The Drawing Laboratorium

The Drawing Laboratorium

Any change is good… its just a matter of how YOU look at it…When the perspective is right then you can joke about anything. I think George Carlin (comedian) said something along these lines when he was talking about what can be perceived as funny. Moving to a new location is funny like that. To me it feels like something I ought to be doing all the time… Professionally I move around to stay fresh and accept the situation that I am on my own making new connections and getting rid of old thinking.
As I move to a new location with Visually yours so begins a new chapter. The move was relatively painless and all done with my trusty Volvo…;). The fact that it was 500 meters from my Thinking Salon did not hurt either. The new center of my work is located at Gravestraat 8a in Wassenaar. If you are familiar in Wassenaar it is directly across of the windmill. After a half year of thinking in a huge and empty store and meeting a lot of inspiring people,I grow towards a 3 layer House where I will organise a new version of the Thinking Salon. The top floor will be a 3 station studio and the basement a tinkering lab for all design and fabrication purposes needed for my new Focus: The VISUAL CHANGE MAKING business. More on that later. For now I leave you with a quick impression of the new place, where the coffee is always brewing…;)
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framing and EPIC event

framing and EPIC event

What is the last EPIC event you have attended? Something that changed your perspective on things or even the world after visiting an event so great that it is worthy of the adjective EPIC. For me Burning man 2007 springs to mind, but there have been lots of events that have had elements or people in them that have made me a better person for experiencing them. Last year I met up with Ruud Janssen & Roel Frissen of event model generation.com. When I started to work with them I was confronted with two things… my sweet spot for people with a potentially great product / service… something that has lead me down some very inspiring paths… and secondly the fact that my working with 2 passionate people who happen to be event planners resulted in ORGANIZING an event myself. An activity not unfamiliar to my past, but after some soul searching maybe not the activities with which  should keep me busy. Organising something for organisers… always tricky.
EMG canvas team
What happend? Together with Ruud & Roel I organised a 2 day event at Zuidpark (the former home of JAM). The goal was to test out what they had put together from all of their knowledge and experience of 15+ years worth of event planning. The target group being 6 seasoned event planners and owners of high level / high stakes events.. What they were testing was a 1 page summery and prototyping tool for designing events that describes the basic building blocks for the realisation of a valuable event, while at the same time forcing the planner & event owner to communicate and share their ideas in a common language…. check out the vimeos of the event made by 3xfilm!
About 6 months on I am happy to have been able to challenge these gentlemen once again. The setting now being my own Thinking salon! After a our last meeting Ruud and Roel have been taking their story all over the world…literally! When you check out their website you will see that they are acting out what they have put as one of their simples but most needed goal: Get as many people to use the canvas and harvest their results and evaluations of its use.
Right now I am working with these event junkies to finish up the elements that will lead to the first publication of their upcoming BOOK. A simple manual for using the EMG CANVAS plus the examples, tools and inspiration needed to start prototyping events using this great new canvas. The great thing we realised in this last “booksprint” was that the word event, when look at in a braoder sense, covers much more then just big events. Potentially it is a great way to bring different disciplines in design togther, while at the same time being able to share in 1 minute (at any point in the process)m where you are in your process.
I know I will be planning a halloween BIG DRAW event on the 30th & 31st of October using this CANVAS… keep you posted! For now a quick timelapse:


Kickoff #EMGcanvas book from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

(Th)INK your way into reality!


The last two weeks have been a positive affirmation of my choice to act on my gut. I have been in the store for a little more then a month and have created an open space in which everybody who dares to enter is welcome to think about ways to make this first experimental bubble a shared succes.
I have been toying around with the notions of a salon, a studio and a stage, where I can guide the respective process of thinking, drawing and sharing of whatever people bring in to the store. What I found was that an open store window is an inspirational and luminous way to open any dialogue. Using big paper and wooden blocks as a starting point the conversation is reflected on the table surface, giving way to build on what you are talking about and creating the opportunity to view a subject from different angles. The ideal situation for me would be to take an hour after any session to create a visual. A visual reflection you can use to SHARE the experience and insights beyond the window session. Maybe a gallery of these conversations would be an interesting way to interact with the local community?
The next phase when guiding people from thinking to sharing would be to create a magnetising image that would inspire others to engage and enrich what was talked about in the thinking session. The goal should always be to engage and involve others in your thinking. These are the only ways to realise truly great projects. You can never do it alone! For me personally the individual process of translating a personal story to a magnetising beacon of inspiring light is what would happen in the STUDIO. Creating cool stuff that is destined to INSPIRE, INFORM & INFECT others to move their asses to realise their ideas.
The final stage would involve creating the perfect combination of space and time and share the now visible ideas to the right people. The STAGE should be a location that would best fit the intended audience, making this flex store a bit of a forced fit. This store is not necessarily the right place.  But this is my design challenge of the coming couple of months. How can this STAGE in  this STORE be the perfect decor to share ideas and show them in such a way that the ones that have the bright ideas may connect with the ones that could commit and help realise the first steps. Not because of their abilityto do so, but because they connect for their own personal right reasons. The cocktail of complexities that is this process needs some kind of design… something to hold on to while you are on your way to go from “nothing” to “something”.
The pictures above are a start of that place… the rest will follow when engaging with YOU!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A GRidd for thinking

A GRidd for thinking

It is strange that someone who is much like yourself can be out of your field of vision for so long… but I have reconnected with my brother in Visualization and must report that bonds like this do not wither. Instead I got inspired by a friend who has gone through a lot and is going stronger then ever with a focus AND some new point on the horizon. Mark Geljon is The Founder of GRidd, A Baarn based service provider/developer for Companies who are wrestling with Information.
According to their website GriDD improves collaboration processes, with the use of smart and innovative information concepts that lead to more effective business. I must say that the word EFFECTIVE jumped out at me for some reason and was met with some great practical information to product links that are being tested right in Gridd’s office.
What i found most interesting About my visit was that Mark and his team are actively exploring new physical interactions in information handling, which is a great way of keeping your eyes and other senses open for alternative ways of looking and working with information. In their office Gridd has incorporated a small prototyping space where employees can tinker and create small prototypes.

Mark Geljon at his prototyping station

Mark Geljon at his prototyping station


I was reminded of some cool gadgets that I forgot to buy… but the LEAP MOTION was the one that got my attention the most. Not because of the endless gaming or 3D sculpting possibilities, but because of the combination of my recently acquired knowledge of brainwave products. What if you could train yourself to use bothe the LEAP and the MUSE and the same time… Minority report in your living space!
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Playing with the LEAP motion


 
 
Another great experiment was coupling a small wireless receiver to a red or green LED plugged into what I assume to be some kind of development board like the Arduino. The idea behind it is to give direct visual feedback if your sales funnel is up to par… Red for empty, a bummer when you get into the office, but a great motivator to get to work. And green for yes! we have work to do! If you think about it, it is a great way to receive information without actively seeking it out. You just SEE and light and you know instantly what it means… GET TO WORK…;)!
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A red or green blinking light connect to your project CRM system


When I got home I instantly ordered a LEAP motion device and started to look at the arduino starters kit… The inspiring gadgets combined with a great insight on how to FOCUS your actions to get to where you need to go was a prelude to the ultimate question… What are you going to do Dennis? What’s on your horizon? Well… the first thing that pops into your head when you are asked a question like this is usually the right one. So I will keep you posted on how that develops…;) .
visually yours and thanx Mark!
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