It’s creeping towards the summer and this is festival time. I’ve only been to one music festival of note and that was Latitude in 2010. I failed to pick up a programme in advance and so spent some time during the weekend without sufficient data to decide which of the many stages to go to. I find if you’re not careful this can lead to smoking too many cigarettes and drinking too much beer while listening to Nick Cave being Grinderman. To avoid that here in HS2 land I’ve been putting together a programme of Hansard activity – I wanted to get a feel for how much debate had taken place about this high speed railway.
Studying for a PhD in design, as I am, has inevitably led to quite a lot of reading around the subject of design. This was particularly necessary since I arrived at the subject partly from a practitioner’s perspective. I knew I had a bit of catching up to do with the frameworks and approaches that inform the discipline.
I recently ordered, through the arcane customer distribution department of John Wiley & Sons, a copy of Gabriela Goldschmidt’s “Linkography – Unfolding the Design Process“. This is the latest volume in MIT’s “Design Thinking, Design Theory” series. Aside from the thinking and the theory, her representation of the design process results in some quite beautiful abstractions that sparked off a series of childhood memories, the most striking of which was of a primary school game.