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Further Reading on Problem Finding

I think the thing I’m most interested in expanding on from this recent piece I wrote for Make is the idea of problem finding through Making. Particularly, there are some ideas from a few books I’ve recently read that I’d highly recommend for anyone interested in the creative process, flow, and design thinking. They include:

  • Creative Intelligence by Bruce Nussbaum – Discusses the many failures of design thinking, how it hasn’t delivered on helping us find worthwhile problems to solve, and in general takes a tone that I agree with on where designers should be headed.
  • The Storm of Creativity by Kyna Leski – Discusses following your intuition to inform creative process, and how that crystalizes (potentially) into a new creative act or artifact.
  • Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture by Tim Ingold – Discusses the impetus behind making in a longitudinal manner. Artifacts do not emerge as thoughts that we then impose on material, but rather must be considered wholly a piece of the conversation that is a confluence of forces and materials, organisms and artifacts.

Guard Yourself and Guard Your Soul Carefully



Stunning memorial at the Holocaust Museum.

“Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully. Lest you forget the things your eyes saw, and lest these things depart your heart all the days of your life. And you shall make them known to your children, and to your children’s children.”

– Deuteronomy 4:9

Beer Advocate Analysis

I reviewed beer data and wrote a 16 page analysis on it for people who like beer. No surprise! The way a beer looks and smells influences taste. Other findings, etc, within: beer-advocate-margalus

To fail “better” requires patience, with yourself and with the world that insists on telling you success is around the corner. Firestein says that failure can be an end in itself, in that it forces us to live with the unknown—the place where true creativity often resides.

“There’s that wonderful phrase coined by Keats: ‘negative capability,” Firestein says. “He defines it as a state of mystery and uncertainty, with no ‘irritable reaching’ [for a goal] involved. When you are uncertain, when you have mystery on your hands, when you can’t get to the bottom of it, that’s when the most interesting thinking happens.”

Why. Why? That is a very American question. I did something magnificent and mysterious and I got a practical “why?” And the beauty of it is: I didn’t have any why.

– Man on Wire

Slides from the AIGA Design Educator’s Conference talk that I did with LeAnne Wagner are now up at my portfolio website!

Makey Makey Soundboards

Some soundboards for the workshop that LeAnne Wagner and I are doing for the AIGA Design Educators Conference:

Or! Build your own soundboard:

And find your sounds here:

Three things I’ve learned from running a Maker Faire for three years. Here.

Midwest Maker Fest Booth Pictures

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I showed at Midwest Maker Fest 2016 in Peoria over the weekend. Here are some of the pictures from it!

Promoting Southland Mini Maker Faire at our Village Board Meeting