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Observations and Values

As a curious and keen observer, I try to embrace the chaos and find inspiration and insight in the world around me.

Play.

Play.

Play is sometimes just as important as work. The augmented reality app MSQRD is remarkably fun and showcases the beginning of a world filled with AR.

Signaling.

Signaling.

Despite experiencing uneven terrain regularly in SF, I appreciate this low-tech, if not crude, solution to the problem of uneven sidewalks in the city.

Nudges.

Nudges.

I was reminded of one of my favorite nudges from behavioral economics when at JFK recently. As it turns out, pictures of flies in urinals have been shown to reduce "spillage" by as much as 80% due to improved aiming. Ready, Aim, Fire!

Thoughtful.

Thoughtful.

Yes, it adds cost, but the fact that True Jerky includes dental floss in each bag is a wonderfully simple and thoughtful act (as well as highly memorable!)

Humor.

Humor.

With such a great use of information hierarchy, I had to stop into this pub in Reykjavik for a beer :)

Kaizen.

Kaizen.

I love the idea behind the Happy or Not feedback devices at London Heathrow. Simply press a button as you leave and the system draws insights and trends from different conditions.

Efficiency.

Efficiency.

Automating bin returns at this European airport means employees are better utilized and you experience less waiting. It's always the little things.

Cleverness.

Cleverness.

A bit of cleverness goes a long way. It brought me a lot of joy to see these thank you cards from the folks at Blue Barnhouse. (That’s Tom Hanks from Big in case you were wondering).

Observations.

Observations.

For the last 10 years, I've carried around a small moleskine notebook in my pocket ready to scribble down a sudden insight, keen observation, or the seed of a new business idea. While I recently went digital, my collection is a source of pride and inspiration.

Repurposing.

Repurposing.

I came across this beautiful freight elevator at a friend's wedding ceremony in an old grain mill. The chandelier, table, and chairs add a wonderful touch of character and class to an otherwise mundane trip up.

Constraints.

Constraints.

Constraints are often the great driver of creativity. Here, the artist uses a boarded up window as a constraint while creating fascinating street art. Ironically, or more likely intentionally, the boarded up window is the only prism into the outside world.