About being sensible

Missives from Hothouse Design

Think like a designer and stop solving problems that don't exist

Deirdre Wilson – Monday, May 22, 2017   

Good ideas come from following a design processAre you annoyed by ‘ideas people’? Every time I hear someone described as an ‘ideas person’ I hear ‘loose cannon’. It is so much worse when someone tells me that they are an ideas person because I have to try and keep a straight face and not say something rude. As a designer I find it as annoying as having design described as that ‘arty-farty’ stuff.   Read More . . .

Bad design traps people in low value work

Deirdre Wilson – Monday, May 15, 2017   

Bad design costs companies moneyThis is a story about a piece of ill-considered graphic design that created low value work, added cost and produced waste. The waste caused by poor design is much greater than just piles of printed rubbish, it extends all the way through to demotivating high value staff with low value tasks.   Read More . . .

Why 'story-telling' isn't going to go away any time soon

Deirdre Wilson – Monday, May 08, 2017   

Information design helps people leap the gulf between information and knowledgeExperience is the gulf that separates information from knowledge. You need experience to turn information into knowledge that you can put to use. But, not all experiences should be had first hand. It is not necessary to experience falling from a tall building to know that the outcome is not going to be good. Seeing someone else take that fall will do the trick. Or for a much less traumatic option: being told a story about someone falling from a building will do just fine as an experience.   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 . . .

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 . . .


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