Harvard Business Review:
The four phases of design thinking
“Having studied more than a hundred top designers in various fields over the past couple of years (while doing research for a book), I found that there were a few shared behaviors that seemed to be almost second nature to many designers. And these ingrained habits were intrinsically linked to the designer’s ability to bring original ideas into the world as successful innovations. All of which suggests that they merit a closer look…”
This is crazy awesome, whether it’s a computer graphic fake or not. A seemingly perpetual motion waterfall using forced perspective (and maybe pumps?) to recreate the famous Escher drawing. The shadows as he moves around are really hard to figure out. Even if this was faked with a computer, it is well done.
I was walking in my old ’hood and noticed a sign pointing down a dead-end alley which previously looked like it only contained the back doors to businesses fronting on the next street. The sign was for Mission Workshop, and it had a cool logo, and I was curious…so I checked it out. Turned out to be a great little bike gear shop with a small line of very high quality gear. I was in the market for a waterproof jacket so I tried on and ended up buying the Orion waterproof outer jacket and the Bosun merino wool inner jacket. I am gonna be warm and cozy and dry the rest of the winter on my bike rides to and from work ; ) They guys at the shop were really cool; they gave me a deal for buying both at the same time, and even some free coffee beans from their pals at Bicycle Coffee Company.
“Smartphone” was used as early as the 1910s
While it’s arguably more of a tool for researchers or linguistics scholars, Google recently launched Ngram Viewer, which enables one to lets you trace the usage of a word or phrase anytime in the past five centuries (!) by seeing how often it’s appeared in books published over that time span (Google has been digitizing books for several years).