Filed under: inspiration, interesting, service design | Tags: books, design, list, reading, service
Jeff Howard has released a great new ‘wee’ project. I received an email from him a while back asking for some book titles that sit on the Snook shelf which perhaps are not directly related to service design but are of interest. There had been some lists floating around the internet in the last 12 months but Jeff’s list make’s it rather easy to navigate.
“Good books on service design are few and far between. I’ve put together lists in the past and so have other designers but unless you’ve actually read the books it’s tough to see the connections sometimes. Service designers draw inspiration from across disciplines and that means that a raw list isn’t always enough of a roadmap for people to triage unfamiliar reading.”
It was a difficult question because I gather influences from a huge variety of sources but I’ve popped a couple on like Co-design, Simplicity and the Design of Business, and will probably be adding a few more titles soon.
Filed under: inspiration, Masters in Design Innovation, service design | Tags: design, fun, glasgow, gsa, kucha, pecha, people, presentation, service
A short post to say thank you to everyone who came along to the Pecha Kucha event at the Glasgow School of art. Not an official PK, so now nicknamed Peacky Keachy, it was a free event with the goal of encouraging cross departmental discussion and way to highlight all the great work that’s been done around the school.
My favourite thing someone said to me afterwards was I didn’t know service design existed. They did however, see a way we could work together, so I feel the event did it’s job and lots of interesting discussion followed. My Peachy Keachy followed the theme of ‘what the hell happened in the last ten months?’. I started with a picture of my graduation party when I delivered boxes of pink ‘free’ donated drink for our degree show to revellers on the street. Following through with what service design is (in about 20 seconds) to Snook and Mypolice.
Thanks again to all the speakers, you were all fantastic.
And to round off, we will run another one. We had quite a few people approach us and ask if they could do one next time round. Perfect!
Hats off to Neil Mcguire and Christine Kinnear who presented but were involved in the planning, (and mega last minute rush) to pull everything together. For a good write up of the event, check out Christina’s blog.
I was just looking out this letter as a couple of weeks ago I read it out in front of Gill and Nick from Plot and Lauren Currie, who it was sent to…we were talking about who inspires us. My gran always send I’d change the world, if not, at least give Scotland a good kick up the arse.
I wouldn’t normally use my blog for personal posting but on second thoughts, I’m an incredibly open person and feel that comes across in the way I speak and write and I felt compelled to write this.
The first person on my list of people who inspire me is my Granny Drummond.
She died this morning.
I will miss you so much, you mean the world to me, you taught me so much and I will never forget you. You have made me so determined to achieve my dreams and not let anything stand in my way, ever. If there is one thing I will change while I’m here on this earth is the care for beautiful and amazing people like you. I promise I’ll do something about it.
Love you always, Sarah x
rotary reading desk – first tabbed browser, invented in 1588. via Athanasius Kircher society
I’ve been wanting to share this for a while: Say hello to Athanasius Kircher, a man introduced to me a month or so ago by Irene Mcara Mcwilliams, head of Design at the Glasgow School of Art. She showed us the image above and it just inspired me. I liken it to the first tabbed browser, apparently called a ‘rotary reading desk’. Athanasius invented it in 1588, and on investigating him further, I realised that he was quite a remarkable man. Being described as “one-man intellectual clearing house”.
In an article his approach is described as;
“syncretic …and paid no attention to the boundaries between disciplines”
‘various schools of thought’ is such a fantastic way to sum up what syncretic is, and I finally found an explanation for what my head tends to feel like most of the time. My mind is always making links between all kinds of sources, I guess I get inspired and take inspiration from absolutely everything around me, although, sometimes it can be tiring. It links to a fantastic lecture I was given by Jon Wood from Goldsmiths who has been doing work on Metadesign, but more to come on that later, that’s an entire blog post in itself.
Is there anyone from the past that inspires you? Do leave a comment…