Buzzwords – Best Practices

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Written in collaboration with Scott McMann Best practice – noun – commercial or professional procedures that are accepted or prescribed as being correct or most effective. See also: wikipedia   As an observer in a design presentation meeting recently I was witness to the use of a phrase that made me question what those two words … Read More

Buzzwords – The ‘Aha’ Moment

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This jargon phrase was made popular by the Queen of daytime TV, Oprah. She has described it as, “…those moments when I sit down to talk to somebody and they say something that makes me look at life or a situation in a completely different way. And I say, ‘Aha! I get it!’ Light bulb! … Read More

Buzzwords – What is Collaboration?

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DICTIONARY DEFINITION: “The act of working with someone to produce or create something.”   Collaboration is critical to a design process both amongst designers and with clients, customers, stakeholders, etc. However, one of the flaws inherent in the word is that people assume that collaboration happens continuously and consistently throughout the design process. The beauty … Read More

Buzzwords – “Fail often so you can succeed sooner”

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Quote by IDEO General Manager, Tom Kelley The world must think designers are just a bunch of failures The nice thing about being a designer is that we can come in to a project with wide eyes and open arms and really embrace the problem at hand. Something that is tough for an organization to … Read More