∞ Quartz – Thomas Piketty explains the meaning of economic models, and why we can’t rely on them

A nice explanation of the usefulness, or lack thereof, of economic models. I love the quote Quartz features from Peter Hansen:

Models are always wrong. It seems kind of strange to hear that initially, but there is a sense in which models are simplifications; they are abstractions. And they are wrong.

Before you argue with Hansen's statement, remember he is a Nobel-prize-winning economist himself. 

∞ A great look into the mind of Dieter Rams

Fast Co Design has a great interview with Dieter Rams. It's a great insight into his way of thinking and what he thinks our priorities should be. I love this quote about the importance of good design.

You have to think carefully in advance about what you’re making and how you will make it, because for both architecture and industrial design, the cost of changing things afterward is much higher than the cost of better preparation.

This is not just true for design, but for every creative endeavour where there is something to be produced. Even when you publish a website, you will never get a second chance at that first impression...

His last words in the interview are enlightening as well.

That’s why, if I had something to do in this world again, I would not want to be a designer. Because I believe, in the future, it will be less important to have many things and more important to exercise care about where and how we live. I just wish he would say what he would have been instead...

∞ Happy to be here: an anecdote about design in the workplace

I wrote a small post about my new workplace for Interface's new site Human Spaces:

Part of my first meeting was a visit to the Awarehouse. When the recruiter told me this could be my next workplace I got pretty excited. What an inspiring place to work! Needless to say, I got the job, and on my first day, I tweeted a picture with my new view.

You can read more by clicking the title. Don't forget to explore the rest of Human Spaces!

∞ Seven Tips for Writing Online - Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man gives seven tips for writing (online). Number 2 always needs my attention:

Short Sentences and Paragraphs are Best

Online, it’s hard to read long paragraphs. Break things up: write in shorter paragraphs and shorter sentences than you normally would. If you want some great examples, take a look at any post on Copyblogger.

If you naturally write in quite long paragraphs and sentences, just do an extra edit to split these up. It only takes a couple of minutes, and it can make your blog post (or Facebook update, or email) much more readable.

Shorten. Those. Sentences... Tips 1 and 5 are great too.

∞ Frankwatching: From product to service (Dutch)

Nice article by Rob Blaauboer about possibilities for a new business model (in Dutch):


Wat is het nieuwe businessmodel dan?

Een businessmodel waarbij we niet meer verbruiken maar gebruiken. We stappen af van het bezitten van producten en gaan naar het gebruiken van producten. Producten blijven eigendom van de leverancier, het product wordt een dienst. 

Rob claims this business model might work for Apple and Samsung. In the comments I've described why I think it will be a difficult transition. What's your opinion? Will the service model win out? Put it in the(ir) comments!