The past few months have been just a bit crazy. Between traveling to South America, the Caribbean, Houston and Seattle, while running Proxart and my design business, I’ve had very little time to write down thoughts that total more than 140 characters. Which isn’t ideal, but it happens to be my current reality.
That said, I’ve had a lot swirling in my head that I’ve wanted to expand on, but simply haven’t had the time. Not many of these topics are directly connected, but whatever, here goes:
- Context is the most important thing in the world. It is something that’s far too easily lost when we try to solve the various problems we face individually and collectively. The “problem” is rarely, if ever, the underlying Problem.
- Nothing worth anything is easy. […]
- America’s current political reality has less to do with who is in charge, and more with the overall mood of the country. If the people’s mood in this country would brighten — be less polarized, less cut-throat — I think our leaders would be more effective, more collaborative, and less partisan. For now, however, we want them at each other’s throats: So they are.
- Design, at its core, is systems-level, not surface-level, thinking. […]
- “How do you make children eat more carrots and drink milk — and not just eat more, but get more pleasure from eating carrots and drinking milk, to actually get them to think they taste better? It’s simple: You tell them the carrots and milk are from McDonald’s. They believe McDonald’s food is tastier, and it leads them to experience it as tastier.” Via FastCo Design. Perception.