In April, 2019, Dan Saffer compiled a fabulous list of Non-Design Books for Designers. But at 87% male, it wasn’t a very gender-balanced list. There are, of course, a slew of historical reasons for this. I don’t blame Dan…he’s just the messenger. So I reached out to Dan to suggest broader representation, and he asked me for suggestions. And then it became a mini-quest.
Step 1: Collect my personal favorites to add to the list (not a collective process, but some ideas to start.) — Done, Nov 21, 2020.
Step 2: Post to Twitter and ask for recommendations (following Dan’s process…tho his following is a bazillion times larger, so we’ll see what response I get.)- …
A Visual Gallery of concepts & methods of story in Interaction Design
What’s a story? How do stories work? How do stories communicate, build empathy, connect and inspire? And how can stories help designers create meaningful interactive products?
Each poster links to a larger version (opens in the same window.)
This summary lists all the concepts in the gallery and gives context about the Story Studio course.
I recently started a new practice: the early-morning Power Hour. It’s inspired by an article in Success Magazine about Robin Sharma’s 5-am club and 20/20/20 formula (note: I don’t get up at 5am. Turns out 6:45am is the best I can do.)
Put all together and it creates a Power Page…my template for reflecting, journaling, documenting progress and enjoying the visual memory of each day.
Here’s an annotated summary of the layout that’s emerged from the practice. …
For years I’ve carried a full set of Prang watercolors for field sketching…but now it feels cumbersome.
So in keeping with the idea of Lean Startup, I set out to make a Minimum Viable Watercolor Field Kit. I asked “What’s the smallest, simplest watercolor set I need to create basic field sketches?”
Spoiler alert: There are tons of folks making compact watercolor sets for fun and profit. This is the approach I used and it worked for me. If you’re interested in other ideas, the Googles has gobs of inspiration for you.
I set aside a few days to figure out how to get the biggest bang out of the smallest kit. …
The 2018 Creative Founder experience has come to an end. The semester-long Night Cap incubator finished with Pitch Night, where the three teams pitched their businesses to an expert group of reviewers.
Pitch night was well-attended: 11 fabulous reviewers assessed the teams and provided feedback, and 15 wonderful friends, family and alumni provided support. All were there to celebrate the end of the session and share in food and fun and fellowship.
Product: Pie helps parents find family activities tailored to children’s on-screen interests.
This is not a full-citation guide. There are many of those out there. This is for more casual posts where you want to be helpful to the reader, but you don’t need to comply with rigorous academic standards.
List the title and the author. You can also add the year of publication. Include a link to the book. There are a few options:
Why do this: Allow readers to purchase or view more details about the book.
Creative Workshop by David Sherwin (& Mary Sherwin)…
On September 7th, we launched NightCap — the Fall 2018 cohort of the Creative Founders class at California College of the Arts.
A designer has never had more opportunity in the world of business to create impact. Many venture capitalists today understand the value and are demanding that design be included in the founding of start-ups.
~ Christina Wodtke
The following is a short talk given to the 2018 class of Masters of Interaction Design at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. As a new adjunct faculty member, I was invited to speak to the graduating class.
Graduating is a big deal. I know you've all worked very hard to get here. Kudos!
Right after I graduated, a friend of my dad asked me what I majored in. I said proudly “I have a liberal arts degree with a specialty in painting!” And he looked me right in the face and said...
“So...you are trained for nothing.”
And I replied
“RIGHT?!?!? SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!” …
In December 2017, Lee Vinsel, educator in Technology Studies at Virginia Tech, published Design Thinking is Kind of Like Syphilis — It’s Contagious and Rots Your Brains.
It a long piece, fitting the technical definition of a screed. At almost 9,000 words and 134 paragraphs (it’s a 36-minute read, according to Medium,) Mr. Vinsel clearly put a lot of effort into it. And it raises some salient points.
In summary, the essay asserts that design thinking is a brain-rotting scourge promoted by charlatans looking to commercialize common sense. …
It’s not a euphemism. I’m seriously obsessed with drawing beautiful baskets.
For a long while I’ve wanted to do a project featuring the art of native Southwesterners. The indigenous peoples in (now called) Arizona create dazzlingly beautiful crafts. As a child in Tucson, I grew up surrounded by these artifacts, and my appreciation has grown over the years. Now I’m activating this appreciation into a series of drawings.
Here are the first four drawings in the series. These baskets were created by artisans of the Tohono O’odhom Nation, and are part of a private collection.
The Tohono O’odham — People of the Desert — have always lived in tune with our surroundings. Our culture and our very survival have depended upon that ability, and this closeness to the physical world around us is reflected in our basketry.
~ Terrol Johnson, The Language of Native American…