Vases made from pvc pipes

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Creatives I admire, Ipso Fabulous, My Style | No Comments

Just because a material is cheap doesn’t mean it can’t be high design. At this year’s Salone furniture fair in Milan, Japanese designed Kodai Iwamoto is displaying a set of vases made from plastic pipes you could buy at any hardware store! Check out the full article here >>

Bonnie’s rules for being a better client

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Brand Thinking, Creatives I admire | No Comments

Bonnie Siegler has more than 60 in her delightful new book! Here are my favorites:

White space is your friend

No, you can’t watch us work

Be open to things you didn’t imagine

Be confident, not arrogant

Nothing takes a second

Don’t be rude

Tell me the problem, not the solution

Decide who will decide

Have clarity of purpose

Photo by Austin Chan on Unsplash

Seth Godin: Ignore sunk clowns

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Abso-effing-lutely, Ipso Fabulous | No Comments

Wise advise by Seth Godin:

Yes there was supposed to be a clown at your birthday party. No, he didn’t show up. That’s a bummer.

But! But your friends are all here, and the sun is shining and you’ve got cake and a game of pin the tail on the donkey ready to go.

The question is: how long should you mourn the loss of the clown? How much more of your party are you ready to sacrifice?

The same question confronts the pro golfer who three-putted on the third hole.

Or the accountant who forgot an obvious deduction, one that can’t be recovered.

Or the salesperson who missed a key meeting, or the speaker who got let down because the tech crew screwed up her first three slides.

When we can see these glitches as clowns, as temporary glitches that are unrelated to the cosmic harmony of the universe or even the next thing that’s going to happen to us, they’re easier to compartmentalize.

That happened.

Okay, now what?

Photo by David Larivière on Unsplash

Photographer Tim Flach

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Creatives I admire | No Comments

Tim Flach is a photographer who, most recently, has been taking photographs of endangered species, and has chosen – deliberately – to use the style of (human) portrait photography.

Stunning.

Scientific problem solving & your Brand

Posted by on Feb 10, 2018 in Brand Thinking | No Comments

The next time you have to break down a problem, consider using George Heilmeier’s method for solving research challenges:

  • What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.
  • How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
  • What is new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
  • Who cares? If you are successful, what difference will it make?
  • What are the risks?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What are the mid-term and final “exams” to check for success?

(via John Maeda)