Bill Moggridge Would’ve Been 70 Today: The Designer of the First Laptop on Human-Centered Design | Brain Pickings

Today is Bill Moggridge’s birthday. He would have been 70. Don’t know who he is? He’s the inventor of the first laptop, championed interaction design and co-founded IDEO among other things. In short, he’s a complete bad ass!!!

Maria Popova wrote a great article on him today which is basically a summary of an interview Bill gave for Debbie Millmans latest book, Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

The article takes the best of the interview and strings it together to paint a very clear picture of Bill’s philosophy and wisdom.

I’ve pulled this quote specifically because I feel it’s important to remember that we live and breath design and creativity everyday and our clients don’t. Helping them learn and understand design better will benefit everyone in the relationship and it’s something we all can do.

“I don’t think that anyone has really told them what design is. It doesn’t occur to most people that everything is designed — that every building and everything they touch in the world is designed. Even foods are designed now.

[…]… So in the process of helping people understand this, making them more aware of the fact that the world around us is something that somebody has control of, perhaps they can feel some sense of control too. That’s a nice ambition.”

Here is the audio of the interview if you don’t have the time to read the article.

via Bill Moggridge Would’ve Been 70 Today: The Designer of the First Laptop on Human-Centered Design | Brain Pickings.

The Tyranny of Email — 10 Tips to Save You

Another excellent piece by Shane Parrish of Farnam Street. In this review he weaves in thinking and ideas on other topics related to Flow, productivity, attention and habits.

He goes on to use these examples to build a case for slowing down and detaching from digital tools to make space for reflection on our own experiences or to become immersed and focused in what we are consuming.

It ends with 10 tips to slow down the avalanche pace of email.

The Tyranny of Email — 10 Tips to Save You.

The Casey Neistat Lesson: Don’t Pay That Bike Ticket, Fight It | Living on GOOD

This is a great way to make a point on the absurdity of how we treat bikers. Here in Atlanta, some drivers hate that they have to share the road but also vote against funds to create bike lanes. Regardless, this video is pretty funny.

The Casey Neistat Lesson: Don't Pay That Bike Ticket, Fight It | Living on GOOD.

The Golden Rule of Creativity | Psychology Today

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Insights & Reflections, Inspiration | No Comments

We all know the golden rule, treat others they way you would like to be treated and it’s variations, give back to others that have given to you. But, perhaps what we don’t know or at least keep in conscious thought is the key to the rule, be the one to make the first move.

How does this apply to creativity? Innovations and break through ideas rarely come from one mind. They are the result of the idea being pushed and pulled, questioned and reframed. It’s the result of good collaboration. And good collaboration won’t come to you if you aren’t taking the responsibility of first offering to others.

The Golden Rule of Creativity | Psychology Today.

What We Talk About When We Talk About “Social” – Nilofer Merchant – Harvard Business Review

Nice breakdown off all things with the word “Social” in front of them and the importance of using them correctly.

I was very disappointed when the Dachis Group took the term Social Business and narrowed its meaning to only being about connection for generating greater value. The original meaning given by Mohammed Yunis was more expansive and game changing. It combined the best parts of non-profits and for-profits to create a new business model that elevated human well being as the ultimate profit, not money or the tripple bottom line, just people.

What We Talk About When We Talk About “Social” – Nilofer Merchant – Harvard Business Review.

It’s Time for a “Slow Conversation” Movement – Anthony K. Tjan – Harvard Business Review

Another article in a growing list of articles and thinking on how to pull the technology pendulum back to a more balanced life that includes face-to-face interaction, creating experiences instead of only vicariously living through others and, dare I say it, actual analog time.

Ideas and thinking like this will become more important to business. It will help them understand how to get the attention of their audiences — internal and external — and how to retain for longer than a few seconds. It will also become important to each and everyone of us as we continue to long for more authentic interactions.

The grand prize in all of this is finding your balance between reality and technology that allows you always move at your optimum pace and happiness.

It’s Time for a “Slow Conversation” Movement – Anthony K. Tjan – Harvard Business Review.

The Web We Lost – Anil Dash

Great article highlighting some new ideas on how the web has changed with the introduction and scaling of social media networks.

The biggest idea, I think, is the lose of collaboration and openness. It’s as though we are witnessing an industry build it’s ivory tower and silos as they compete for ad revenue and control of our time and attention.

The second biggest idea is the willingness on our part to give away so much control of privacy and content. This also fueled by my first point, networks are making harder for us to share our content where we want to because that force them to play nice we each other.

It ends on high note though and call to remember/learn/teach the history of the web for newer generations of user who weren’t on the web when it was much more open.

The Web We Lost – Anil Dash.

CHART OF THE DAY: e-Book Readers – Business Insider

Well, this is just depressing. I love my kindle and hate my iPad when it comes to straight up reading. The iPad is back lit and makes my eyes go batty, but, worse than that is the weight of it and the glare of the screen. Both make reading extremely uncomfortable.

I really hope these predictions are wrong…

CHART OF THE DAY: e-Book Readers – Business Insider.

Secrets from the Science of Persuasion

Need to persuade someone?

Seeing as how design is all about communicating new ideas to people, helping people see things in a new way and bringing new meaning to old things it seems any designer could benefit from knowing a little more about the art of persuasion.

Here are six ways to do it.

Secrets from the Science of Persuasion.