Today, in the middle of the hottest heatwave of the summer holiday season, I decided to finally put together this blog post on how to spot and choose the best digital agency or design team for hire. Outsourcing design is a growing trend – but how to choose the best people to execute a demanding UX/UI design project or other ambitious digital service design project with your own internal team?
”To think in a divergent mode requires more attention than thinking in the usual convergent style”, says the philosopher and psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. I fully agree with this notion. In the book “Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention”, Csíkszentmihályi deals with various aspects of creativity. According to Csíkszentmihályi, creativity is often misunderstood, … Continue reading On Cultivating Creativity and Divergent Thinking
Many companies are now becoming software driven and they need to deliver genuine value, build useable, intuitive and desirable interfaces so that people can operate them quickly and effectively with their mobile and other devices. This is harder than it seems and takes a great deal of time, skill and talent to achieve. Design sprints … Continue reading The Value of Design Sprints Explained
With the easy-going summer season now behind us, I decided to write a blog post on the nightlife of my hometown Helsinki. Many hip tourists from abroad visit our beautiful city annually, but not everyone finds the hidden gems of our party scene. It certainly takes some effort to get to know the place and … Continue reading The Top Helsinki Nightlife Attractions for the Party-Going People
So I am currently participating in the Nordic Summer University conference – organized this year in the astoundingly beautiful Saulkrasti, near Riga, in Latvia. The place is a tiny and peaceful coastal town with stunning views of the Baltic Sea. This year’s gathering has around 170 participants from various countries around Europe and elsewhere, with … Continue reading The NSU Summer Gathering Proceedings
Recently, I have given a lot of thought to conversions. A static website may attract a lot of traffic, but unless there is an initial CTA (otherwise known as “call-to-action”), that traffic may be of no use at all. According to a recent study by Bain & Company, around 80% of companies say they are … Continue reading About Analytics, Conversions and On-Site Surveys
In “A Thousand Plateaus”, in a chapter entitled “Treatise on Nomadology: The War Machine”, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari utilize the model of the game Go to illustrate the dispositions of the “war machine” – an array of conflict that is “exterior to the state”. What might be the implications of this notion when it … Continue reading Extrastatecraft, the Game of Go and Digitalization as an Oxymoron