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Sparcline for IPhone 6 and 6+ Available Now!

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MySparcline  design is a  Responsive to work with IPhone 6, 6+, or virtually any smart phone or tablet, with or without a case.

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Actually, I worked really hard to make these things Apple-screw proof.  i got burned once by incorporating a power cord in a previous design – Then they changed the connector!   These babies will work great on smart phones and tablets of virtually any size and brand.

www.sparcline.com

– roger

Sculptechular Show in Frisco is a Hit! Wrapping up the large pieces this week

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A great time at the show.   A new audience became acquainted with TechXpressionism and i was asked to be on the panel  of selected artist talking about their work.  Wonderful time sharing thoughts with these talented individuals.

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My mention of our digital culture becoming sensory deprived in terms of physical interaction  seemed to strike chord with everyone.  We are all geeks these days.  It’s fun when those images come out from behind the glass and into our real space.

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The show runs just a few more days.  See http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/

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One of my favorite pieces from the show.   i love the mix of tech and painterly textures.   And it is quite a clever use of a junction box.   I learned this was not actually in the show, but is part of the permanent exhibit at the Frisco Arts Center.

– roger

Sculptechular Show opening this weekend in Frisco, TX features TechXpressionism

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My art is being featured in the Frisco Arts Sculptechular show, opening this weekend. This will include some of my steel figures in the gallery and some large metal TechXpressionist pieces in the event center located behind the Frisco Discovery Center. The city of Frisco is stepping up to being the art-tech hub and i am happy to be right in the middle of it. It sort of just makes sense, don’t you think?

Sculptechular Show in Frsco

http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/

Sunday afternoon is the opening reception. I have been asked to be on the panel. I expect there will be some interesting conversations about art, technology, and the unique connections here in the North Dallas area with Frisco as the pinnacle. It is, after all, a rightful contender to the claim as the birthplace of TechXpressionism.

It should be an eye-opening array of work.   Looking forward to seeing you there!

– roger

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

https://www.facebook.com/DallasIndieFestival?fref=photo

– roger