XPLANE xBlog visual thinking http://xblog.xplane.com XPLANE http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss en-us Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:22:32 -0700 email@addresshere.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:22:32 -0700 Explaining How the Technical Level of the Internet works! http://xblog.xplane.com/explaining-how-the-technical-level-of-the-internet-works/ Over the past few years our client ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has expanded its interactions with a wider community of Internet users and decision makers, many of whom are not steeped in a technical understanding of exactly how the Internet and the Domain Name System works. To help address this need for a basic overview, XPLANE worked with a cross-organizational team to develop an infographic to... Envisioning Future Greatness http://xblog.xplane.com/envisioning-future-greatness/ Articulating personal or organizational aspirations can run the gamut from exhilarating to overwhelming. But there are ways to quickly give it structure, incorporate new perspectives, and walk away with an actionable plan, while also keeping it creative and energetic. XPLANE’s latest Visual Thinking School (VTS) session focused on ways to envision the future, or what we like to call “futurecasting.” Thirty four... Change DNA - The 8 Principles of Change Series http://xblog.xplane.com/change-dna---the-8-principles-of-change-series/ Ever wonder how someorganizations adapt gracefully – or even thrive – in a changing environment while most others crack and buckle under the same conditions? We did too. And since so many of our clients come to us in times of change, we decided the topic needed some XPLANEing. Over the last six months we've combed through our client experience for successes and failures, synthesized the best research from change gurus, and found... Ten Ways Designers Need to Suck it Up http://xblog.xplane.com/ten-ways-designers-need-to-suck-it-up/ The most profound and painful lesson I learned about design and designers came while I was in school. In the Visiting Designers Program, real-life professional designers came to class and taught us lowly students what it was really like to be a designer working for —GASP— clients. We slaved through all-nighters—tormented ourselves with font and color and slashed fingertips with XACTO blades—all to meet the ultimate... 3 Ways Your Organization May Be Misusing the Word Culture http://xblog.xplane.com/3-ways-your-organization-may-be-misusing-the-word-culture/ The definition of organizational culture varies and in some cases the meaning is debatable. Organizational culture is commonly defined as the human behaviors within an organization and the underlying values that keep those behaviors in place. If you do not clearly define and visualize your organization’s culture, people will define it themselves. This can be a problem because everyone will describe the culture with different... Talk is Expensive. Drawing is Cheap. http://xblog.xplane.com/talk-is-expensive-drawing-is-cheap/ In an interview at Columbia University, the architect Frank Gehry was asked how he reacted to criticism about his buildings. He said he likes to “try it on” like a jacket. If the criticism “fits,” he “wears it.” If it doesn’t fit, he puts it “back on the hanger.” I learned the value of “trying on” criticism in architecture school. I felt like I had three options when... Triggering Change using Three Words http://xblog.xplane.com/triggering-change-using-three-words/ Our work at XPLANE uses visual thinking to help people drive change in their organisations. In a recent Amsterdam Visual Thinking School (VTS) event we decided to explore how visual thinking could apply to personal change. Early this year we were intrigued by a series of posts by Chris Brogan describing his annual practice of starting each new year with a “three words” exercise. New year’s resolutions are... Interview with Hermen Lutje Berenbroek, New Senior Designer http://xblog.xplane.com/interview-with-hermen-lutje-berenbroek-new-senior-designer/ Tell us briefly about your role at XPLANE: “As a Senior Designer I use drawing and visual thinking to clarify complexity. I work closely together with consultants and other team members to create solutions with clients, often around the globe on location. By using human-centered design, visual storytelling and information design I create solutions that clarify ideas, engage people and inspire action—in any medium.” Provide... Interview with Helena Hong, New Employee Experience Coordinator http://xblog.xplane.com/interview-with-helena-hong-new-employee-experience-coordinator/ Tell us briefly about your role at XPLANE: “My new role at XPLANE is Employee Experience Coordinator. I describe it to people who ask as office management meets human resources and surprised along the way. But most importantly, I want to make sure everyone at XPLANE are happy campers and their time at work is running smoothly and enjoyable.” Provide a brief overview of your background and experience “I want to try and not... How to Help Create the Company Culture you want http://xblog.xplane.com/how-to-help-create-the-company-culture-you-want/ Perhaps when you were a start up, a healthy company culture developed effortlessly. But then the company started to take off and you realized you needed more bodies than you had friends. You needed different roles, talents and personalities and now you are wondering, what happened to the culture? Or maybe your small firm just merged with another. You knew who you each were, but now you are both trying to figure out who you...