The Chain of Clarification and the Wall of Clarity

‘What do you mean by that?’ Scott Berkun’s post, The Best Definition of Innovation, points out a very important issue about how we solve business problems: The best thing is ask anyone who uses the word innovation is: What do you mean when you say that? Even in what he regards as the best definition…

What Design Thinking Is NOT

The polymorphic nature of the concept makes it easier to understand what it’s not than to see what exactly it is.

Book Review: Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work

Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work by Nigel Cross The Bottom Line Written by one of the leading figures in design research, the book is supposed to “help anyone interested in design to develop their understanding of how designers think and work.” And it’s only 150 pages. Official Summary Design thinking is the core creative process for any designer; this…

Book Preview: Strategic Design Thinking

Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond by Natalie W. Nixon The Bottom Line Perspectives matter a lot. If you think you know what design thinking is about, read it and think again. Official Summary Who can design? For too long, that question has highlighted the supposed division between right-brain dominant “creative types” and left-brain dominant “analytical types.” Such a division…

Book Review: Design Thinking

Design Thinking: Integrating Innovation, Customer Experience, and Brand Value by Thomas Lockwood The Bottom Line Since design thinking is so many things that experts and practioners can’t even agree with each other on a definition, at least you get to know what Design Thinking is likely NOT. And that’s extremely beneficial. Official Summary Design Thinking confirms that design, as a process and as…

Book Review: The Myths of Innovation

The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun Amazon | Official Site Official Summary: the classic bestseller, takes you on a hilarious, fast-paced ride through the history of ideas. You’ll learn to transcend the false stories that deceive many business experts, scientists, and much of pop culture, with history based lessons on how to invent, create and…

Book Review: Frame Innovation

Frame Innovation: Create New Thinking by Design By Kees Dorst Amazon | MIT Press | GoodReads Overview: When organizations apply old methods of problem-solving to new kinds of problems, they may accomplish only temporary fixes or some ineffectual tinkering around the edges. Today’s problems are a new breed-open, complex, dynamic, and networked-and require a radically different response. In…

Book Review: Frame Innovation

Bear with cons for pros. Finished the book Frame Innovation recently and despite its boring bits and pieces (with not-so-engaging writing), I’d still recommend it to anyone who has any interest (if at all) in how “design thinking” or “innovation” works. The author is in the (padegogic?) field of Design Research, but he’s also a…

iOS 7 First Impression: Consistency and ZUI

“Are you watching closely?” The Buzz iOS 7 announced. Everybody is talking about it. Some claim they love it, others hate. And there are always people out there crying out around the concepts of confusion, disappointment, and innovation. Are you watching closely? Disappointing UI Style? Some people just don’t like it. Fair enough. The existing…