About being sensible

Missives from Hothouse Design

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

New website: Dandenong Christmas Tree Farm

Deirdre Wilson – Thursday, September 04, 2014   

Have you ever wondered whether your family are good looking enough to be models? Well this family scrubs up quite nicely. As well as helping Santa each year by growing christmas trees, they were roped into being models for the new Dandenong Christmas Tree Farm website  Read More . . .

How design can change the world, just a little bit

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, August 20, 2014   

Most designers want to change the world a little bit but most end up designing sippy cups and brochures for dentists. But every now and then a new technology comes along that fundamentally changes both the way we see the world and the way we interact with it. The product that has, in recent times, made the most obvious change in the way we deal with the world and with each other are smart phones. Aeroplanes, motor cars, computers and the contraceptive pill easily come to mind as world changing tech.    Read More . . .

What fun things are you doing? someone asked me recently

Deirdre Wilson – Friday, June 20, 2014   

The answer depends on what it is that we are doing that is different to what you are doing. The grass is always greener on the other side so someone else's work can seem much more interesting especially when you are under pressure. At the time I was asked this question this is what we had on:    Read More . . .

New in our lab: product comparison tool

Deirdre Wilson – Tuesday, June 03, 2014   

We have dug another project out of the store room, brushed it off and exposed it to daylight. This time it is a comparison tool for sales people. Sales is a tough job. Smart sales people have loads of product knowledge not only on their own range but they know their competitors' range thoroughly as well. It takes time to develop that much knowledge so this experiment was designed to eliminate the time component all together.    Read More . . .

How to be both productive and creative while avoiding mental indigestion

Deirdre Wilson – Tuesday, May 20, 2014   

Do you have lots of ideas? Are you creative? Are you rubbish at getting things done? Sometimes ideas people are rubbish at making progress - great at start ups but rubbish at ongoing management. Some people struggle through their apparent daily grind, wilting with their perceived lack of creative opportunities. However, the most productive creative people are still super creative while getting heaps of stuff done. There are a bunch of secrets to that success and this is one of them.    Read More . . .

Hothouse Design goes gliding

Deirdre Wilson – Thursday, March 20, 2014   

We have just had an afternoon off to go gliding – yes, seriously! It came about because we designed, built and continue to maintain the website for VMFG and in return they offered to take us all gliding – yes please! So, yesterday we all headed out to Bacchus Marsh airfield.   Read More . . .


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