The Endgame of Design System

One true beauty of design system is automation: How much a standard (along with principles and non-coded best practices) can be automatically applied throughout the design and development cycle; How much can such a system help construct product/service. Collecting cliches is not enough to construct a good story. Likewise, collecting reusable libraries is not enough…

Weekly Learning: Thought Leadership, Teaching Design, and the Strategic Designer

Thought Leadership Internal Design Teams and Thought Leadership explores the challenges in-house design teams face, especially when it comes to thought leadership and “lost potential.” Specifically: …internal design roles are structurally misaligned with public thought leadership. And the career growth options don’t favour the craft side of things: Thought leadership and mastery are correlated. An…

Weekly Learning: Design, Measurement, Hype, and Captaincy

Framing Design in Business A new model of the design process provides an interesting perspective to look at design in business. Firstly, design happens on three levels: strategic, tactical, and operational: Then it gets interesting when those three levels intersect with each other: The six areas derived from the intersections ask different questions regarding design’s…

Power and Corruption

How come so many organizations full of mostly good people with good intentions end up doing not-so-good things? The notion of power is significant to all of us not only because it permeates everything and everywhere in organizations, but also because of another familiar topic: corruption. Contrary to what many believe, in organizations, it’s often…