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Meet The Better You x 60

Design Enterprise  is the module that everyone wants to do. They have a waiting list. It's offered to all design students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. It aims to introduce students to enterprise culture and terminology and to place the practice of design within a business context. It is led by my good friend Mike Press and I've had the pleasure of teaching on this module for a few years in a row. Here's what happened last week when I met the students...

I started by telling my story; from studying Product Design at undergraduate level, setting up Snook and moving to Manchester to work at Hyper Island. The key message of my talk was the responsibility we have as designers to use our creativity in a meaningful way. I pulled in the idea we explored at TalkUX of designers being guilty by association, every student tweeted the one action they are going to take to support the design community to be "no longer guilty by association" #notgba

We then dived straight into thinking about the future. I believe we should all treat our future like a brief - turn it into a project. The only thing we know is that change is the only constant, and the ability to acquire new skills is the best skill of all. Seth Godin says :  "If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will wilfully ignore the future that is likely"

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After sharing our futures and getting over how scary it felt to imagine our lives ten years from now we talked about how we are all showing our work. A sentiment that Austin Kleon champions in is book Show Your Work really resonated with all the students. Every student then went online and 'showed their work' using the hasgtag #showyourwork

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Then I introduced the idea of 'The Better You'. The Better You is your believable possible. First, the students sketched each other and then notated their own portrait with the qualities of their believable possible.

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The Better You by Jack Cheng

Someone is sitting at your desk. There is something familiar about this person. From a distance, this person bears a striking resemblance to you: they have the same frame, the same face, the same features are you. But as you get closer, you begin to notice subtle differences between this person and yourself. They look like they eat healthier and exercise a little more regularly. Their posture is slightly better and their clothes have fewer wrinkles. This person is The Better You.

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The Better You knows the same things you know. They've had the same successes you've had, and they've made the same mistakes. They strive for the same virtues and falter to the same vices. The Better You procrastinates, too. The Better You is not perfect. But the difference between you and the Better You is that the latter reacts a little faster, with more willpower. They practice their virtues a little more often and succumb to their vices a little less often. They rein in their procrastination a little quicker. They start their work a little earlier. They know when to take a break a little sooner.

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The Better You knows, just as you know that doing what you love is difficult but worthwhile. They know, just as you know, that the difficulty is what makes it worthwhile in the first place. They know, as you know, that is everything was easy, nothing would have significance, and you wouldn't needs to adopt new metaphors or read new books about how to do the work you should be doing.

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The Better You is your believable possible. Your believable possible is your potential at any given moment, the person you know at your very core that you are capable of being in that instant. Only you know what your own believable possible is.

It raised energy and aspirations and I hope these better you's found new homes on fridge doors and flat walls to continue to inspire. They certainly inspired me and made me smile.

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We wrapped up the session by writing a letter to Dearest Scotland. Dearest Scotland is a side project Sarah and I started at Snook to enable people to write physical letters to the future of Scotland. It's now being led by Cat Cochrane who has launched a Kickstarter to fund the project. We only have a few days left so please support us! I left with sixty letters that brought tears to my eyes on the train!

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You can read all the tweets from the day here. Thank you to Mike for inviting me and thank you to the students for your energy and your lovely feedback.

Be your believable possible, stay brilliant and show your work!

Meet The Better You x 60

Design Enterprise  is the module that everyone wants to do. They have a waiting list. It's offered to all design students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. It aims to introduce students to enterprise culture and terminology and to place the practice of design within a business context. It is led by my good friend Mike Press and I've had the pleasure of teaching on this module for a few years in a row. Here's what happened last week when I met the students...

I started by telling my story; from studying Product Design at undergraduate level, setting up Snook and moving to Manchester to work at Hyper Island. The key message of my talk was the responsibility we have as designers to use our creativity in a meaningful way. I pulled in the idea we explored at TalkUX of designers being guilty by association, every student tweeted the one action they are going to take to support the design community to be "no longer guilty by association" #notgba

We then dived straight into thinking about the future. I believe we should all treat our future like a brief - turn it into a project. The only thing we know is that change is the only constant, and the ability to acquire new skills is the best skill of all. Seth Godin says :  "If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will wilfully ignore the future that is likely"

Design_for_enterprise_redjotter_djcad

After sharing our futures and getting over how scary it felt to imagine our lives ten years from now we talked about how we are all showing our work. A sentiment that Austin Kleon champions in is book Show Your Work really resonated with all the students. Every student then went online and 'showed their work' using the hasgtag #showyourwork

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 13.56.06

Then I introduced the idea of 'The Better You'. The Better You is your believable possible. First, the students sketched each other and then notated their own portrait with the qualities of their believable possible.

IMG_4402

 

 

The Better You by Jack Cheng

Someone is sitting at your desk. There is something familiar about this person. From a distance, this person bears a striking resemblance to you: they have the same frame, the same face, the same features are you. But as you get closer, you begin to notice subtle differences between this person and yourself. They look like they eat healthier and exercise a little more regularly. Their posture is slightly better and their clothes have fewer wrinkles. This person is The Better You.

IMG_4403

 

The Better You knows the same things you know. They've had the same successes you've had, and they've made the same mistakes. They strive for the same virtues and falter to the same vices. The Better You procrastinates, too. The Better You is not perfect. But the difference between you and the Better You is that the latter reacts a little faster, with more willpower. They practice their virtues a little more often and succumb to their vices a little less often. They rein in their procrastination a little quicker. They start their work a little earlier. They know when to take a break a little sooner.

IMG_4404

 

The Better You knows, just as you know that doing what you love is difficult but worthwhile. They know, just as you know, that the difficulty is what makes it worthwhile in the first place. They know, as you know, that is everything was easy, nothing would have significance, and you wouldn't needs to adopt new metaphors or read new books about how to do the work you should be doing.

