Talking Design

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Professor Mike Press spent this morning with our class. We focused on presenting and writing in the design world. Mike’s engaging and enthusiastic approach is admirable. I am learning a great deal from watching the way he interacts with an audience and uses a space to his advantage. They key messages of today were never forget you are telling a story! Think eyes, think voice, think posture!

Mike talked to us about designing your computer as tool for writing and creativity. I only wish I had heard this lecture years ago! I spend a great deal of time on-line, reading, collating and sketching – tools such as Journler and VoodooPad are tools to capture this in a professional, accessible way.

“Plant ideas, images, lists and anything else you need to keep track of.”

I have downloaded the tools and I am looking forward to getting to grips with them. Redjotter is proving to be an invaluable tool for developing my knowledge. It is enabling me to network, focus, refine ideas and gain constructive feedback. It has highlighted my strong interest in the fuzzy bit in between design writing in academia and journalism.

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A must read for any designers, researchers and students, with lots of tips on freeware and working tools.

I would be interested to learn what software/tools you use to organise your work, contacts and progress? What works and what doesn’t?