July 2021

Simplifying Design

The gap between design theory and practice can be bridged by getting back to the principle of making it accessible. What is design? There are a lot of definitions of what design is and is not from the utterly perplexing to the complicated and technical. It doesn’t have to be that way. Design is something …

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Systems Maps: Cautions and Consequences

Systems maps are useful for visualizing connections between ideas, actors, institutions, and activities. They are a means to showcasing relationships and boundaries: the things that make social life — community, markets, learning, ideas — what it is. Systems maps can be designed using many different conventions and methods, but the basics are pretty similar. The …

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