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Harnessing the duality of time

I check the time. 9:03am. 27 minutes until the morning check-in meeting. Enough time to boil water, make oatmeal and tea, and walk around the block so that I see some trees before I sit down in front of my computer.

Why Post-its?

Like many designers, we use Post-its. Lots of Post-its. Inevitably, our partners and clients jokingly ask if we’ve got stock in 3M. And while we use lots of other objects in our work, Post-its get used everyday. So it’s a reasonable question: why Post-its?

A prescription for better conferences: Permission

How are conferences like our everyday work? We’re afraid to miss a meeting (or a breakout session) because we might miss something important, but invariably the more valuable conversations and connections happen outside of meetings.

The Blue Yarn

Listening to the 99% Invisible Podcast last week, I came across a story that says a lot about the Action Mill’s approach to our work, particularly with our partners working on health reform in Vermont. To understand how we think about using design as a strategy, take 10 minutes and listen to the podcast at the end of this post. Read more…


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