Thinking in Images

Most people think in words. When asked to imagine a traffic accident they come up with not very detailed descriptions, in comparison with people who are thinking in pictures. It became even worse if the words are becoming more and more abstract. Words as society, market, law, inflation etc. stay for them just words; they... Continue Reading →

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Poor Social Design – Thinkibility Nibble

According to a Dutch report, the number of people with intellectual disabilities getting paid care,  increased between 1998 and 2011 fivefold (the figures for other Western countries will not be much different) The large increase is not because more people have a disability, but because the diagnosis is now  made more often by changing demands in... Continue Reading →

T29 – Day 19

Day 19 – Design Redesign a Sport. Take a common sport and redesign it so that it can be played by more people. Below are some examples: A dart club called “The Optimist” used a string to help guide blind players to the bullseye. Tennis clubs for visually impaired use smaller rackets, a smaller court,... Continue Reading →

T29 – Day 18

Day 18 – Design Design something that changes behaviour. Pick a habit or a behaviour and design something that controls that behaviour. For example, broad avenues where built Paris with the aim to better control riots and revolutionary uproars. This design should embrace a positive approach to controlling and changing the behaviour. Also select another... Continue Reading →

T29 – Day 17

Day 17-20 – Design Design thinking can be defined as the “transformation of existing conditions into preferred ones” (Herbert Simon, Sciences of the Artificial”). So in a way design thinking deals with improving something to make sure that our future is improved. This approach to thinking helps use redefine what an object is. Blog Posts... Continue Reading →

Out of the Tank

I found some interesting designs that challenge our thinking. It is easy to hold a distinct view on how certain things should look, what the purpose it, who the item should be designed for. . . It is useful to give the creative muscles a workout by exploring underlying concepts in designs. What common rule... Continue Reading →

Key Performance (mis) Indicators

Key Performance Indicators are meant to keep an organisation on track. By measuring the performance over time, you are able to look at deviations and to take measures. As Wikipedia defines it: A  key performance indicator (KPI) is a type of performance measurement. An organization may use KPIs to evaluate its success, or to evaluate the... Continue Reading →

Symbiotic Biomimicry

Sustainability is an approach where we try to  create and maintain  conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony. But is the approach enough to make sure that we have and will continue to have water, materials and resources that can protect out health and the environment? Innovations using symbiotic biomimicry as... Continue Reading →

Controlled Behavior by Design

Design has been used throughout history to control our behavior. Hausmann designed  the broad avenues in Paris with the aim to better control riots and revolutionary uproars. There are designs  that prevent you from lying on a bench, so called anti homeless benches. Citizens have built low viaducts to prevent buses going into the town to... Continue Reading →

Innovation of Social Concepts

We are waiting for better ideas to improve society. But should we design them deliberately rather than wait? One thing is certain - governments need much better ideas. A little less-of-the same ideas and strategies is no longer an option. The stage where changes in choices and cuts can solve our problems, is already far... Continue Reading →

Design Thinking – Organic Forms

  What is this? It is the perfect car! Strange! No way! Impossible!   Well, many of us do not see a car at all. We see striking colours and bulging forms. Ross Lovegrove is famous for his organic inspired designs.  Here he has stripped the car down to its "Genesis Form." A futuristic concept... Continue Reading →

Streamlining Your Thinking

Perfection may be achieved when there is nothing left to take away. Michelangelo saw David through the block of marble and he simple chopped away the stone that was not David. The Japanese word shibumi is used to describe refined simplicity, beauty, elegance, and quiet perfection. Shibumi looks simple but it takes time and effort... Continue Reading →

Misunderstandings about Innovation

In times of globalisation, it has become vital to maximise the rate of innovation. Defining the concept innovation is difficult. Often we spend little time thinking about definitions, yet how we define a word influences our actions. There are many misunderstandings about innovations and often innovation has become a passive process. Innovation should be part... Continue Reading →

Thinking about Value

  Thinking about Value The importance of value is the theme in the book “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  The narrator observes that grown-ups like numbers. Grown-ups think that they know a person after then have asked questions related to a new friend’s age and how much money his parent’s make. The little prince... Continue Reading →

Design Thinking

  Every designer needs to look somewhere for inspiration and ideas. Design Thinking is Andrew Taylor's   speciality. He has kindly written a story about how a designer got inspiration for the next big thing. Andrew has worked with design engineering and industrial design. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts with a keen interest in... Continue Reading →

Innovation and Design

  A vision on innovation Innovation is a very misunderstood technique. We would like to introduce some clarity: Innovation does not just fall into your lap Ideas have to be consciously designed Application of a technology follows the generation of an idea, not visa versa Innovation does not  just fall into your lap You will... Continue Reading →

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