What engineers can learn from dancing
When you hold a brush in your hand to paint or a pen in your hand to write a letter, what’s on your mind?
For me it’s the emotion I am trying to express, the image I hold in my imagination, and the relationship I am creating through the creative act between me and the source of my inspiration.
What role does the brush or the writing instrument play in my experience of painting or writing a letter?
The instrument plays the same role as my feet do when I am dancing. I pay…
“Your have a unique responsibility towards your children. You want to be mindful of the consequences of the digital experiences you create. You do not want your children to be deprived of the real world sensory experiences that leave an imprint on our memories. You want them to grow up capable of tapping into the abundant resources our environment has to draw meaning and inspiration from.” I pleaded to my class yesterday.
I have been teaching a class, Design Thinking, Human-Computer Interaction & User Experience Design for Managers (HCI), at the Integrated Innovation Institute of the Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon…
The first child to embrace Beebo
My first book, a book of poems, “A window for a home without walls” has a mission- to give design back to people by evoking in everyday people curiosity, compassion and creativity. The success of this book has prompted me to take desogn to the younger generation- 5–12 year old children.
As I continue working on “Find your Beebo”, I am continuously seeking feedback from children and their parents. Beebo the central character of my book, is the child inside all of us, that we never want to lose.
Last week I showed the…
Here is a story of community life in India. Since the day I was born, a number of vendors came to our door to sell goods (primarily food). There would be a vegetable seller, biscuit seller, idli-vada seller, and a fisherwoman amongst many who I have seen at our door selling their goods to my mother. They knew my family and were aware of every event in our house, up until I got married and eventually moved to the US.
One amongst them was Shanti- the fisherwoman. I have never seen her give a sales pitch. She just decided…
Curious without fear
I believe that curious, open minded, mindful and fearless individuals will eventually lead us to a better future. Regardless of whether you are working for a global corporation, or running a boutique enterprise, being curious and fearless will help you have a greater influence on making of the future and a sense of accomplishment.
A month ago I was on a zoom call with a friend who is also a senior leader in the design industry. I was sharing with him some of the stories of the most valuable feedback we routinely receive from our clients. Specifically…
Creating a space for communication
Lockdown has give me the opportunity to observe, sense, and reflect about how we communicate and collaborate. Here are some observations;
the past year
has been good
and full of
i was liberated
from my ambitions
and yet trapped
in self pity and doubt
i felt isolated
from the real world
and yet connected
to my family
i met more people
on zoom and google hangout
and yet felt exhausted
by the digital fatigue
i found efficiencies
in virtual care
digital collaboration and
and yet felt frustrated.
at being deprived of
post-it notes and
i am grateful
i have been able to do
Find Your Beebo
The pandemic is having a disastrous effect on children. Mental health experts have warned that the effect can be compared to the trauma children suffer after a calamity or a natural disaster. It’s going to take a long time to help children overcome this trauma.
Those of you who have young kids at home know that a year long lock down and remote learning has created challenges for both the children and for parents. At an age when children learn so much from social engagement, an important phase of their development has been compromised.
I am worried…
About two weeks ago I was approached by the Association of Designers of India (ADI) to help organize an opening event for the 15th Pune Design Festival, befitting its theme: “NOW”. The conference theme evoked an immediate visceral reaction in me. I was inspired to translate that feeling into a poem. I suggested to the ADI that my friend and the CEO of the Sea Change Design institute Lauralee Alben and I would take our ongoing dialogue of the past several months about the intersection of poetry and design to the opening event. …
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” E F Schumacher.
This story is a perfect example of how a simple design artifact helped me unload my foolishness of the past two decades.
Almost three weeks ago a designer friend from Canada Renn Scott posted an announcement that Daily Goods Design Labs had produced simple and innovative bags to support mobility within workplaces.
“The original idea (behind this design) was for people to move btwn mtgs from space…