The Idea Dude


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Don't try to change the compass

I was sitting in a design meeting yesterday and we were discussing page layouts for a project I was working on. The discussion moved to how to make the page look fresh and where to put the navigation etc. Bert, my long-time friend and mentor said one thing that totally blew me away.

You can't change the compass

It reminded me long ago of an AI researcher who set out to reinvent the number system and in the end whether you called the number 'one' an 'apple' didn't change the fundamentals but merely confused the public.

The wisdom of course is to know which pieces in our lives are compasses and which are the ships. Changing ships and changing courses in the end are much easier than trying to change our compass.

Thanks Bert!


Blogger Amanda said...

Sometimes I think I must be in the Bermuda Triangle because the compass just isn't working :) !!

6:48 AM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Amanda,

Perhaps, like the one in the Pirates movie, it is pointing to the right direction but it isn't North! :)


9:42 AM  

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