Design Thinking


What is intuitive design? What about it makes it seem so human centered and effortlessly ever ingenious?

Visual spatial. My imagination works like a computer graphics program which makes processing non-visual information difficult for me. Most people can remember what they ate for breakfast but can’t see it. I can. Think sugar crystals or blueberry folds on a scone.

What makes it difficult is indexing or converting text into pictures. A few years ago, for example, I met with a managing director at a local VC. What stopped our conversation was the word incubator. For him what might have been an everyday word was for me discomforting: He keeps using the word and I can’t find it in my memory. What clicked was when he noticed me struggling and said, you know, like babies. I know what incubators are but I had them indexed with babies not entrepreneurs or financing. So I have to reindex it.

Or revise and upgrade my software.

Like the bank.

What took me three years to design it was the learning curve. The time it took to convert financial, regulatory, biological and ecological text (physics) into images. A language I could digest.

So when you see graphics of the bank or drawings on my website it’s not to add a story, but to help me write the story.

Rich Soil Bank? That entire thing like (all my designs) was first drawn in pictures.

I’m not autistic like Temple in the video below. I’m using it as an example.

When Temple in the trailer sees the professor and asks if he’s a scientist and the image of a space shuttle come ups, that’s something I would see but with more clips. The part were the professor asks if she can bring everything she’s seen into her mind and replies, “Sure,” looks confused. “Can’t you,” that’s something I think daily. When she compares or analyses the two spoons, I do that between ideas and industries too. Right now specifically carbon trading and commercial fishing, but you have to know where to look. I’ve been following carbon since I was fifteen.

The creative process is about pattern recognition. Everything flows, floats and propagates, but I have to have the context and reference links first. For example when someone mentions the inefficiency of self driving cars compared to humans at learning, they’re not considering the fact that humans biggest organ (learning machine) is outward facing. Our skin. If cars had senses like us and the ability to process and learn from stimuli including mimicry (which humans are uncanny at) they’d probably surpass humans at driving.

When it’s new it’s new but once it’s in it’s stored for good.


Right now I’m in Toronto, CA at the iNET annual conference Human After All. I was hoping it would be more engaging like the 99U 2013 conference in New York or SOCAP’s 2012 Making Meaning Matter conference in San Francisco.

Turns out economists and scholars are human too. The iNET conference is invitation only for delegates and students currently enrolled in college. I cold called one of the board advisors, explained my interested and what I was working on (Rich Soil Bank) and got myself in. . . but for now I’m writing learning to blog at Starbucks across the street for my super nice hotel Fairmont Royal York. Thanks dad for letting me use your credit card points! 

Institute for New Economic Thinking (iNET) (conference recap)

99U 2013 Conference

SOCAP 2012 (conference recap)

I like conferences but I always get lonely and wish I had someone to experience the conference and city with. Meantime, I think Worth should host a conference. Worth is one of my favorite quarterlies.

In terms of net worth I have no business buying this quarterly, but I like reading the annual power list and seeing how other people think.

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