About being sensible

Missives from Hothouse Design

Running a creative business - tenure vs job-hoppers

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, February 17, 2016   

When did it become a 'thing' that you are expected to change jobs every two years? Recently I have had clients move on to new jobs because they have been in their current role for two years - that was the explanation that was offered up which just made me feel as if I had been on another planet for the past few years. My niece told me that a recruiter was concerned for her job prospects because she had spent four years in one role. Apparently this meant she would now be pigeon-holed. What utter bunkum - if you get pigeon-holed as a result of four years of employment then doing a university degree becomes a huge risk.    Read More . . .

Running a creative business - finding my tribe

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, January 13, 2016   

This is the first of a series of occasional posts about what happens in creative businesses - small creative businesses. But, I have to clarify already, small is a whole different definition when it comes to creative businesses. There are four and a half people and one kelpie in our business which makes us bigger than small in our industry but teeny, tiny in other industries.   Read More . . .

Who said: A different language is a different vision of life?

Deirdre Wilson – Friday, December 11, 2015   

Where do you live? Here's any easy test to find out if you are either from Melbourne or are a visitor with local knowledge: does 'Jeff's Shed' mean anything to you? No? Then I know that you aren't a local. I can now also guess that the picture you conjure in your mind is not of a very large exhibition hall on the bank of a river with a tall ship moored out the front - because that is what Jeff's Shed in Melbourne looks like.    Read More . . .

The hilarious inner workings of an introvert

Deirdre Wilson – Thursday, November 26, 2015   

Doing business in Australia is so deeply rooted in building relationships. It can be really hard for people who don't have those relationship building skills or for the introverts who find the whole process of getting to know you excruciatingly difficult.    Read More . . .

Be Honest #1: I was wrong

Deirdre Wilson – Thursday, November 12, 2015   

I was wrong in a big way this week. And I am glad that I found out. We had a huge week with lots of deadlines and staff away on annual leave. Our biggest risk during weeks like these is the temptation to take shortcuts in order to meet tight deadlines. But, there is a difference between shortcuts and doing something a better way. One of our values is Be Honest - so I am 'fessing up to making the wrong call this week because I learnt from it.     Read More . . .

Citizen science, big data and birds

Deirdre Wilson – Thursday, October 29, 2015   

Migratory birds fly at night. Obviously right? Well they aren't sitting around waiting for the sun to come up before they take off in a big flock and continue their journey. But before radar technology became available, few people knew about migrating birds flying at night.    Read More . . .

I found extra time in my day - want to know how?

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, October 21, 2015   

I had a short holiday recently. On the first morning I learnt how dependant I have become on one of the robots in my life when I was wondering why it was taking so long to brush my teeth. The switch on the toothbrush must have broken, I thought, because it just kept going and going. Not so - I was using an ordinary hand driven toothbrush having left the electric one at home.    Read More . . .

We design schematics. What do you do?

Deirdre Wilson – Thursday, October 15, 2015   

When I am asked 'What do you do?' I want to tell the asker all about the schematics we produce because they are the most unusual work we do and the most interesting. But they are awfully hard to explain so I am going to have a crack at it here.    Read More . . .

Colour coding maps in a submarine

Deirdre Wilson – Friday, October 09, 2015   

If you explain something using familiar words, terms and expressions then the person you are explaining to is more likely to understand what you are explaining. Seems obvious. The same holds true with visual explanations. If you colour code then you get faster understanding: red for go, green for stop. Hmm, that doesn't seem right.    Read More . . .

The charismatic trap of solutions and how to avoid it

Deirdre Wilson – Friday, September 25, 2015   

We still start with pencil and paper for projects that have loads of complexity. Something special happens when we sketch stuff out. In our office, drawing very quickly takes over from text but the two are there, hand in hand. Patterns emerge in sketches, hidden traps are uncovered, conclusions are pushed away.   Read More . . .


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