About being sensible

Missives from Hothouse Design

Super excited? Stop now, you are being annoying.

Deirdre Wilson – Tuesday, March 24, 2015   

Every webinar I have attended lately is hosted by people who are SUPER EXCITED. It is a state of mind that leaves very little room for elevation. What if someone walked into the room with a bag of cash for that person? How could they be more than SUPER EXCITED? What's next? UBER EXCITED? Hardly - they are much the same level of excitement.    Read More . . .

Flight tips and shooting for panoramas

Deirdre Wilson – Tuesday, March 17, 2015   

We were wondering how to get those fantastic aerial shots using a quadcopter - not that we need to, just wondering. So we turn to our favourite software training tool - lynda.com for the how-to on aerial shots using a quadcopter.    Read More . . .

Customer success story: Hothouse Design helps BBB help its members

Deirdre Wilson – Friday, March 06, 2015   

Sometimes Hothouse Design get the opportunity to build something that really works - and that is immensely satisfying. Late in 2014 we created this website for Bargain Boat Bits. Turnaround time was tight - about six weeks, followed by loads of skill transfer from us to our client.   Read More . . .

Why are you running the business you have?

Deirdre Wilson – Thursday, March 05, 2015   

Why aren't you recycling tyres? Or making brooms? Or unblocking sewerage? Maybe you don't think those jobs match your skill set. But if you know how to run a business, then the nature of the endeavour being undertaken shouldn't make much difference, should it?   Read More . . .

What happens when you stop posting?

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, March 04, 2015   

People think that you are dead. Or that your business is dead. Blogs and social posts are a narrow window to your business but your audience may not be aware how narrow. They think that what they see is all there is.   Read More . . .

This is the most unselfish thing you can do

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, December 03, 2014   

The most unselfish thing you can do will become apparent to others only in your absence. At that point they will think you are a saint but you won't be there to see it. This posts is about paying to forward by making sure others can do your work in your absence.   Read More . . .

Why donut graphs are as awful as real donuts

Deirdre Wilson – Tuesday, December 02, 2014   

Donut graphs are so pretty…pretty awful. Oh, they can look really good but they are nigh on impossible to read. So here I rant about the plague of donut graphs marching across our corporate reporting landscape.    Read More . . .

What happens when you tell the truth to tough people?

Deirdre Wilson – Tuesday, November 25, 2014   

Young people don't tell the truth. They don't mean to not tell the truth, rather they don't seem to know what truth to tell. I think it is more about not knowing what is the really useful information to share, not wanting to appear difficult, not wanting to hurt anyone's feelings and protecting their newly acquired power base.    Read More . . .

The big rigmarole about creating infographics

Deirdre Wilson – Thursday, November 20, 2014   

We have been having fun lately with infographics, one of our favourite things to do but something we do rarely. Getting infographics right, or close to right, takes a lot of commitment from all involved. It's a big rigmarole to work out what the key message is, develop the narrative, collect the supporting data and develop the visual story.    Read More . . .

What do infographics and aeroplanes have in common?

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, November 19, 2014   

This is a visualisation shows Transatlantic air traffic over a 24 hour period taken from a day in August 2013. You can see that the traffic is all fairly uniform, following very clearly defined routes. But it does look there are a few head-on collisions which clearly isn't true.   Read More . . .

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