Missed on Tuesday’s big post due to activites & focuses going elsewhere. But here’s a key theme: tools we use shape the way we shape our worlds. Many times, we don’t realize the misapplication of a tool or its resulting behavior until something grevious happens (Hawaii nuclear alert for instance). Other times, we engage in some aspect of sharping our world, but end up needing to bend to tools, methods, or behaviors which have not caught up to us (tweet earlier on voice-augmented artifacts for productivity tools).
We cannot miss the constant evolution our tools provoke towards us. So, while yes it’s correct that we cannot move to every new thing which comes along. And even some older things we hastily move back towards because of their comfort. The focus on doing the best job means being attentive not simply to the outputs, but to the craftsmanship which happens during.
Avanceé believes we can design the present using the future’s tools not because the tools are here, but because we are. What we create when the focus is that hasn’t yet been given the words, images, or videos to be described… yet.
Some links which have stood out this week:
Turning Design Mockups Into Code With Deep Learning
Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens
The Upside to America’s Gadget Infatuation
If Avanceé sounds like aspects of design thinking, that’s deliberate. To invite out-of-the-box perspectives into “business as we know it” settings, you have to often ask the questions which will reshape your grounding.
Every few weeks we’ll share some links to pieces which point towards some POV that enables, challenges, or speaks to work we’ve managed to process. Here’s the first set of these links (at some point, we’ll put a formal name to them):
95 Crypto Theses for 2018 @ Medium
Some Predictions for 2018 by Stowe Boyd
Competitng with BigCo: 2018 Edition by Steven Sinofsky
Avanceé is a deliberate effort to help successful product teams figure out what’s next. It isn’t so much making existing products or projects efficient, but taking those existing items and looking at them from a context well outside of what’s been profitable and established. This will lead us down some interesting roads - many of which haven’t been cut or paved yet. And still, these are travels products and teams will want to take in order to continue forward in this changing world.
Here’s an example of one of the design-thought exercises we performed for a recent client:
Note: this image created using Paper by 53
Welcome to Avanceé
Avanceé is a new organization - one part design consultanty, another part inventor’s factory - where we empower relationships through being out-of-the-box by design and function.
Birthed from its founder’s restlessness with the safety of the status quo in design and business processes, Avanceé aims to take design to its logical extremes of changing the converstation from “what do we do” to “this is why we do.”
What happens from here will simply push life forward - in every shape beyond the box that looks like.