Vision building is the most relevant and rare asset in our society. We do not live in a world where data and knowledge are missing. Indeed, it is just the opposite. The amount of information is overwhelming. What is rare is the capability to make sense of this enormous and complex picture, to go beyond the past and existing patterns and imagine what is not there. The new frontier is to explore the path to innovation by understanding the nature of vision building. For this purpose, we need new frameworks. We need to investigate the slippery intangible dimensions of thinking, the capability to unveil what is hidden into the mirror that reflects our role in the society.
Other Recent Essays
- Error Messages Are Evil
- Design at UCSD: Think Observe Make
- Human Error? No, Bad Design
- Predicting too early is as bad as not predicting at all
- State of Design: How Design Education Must Change
- Gestural Control: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Large projects tend to fail: Software, construction, new aircraft, it doesn't matter -- they fail. Dan Ward offers a simple solution: don't do them. With the time and money allocated for one large project, do numerous small ones. Do them Fast and Inexpensive, with Restraint and Elegance: FIRE. It's a well-known principle, but it goes against the nature of organizations who wish to solve all their problems with one project. In consumer markets, it the disease I call featuritis. In industry, it's bloat. What's the alternative? FIRE. For anyone even remotely associated with large projects, this eminently sensible, highly readable book is required reading.
Recent recommended readings
- The cult of the peacock (Brendan Vance)
- Designing with the Mind in Mind, 2nd edition. (Jeff Johnson)
- Cool Tools (Kevin Kelly)
- Sleights of mind : what the neuroscience of magic reveals about our everyday deceptions (Macknik, Martinez-Conde & Blakeslee)
- Smarter thank you think: How technology is changing our minds for the better (Clive Thompson)
- Foreword: Computers as Theater (Brenda Laurel)
Keynote Addresses and Schedule
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Examples of talks
- July 16, 2014. Keynote: The Human Side of Automation. Automated Vehicles Symposium 2014. San Francisco Airport.
- July 30, 2014. San Diego Industrial design talk (SDID is a LinkedIn group). MindFlow Design studio, Carlsbad, CA
- September 14, 2014. PricewaterhouseCoopers "The Exchange: How's that customer-centric thing working for you?" The Cloister, Sea Island, GA
- October 12, 2014. Advisory Committee meeting, Tongji University College of Design & Innovation. Shanghai, China.
- October 13, 2014. Design Research and Education conference, Tongji University, Shanghai.
- October 26-30, 2014. NordiCHI Keynote, Helsinki, Finland.
- April 25 - 30, 2015. CHI 2015. Seoul, S. Korea.