Elliott Williams

Designing for Experience, Culture, and Strategy

Sep 7, 2018

Designing a Culture of Innovation

How strategy, culture, and design can create new business lines in a well established company. Themes: Process and Planning, Strategy, Technology, Entrepreneurship Goals: Our team was tasked with developing a...

Sep 4, 2016

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Nov 25, 2015

Designing for Collective Accountability

There is one situation that all designers, at least this designer, loves and fears at the same time–working for another designer. Themes: Internal Service Design, Operations, Project Management, Process and...

May 23, 2015

Solving Community Security with More Community, Not More Security

Problem: More Access = More Problems As my coworking space gets larger, the space has been left open more often than I’d like. Some people suggested an alarm system or...

Feb 28, 2015

Web Services Versus Mac Server

Original Motivations It seems like one of my favorite types of procrastination is saving small recurring amounts of money. Despite the fact that a single dinner out costs more than...

Jan 9, 2013

Starting a Coworking Space Doesn't Have to Be Hard

Getting the people I got a grant from a local non-profit that allowed me to open a co-working space for one month. This grant included enough for rent, and that...

Dec 24, 2012

Pittsburgh Coffee Shop Rankings

This was a post a made on nevertellmetheodds.org: Voluto was better before commonplace bought it. they had 49th parallels which were just better beans, even if they didn’t do the...

Aug 16, 2012

I Always Give Cyclists the Same Advice

There’s a new law in PA to increase the safety of biking in cities. Cars can now cross the double yellow when passing bicycles and should always leave a 4...

Jul 9, 2012

Catapult PGH Coworking Lease Agreement

This Catapult PGH Lease Agreement is made between Catapult PGH (also known as “The Organization Taking the Fall if Anything Happens”) and ______ (hereinafter “The Person in need of Space”),...

Jun 9, 2012

Getting the Noir Blog onto Heroku

Continuing in my series of posts incase anything I’m doing breaks. Fork this on github. I forked it from someone else who put a procfile into the folder so it...

May 9, 2012

Getting Heroku and Gandi to Play Nice

in the command line: $ heroku domains:add www.titlecase.org $ heroku domains:add titlecase.org and in gandi: @ 10800 IN A @ 10800 IN A @ 10800 IN A

Apr 9, 2012

Sensible Modifier Key Strategy for the Mac

For Quicksilver, I’ve been using Command-Space. This is probably the oldest trigger I’ve had. When Spotlight came out and tried to replace it, I got rid of Spotlight, and went...

Mar 9, 2012

Switching from Omnifocus to Taskwarrior, again

The big reason why I’ve stuck with Omnifocus instead of switching was the fast entry of auto-completion. But after poking around with TW I found this link that shows how...

Feb 9, 2012

My Daily Commute

By Foot: 25 Minutes By Bike: 6 Minutes By Skateboard: 15 Minutes

Aug 9, 2011

Affinity Diagramming can Show Prejudice

Affinity Diagramming is organizing data in a hierarchy using post it notes. Under “economic status of students” there was one sticky at the bottom that caught my attention: “Asian/Hispanic”.

Jun 9, 2011

Degrees of Freedom

I have been working on some more interaction design problems, and it occurred to me that almost all computer applications seem like big multiple choice tests. How do you save...

May 9, 2011

Design is Strategy

design noun …the art or action of conceiving of and producing such a plan or drawing… purpose, planning, or intention that exists or is thought to exist behind an action,...

Apr 9, 2011

Designers are the Unreasonable Men

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard...

Mar 9, 2011

Directed Storytelling: Designers are Fakers

###Nuts and Bolts First, what is it? Well it’s a research method for designers by Shelley Evenson at Carnegie Mellon. From her article “Directed Storytelling: Interpreting Experience for Design”, it...

Feb 9, 2011

I Don't Care about Your New Framework

At every design conference someone “invents” a new framework for looking at users. In more understandable terms, people continue to make up ways to divide someone’s life into little pieces....

Dec 24, 2010

Richard Buchanan COINs and Design Keynote Speach

Richard Buchanan was a professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Design School before leaving for the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western. He’s a personal hero of mine, and one of...

Feb 1, 2010

The Dumb are Mostly Intrigued by the Drum

As a Designer, I make plenty of presentations, and having made plenty of presentations, I’ve gotten pretty good at making convincing presentations. You can tell when your watching a presentation...

May 20, 2009

The Shift from Modern to Post Modern in Design

Design was about something. There were constraints of technology, constraints on production, limits on time and resources that could be devoted to projects which in turn would be products. Design...

Apr 2, 2009

The Rhetorical Chain

Rhetorical Chain: a string of arguments that pass through and connect people and organizations Design as Rhetoric A lot of people see design as the bastard child of rhetoric. If...

Mar 19, 2009

The Generalist's Job is to Have Many Known Unknowns

The Unknown As we know, There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know There are known unknowns. That is to say We know there...

Feb 9, 2009

The Four Orders of Design

With the surge of new concepts in design revolving around Design Management, Organizational Design, Systems Design, and the like, and the seemingly lost articulation of that domain set forth by...

Aug 3, 2008

Scaling Up

How can design thinking and methods help organizations better understand their challenges and transform from the ground up? Themes: Patient Experience, Service and Organization Design, Design Research, Vision and Planning...

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