24 July 2014

Mind-Mapping to Gain More with Less On Design Principles

There are many wonderful things we can learned from the internet Cloud. But we will benefit a lot more with a little more effort by drawing a mindmap about what we learned. Here is one on design principles.
Here is a good article on design, the Design Philosophies From the Masters where it gives 13 inspiring quotes about design.

13 is a bit too many for our memory retention. By drawing a mind-map about thr 13 quotes, I was forced to understand them better and ended up with only 4 principles on the tecnhique for design. Here is the mind-map for design principles:
The first two branches are strategic statements that we need to design well and design is about coveying  ideas for not just ease of understanding but also motivating enough to cause the reader to do something about it. The next four are techniques for design -

  1. go for harmony of diversity and not uniformity (let the strength of diversity show up but be not in conflict with each other but be supportive of each other).
  2. Simplicity with hidden depth and not just simplicity alone. The technique that I recommend and use is the principle of MiniMax ---- minimize the number of features we want but of the features selected, we go into greater depth to deliver the highest value.
    See also Mind Value: 10 Design Rules for the Dummies
  3. Differentiate - Be bold to be different from the common at least in just one small way.
  4. Emotional - The outcome should cause a Wow response to say I want it. There is a quote that says I don't care about what you say but I will never forget how you make me feel. 
Lim Liat (c) 24 July 2014

Inside vs Outside - Is Batman right?

Want to exercise your mind on some deep thinking?

Try this quote from 'Batman Begins'

"It's not who you are underneath. It's what you do that defines you."

Sounds like DengXP's "Not white or black cat. The one that catches the mice is a good cat".

Do you agree?

Consider this:

  • James 1:24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 
  • James 1:26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

But, what about this:

and this

  • "for we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law." (Rom. 3:28)
  • Matthew 5:28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
  • Matthew 23:27 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.

How to resolve this Inside-Outside mess?

The answer can be found in this Japanese Proverb:

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

So, Batman is only 50% correct if you are a kind teacher, else we can say such extreme view is completely wrong since half truth is actually a lie.

West vs East Mindset
This is the typical western mindset of Either OR.
The Chinese mindset of Yin-Yang will thing as a coin with two sides the head and the tail. A head side does not exist without the existence of the tail side.

The Chinese mind set has a set of fixed priniples based on values but are flexible in its applications. The application of the principles must always fit the people in the situations that they are in. To the superficial observer, the Chinese systems seems inconsistent, one time this, one time that. But the consistent principle is fit. Jesus said in Mark 2:22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins."

In today medical practice, it is called personalization ---- health supplements must fit the nature of the person's bodies. This is actually ancient TCM concept.

See Confucius as the Best Coach - Personalized Teaching

Don't be just a screwdriver and think that the world are all screws. Neither do we think we are a hammer, if we are not a screwdriver, and think the world are nails to be hammered!

Know about how they think differently from us, whether we be East or West, see
East West Fusion Mindset as a Key and as Simple as ABC

Lim Liat (c) 24 Jul 2014