About being sensible

Missives from Hothouse Design

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 . . .

Why reckoning on everything and expecting everything is a good plan

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, November 19, 2014   

Its funny how some topics work their way to the top of the conversation list in all areas of your life at the same time. Of late, the topic of resilience has been top of the list in many of the areas I wander through.    Read More . . .

Passwords will become a bigger hurdle soon, so skill up now!

Deirdre Wilson – Monday, November 17, 2014   

If you think passwords are a problem now, just wait until you see what is coming. Soon we will be dealing with two factor identification - proving that you are you twice. So for all those people who use the same password on everything or avoid setting up accounts on websites because the whole thing is too much bother, this post is for you.    Read More . . .

Why design thinking is like an air guitar

Deirdre Wilson – Tuesday, October 28, 2014   

The results of design thinking are hard to see, much like an air guitar or an invisible friend. What you can see is the absence of design thinking and unlike your invisible friend, the absence of design thinking is there for all to see. Let's explore the invisible using examples where design thinking is absent.    Read More . . .

Website renovation for VMFG

Deirdre Wilson – Thursday, October 09, 2014   

Websites don't last very long anymore without looking tired and dated. The VMFG gliding club website was due for more than facelift. When it was first planned we all had grand ideas about how much content we could put up and how we could make the ultimate, most useful gliding website in the whole known universe. Well, that didn't happen.    Read More . . .

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