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Design Problem Solvers …
March 18, 2016, 6:15 am
Filed under: A Bit Of Inspiration, Attitude & Aptitude, Comment, Design, Innovation, Insight

After the madness of Monday, you’d think the Police would have picked me up and thrown me into a cell.

But no.


While normally I would take this as a sign that I can push things even further, even I accept there’s only so much anyone can take of my best friends penis [pun, most definitely not intended] so today I’m slowing the pace down and getting to something you may find interesting. Or at least more interesting than the subject matter of yesterday’s post.

I’ve written about my admiration – and occasional derision – for designers many times.

This is not purely because my wife is one, but because when they truly overcome – or solve – a problem, they do it in the most ingenious of ways.

Design helped Apple increase their brand value.

Design helped SONOS create a static logo that produces sound.

Design helped make the World laugh.

OK, this last point is taking the piss … but you get the gist of what I’m saying.

Anyway, the reason I am saying all this is because I recently saw another bit of brilliant design.

This …

Yep, stairs that have wheelchair access built right into them.

Simple, brilliant and effective.

As with many ingenious ideas, the solution seems so obvious.

As with many obvious ideas, it needs someone special to realise it.

Think sharp. Execute simple.

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You’re back. That’s the weekend ruined for me.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Thank you. That’s just made the weekend for me.

Comment by Rob

Design thinking is a very special approach to solving problems. It is a shame it has been hijacked by so many organisations and diluted to be a shadow of the approach that was once so potent, so consistently.

Comment by George

In the right hands design thinking is still a very potent approach to problem solving. It is just too many “wrong hands” are now trying to profit from it.

Comment by Pete

Don’t say that … I’m just about to spend a huge amount of money attending a design thinking course in the US.

Comment by Rob

you mean uncle dan is going to be spending a fucking fortune on you doing some bullshit course. i dont know what you have on the poor fucker but it must be good. whatever you do, dont fucking come and ruin my life while youre in yankeeland.

Comment by andy@cynic

That’s smart. Another solution to a problem that has been staring designers in the face but needed a special sort of talent to recognise the opportunity.

Comment by Pete

That’s a Rem Koolhaas design from the last century that’s been replicated in many places but sadly isn’t universal because designers like to be original.

Comment by john

looks a fucking steep bastard slope for some poor fucker to try and get up. be fucking great on the way down through. typical designer bollocks. the aesthetic is more important than the fucking practicality.

Comment by andy@cynic

Reblogged this on and commented:
Stairs with wheelchair access built in.. brilliant

Comment by Kathleen Antonio

I assume this post will be followed by one highlighting bad design.

Comment by john

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