From new angles

THIS WEEK IN S P A C E, some sharing.

Of how we got to ‘N’…

  • 1997. ‘Let’s start a design studio. I’ll set up a hotmail.’
  • 1999. ‘You what? You want to hire us? Oh… Sure, yeah. I’ll do that. I have Freehand.’
  • 2000. ‘Let’s move. You can work at __.’
  • 2004. ‘Let’s move. I’ll work at __.’
  • 2006. ‘Let’s do that design studio thing we talked about. Should we get an office? Official! Shall we get an $800 color laser printer? Yes!’
  • 2007. ‘What the? People think design is Photoshop. Like, it’s the tools that matter, or something. Why? It’s not! Design isn’t about the pixels. It’s about the conversation. How good the conversation is will be a direct influencer in how strong the concept will be. Because it has to come from the person who wants to… It’s about… getting there… together, learning about the story of them, and listening… Isn’t that… obvious? No? Well, hm.’
  • 2008. ‘Let’s host some conversation parties.’
  • 2009. ‘This is. Interesting. But why is it so intense? Why is real life conversation so hard? Should we do this more? Should we make them into workshoppy things?’
  • 2013. ‘Argh. I prefer just mini-conversations to workshoppy things. People have too many… expectations. Half the fun is exploring! Let’s forget workshops. Let’s forget design in general. Let’s focus on conversations. Of quality. Yes! Conversations of quality are getting really tough to make happen. Outside of my couple of standing dates with __ and __, I just don’t feel like things are progressing. So, hm. What should we do? Maybe go on the road. That’ll shake things up.’
  • 2014. ‘I like this place. Phnom Penh. Can we stop here for a bit? I love this architecture.’
  • 2015. ‘This is fun. I’m going to do this thing. ’16N’. On NORMALITY. You know, I think I’ll give it a whirl…’
  • 2016. ‘Wow. That was fun. How about taking it on the road?’
  • 2017. ‘How about making ‘N’ in Hanoi?…’

HELLO, there, Hanoi…

Shall we play 16N?

Yes! >