Links, notes and ideas on how to make my work better and more transformative.
I‘ve been a big fan of the London-based agency comuzi for some time. One approach I copied from the team is the idea of a „living deck“ or „living doc“.
In short: a Google Doc, that‘s used as a project documentation + project narration tool. It can be used to, quote:
María Izquierdo Alfaro wrote a longer article all around living docs on medium.
Another example is the „dashboard“ Bryan Boyer used to remotely organize his „civic futures“ course at University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning during.
One interesting notion in the last years was the question of how I can make the process of my work more engaging and transparent? An obvious direction is the idea of artifacts, i.e. books or zines that are a byproduct of the greater endeavor and can be used to present and narrate a project.
One great example is the work of Craig Mod who seems to use every opportunity to turn projects into a book. Be that via SMS during long walks through Japan or by laying out every commit ever made on a software project. Here he is talking about both.
One way of extending this idea is the act of crafting „Anchoring Artefacts“, as described in HDL‘s „Legible Practices“, (pg. 93).
Tangible artefacts—documents, objects and other material—subtly embody or express the values of an organisation. Especially when an organisation is growing rapidly or attempting to transform itself, high-res artefacts help embody organisational or operational change which is often more abstract and invisible.
Stickers like that become tokens that represent something more – a shared experience, a shared set of memories that only people who worked on that project will remember and understand. A sticker, like a web page, can be a conscious act of institutional memory.
↳ The C.R.A.P. framework for dealing with workplace bullshit
Via McCarthy, I. Hannah, D. Pitt, L & McCarthy, J. (2020). Confronting indifference toward truth: Dealing with workplace bullshit. Business Horizons, Volume 63, Issue 3. Link
↳ via Austin Kleon
↳ via sister.is
Some resources I‘ve used extensively in my own work.
Creative Collaborations—A book by the Helsinki Design Lab on how to facilitate effective collaborations. It‘s small and helpful. (free PDF or Print on Demand)
Strategy and stewardship—A short summary with some additional thoughts about HDL‘s notion „Stewardship“ in the context of strategic work. In short: it‘s all about tight feedback loops.
Narrative Strategy: Thoughts on an emerging indie consulting style—I like the idea of using communication as a strategic tool for work inside complex organizations. Especially when it comes to trying to influence the deeper layers of organizational meaning, such as imaginaries, visions and intents.
Experiments in Studio Telemetry—Some interesting experiments around keeping and streamlining criticism and feedback in a studio environment.