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Thoughts of a designer

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The design firm IDEO always takes home more awards for design than any other company. CNN interviews the CEO, who makes some interesting points (including one that I emphasized):

… Design isn’t just about making pretty things, according to British-born CEO Tim Brown. It’s about stumbling upon fresh ways to solve complicated problems. That includes his own schedule: Brown spends so much time among the more than 500 designers and thinkers in IDEO’s eight offices around the world that he has scrapped his desk.

Fortune’s Jessi Hempel met with Brown in IDEO’s new downtown Manhattan loft to discuss his iPod addiction, the dangers of e-mail, and why he loves jumping across time zones.

Control e-mail: I hate PDAs. When I’m in a meeting with someone, I want to be with them. I get more insight if I’m engaged in the moment. I consciously use a phone that doesn’t have a full keyboard on it. Now I’m using the Nokia n95. It takes great pictures.

Clear your mind: I love music. I think I have every generation of iPod ever made. I carry a Nano when I go running. It has a couple hundred songs, not much, and I always have it on shuffle. I use the Nike+ [a wireless pedometer channeled through the iPod Nano] when I run, which is about three times a week for an hour. I like the end result. I travel much better when I am fitter, and I find I have better ideas.

Take good notes: I always carry a Moleskine single-lined five-by-seven-inch notebook. I replace it when it gets full — about every six months. I have a half-dozen or so now. They’re on a shelf in my office in Palo Alto. I’ll use any pen, but I prefer my Pilot Bravo black one. It’s good for writing, sketching, and drawing. I go through the finished ones and highlight the big ideas so they don’t get lost.

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Written by Leisureguy

13 November 2007 at 11:06 am

Posted in Business, Daily life

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