New context

January 20, 2009

So much of what we are able to do with design is dependent on the context in which we ask our questions. It may be that a definition of an innovator is someone who is able to ask a question that noone else has thought to ask. It seems to me that today the context in which we get to ask our questions has changed. Barak Obama's inauguration speech layed out an agenda for innovation and design thinking that should keep us busy for quite some while.

We were certainly asking some of these questions before but now those around us will better understand what we were saying and perhaps be more open to the solutions that we propose. This is a good time to be a designer.

The question is, how do we best exploit it?