What is “design”, and how design thinking sparks the best in us

What is design
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If you ask me what I do, I’ll tell you I’m an advertiser. If you ask me what I am, I’m going to say I’m a designer. The two concepts, to me, are fundamentally different.

The concept of “advertising” carries with it all the things the ad industry has been accused of in the last century: ruthless capitalism, profit, greed, cheats and lies. Sexist ads and absurd cigarette ads still make rounds on Facebook feeds every now and then. Times have changed for the ad industry, and now our creative minds are much more focused on doing good to society. Continue reading

The Comfort Zone of Conformity

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The words “conform” and “comfort” are disturbingly similar. You can’t even tell them apart at a quick glance. Psychologically, “conformity” has a strong link to “comfort zone” as well. Neither word goes well with “creativity”.

The Asch experiment, one of the most famous and popular in psychology, is a big eye opener. It simply exposes our group-confirming nature in an undeniable way. Humans are very prone to agreeing with what everybody else thinks, to go with the flow, to drop their own opinion in favor of the others’, to conform. That’s known as the “Asch Paradigm“.

It’s worth having a look at the video below – and think that you’re not any different from the people being tested. By the looks of the video, you can tell this knowledge has been around for a while, but still to this date too many people change their opinions for the wrong reasons.

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