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Unboxing Phaidon Books + Upcoming Author Events

Our friends at Phaidon sent me some books from their collection, and I made some unboxing videos.

I will be hosting two author events next Monday as part of the AIGA Design Conference.

An Afternoon with Todd Oldham

When: Monday November 9 | 3:30pm EST, 12:30pm PST
Where: Hosted by Phaidon & AIGA via Zoom on Day 1 of the #AIGADesignConf 

Join us for a conversation with master bookmaker and author of The Best of Nest, Todd Oldham. The Best of Nest is the first comprehensive collection of Nest, the magazine that revolutionized the way we look at interior space and decoration. The brainchild of artist and designer Joe Holtzman, Nest magazine, published from 1997 to 2004, eschewed the conventionally beautiful luxury interiors of other magazines and instead featured non-traditional, exceptional, and unusual environments. 

The program will include a live audience Q&A.

Special Offer! Event is open to purchasers of The Best of Nest. Purchase the book here—conference registrants, check your email for a secret, super-discount code!

$80 including a copy of “The Best of Nest” at a special discount of 20% off retail price ($100). Enter code AIGA20 at checkout
An Evening with Roman Mars

When: Monday November 9 | 6:30pm EST, 3:30pm PST
Where: Hosted by AIGA via Zoom on Day 1 of the #AIGADesignConf 

In The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to Hidden World of Everyday Design, host Roman Mars and coauthor Kurt Kohlstedt zoom in on the various elements that make our cities work, exploring the origins and other fascinating stories behind everything from power grids and fire escapes to drinking fountains and street signs. With deeply researched entries and beautiful line drawings throughout, The 99% Invisible City will captivate devoted fans of the show and anyone curious about design, urban environments, and the unsung marvels of the world around them. (Photo Credit: Podcast Movement)

Join Roman Mars for a live, virtual conversation with AIGA’s own Lee-Sean Huang. Purchase of $24 includes a copy of The 99% Invisible City and access to the virtual event. 
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Design Podcasts

Design Thinking Roundtable Interview

I recently shared the story of my professional journey and some thoughts about design and storytelling with Anne-Laure Fayard, Associate Professor of Innovation, Design, and Organizational Studies at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, faculty advisor to the NYU Chapter of Design for America, and host of the Design Thinking Roundtable podcast.

Design Thinking Roundtable · Storytelling with Lee-Sean Huang

You can listen to the episode on Soundcloud, or here on Spotify.

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Design Podcasting Podcasts

Design Future Now

How is design changing as a discipline and profession? How do we face these opportunities as a community? 

I started a new podcast with AIGA called Design Future Now to explore these kinds of questions and more with creative leaders and practitioners. This also means that I will be taking a hiatus from FoossaPod, the podcast that David Colby Reed and I started back in 2017, to focus on Design Future Now. Check out the latest episode below:

Subscribe to Design Future Now on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or Anchor.fm.

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See Think Solve: A Simple Way to Tackle Tough Problems

Brainstorming and design thinking are great. But you, your team or your students need a more targeted way to solve complex problems. Social science holds the key.

We just released a new book.

Written by our friends and long-time collaborators Jeff Leitner and Andrew Benedict-Nelson, and designed by me and the Foossa team, See Think Solve is a simple guide to difficult problems.

Originally developed for a social work PhD program at the University of Southern California, it is written in an easy-to-read, jargon-free style for anyone interested in better understanding human behavior and how to design products, services, and programs that shift collective norms and culture. The ideas in the book have really shaped our consulting and teaching practice.

From the Introduction to See Think Solve:

The main reason problems are hard to solve is that they involve people. People are funny. They don’t always believe the things they say they believe or do the things they say they are going to do. They can act one way in one situation and act completely differently in another situation. No one has ever completely figured this out. We call this the ‘mystery of human behavior.’
The mystery of human behavior shapes almost every problem worth solving.
That’s the bad news. But there’s good news too. The mystery of human behavior also helps us see problems in new ways. By paying attention to people, we can discover new aspects of problems that help us solve them more effectively.
The nine steps in See Think Solve are designed to do just that. They will help you make sense of the mystery of human behavior that surrounds all tough problems.
– The first six steps are about seeing — each of them shows you a new thing to look for in human behavior.
– The next two steps are about thinking — each one is a tool you can use to better understand the human behaviors you have observed.
– The last step is about solving — it describes what you can accomplish with your newfound knowledge.”

See Think Solve Color Palette
See Think Solve Color Palette

About the Design

When planning the design for the book, we wanted to communicate both “simplicity” and “humanity.” The book is meant to be a simple guide to difficult social problems. To reflect this intention, we created an iconography that references both the periodic table of elements and the New York City Subway signage system by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda. The icons serve as a kind of way-finding for readers of the book and help them remember each of the steps in the See Think Solve process. To add a rich, humanistic feel to the visuals, we chose a color palette derived from traditional Japanese art and design. The book cover also features subtle curves on a dark grey background, which are meant to evoke a topographical map or electromagnetic waves.
Buy See Think Solve on Amazon
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Innovation Dynamics: Quick-Start Guide + Online Course

Foossa’s recent design collaboration with GreenHouse is now available on Amazon. Shout out to SVA Design for Social Innovation grads Martha Berry and Anna Luiza Braga for the additional design support.

How does NASA get its mojo back? What do big cities do with selfish billionaires? What’s wrong with art education? How are inner city youth the answer to urban renewal? What does the military have to do with the arts?

Innovation Dynamics is the first systematic approach to real social innovation and solving people-problems. Purchase includes a beautifully-designed, printed quick-start guide and 90-days of online access to The Short Course on Innovation Dynamics at The Academy for Social Change. The online course includes brief, animated instructional videos and an interactive workbook that can be printed for collaboration in teams. Buyers receive one unique access code to the online course with each printed guide.

The quick-start guide and multimedia introduction were developed by founders of GreenHouse, Insight Labs and UX for Good and innovators in residence at the University of Southern California. It emerged from years of work in the U.S., Europe and Africa with organizations like the U.S. State Department, NASA, Harvard Medical School, Starbucks, the Dalai Lama Center and the TED Conferences.

Users will learn how to:

  • Break problems down into their most essential parts
  • Reconcile various stories behind problems
  • Uncover hidden relationships among problems
  • See invisible rules that guide relationships and social systems
  • Leverage expectations to solve problems
  • Engineer deviance to disrupt the invisible rules

Innovation Dynamics was developed in consultation with social scientists and is a core element of the first-ever doctorate in social innovation.