Category Archives: Inspiration

The rebirth of knowledge: part 4 – wonder

This week i’m away from work, skiing in Finland, so instead of the usual fare, i present a five part series on ‘the rebirth of knowledge’. A light hearted look at how our relationship with knowledge is changing: from something … Continue reading

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Sign here: pride in learning design

When the design for the Apple Macintosh was complete, Steve Jobs had the small team sign a piece of paper, then engraved the signatures on the inside of the case of every machine that went out of the factory. Painters … Continue reading

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Learning from others: inspiration and the power of biography

It’s great to make mistakes and learn from them, but surely better to learn from the mistakes of others. This is part of the enduring power of biographies: to understand how people have achieved things in their lives and to … Continue reading

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The value of unique. Why i never met Ranulph Fiennes, but still bought his book.

A lot of things are impersonal these days. Dealing with my bank, booking a holiday online, even sitting in this coffee shop surrounded by silent strangers. Last night i was walking through Westbourne, past the bookshop, when i saw a … Continue reading

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Building a boat: functional and aesthetic aspects of design.

I spent time yesterday walking by the Broads, the great expanse of waterways that run through East Anglia. There are still quite a number of boatbuilders active from small yards by the side of the water, many of them working … Continue reading

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Cross pollination. Why generalising can be a great thing.

I’d have to throw my hands up to admit to being a generalist. I flit happily between disciplines, peeking over the edge of the abyss at the vast range of knowledge, picking out a few choice pieces, then retreating to … Continue reading

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The role of the leader. Reflecting on the life of Steve Jobs and his legacy.

It would be impossible to let today pass without paying tribute to Steve Jobs, the charismatic leader who drove Apple to it’s pinnacle of success and who, to a greater or lesser extent, changed how we all think about and … Continue reading

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