Reading for Strategic Systems Thinking & Experience Design
A few of the top reading resources I’ve been exploring lately…
By Joe Toscano
“Automating Humanity is the shocking and eye-opening new manifesto from international award-winning designer Joe Toscano that unravels and lays bare the power agendas of the world's greatest tech titans in plain language, and delivers a fair warning to policymakers, civilians, and industry professionals alike: we need a strategy for the future, and we need it now.”
An awesome read read for anyone but especially interesting for modern strategic business and design leaders.
By Paul Pangaro, PhD
A “Getting Started” everything-you-need-to-know-and-more introduction to cybernetics and how it relates to other systems design disciplines. Excellent conceptual inspiration for anyone designing for or thinking about challenges in artificial intelligence, conversation interfaces and more.
A recent favorite in thinking about unified theories of design and bringing “user experience” closer to “systems thinking.”
By Boxer Research
“Getting beyond the defences against innovation” - an excellent resource for thinking about strategic leadership and organizational design in an age of asymmetric competition.
A place to rabbit hole for hours on strategic leadership and systems design theory covering a range of topics relating to managing business in the modern chaotic complexities of today’s globally connected market landscape.
By Daniel Kim, TheSystemsThinker.com
“Whether you are new to systems thinking or merely need a guide to available tools, this collection introduces you to dynamic, structural, and computer-based tools – from stocks and flows to causal loop diagrams and management flight simulators.”
Design Resources, Made by Me
I am always drawing, designing, creating, doodling or otherwise creatively making something.
When I can, I like to share the resources that I use and create to build my work (my icons have been downloaded over 26,000 times on The Noun Project).
Below are some of the things I’ve made for other designers to use.
Website Wireframes v1 / icon set
My first attempt at a visual language and icon set for cross-functional communication of basic web design patterns and standards. See version 2 for a more refined visual aesthetic and expanded icon set.
Website Navigations / icon set
An icon design kit for better communicating the navigational strategies and design patterns for creating a website. This icon set was created as an extension of the Website Wireframe Icon kits v1 & v2.
Website Wireframes v2 / icon set
An icon design kit for designers and non-designers alike - created to help streamline and improve communication between cross-functional team members about standardized website experience design patterns and interactions.
220+ Hand-Drawn Arrows / Icon Set
A fun personal project done in less than 24 hours as a proof of concept for a workflow creating rapid hand drawn icon sets based on quick illustrations using iPad Pro, Procreate art app and Apple Pencil in combination with the Adobe Creative Suite. Available for purchase on CreativeMarket.com.
Arrows & Chevron / Icon Set
Vector arrows and chevrons icon set created as a personal design exercise and uploaded TheNounProject.com.
Halloween 2018 Design Icons & Art Packs
Full color jack-o-lantern pumpkin illustrations + multi-color vector/svg line art icon/sticker pack. Pack includes 150+ high resolution AI, PSD, PNG, SVG and EPS art assets.
20+ Spooky SPiders
20+ black and white hand-drawn vector spiders and spider webs illustrated with intricate geometric and symmetric details. Pack includes high resolution AI, PSD, PNG, SVG and EPS art assets.
50+ Scary Skulls
50+ black and white symmetric skull drawings / icons for Halloween 2018. Pack includes high resolution AI, PSD, PNG, SVG and EPS art assets.
70+ Gummy GhostS
70+ cute, fun and happy black and white vector ghost character illustrations/icons made for Halloween 2018. Pack includes high resolution AI, PSD, PNG, SVG and EPS art assets.
More coming soon…
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