Posts by Jon Kolko

The hidden skill: thinking in systems

Design started as an aesthetic activity. Industrial designers were frequently called upon to “do the plastics” and wrap components in a pretty shell. But even before the design thinking madness took over, designers have been advancing their purview and perspective, and exploring more and more of design problems and opportunities.
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Won’t someone think of the children?

“Technology is going to revolutionize education.” If you believe the hyperbole, computation and digital devices will save the students, crafting the future of learning. But it’s unclear exactly what it will save them from; it seems more likely that it will obscure their need for some fundamental educational experiences.
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When Google buys 99designs, the traditional design industry is screwed.

Most designers I know hate 99designs. 99designs is a marketplace for design work – things like logos, clothing, websites, and more. Customers in search of a design can start contests, designers submit their work, and the customer selects a design. It boasts 444,000 happy customers with an average 4.7 out of 5 stars, $200M paid to designers, and a 60 day money back guarantee.
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