These posts are not a coherent collection: they're snippets, thoughts, molecules that are part of a growing process.

One day they'll be put into order. For now though, you'll need to take them as they are: incomplete.

Story-telling engines

Posted on 23rd Mar 2015

Human beings are story-making engines, and when we're confronted with randomness, we make up an egocentric version of what happened, and it involves us. From Seth Godin     Read on...

A different path

Posted on 11th Mar 2015

"Or we could follow a different path, one paved by the artists, designers, and architects of the Arts and Crafts movement, who believed that preserving the human touch and showing ourselves in our work isn’t optional. It’s essential." Excerpt From: Walter, Aarron. "Designing for Emotion." A Book Apart, 2011-10.     Read on...

Hogeweyk

Posted on 21st Feb 2015

Empathy is to understand a scenario or event from the other person’s point of view. The fact that the needs of those with Dementia and Alzheimers are so obscured by the symptoms makes the Hogeweyk project even more remarkable. As someone who has worked directly with individuals suffering from Dementia and Alzheimers     Read on...

Designing for emotion

Posted on 17th Feb 2015

“Or we could follow a different path, one paved by the artists, designers, and architects of the Arts and Crafts movement, who believed that preserving the human touch and showing ourselves in our work isn’t optional. It’s essential.” From: Walter, Aarron. “Designing for Emotion.” A Book Apart, 2011-10.     Read on...

Some of them aren't even stolen

Posted on 12th Feb 2015

I’m struggling a bit with people’s perception of value. Just the other day a leading cyclist and I discussed the huge amount of time, energy and resource that went into having beautiful, quick, custom-made bikes built. Just so that he could get ahead of the pack in their races. The energy that…     Read on...

The timeless way of building

Posted on 11th Feb 2015

“Each building when it is first built, is an attempt to make a self-maintaining whole configuration … But our predictions are invariably wrong … It is therefore necessary to keep changing the buildings, according to the real events which actually happen there.” (p. 479-480) The last portion of     Read on...

Destiny

Posted on 10th Feb 2015

Once destiny was an honest game of cards which followed certain conventions, with a limited number of cards and values. Now the player realises in amazement that the hand of his future contains cards never seen before and that the rules of the game and modified by each     Read on...

Handshakes and contracts, the future and the past

Posted on 3rd Feb 2015

If you lease a car, borrow money for school or engage in some other complex transaction, there's a contract to sign. It's filled with rules and obligations, and the profit-maximizing finance organization does everything it can to do as little as it can (and make you responsible for…     Read on...

Digital-Physical Mashups

Posted on 17th Jan 2015

"We’ve also found that the greatest barrier to adopting fusion strategies is not skepticism about their promise but inexperience with their execution" https://hbr.org/2014/09/digital-physical-mashups In the early days of the digital revolution, many leaders of established companies did their best to ignore the upheaval, convinced that the threat from new technologies     Read on...

David Travis’ 7 Deadly Sins of User Research

Posted on 4th Dec 2014

Yes. Just yes.     Read on...

The Psychology behind persuasive storytelling

Posted on 4th Dec 2014

More of Natalie Nahai’s work can be found on her website     Read on...

The diagram book

Posted on 14th Nov 2014

I’ve just bought a copy of this book and it’s already impacting the way I approach some of my problem solving     Read on...

Thought for the day

Posted on 13th Nov 2014

The past is only useful in so much as it builds a better tomorrow. Whether for a personal or business project it’s important to consider the positive and negative of the things we’ve done but we draw a line at wallowing or analysing beyond what is useful for making a plan     Read on...

The New Entrepreneur

Posted on 3rd Nov 2014

Monocle 76, vol 08 It’s okay to have an exit in mind but that’s not the reason for starting a company. A viable company is a profitable one - to guarantee support for clients and staff - but beyond a reasonable and agreed profit margin other company goals must stand out.     Read on...

It's not what we say, it's how and why we say it

Posted on 17th Oct 2014

"The wrapper isn't everything, it might not even be the point. But it matters." A great tiny-read from Seth Godin     Read on...

Quote of the day

Posted on 14th Oct 2014

We are not heroes. We are not ninjas. We are not rock stars. We are teammates. We work with our colleagues to achieve a business goal. Jeff Gothelf Seen on UXmastery     Read on...

Can I claim food and drink while travelling?

Posted on 13th Oct 2014

An infographic from FreeAgent     Read on...

Starting over

Posted on 24th Sep 2014

It’s been an exciting 3 years at Rareloop. 3 years of constant learning, not to mention making a lot of friends along the way. Looking back, one of the biggest surprises to me the most is how I have changed and grown through the process of setting up a business. In…     Read on...

Quote of the day

Posted on 16th Sep 2014

People will forget what you said, forget what you did, but they will remember how you made them feel Maya Angelou     Read on...