I was first exposed to the term coolhunting in William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition. “What I do is pattern recognition. I try to recognize a pattern before anyone else does.” — Cayce Pollard, in Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. Here’s a great article on why humans, for now, are the world’s best pattern recognition machines.

Creating Flow

Removing barriers is necessary to create flow. Obstacles can exist mentally and physically, and can be imposed on us by others. Removal of these ties that bind people to existing mental or physical states requires discipline and mindfulness. The mental barriers can be the toughest to overcome. Creating flow in our daily lives allows people to move fluidly between activities, relationships, and … Read More

Are you a form-giver?

Early in my career on the drive back to Washington, DC from rural West Virginia after running a visioning workshop, my mentor asked me, “Are you a form-giver?” This particular architect and designer had studied and worked under Eero Saarinen and it wasn’t until years later that I fully appreciated the depth of the question.   Although Saarinen used the term form-giver to describe … Read More