Feedback for Teams

Feedback for Teams

This is a write-up of a key learning from my fall class “The Creative Founder,” open to Juniors and Seniors at CCA. It was mostly attended by Interaction Designers, but had some industrial and graphic designers. Want to take it?…

Alphabets and Logographs

Alphabets and Logographs

When I first got into Visual Thinking, I came across a core concept that no one agreed on: visual alphabets.   Here is the one put together by Austin Kleon, Dave Gray and Sunni Brown at a SXSW one day….

One Big Idea

One Big Idea

I was enjoying a sazerac with a old friend of mine at a local watering hole. And by watering hole, I mean incredibly hip farm-to-table restaurant full of young techies because we were in Mountain View, land of Google, but…

Block Your Talk

Block Your Talk

This one of a series of essays on speaking. Find more here. You’ve written a great talk, you’ve made your deck (or not!) and you’ve practiced. But have you considered how you’ll move while speaking? First, you have to know…

Presenting is Performance

Presenting is Performance

This one of a series of essays on speaking. Find more here. When the Game Developer’s Conference invited me to give a talk on the User Experience of Games, I said yes faster than Jane Austin character to a marriage…

Creative Founder Class is Available!

Creative Founder Class is Available!

At California College of the Arts, Creative Founder is that elective that students tell each other “You have to take it.”  We’ve been blogging our progress on medium this year, and I’ve shared our process from picking a market and market…

Sprinting from Story to Offering

Sprinting from Story to Offering

Part 3 of the Needfinding/Ideation/MVP Creation Charette This is the third part of a three part essay on rapid MVP creation to start testing assumptions. It was written for my Creative Founder class. Part One and Part Two. In our last…

Ideation Sprints for New Products & Services

Ideation Sprints for New Products & Services

Part Two of the Needfinding/Ideation/MVP Creation Charette This is the second part of a three part essay on rapid MVP creation to start testing assumptions. Part One is here. It was written for my Creative Founder class. There are two useful…

Needfinding for Disruptive Innovation

Needfinding for Disruptive Innovation

Part One of the Needfinding/Ideation/MVP Creation Charette A startup must be in the business of disruptive innovation. Making a company that is only slightly better than the incumbent is a path to failure. In Eager Seller, Stony Buyers John Guernville describes…

For TinyLIpsum, with Love and Stories

For TinyLIpsum, with Love and Stories

I’ve been teaching storytelling for a couple of years now, and have discovered there is a particular shape that produces really compelling and interesting tales. To prove that this shape works, I run an improv game. I get a bunch of…