Response to Kevin Ashton's "The End of Creativity"
Over the last three years I’ve taken a bit of interest in the world of cooking and the culinary arts. Cooking is more mature and more ubiquitous than what we know as design. And I think that means it can teach us some lessons that can be valuable in the domain of design. After all, a great meal, like great design, is functional, aesthetic, and context dependent. So here are some of the design lessons I’ve learned from the world of cooking.
Good game developers, through simple practice over the decades have built up an incomparable understanding of what motivates us to do things. Armed with our health and fitness data, they could really motivate us to improve our health.
Whatever your field, craft, or work, for a moment consider yourself an archer. Think of everything behind you as the past, and everything in front of you as the future. The arrow that you fire is your end product, the sum of your efforts. You want your arrow to fly as far as possible. You want it to pierce through time, to be a basis for the works of future generations.