Design Principles: Themes of Thinking

1. Free thought or freethinking

Contrary to what the title indicates “free thinkers” base their opinions on science, facts and logics. You would assume that “free thinking” meant you were free to do as you like without rules but alas “free thinkers” do not accept nor reject ideas unless they are directly supported by knowledge or resoning. I guess that’s why it is called free thinking? You can go with whatever you like unless someone states otherwise and can give you proof of their reasoning.

2. Lateral Thinking

Lateral thinking (or parallel thinking) encourages you to discover or learn for yourself through trial and error. The concept was developed by Edward De Bono in the 1960’s. It is based on the theory that logical and critical thinking has limitations.

3. Mind Mapping

Is something I learned about in school and was forced to use in school. It was never my favorite way of work but I do use it from time to time as an adult. Mind maps show how pieces of information fit together and how they relate to eachother. It was made popular in the 1970s by Tony Buzan and has been an important tool in brainstorming, idea creation, problem solving and decision making ever since.

4. Design Thinking Phases

I gave three examples of ways of thinking but actually they’re all pretty similar. When it comes to the design thinking phases there are five of them:

  • Empathise – with your users
  • Define – your users’ needs, their problem, and your insights
  • Ideate – by challenging assumptions and creating ideas for innovative solutions
  • Prototype – to start creating solutions
  • Test – solutions

These don’t have to happen in that order and can be repeated.

LA – Six Favorite Photos of The Week

I finally changed lens on the camera and oh what a difference! I wanted to try low light photography with only one spot. I wanted to have big contrasts with lots of shadows and I had lots of fun! I’m still struggling with finding the perfect settings as the photos look different on the camera display. I’d like to post 40 photos of my dog but I’ll try to find my favorite 6.

1/60 sec; f/1,8; ISO:400
1/10 sec; f/1,8; ISO:100
1/60 sec; f/1,8; ISO:400
1/200 sec; f/4,0; ISO:3200
1/200 sec; f/4,0; ISO:6400
1/60 sec; f/4,0; ISO:1600
1/10 sec; f/1,8; ISO:400

Well that was 7 photos. Almost every photo I take feels underexposed because they look a lot brighter on the camera display. The 7th photo looked extremely overexposed on the camera display but on my PC it looks OK. I just have to keep working on the settings. It might still be a monitor issue or a image view issue because in Photoshop the photos still look OK.

Just for fun I edited some of the photos. Here are the results.