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★ #9 A Planned Uncertainty

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Getting your project out of the building. This week Frank and Jason discuss the launch of their latest artwork, Morhphic Mirror. Created for Vivid by ourselves and Liam Ryan, we talk about the transition that happens when you put your project in the hands of thousands of people. Shipping, launching, ‘finishing’ and the like. We talk about why you would put yourself through something like that, why it’s so much fun and engaging to watch people play with your artwork, how the breadth of response really makes such a difference. We touch on the unknown quantities with launching, of making tweaks once you’ve launched and everything else that happens in that incredible moment of transition.

Go on, get your projects out there and into other peoples hands. What are you waiting for?

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This weeks show is brought to you by The Experience Workshop. The Experience workshop builds outstanding experiences that your customers love, talk about more often and buy more often. Come to www.ExperienceWorkshop.com.au and take your products and services to the next level.

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★ #8 Keep Pointing to the Possible

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TITLE: Keep Pointing To The Possible

TOPIC: You can’t have leadership without connection. This week we discuss how to align people to shared goals, big or small, we talk about historical examples of explorers who were mapping new territory and leading the way to a new future. We talk about the golden age of technological capability (right now) and the difference between designing an object and designing a process. On todays journey we touch on the value and price of trust, the power of uniting people behind your ideas and how to truly lead in the connection economy.

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★ #7 Domesticate Failure

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TOPIC: Even coke isn’t for everyone. This week we tackle a listener-chosen topic, the fear of failure. What creates a culture of fear, how to diagnose fear of failure in your own life habits and how to overcome it. We talk about how to create a structure around your goals and stop setting yourself up to fail. By embracing failure we can create clear boundaries, define what ‘good enough’ means and break through the barriers to your success.

SPONSOR:This weeks show is brought to you by The Experience Workshop. The Experience workshop builds outstanding experiences that your customers love, talk about more often and buy more often. Come to www.ExperienceWorkshop.com.au and take your products and services to the next level.

4 Steps to overcome a fear of failure
1. Define really clear goals to work towards,
2. Break those goals into tiny, achievable steps,
3. Capture failure as you go, so you can see what you’ve learnt along the way, and
4. Celebrate the success you’ve seen so far.

If you follow those four steps in your projects, you’re guaranteed to build momentum and break through the barriers that were holding you back. Good luck!

SHOW NOTES:
seth godin
Thomas Edison
theory
Scientific Theory
Sir Isaac Newton
Albert Einstein
Quantum Theory
Post-industrial Society
Gutenberg press
Instagram
Vine
Youtube
How podcasting got its name

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★ #6 You're Not Designing for Yourself

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TOPIC: When to know you need feedback. Trying to solve a new problem? Looking to improve your business but don’t know how? How do you know what you ought to be doing? What information do you need in order to make your decisions better? Feedback is critical to increase your ability to make the right decision, to avoid wasting time, attention and effort and to maximise your efforts in bringing your ideas to life. This week we tackle feedback, when to give it, when to look for it and how you can use feedback productively.

SPONSOR:
This weeks show is brought to you by The Experience Workshop. The Experience workshop builds outstanding experiences that your customers love, talk about more often and buy more often. Come to www.ExperienceWorkshop.com.au and take your products and services to the next level.

3 Tips to improve your Feedback

  1. It’s important to be asking the right questions. If you’re asking the wrong questions you can lost sight of the goal, get wrong or distracting feedback and waste more time. Think carefully about the information you actually need to make better decisions.

  2. It’s important to distance yourself emotionally from feedback you get. Even negative feedback or criticism can provide useful information, providing you’re asking the right questions. If you can distance your emotions from the feedback, it can become a positive productive force and help you make your product, service or idea better.

  3. It’s important to remember empathy when looking for feedback. You should always be looking for opportunities to learn and sometimes the best way is to humbly ask the stupid or obvious questions. Try to understand your audience, user or customer. The better your empathy skills are, the better you will be at understanding their needs or hopes – and therefore much more able to create the products or services they desire.

SHOW NOTES:
Lean Analytics
Steve Blank – Get out of the building
The Lean Startup movement
Eric Ries

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★ #5 Exploring with a Drawing

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TOPIC: The way designers draw. Drawing is a fundamental part of any design communication, a way of showing connections between ideas and taking someone else on a journey via colour, shape and form. This week Frank and Jason delve into the fuzzy world of sketching ideas to solve problems, communicate emotions or seal the deal at the company picnic. We discuss the way that drawings can be a form of super rapid prototyping, helping people collaborate and understand fuzzy ideas through paper, squiggly lines and more.

SPONSOR: This weeks show is brought to you by The Experience Workshop. The Experience workshop builds outstanding experiences that your customers love, talk about more often and buy more often. Come to www.ExperienceWorkshop.com.au and take your products and services to the next level.

SHOW NOTES:
Dan Roam, Sketching
Dan Shiffman Nature of Code vimeo channel
Nature of Code
Nature of Code Kickstarter
Procreate App
Procreate Forums
Nikkos Procreate Tutorials
Bert Bongers, Modalities
Social Firefly (on CAN)
Frost* Design
Processing

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★ #3 Productive dissonance

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TOPIC: A kamikaze approach to the market. This week Frank and Jason discuss scoping new projects, Franks efforts to help create a new artwork for the 2013 Vivid Sydney festival, the reasons why we’re doing this podcast and what it’s like to have a hidden inertia pushing you to leave a trail of concepts in your wake.

Show Notes:
Radiolab, Speed
Arthur C Clarkes Three Laws
Morphic Mirror Testing on Vimeo
2013 Vivid Sydney festival

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★ #2 Say no to a thousand things

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TOPIC: Constant Pitch. This week Frank and Jason talk about time management, get sucked down a productivity software rabbit-hole and discuss a new public artwork we’re creating for the 2013 Vivid Sydney art festival. Along the way we discuss our design process, concept development and tools used to shift from idea to reality. Questions posed: What’s your artistic vision? Can you achieve what you would like to achieve? How do you mask out the things that aren’t important?

Show Notes:
David Allen, Getting Things Done
GitHub, social hosting
Evernote
Zapier
Omnifocus
Pinboard
IFTTT
Instapaper
Modern Times, 1936
Morphic Mirror
Screaming Rapture
Makerbot
Shapeways
USB Wireless Receivers
Kinect
Faceshift
Steven Pinker, Language as a window into Human Nature

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