Random finds (2016, week 29) — On design and creativity, restless minds and good listening, and the importance of slowness

Villa Savoye et loge du jardinier, by Le Corbusier, Poissy, France, 1928.

Design principles for the post-digital era

As Little Design As Possible: The Work of Dieter Rams, Phaidon, 2010.
  1. Objects should be designed for longevity and not obsolesce.
  2. Objects must communicate a clear purpose and value.
  3. Objects must be functionally aesthetic.
  4. Objects do not exist in isolation.
  5. Objects must function independently of other objects.
  6. Objects must function in low connectivity states.
  7. Objects shouldn’t require configuration.
  8. Objects should interpret their surroundings.
  9. Objects should be operable naturally and at human scale.
  10. Objects should age well.

Summer reads on design and creativity

On restless minds and good listening

Laura Schneider for Harvard Business Review.
  • Contrary to popular belief, people perceive the best listeners to be those who periodically ask questions that promote discovery and insight. These questions gently challenge old assumptions in a constructive way.
  • Good listeners include interactions that build a person’s self-esteem. They create a safe environment in which issues and differences could be discussed openly.
  • Good listening was seen as a cooperative conversation. Good listeners may challenge assumptions and disagree, but the person being listened to feels the listener is trying to help, not wanting to win an argument.
  • Good listeners tended to make suggestions. Good listening invariably included some feedback provided in a way others would accept and that opened up alternative paths to consider.
Deep Listening, Disclosing the Unsaid, by ReD Associates.

A bit more …

The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, by Tod William Billy Tsien Architects.
Leonard Bernstein
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who was better known as Le Corbusier (1887–1965).
Secretariat building, Chandigarh, India, 1953.

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