Thanks for visiting our brand spanking new website. This is a work in progress, an experiment without a version number. Things will change and evolve over time once we figure out what we want to do with this thing. One thing’s for sure—calling this a beta would be just lazy. We don’t wanna be like that, do we? "
On this weeknote; a guest editor, and a few happy events.
As Teppo is enjoying his holiday this week, I promised to keep the weeknotes rolling. It’s been quite exciting week. As mentioned last week, we won a major new client on Friday. This week was spent on organizing the first phase and with bit of a resource juggling to keep things smooth for all our [...]
A week of sharing and preparing for it.
Work We won a big pitch this week. A tight battle against good competition. We are getting more and more confident that what we are doing is the right thing at the right time. Other projects continued normally from last week. A big cross-company team will organize itself for the aforementioned new project already next [...]
This week has mostly been about prototyping, collaboration and presentations. We started the week off with show & tell presentations of more of our prototypes. Sauli had designed an interactive school desk, for which we started to dream up some extra iPad features. Panu taught others the secrets of interactive wireframes and I demonstrated my Twittering Arduino project. This is fun stuff and we can totally see why Google is giving Skunkworks time to their workers. It keeps a designer's (and programmer's) mind fresh.
HUB Helsinki In the collaboration front we went to see the action at HUB Helsinki this Wednesday. That was a really inspiring environment for collaborating on any problem or design issue. They have a nice spacious place at Aleksanterinkatu 16-18, i.e. in downtown Helsinki. The evening session consisted of collaborating on four projects the participants [...]
Mikko Franck, a respected Finnish conductor, was asked to help out and rehearse with an amateur orchestra for a full weekend. He arrived at the site, and just for a trial started to conduct the first composition. The musicians in the orchestra didn't play particularly well. In fact, they struggled to keep in their tunes. After a few bars he put his baton down and said: “I’m sorry, but I can’t help you”, and walked out.
(See my earlier posts for introduction to the series.) I’m not 100% sure that this is a true story. Nevertheless, if it weren’t, it wouldn’t make the point of the story any less clear. Just like the orchestra conductor, you as a design lead you should concentrate in the big picture and the nuances of [...]
Interesting week behind us again. Projects continue normally and some good new pitches were thrown in for good measure. Looks like 2010 is going to be a pretty interesting year, both work- and growth wise.
Our endeavors towards transformation design are taking off as well— the in-house design process we use formed the base for us and a major player in business strategy & communication design to deliver a large proposal for a huge digital driven service on Friday. This will also potentially mark a beginning of a remarkable partnership for [...]