“Despite the myths, most successful entrepreneurs don’t begin with brilliant ideas, they discover them.
It’s an approach that can be learned and taught, but rarely is in today’s schools.
That’s because our educational system emphasizes spoon-feeding us knowledge, such as scientific tables or historical information, and then testing us in order to measure how much we’ve retained about that body of knowledge, rather than teaching us how to create knowledge.”
“We are given very little opportunity, for instance, to perform our own original experiments, and there is also little or no margin for failure or mistakes. We are judged primarily on getting answers right. There is much less emphasis on developing our creative thinking abilities, our abilities to let our minds run imaginatively and to discover things on our own.”
“Let’s say a designer presents something to a client, and the C.E.O. asks, “Well, why did you choose that?” You don’t want somebody to say, “I don’t know — because it’s cool.” That’s not going to work. You need somebody who can really explain why you’re doing what you’re doing. Being creative is just not enough. And sometimes you get very, very creative people, but they can’t work in a team — it’s their idea or it’s the highway. That’s not going to work, either.”—Doreen Lorenzo, president of Frog Design
“One of the hallmarks of our team is this sense of looking to be wrong. It’s the inquisitiveness, the sense of exploration. It’s about being excited to be wrong because then you’ve discovered something new.”—
Advice that all design students should take everyday.
“The successful introduction of new products, services, environments, etc., requires not just professional designers, but also people who are advocates, builders, marketers and purchasers of the stuff designers produce.”
I recently had to confront this issue with an elderly parent. This web site, which I did not know about or just came out, is very good in explaining the issues and the pros and cons to how one handles it. Highly recommend you read if you have elderly parents or relatives.
“Phone calls are rude. Intrusive. Awkward. “Thank you for noticing something that millions of people have failed to notice since the invention of the telephone until just now,” Judith Martin, a k a Miss Manners, said by way of opening our phone conversation. “I’ve been hammering away at this for decades. The telephone has a very rude propensity to interrupt people.”
Though the beast has been somewhat tamed by voice mail and caller ID, the phone caller still insists, Ms. Martin explained, “that we should drop whatever we’re doing and listen to me.”
However, sometimes, the phone is just faster than a long email.
MIT professors give best explanation I have seen yet of what is happening: “If the fuel does fully melt, he said, it would “relocate downward,” where it would hit a pool of water at the base of the reactor building, which is there specifically to cool off the molten fuel in case of such an emergency. When the molten fuel reaches the water, Kazimi said, it would solidify again, where it could later be carved up and removed, as was done at Three Mile Island. “It is not likely we would see any explosion that would compare” with the one that took place in 1986 at Chernobyl, he said.”
“When John Maeda was voted in as president of RISD four years ago, I was elated. Here was a man who stood at the intersection of art and technology, bright, a graphic designer, originally from Seattle— the whole thing sounded to be just the thing that I thought RISD needed.
“But it hasn’t been good. On March 2nd, the faculty of Rhode Island School of Design overwhelmingly voted no confidence in Maeda’s ability to lead the school as president.”