About being sensible

Missives from Hothouse Design

To think like a designer first learn to think past other people's ideas

Deirdre Wilson – Monday, March 05, 2018   

There is a lot of interest in design thinking at the moment. I wish it were an interest in thinking without the design part. The prerequisite for design thinking is to be able to think for yourself, so getting 'thinking' nailed is a good start but not as sexy as 'design thinking'.   Read More . . .

Impact Reporting

David White – Wednesday, February 28, 2018   

We founded Hothouse Design determined to run our business differently to the companies we had worked for over many years. We wanted a company where everyone is treated with respect, everyone including our suppliers and clients. We wanted to create a company where everyone could speak their mind, tell the truth, and hear the truth. Clearly, our experiences to date working in other companies had not been like this.   Read More . . .

Why thinking about horse trousers is good for you

Deirdre Wilson – Monday, February 26, 2018   

Ideas and their crazed, unrealistic cousins – the plans, are the important outcome of creative thinking. They are the product of fertile imagination and are vital to generating and exploring beyond the obvious. Without them we would still be getting about draped in dead animals and squatting to eat with our hands.   Read More . . .

To think like a designer you need to be more curious

David White – Monday, February 19, 2018   

If you want to be more creative you need to start thinking like a designer. Warning: the people around you might find you annoying because you will be asking a lot of questions.   Read More . . .

Killing butterflies is necessary to uncover the best ideas

David White – Tuesday, February 06, 2018   

Coming up with ideas is the easiest thing on earth. Putting them down is the hardest.
Rod Serling   Read More . . .

Beware over reliance on tools

Deirdre Wilson – Tuesday, July 18, 2017   

Beware over reliance on toolsTools of all sorts are being sold to us as the latest desirable purchase. The latest time-waster to plague meetings is the chorus of competing suggestions for new tools that happens whenever someone mentions a problem.   Read More . . .

Quick'n'dirty process testing delivers delight as well as data

Deirdre Wilson – Wednesday, July 05, 2017   

Quick'n'dirty process testing delivers delight as well as dataI saw a bit of quick'n'dirty testing being done at my local cafe this week. The cafe opens at 6:30am and the only people in there are regulars like me. The staff seem to know most customers by name. I wondered how they learn names as well as each person's coffee preference.   Read More . . .

Why some projects get stuck before they start

Deirdre Wilson – Friday, June 30, 2017   

Why some projects get stuck before they startOne of my great delights in life is having a really honest conversation. The honesty comes is when either person can say what they really feel without fear. It is in this context that I can tell someone that they are an idiot and they read affection in every syllable even though we both have acknowledged that they just did something really stupid.   Read More . . .

Think like a designer and stop solving problems that don't exist

Deirdre Wilson – Monday, May 22, 2017   

Good ideas come from following a design processAre you annoyed by ‘ideas people’? Every time I hear someone described as an ‘ideas person’ I hear ‘loose cannon’. It is so much worse when someone tells me that they are an ideas person because I have to try and keep a straight face and not say something rude. As a designer I find it as annoying as having design described as that ‘arty-farty’ stuff.   Read More . . .

Bad design traps people in low value work

Deirdre Wilson – Monday, May 15, 2017   

Bad design costs companies moneyThis is a story about a piece of ill-considered graphic design that created low value work, added cost and produced waste. The waste caused by poor design is much greater than just piles of printed rubbish, it extends all the way through to demotivating high value staff with low value tasks.   Read More . . .


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