Weekly Learning: Designer, Knots, and Dream Job

Designers for the 21st Century Design for This Century throws out a bunch of fascinating ideas you want to dig in, among which are surveillance capitalism, ontological design, cyborg manifesto, decentralized storytelling, civic service design, anthropocene backloop, and cosmopolitics. Some are weird, but isn’t that exactly why you are curious to know more? The conclusion…

Weekly Learning: The Gaming Edition

A Game That Plays People A Game Designer’s Analysis Of QAnon is a mind-blowing dissection of the notorious QAnon phenomenon. At the core is the idea of “apophenia”: Apophenia is : “the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things (such as objects or ideas)” And what happens in the…

Power and Rights

In more cases than we’d like to imagine, it’s good people with good intentions end up doing bad things. Most of us intuitively know what power is about, just like we intuitively know what design is about. However, knowing is not the same as understanding. The former is about what, the latter informs how. Our…

Why Your Org Can’t Succeed at Digital Transformation

Digital transformation urges a transfer of power that powerful people never intend to do. If digital transformation is really as awesome and game-changing as some claim or agree with, then we’d expect it to be so much more than adopting digital technologies without deep impact on the purpose, culture, structure, process, and function of an…

Weekly Learning: Design Methods, Research, Blockchain, and Original Sin

Much Ado About Methods Enough Design Methods provides a spearing critic to our obsession with methods. “We seem to be more focused on pseudo-scientific, quick paths to shallow solutions, rather than an immersive depth of creative craft.” Firstly, there is a reason for that obsession: Methods reinforce that we are in control and can tame…

The Road to Transformable Enterprise: Reflective Conversations on Writing and More

NOTE: The following post is a conversation between Andrey Milchman and Noah Fang, long-time collaborators and authors, on their new book, The Transformable Enterprise: Enterprise Architecture in a New Key, which “challenges current enterprise architecture practices, which are mostly inspired by engineers seeking freedom from constraints of science, art, and architecture in both structure and…

Weekly Learning: The Future Issue

Synthetic Realities Deepfake and blockchain are twins. But unlike blockchain, deepfake is not something new. Synthetic realities have been existed for a very, very long time. Andy Polaine’s iconic post, Design in the age of synthetic realities tells fascinating stories of how “AI-generated and mixed realities are blurring the boundaries of “truth” and challenging how…