IMG_4405

 

The Better You is your believable possible. Your believable possible is your potential at any given moment, the person you know at your very core that you are capable of being in that instant. Only you know what your own believable possible is.

It raised energy and aspirations and I hope these better you's found new homes on fridge doors and flat walls to continue to inspire. They certainly inspired me and made me smile.

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We wrapped up the session by writing a letter to Dearest Scotland. Dearest Scotland is a side project Sarah and I started at Snook to enable people to write physical letters to the future of Scotland. It's now being led by Cat Cochrane who has launched a Kickstarter to fund the project. We only have a few days left so please support us! I left with sixty letters that brought tears to my eyes on the train!

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You can read all the tweets from the day here. Thank you to Mike for inviting me and thank you to the students for your energy and your lovely feedback.

Be your believable possible, stay brilliant and show your work!

#4 The Craftsman

I'd like you all to meet Tom Metcalfe. Tom is a Scottish designer specialising in object and conceptual design, design thinking and internet-connected objects. Tom and I both studied Product Design at Duncan of Jordanstone and he's been brilliant since day one. He gave a talk to the Digial Media Management crew last week and definitely made an impression. I can't for the new Digital Experience Design crew to meet him. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt over the last year?

Collaboration isn't straightforward. I have brokered, supported and been involved in collaborations this year and found we often had to overcome little difficulties. And in spite of solid outcomes, relationships didn’t always survive. A strong reason to collaborate is the potential and opportunity to create a more considered and better outcome. When we think of the bigger picture – like the societal and environmental – it's clear that we must collaborate. And that we need to collaborate with people that have different experiences and expertise from ourselves... Minimising the difficulties is of course possible. I found a good start is to establish shared values and language and have empathy and respect – a Producer also helps...

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What’s your burning question of the moment?

It must be... How do we transition to a low­carbon economy and wean our way off finite resources?

What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve seen/ heard/ read in the last year?

Scottish democracy. We have a new­found relationship and engagement with politics. We have realised that we hold the power to build the country we want, for ourselves and future generations. Additionally, this year I've been fortunate to meet some great people – often ones who don't shout about what they do... Makers, organic farmers, quiet scholars and rural communities – to name but a few – are doing inspiring work that few of us know about.

What would be your one piece of advice to students on Hyper Island's new MA in Digital Experience Design?

I was going to mention the importance of communication and language but... Really get in the mind of your users – Refine the quality of the experience but also remember to nail the value propositions for business stakeholders too, otherwise people won't get to enjoy your carefully considered creation!

You can hear our other industry connections answer the same questions over here: #3 The Storyteller#2 The Dreaming Maker  and #1 The Go-Getter.

#4 The Craftsman

I'd like you all to meet Tom Metcalfe. Tom is a Scottish designer specialising in object and conceptual design, design thinking and internet-connected objects. Tom and I both studied Product Design at Duncan of Jordanstone and he's been brilliant since day one. He gave a talk to the Digial Media Management crew last week and definitely made an impression. I can't for the new Digital Experience Design crew to meet him. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt over the last year?

Collaboration isn't straightforward. I have brokered, supported and been involved in collaborations this year and found we often had to overcome little difficulties. And in spite of solid outcomes, relationships didn’t always survive. A strong reason to collaborate is the potential and opportunity to create a more considered and better outcome. When we think of the bigger picture – like the societal and environmental – it's clear that we must collaborate. And that we need to collaborate with people that have different experiences and expertise from ourselves... Minimising the difficulties is of course possible. I found a good start is to establish shared values and language and have empathy and respect – a Producer also helps...

Tom_Metcalfe_Digital_Experience_Design

What’s your burning question of the moment?

It must be... How do we transition to a low­carbon economy and wean our way off finite resources?

What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve seen/ heard/ read in the last year?

Scottish democracy. We have a new­found relationship and engagement with politics. We have realised that we hold the power to build the country we want, for ourselves and future generations. Additionally, this year I've been fortunate to meet some great people – often ones who don't shout about what they do... Makers, organic farmers, quiet scholars and rural communities – to name but a few – are doing inspiring work that few of us know about.

What would be your one piece of advice to students on Hyper Island's new MA in Digital Experience Design?

I was going to mention the importance of communication and language but... Really get in the mind of your users – Refine the quality of the experience but also remember to nail the value propositions for business stakeholders too, otherwise people won't get to enjoy your carefully considered creation!

You can hear our other industry connections answer the same questions over here: #3 The Storyteller#2 The Dreaming Maker  and #1 The Go-Getter.

The Studio Unbound

Today I am giving a presentation to University staff and students on the power of social networking.

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"MDes student Lauren Currie explores the power of online social networking, and demonstrates the tools students at Duncan of Jordanstone are using to move ideas forward, form networks with practitioners around the world, and build a reputation before and after graduation.

“For the designer to become a producer, she must have the skills to begin directing content, by critically navigating the social, aesthetic, and technological systems across which communications flow.”

(Ellen Lupton, 1998)

In highlighting the creative people all over the world using social networking to their advantage, Lauren will discuss the dynamic, conversational value of online networking and show how ideas of teaching and learning need to move away from the confines of the studio towards other, often ad-hoc and virtual, venues.

Joining from London via video conferencing will be Kate Andrews, design writer and networker extraordinaire, who will share her own insights into the potential offered by new technology.

Focusing on the new possibilities and opportunities the digital world presents, this talk will demonstrate that the world has changed and is changing, and that design courses must change with it if they are to stay relevant."

Thank you to everyone who sent me links and shared their story with me. Jonathan will be twittering during the talk starting at 12.30pm so tune in! Photographs and feedback coming soon...