How to not suffer with “Works in progress”

Design Leadership
Dec 29, 2006

Designers always suffer with managing and showing their design “works in progress”. The problem is usually designers don’t get the feedback they want, or do too much and miss the dateline, or they do too little and the client feels they are not getting their money’s worth.

So how do you present your design concept, idea or “works in progress”, to get the desired outcome?

The Creating Passionate Users blog has a fantastic write up on this problem; they say the bottom line is:

How ‘done’ something looks should match how ‘done’ something is.

Even though the examples are software related, the concept behind this discussion can also apply to Industrial Design. In fact any design related industry that pitches concepts to clients will benefit from this. Really it’s all about the amount of resolution and detail. Take a look at this great graphic.

Read more here.

The great thing about this basic concept presentation technique is you can tailor it to you clients ability, or to how much information you need to obtain. Therefore my advice to designers is not to go into 3D too early, as the resolution of the work becomes too high for the right feedback. Furthermore you will have to struggle with the 3D software’s interface.

In other words the client will take to work as complete and the chances are high that you would have to make revisions to the design if you failed to give what the client wants in the firs place.

Intrapreneurship in an Asian context. Possibility or Myth?

Intrapreneurship or Internal Entrepreneurship is fast becoming a big buzz word as companies start to embrace design, innovation and creativity as a strategic competitive advantage. Using the viewpoint that “innovation begins with everybody” as a credo to beat the competition, companies like IBM, 3M and P&G all have their fair share of Internal Entrepreneurs or Mavericks creating value for their companies.

What about Intrapreneurship in Asia? Where Asian companies are notoriously very regimental and hierarchical and where decisions are often made by one person? I like to share my strategies and the path I took as a somewhat successful Intrapreneurer in a very Asian company.
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Design Sojourn soon to be Z Lister no more

About Design Sojourn
Dec 26, 2006

Wow its pretty amazing the rounds this Z-List meme is making. Recently Seth Godin, the marketing guru, has picked up on this phenomenon and posted all of us at his Squidoo site.


Squidoo is a site similar to Digg where the users can vote up their favorite sites, allows for users to create their own list of things for people to view and vote. Seth has honored us by creating his own list of all the Z bloggers that have been going around.

Design Sojourn is currently at #45 and it looking to go up! So if it’s not too much trouble please head on over here to vote. You may need to sign up but hey its quick easy and fun. As a member you can also create your own lists and most importantly vote.

Thanks Seth and you are always welcomed at Design Sojourn and do stay awhile.

Edit: Ok this meme is kicking my technorati rankings! Currently Im at Rank: 17,198 (475 links from 182 blogs). Thats an improvement of 11K since my last check. Life is good!

Edit2: PurpleWren has created a beautiful mosaic of all the Z-Listers! Very cool and do check it out!

Getting Fat on Turkey, Stuffing and Ham

About Design Sojourn
Dec 23, 2006

Please blame the shortage of posts to a huge intake of turkey, its stuffing, honey bake ham, stake, lamb etc. Just a teaser, a HUGE change for the Design Translator come Jan 01 2007! So do stay tuned! Merry Christmas my dear reader and a Happy New Year!

Be a Better Designer 6: Yo Designer, are you HOT or not?

Designing Designers
Dec 19, 2006

Traits of successful designers

This is fitting as a part 6 installment to our popular series here at Design Sojourn. In the past 6 months, I have been having the most wonderful conversations with senior design managers and representatives from some of the best design recruitment agencies in the world. What came out of the many different discussions was a great picture of the design skills in demand at this point in time, and thus potentially what makes a successful designer today.
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Fire FOX!

Designing Designers
Dec 18, 2006


Sorry gentle reader but I had to…much better content coming up I promise?

Via: unique epitome

Ho ho ho! Christmas Comes early at Design Sojourn! (Updated 24 Dec)

About Design Sojourn
Dec 15, 2006

My first ever Blog Meme, and one that is pretty good as well!

Getting a “tag your it!” from a fellow designer blogger, I feel compelled to join in! Basically the idea is “Mack over at Viral Garden has started a little pyramid scheme to try and disrupt the technorati rankings. He thinks the Z-list bloggers need more love” and yes we all do!

