Excuse me, there’s a fly in my…

… urinal. It seems that a swarm of flies have taken residence in Schiphol Airport’s urinals in Amsterdam. Most unusually one fly has adopted each one of the separate urinals as its final resting place. Upon closer inspection you’ll find that these flies have each been etched onto the porcelain with the purposeful intention of[…]

The value of design.

After the long video in the last issue this one will only take you a mere 3 minutes to absorb. The video is just an update from Dan Ariely, a behavioural economist at Duke University (and a favourite of ¡Design Thinkers!) but poses an interesting question on the value of design.

The Upside of Irrationality.

by Dan Ariely. I have previously featured a couple of Dan Ariely’s videos on TED or Big Think most of which present some of the examples from his two books. Dan’s first book, ‘Predictably Irrational’, introduces you to the notion that we don’t always act in a rational way

#2 – Creating competition.

Have you ever been so engrossed in your pursuit of that Ebay bargain only to realise, once you had won the item, that you probably could have purchased it cheaper on Amazon? If so, you are not alone and even the most professional negotiators and business men have found themselves swept way in the moment[…]

The designers’ guide to crowdsourcing.

Crowdsourcing has created dramatic results in aidwork and commercial enterprises and it’s now knocking on the door of design and raises the question of can crowdsourcing be a valuable method to commission effective creative services?

Change by design.

I’m going to put my cards on the table and start by saying that I’m a big fan of IDEO. So when their CEO writes book about design it’s bound to get me excited. Luckily it didn’t disappoint and Tim Brown has written a compelling and insightful book on the power that design thinking can[…]

The Design of Business.

Don’t get put off by the lurid day-glow cover of this book which feels more like the offspring of a classic Penguin and the history of rave. The Design of Business is serious look at organisational models and the successes and failures of different styles of thinking.

Do you matter? How great design will make people love your company.

The book starts with the very simple question of ‘Do you matter?’ as a judge of whether your organisation is really cutting the mustard with customers. It quickly follows this up by asking ‘If your company ceased to exist tomorrow, do you think anyone would really care?’

Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man.

Off-Grid magazine recently claimed that advertising is arguably responsible for more damage to our planet than any human other activity (read article here). £900 billion or so is spent on advertising and marketing which fuels our desire for consumerist ‘stuff’.