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I love the statistics with which WordPress so kindly provides me. I still can not believe how many people read this blog! It’s not like any numbers the average blogger would be content with, my most views in one day was 64. But since I am only writing about my university projects, I half expected no one to ever read it except my teachers, and them not out of free will.

But look at the graph above! People from all over the world have been here. How cool is that? So, thank you all Dear Readers and I hope you’ll keep coming back. Please let me know if there is anything you would like to read about, or if you (dis)agree with something.

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Storify

Two weeks ago, we had a workshop by Berke Atasoy, about his co-creation tool named Storify. It is a really nice technique that takes you through a user-inspired ideation process. For most professional designers and design firms, the steps may be obvious, but I like it because it de-mystifies the design process and allows non-designer participants. Plus it provides you with really nice, inspiring stories! Continue reading

A LightScribe Story

Imagine you are a 15-year-old boy and bored to no end. Finally, the school bell rings and you are done for the day. Usually, you would hang out in the nearby park with friends, doing nothing really. But ever since some of your friends introduced you to it, you are often using the LightScribe app, like today. When you see your friends, you all whip out your smartphones and start the app. The app sees all available LightScribers in a nearby radius, so you can easily select your friends’ group from the list. With some laughs and jokes, the best location is picked. Perhaps when it gets darker outside, you will move to the park, but for now, the decision falls to the bike shed.

The app picks one random cell to be the ‘photographer’. The other participating smartphones are designated ‘light sources’. You are picked to be one of the light sources, and the screen of your cell Continue reading

[Kom-pi-tuhnt]

com·pe·tent

[kom-pi-tuhnt]
adjective
  1. having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience,etc., for some purpose; properly qualified: He is perfectly competent to manage the bank branch.
  2. adequate but not exceptional.
  3. Law: (of a witness, a party to a contract, etc.) having legal competence.
  4. Geology: (of a bed or stratum) able to undergo folding without flowage or change in thickness.
Why did I look this up? Sometimes a word is so often used out of its proper context, that it starts to lose meaning. For me, this happened with the word ‘competent’. At the TU/e, skills are ‘competencies’, learning is ‘competency development’. It is overused and overvalued, like it should be a goal to be a competent person. Actually, ‘competent’ means just enough, suitable, you’ll do. You’re OK but nothing more. Why should we strive for that?

Thinking through my fingers

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”

Isaac Asimov

Just found this quote on WordPress, and I am glad someone has been able to say this so elegantly. Wish I though of putting it this way, but it is *exactly* how I think.

Scientific Method Adapted to Design Practice

I looked at basic scientific method on Wikipedia. Now this is very generic and perhaps not really suited to designers.

Elements of scientific method

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Grab This Beast by the Horns

Today I am working to get a grip on my process. It seems I lack the overview necessary to see where I am going and how I will get there. So what is my design process? Continue reading