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The first secret of design is ... noticing

Tony-Fadell

Tony Fadell makes a ton of good points in this talk, but let's look at one using a quote:


[T]here are invisible problems all around us, ones we can solve. But first we need to see them, to feel them.

Chances are you've been told "that's just the way it is", or something to that effect. I have, and it pisses me off every time.

It pissed me off as a kid and it still pisses me off as an adult. Just because something's a habit, it doesn't mean it's good or can't be improved.

Things should be questioned, otherwise nothing will ever change. And we need change. I know change can sometimes be bad, but even then it can be instructive.

Without questioning products, practices and ways of thinking we'll become stagnant lose and our ability to help people. By asking what we can do better, we can effect positive change. I know this is the case because I've been lucky enough to have been involved in projects that have changed things for the better.

So let's spend more time looking at things and seeing how they can be improved rather than ambling through life taking no notice.

Whether you're involved in education, marketing, accounting, catering or whatever, take a good look at what you can do to make some improvements.

* Steps off soapbox... *

And now enjoy the talk! ;)

As human beings, we get used to "the way things are" really fast. But for designers, the way things are is an opportunity ... Could things be better? How? In this funny, breezy talk, the man behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat shares some of his tips for noticing — and driving — change.

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