Now is a Good Time to be a Designer

Tim Brown of IDEO recently wrote that “much of what we are able to do with design is dependent on the context in which we ask our questions.” After all, as he understands it “an innovatoris someone who is able to ask a question that no one else has thought to ask.” Even better, one…

Intellectual and Artistic Works

I stumbled upon a great statement while reading The Macintosh Way by Guy Kawaski. “Macintosh software products are intellectual and artistic works. Like painting, sculpture, or music, they cannot be combined and remain either intellectual or artistic.” This statement is exactly how I was thinking as I delivered my opinion during last year’s executive board…

Flexibility

“In high technology you never have enough data to make a completely informed decision, there are few precedents to copy, and the landscape changes as you try to paint it. It’s like shooting at a moving target from a moving platform in pitch-black darkness. Because of the rapid change, you need an organization that can…

Small vs Big

This past week has been a cold one. Most days the temperature has been hovering between 0 and 15 degrees (with and without the wind-chill). My apartment has been without heat for a little over 3 weeks. This is the first week where it has become mildly annoying. My current apartment has all wood floors….

Physical Determinism vs Cultural Difference

I need to thank my urban studio professors for somehow selecting me as the one student in our section to read Peter Calthorpe’s The Next American Metropolis in order to brief my peers. The book is written by a practitioner and not a pure academic. It may just be me, but it appeals. I find it…

On Beauty

Recently I’ve been thinking about beauty again. In school I hear philosophers attempt to define it, often relegating it to a certain realm of aesthetics. So… it seems that there is a fairly definable debate occurring that is seeking to pin beauty down. One might even describe it as the struggle between Gaston and the…

Momentum is One Tough Cookie to Break

Today was rather interesting. I learned more of the fine-tuned workings of an institution of higher education. This time, the lesson seems to be that momentum is one tough cookie to break … particularly when the economy is not “on your side” as it currently is not. I keep hearing people lamenting the slow down…