The instructions are as follows:

What YOU can do is simply create a new post on your blog, but CUT AND PASTE the list I have below, and then ADD any blogs you feel aren’t getting their due either. It can be 1 blog, or a hundred(or none if you simply want to repost the same list), but the idea is, find those great blogs that, for whatever reason, you feel aren’t getting their due, link-wise.

Then after you leave your post, the next blogger will do the same thing, cut and paste YOUR list, and add THEIR blogs to the list, then repost it. Add the same instructions in your post that the next blogger should cut and paste YOUR list, and add any blogs they feel should be on it to THEIR list. The list will get increasingly long, and all the blogs will get a sort of reverse ‘pyramid-affect’ of link-love.

Here is the original list with quite a few designer blogs too!
Shotgun Marketing Blog
Customers Rock!
Being Peter Kim
Presentation Zen
Dmitry Linkov
John Wagner
Nick Rice
Design Sojourn
Frozen Puck
The Sartorialist
Small Surfaces
Africa Unchained
Bob Sutton

Here is my link love with even more designer blogs!
Accure’s Carpark
Design East
Design Milk
Design Asides
Fugly Designs
Gem Sty
Bjorn Lee
Pluit Solutions
Signs and Wonders
Wifi Cat
Sumajin Blog
The Foo Logs
Uniquely the Epitome
Aen Direct

Phew what a list! I can only imagine and pity the poor fellow 10 levels down the line, anyways, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Edit: Well it did not do a whole lot for me frankly…not sure if it means much but it moved my technorati ranking from 29K to 21K. Well actually thats not too bad. I must say too also that I had Digg and Stumbleupon to help as well. Now I’m going to spread the love yet again! This is going to be the updated list of link love, some great blogs there I must say so myself.

Creative Think
Movie Marketing Madness
Blog Till You Drop!
Get Shouty!
One Reader at a Time
The New PR
Own Your Brand!
Work, in Plain English
Buzz Canuck
New Millenium PR
Pardon My French
Troy Worman’s Blog
The Instigator Blog
Diva Marketing
Marketing Hipster
The Marketing Minute
Funny Business
The Frager Factor
Open The Dialogue
Word Sell
Note to CMO:
That’s Great Marketing!
Shotgun Marketing Blog
Customers Rock!
Being Peter Kim
Pow! Right Between The Eyes! Andy Nulman’s Blog About Surprise
Billions With Zero Knowledge
Working at Home on the Internet
MapleLeaf 2.0
Two Hat Marketing

The Engaging Brand
The Branding Blog
Drew’s Marketing Minute
Golden Practices
Tell Ten Friends
Flooring the Consumer
Kinetic Ideas
Unconventional Thinking
Conversation Agent
The Copywriting Maven
Hee-Haw Marketing
Scott Burkett’s Pothole on the Infobahn
Multi-Cult Classics
Logic + Emotion
Branding & Marketing
Popcorn n Roses
On Influence & Automation
Servant of Chaos
Presentation Zen
Dmitry Linkov
John Wagner
Nick Rice
CKs Blog
Design Sojourn
Frozen Puck
The Sartorialist
Small Surfaces
Africa Unchained
Marketing Nirvana
Bob Sutton
¡Hola! Oi! Hi!
Shut Up and Drink the Kool-Aid!
Women, Art, Life: Weaving It All Together
Community Guy
Social Media on the fly
Jeremy Latham’s Blog
SMogger Social Media Blog

How to spot the Apple fake?

Industrial Design
Dec 13, 2006

Following our recent discussion on copyright and ownership of work, do have a look at this supposed really cool redesign of the apple site.
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The internet a new form of media with new rules?

Designing Designers
Dec 12, 2006

Wow the internet is really the new media, and as such does it comes with a whole new set of rules?

I recently got slapped on the wrist, not once but twice, for the usage of some images. Let me recount the tale.
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Even better than sliced onion!

Check out this product that won the Kokuyo Design award. Can you believe it, its a post-it pad!
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