COVID-19 has brought me more time to stay at home. Apart from taking a break from the day-to-day work schedule, I have had some time to go through my reading lists (or my hundreds of open tabs and windows), as well as rethinking how to better organise/restructure my information consumption habit.
We read a lot every day. How much can we actually retain? How much information that we once found useful can actually be used?
I have a bad habit regarding information consumption on computers/smartphones. When I come across some interesting sources or references but do not have the time/energy…
Move fast and break things.
It is Mark Zuckerberg’s (in-)famous motto for design and management process: to disrupt existing normality, to get rid of unnecessary formalities and red tape, to deliver faster to the hands of customers. This ideology sounds enticing and may be pertinent to keeping processes and management lean. It has been supported by the proliferation of start-ups. Nevertheless, being fast and breaking things does not guarantee a good outcome all the time. …
Information is abundant and harsh these days. Everyone sounds like shouting, if not throttling, at each other. At least it is what it feels like when you read online. When you turn to newspapers or broadcast media, it does not seem much better either. Conflicts, wars, disasters, contradictory reports and opinions. It is confusing and you are in the middle of the entanglement.
Service Design Last weekend was the annual Global Service Jam 2019. I attended the local event in Cologne. It was so much fun!
This year, the GSJ in Cologne was organised by the local Service Design Network and denkwerk (Many thanks to Cristine and Ko for their facilitation!). The theme set globally for all jammers was ‘blue’. Yes, blue, fairly abstract, isn’t it?
We started with a quick round of co-brainstorming about everything we could think out of the blue — sky, water, summer, sad, Europe… We thought onwards and gradually found out problems we wanted to address. Then we…
Pararobotics When we talk about robots, we might think of automated manufacturing arms, the waste allocator WALL-E, or even Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator — often a very technical, industrial, or sci-fi image. But do robots always have to be linked to work or the apocalypse? What else can robots be in our space and time? What if robots have a more ordinary and nearby relation with us as we have with a book, a plant, or a pair of jeans? What if robots become a new material or medium that we could play and make art with?