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Context, context, context

Feb 23 2015 Published by under context

“For me context is the key – from that comes understanding of everything” – Kenneth Noland

I was lucky enough to find time for some reading over the past week, with the Chinese New Year holiday. I picked a diverse range of books to read, or what I thought were diverse, but looking back there was a common thread across all of them (and others that I have recently read). They all show in their different ways the importance of context in shaping behaviour, a theme that has repeatedly come back to me ever since my time as a student. Read more »

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Context is More Important than Disposition

Aug 18 2010 Published by under context

“Always design a thing by considering it in its larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.”  – Eliel Saarinen

We all know the importance of context in decision making, but often ignore it’s critical role in shaping the uptake of new products and ideas.  To give a trivial example, most of my cooking habits were formed when I left home and started at university, and reflect my budget, the equipment available in the hall where I first stayed and above all the tastes of those I was living with (we used to cook for each other much of the time).  [By the way, this reflects badly on me rather than my mother who had tried to interest me in cooking earlier.]

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Rules that make the Inception

Jul 26 2010 Published by under context

“It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame.”  – Marshall McLuhan

“Every human mind you’ve ever looked at … is a product not just of natural selection but of cultural redesign of enormous proportions.”  – Daniel Dennett

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