Sometimes the problem isn’t revealed until you start designing. You look at the materials at your disposal, you think about the small niggling issues that you’d like to resolve and then you get to work. But the real problem, the underlying driver, isn’t revealed until well into the piece. This is the nature of social […]
This week Jason is joined by Sydney based architect, Melonie Bayl-Smith, to talk about architecture, understanding clients and picking door knobs – amongst other things. Melonie is an architect & an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture at UTS. Melonie has run her own practice for more than 11 years, running Liquid architecture for 9 years before closing that practice to start Bijl Architecture. Melonie has more than a decade’s experience of built practice, design research and industry development at the level of the profession.
Melonie’s one of the most outspoken members of the profession that I’m aware of, going out of her way to help guide young professionals through the trickiest parts of their early careers and to avoid the pitfalls of modern practice.
This week Jason is joined by Internationally renowned artist and architect, Richard Goodwin. Richard’s porosity and parasitic architecture has been exhibited around the world and there’s a good chance you’ve come across his urban artworks if you’ve walked or driven around the streets of Sydney. Richard and I talk about his one true project, how he approaches creating his art and how the digital age is shaping his practice.
I’ve got 99 problems, but a smart fridge ain’t one. This week we tackle empathy, a core part of understanding one another. We discuss the way that design can be an expression of empathy, understanding through experience and designing new affordances to help solve real problems. Let’s get beyond short term, quarterly business thinking, the kind that creates alientating experiences for people. Rather, put the effort into learning what someones’ underlying pain really is, and create new things to overcome that. It’s not just about mugs and chairs, but it is definitely about helping others carrying difficult loads.
This week on Divergent Minds we’re going to be doing things a little differently. This week we’ll be going behind the scenes at a Data Slam. Now some of you may have heard of things like Hack Days or hackathons, events that bring together people from different backgrounds to create something new in a short space of time. They’re essentially creative events, designed to create new projects that solve common or shared problems. The Data Slam very much follows this model, but with a slight twist. But what really sets this event apart is the focus of the data slam. Bringing people together to tackle the challenge of communicating sustainability via the arts. The Data Slam was the brainchild of Jodi Newcombe, the director of Carbon Arts. The Data slam was supported by the City of Sydney, was housed in the incredible Object Gallery and was facilitated by none other than Usman Haque, creator of the wildly successful Pachube platform (now known as Xively).
The very first episode of Creative Agency! This week Jason is joined by Vince Frost, the founder and director of Frost Design. Amongst other things we discuss idea generation, starting small, surrounding yourself with people who’re smarter and better than you are (at things you’re not interested in knowing!) and working collaboratively at all levels.
You can’t have leadership without connection. This week we discuss how to align people to shared goals, big or small, we talk about historical examples of explorers who were mapping new territory and leading the way to a new future. We talk about the golden age of technological capability (right now) and the difference between designing an object and designing a process. On todays journey we touch on the value and price of trust, the power of uniting people behind your ideas and how to truly lead in the connection economy.
When to know you need feedback. Trying to solve a new problem? Looking to improve your business but don’t know how? How do you know what you ought to be doing? What information do you need in order to make your decisions better? Feedback is critical to increase your ability to make the right decision, to avoid wasting time, attention and effort and to maximise your efforts in bringing your ideas to life. This week we tackle feedback, when to give it, when to look for it and how you can use feedback productively.