Of subtractive creativity

In an earlier monograph, I wrote about transformation and emergence, the kind of inspiring creativity that everyone thinks leads to beautiful products. But emergence isn't intentional. It has a magic that is hard to understand and often replicate. Intentional creativity and beauty however can come from removing things. But in any such intentional design process, … Continue reading Of subtractive creativity

Pretty and other things about tech wading into luxury

I see a lot of chatter on Twitter about how some lollipop/ icecream/ sundae update on Android doesn't work on this device or that from different manufacturers. Then there are the workarounds, the fixes that one needs to learn, and consequent boasts on Twitter. And the many exhortations to do factory reset and start from … Continue reading Pretty and other things about tech wading into luxury

Start-ups do not need a marketing budget, or do they?

Two deservedly well-regarded investors, Fred Wilson and Brad Feld, have written about why they think start-ups do not need a marketing budget. Both are deliberately a little controversial. Fred Wilson writes, for instance, that: "I believe that marketing is what you do when your product or service sucks or when you make so much profit … Continue reading Start-ups do not need a marketing budget, or do they?

Lost opportunities: Mahatma Gandhi and Gwen Thompson

To most people, Mahatma Gandhi stands for truth and non-violence. There is also a subtext of renunciation, austerity, simplicity and community. There was a predictable outcry when Montblanc announced a limited edition, 18 carat gold pen with Gandhi's image and a saffron garnet on the clip. Only 241 gold pens would be made available for … Continue reading Lost opportunities: Mahatma Gandhi and Gwen Thompson

Is your business missing a trick?

These are tough times. For most businesses. Whilst large organisations such as banks are worried about survival and solvency, smaller businesses are collapsing for want of short-term loans, suppliers collapsing or bills receivables remaining unpaid. The simplest management 101 type solution is two-fold: maximising the revenue opportunities and minimising costs, without cutting into the flesh … Continue reading Is your business missing a trick?