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Missives from Hothouse Design

What happens when your phones get cut off - not what you would expect

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, August 19, 2015   

Today our phones were cut off. Yes, we had paid out bill. But the service provider hadn't matched it to our account. The other thing they hadn't done was advise us that they were going to cut the phones off - no final notice, no courtesy call to alert us to a problem - nothing.    Read More . . .

Keep Learning #1: weekend classroom in the rain

Deirdre Wilson – Tuesday, August 18, 2015   

One of our company values is Keep Learning. We describe it like this: 'Seriously, does this need explaining? Stop learning and you might as well be dead.' Anyone coming into our company knows straight away how important this value is to us, just by the way we express it.   Read More . . .

It's a mind set. Tweak your attitude.

Deirdre Wilson – Thursday, July 30, 2015   

A wise friend once told me that you don't need to see your goal, you just need to know that it is there and start removing the obstacles that are obscuring your view.    Read More . . .

'In our family we love eating food…' and other idiotic things people say.

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, July 22, 2015   

Despite the expression KISS (keep it simple stupid or any of its variations), a lot of us prefer our concepts to be complicated and presenters to be entertaining. We like concepts to have lots of bells and whistles attached right on the front next to the sparkly baubles. And we like presenters to be gorgeous and vivacious.    Read More . . .

New website - Foster and Kinship Care study

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, July 22, 2015   

Websites can be big heavy lifters that parallel your bricks and mortar business or they can be a means of reaching out to a narrow audience with a specific message. They are a tool that can be applied across a broad gamut of needs.    Read More . . .

Show rather than tell

Deirdre Wilson – Tuesday, June 30, 2015   

Be still my beating heart! Finally, parking signs redesigned as a timetable. Yes, I know that sounds incredibly dull but they are a perfect case for a graphic representation of the data they are displaying. Of course, there are issues of real estate - text takes up less space.   Read More . . .

Every day. Something new.

Deirdre Wilson – Tuesday, June 23, 2015   

Need inspiration or motivation? Of course you do. We all need a regular motivation top up. Zig Ziglar once said "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing, that's why we recommend it daily." You can take care of your bathing needs and I'll help a little with motivation - read on!   Read More . . .

Take the work out of work #1

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, June 17, 2015   

This is one in a series of posts where we take a look at one of our company values and how it manifests in what we do. The value for this post is: take the work out of work. At Hothouse Design we build repeatable processes so that we are efficient and effective for our clients, but we also do it for ourselves.   Read More . . .

Getting your message straight - UX for everything

Deirdre Wilson – Thursday, May 07, 2015   

Massively simplified, UX (user experience) design is where the interface and the human come together. As an industrial designer, UX looks to me like industrial design being done in a 2D space. I think about the interface between the system and the human as being the space where you have to get your messages straight because this is where users work out how to use your product.    Read More . . .

Taking a stand in Melbourne

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, May 06, 2015   

Coming up in a little over a week is the ITS Summit and we are very pleased to be taking a stand. No, there will be no shouting from atop a soapbox or marching down main street with a banner. We are putting our road schematic expertise on display to the captive audience of road management professionals who will be at the Intelligent Transport Systems Summit  Read More . . .


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