it for marketing and it remains closely associated with them. It is uncomfortably … Continue reading
I’m going to get really concrete for a change, and talk about the apparent design philosophies and approaches of Apple Watch vs Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel. Disclosure: I have a very strong preference for Pebble, I predict they … Continue reading
Every philosophy is a philosophy of some kind of life. For too many generations philosophers have philosophized about philosophizing to philosophers philosophizing about philosophizing. This has turned philosophy into something exasperatingly inapplicable to anything important to anyone except a professional … Continue reading
A disempathic world view: “We may be accused of lacking empathy, but this supposed deficiency is actually an efficiency, not only because there are convenient statistical workarounds, but because the very object of empathy is entirely useless. People can and … Continue reading
I’ve been married for 23 years, exactly half of my life. I have two daughters. At times they have asked my wife and me how we’ve pulled it off. My answer has been: don’t try to avoid fights; learn to … Continue reading
Gewollt – Ge’-volt (adj.) deliberate, intentional, intended (piece of art) contrived, awkward, cheesy * Gewollt occurs when art, which is supposed to be the exhibition of concrete, tacit qualities, is produced by explicit and general categories. Nietzsche said it well: … Continue reading
represent |repri-zent| verb [with obj.] be entitled or appointed to act or speak for (someone), especially in an official capacity. constitute; amount to. depict (a particular subject) in a picture or other work of art formal state or point out … Continue reading
The fewer participants you include in a deliberative process, the simpler the process can be. A solitary mind, thinking alone about personal experiences can come to a resolution pretty quickly most of the time. Each person you include complicates the … Continue reading
I plan to use this diagram to help me explain different approaches to design strategy. Human-centered design helps Douche organizations become Keepers.
Design is like gift-giving. How? When one person gives another person a perfect gift, the gift is valuable in three ways: The gift itself is intrinsically valuable to the one receiving it. The gift is good to have in one’s life, … Continue reading
(Here we go again, with another iteration of my engineering vs. designing theme.) * * * Design begins with trying to please. This naturally progresses to trying to understand better how to please, and later, trying to cultivate the best … Continue reading
For the last several weeks I have been trying very hard to care about Anglo-American analytic philosophy. In general, though, (with some exceptions) I have found its problems and approaches to resolving problems too tedious, too inapplicable and too dry … Continue reading
Intuition is a brilliant adviser but a violent judge.