Author Archives: sheilapontis

Understanding the hidden logic

What is the story told by the above objects? What do these objects have in common? At a glance these objects look like just a bunch of office supplies with not apparent connection or story to be told. However, after

Understanding the hidden logic

What is the story told by the above objects? What do these objects have in common? At a glance these objects look like just a bunch of office supplies with not apparent connection or story to be told. However, after

Becoming a Designer takes work

Teaching design in non-design universities and schools is certainly a very different experience from teaching in design education. For the last six years, in addition to my design courses, I have been teaching design thinking to non-designers. All this time

Becoming a Designer takes work

Teaching design in non-design universities and schools is certainly a very different experience from teaching in design education. For the last six years, in addition to my design courses, I have been teaching design thinking to non-designers. All this time

Will Burtin: neglected giant of information design

I learned about Will Burtin’s work through R. Roger RemingtonĀ and Fripp’s book a few years ago, but it was love at first sight. The combination of Burtin’s thinking process, ingenuity and direct relevance to what today we referred to as

Will Burtin: neglected giant of information design

I learned about Will Burtin’s work through R. Roger RemingtonĀ and Fripp’s book a few years ago, but it was love at first sight. The combination of Burtin’s thinking process, ingenuity and direct relevance to what today we referred to as

The Value of the Design Profession

In the last five years, design thinking has gained huge popularity. Different versions of the process are being taught in non-design schools and universities, and increasingly many companies and organisations encourage employees to gain familiarity with it. More recently, initiatives

The Value of the Design Profession

In the last five years, design thinking has gained huge popularity. Different versions of the process are being taught in non-design schools and universities, and increasingly many companies and organisations encourage employees to gain familiarity with it. More recently, initiatives

The Power of Solid Conceptual Design

Once again, I challenged my information design students with the task of improving this garbage and recycling schedule: Working in pairs, students had around an hour to work on this challenge, but couldn’t use colour or digital tools. They followed

The Power of Solid Conceptual Design

Once again, I challenged my information design students with the task of improving this garbage and recycling schedule: Working in pairs, students had around an hour to work on this challenge, but couldn’t use colour or digital tools. They followed

User Studies Matter!

Skype. To me, this has been one of the most helpful tools ever created. It has allowed me to connect with friends and family (and clients, and students, and others) who aren’t in the same location as I am. Since

User Studies Matter!

Skype. To me, this has been one of the most helpful tools ever created. It has allowed me to connect with friends and family (and clients, and students, and others) who aren’t in the same location as I am. Since

The fear of giving feedback

As I approach the end of the semester and an intense year of teaching, I like to reflect on the highlights and learnings from each course. Interestingly, this year I noticed a common phenomenon across most of the courses I

The fear of giving feedback

As I approach the end of the semester and an intense year of teaching, I like to reflect on the highlights and learnings from each course. Interestingly, this year I noticed a common phenomenon across most of the courses I