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Random Art III Opens Tonight

Once again, fellow artsy geeks, my art will be displayed in a new venue.  The Random Art III Show in North Dallas, opening this evening.
Random Art  is a very eclectic and hipster crowd. The opening party will have lots amped music and an exciting crowd.  MyPhoneHenge #1, #2, and #4 will be there along with a steel figure.
Blow Up Gallery - belveal Art
Blow Up Gallery – belveal Art
Actually I am moving them from the Grapevine show that ends today.  It will be fun yet again to see it with a different crowd.  I’m betting the interactive elements will be a big hit with this show.  And no one will need to be shown that it is ok to touch the art.  I think they’ll be all over it. 🙂
The show runs the month at the gallery, but I think the regular hours are limited (not sure).   The party should be fun or something to skip If you like to view art in quiet tranquility. 🙂    if you like an excitement, you won’t want to miss it!

Roma (Gallery)
8060 Park Lane Suite 126
Dallas, TX 75231

Event:  Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (CDT)

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Fishbone-to-Wishbone: A Recipe for BrainstormChasers

BrainStorming or just Storming?

Somehow, brainstorming has gotten a bad rap. I was actively brainstorming at the white board with a product manager one day. As we were having excellent success at nailing the key elements of the design, he looked at me and said, “My business professor told me this wouldn’t work”.  Hmmm. I wasn’t sure what to say other than I’ve heard that theoretically, bumble bees cannot fly, yet somehow they do.

By the way, rigorous usability testing later on confirmed that the concepts we came up with in that brainstorming session were dead on target. So, I am still a little confused about who is saying brainstorming doesn’t work and why. Perhaps they’re just doing it wrong?? Or maybe I am just using the term too loosely to describe using your brain to analyze and solve problems. ??
Brainstorming  Recipes
As with all recipes, ingredients are important.  So first of all, before you begin, make sure to have an ample supply of good quality brains on hand.  This will make things go better as the process gets messy. Having these ingredients will enable you to improvise in case something doesn’t work as expected or you spot a new opportunity  that  was not anticipated.
Fishbone2Wishbone Recipe

Having been trained in Six Sigma, my tendency is to look for root causes of pain points following the five whys to begin forming hypotheses. Of course, Six Sigma was invented for manufacturing where a given product or process was already defined and typically the tools were used for trouble shooting to reduce defect rates, hence the name.  That has always made it a weird fit for design, where the purpose is the define the not yet defined product or process.

But wait.  Here’s the deal, Flipping this method on its head, one can use the same cause & effect logic to trace the root causes of a good effect, such as customer delight.  Brainstorming potential causes of customer delight based on things you know about the audience (personas), their tasks, the context, the business domain, etc. can produce some very good hypotheses for taking into design.  This can feed the lean methodology.  I have named this my “fish bone to wishbone” method. i.e., Fish bone (Ishikawa diagram) leading to an A B test (wishbone).  Get it?

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Maybe my point here is to not simply open the table to ideas, but to have some cause  & effect rationale for forming hypotheses that can then be explored and tested.  Testing hypotheses need not always require a design exercise.  In fact whether you do proceed with a design to test or not, you should attempt to prove or disprove each hypothesis with existing available data.  Sometimes this along is enough. Or it may direct you to a more focused design exercise. 

Typically, there maybe multiple ideas swirling as to what is the way forward.  Simply gathering up everyone’s assumptions and ideas is constructive IF you restate all of them as testable hypotheses. This can be a great way to cut through folk lore, eliminate churn and move the team forward. Of course (here comes the disclaimer) group dynamics are still at work and your mileage may vary. Cheers.

– roger

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wishbone-to-wishbone
or Fishbone2wishbone
copyright 2013 Roger Belveal  😉

Dallas Indie Festival Icons

Dallas Indie Festival Opening

Dallas Indie Festival Opened last evening. I was pleased that my TechXpressionist sculpture pieces were enlisted to provide an iconic representation of the mixing art, tech, film & media production. Creative endeavors across all media is what Indie is about. Crossing boundaries is what TechXpressionist art is about, blending experiences of the digital world with the physical one.

For me, It’s pure fun having such a diverse audience to interact with my work and to get to collaborate with such a range of creatively talented people.

The Festival runs through Sunday at the Both House Theater at White Rock Lake

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– roger

TechXpressionism in Mesquite TX

DSC_0001Yesterday was the reception of the Texas Sculpture Association Art show in Mesquite, TX.  A nice show, great bunch of people.  Pleasant surroundings.

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I like taking photos at events like this. It’s a great way to take in the event. People are a little s kiddish about being in photos, however, I have found that if you shoot enough photos, which you can do now that film is free, after a while people just ignore you, which is perfect.

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Each audience is different. This one is a more traditional artsy crowd, mainly people my age and older. It is clear that this crowd is challenged by my brand of techy-themed art and the fact that MySparcline crossed the boundary into functional objects, the forbidden zone of art.

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Art establishment people typically express some Luddite sentiments. It was apparent here. So I am in the double dog house. It is a funny thing to feel the pressure from having colored outside the lines when among artists moire than from other crowds. How ironic is that?

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Still, it is my goal to participate in as broad a collection of art and technology venues as will have me. And presently, there is no shortage of takers, actually more than i am able to keep up with. So, I am a happy camper. Say TechXpressinism three times. Cheers!

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The guitarist’s amplifier should have been in the show. The way its owner relies on it and and appreciates the experience of using it certainly puts it into the category of Favorite machines.

– roger