View my online profile at: profiles.google.com/mark.whiting
For a little context on my work below is a brief outline of my design ideologies.
My ultimate goal in design is to use contextually aware and honest information in order to improve human happiness and progress through the development of elegant designed-systems and the implementation of appropriate strategies.
First, I believe in the generation of a fundamental knowledge schema derived from investigating the underlying problems that cause the problems we usually set about solving. Essentially, I think a good comprehension of problems and ways to represent them clearly are invaluable but uncommon tools in the design process.
Second, I strongly uphold a sense of “honest” information: quite simply, the clarity, relevance, and truthfulness of data and how it is used to make decisions. I think “honest” information and systems are a key to both good human interaction and truly sustainable design. One aspect of design that exemplifies this idea, to me, are the design principles which drive open formats: they are designed to do just enough and not more in order to maximise transparency, simplicity of interface, and extensibility.
Third, I find great pleasure in approaching problems with all the available resources and information while maintaining a strong willingness to discard traditional methods of finding solutions. I think history is one of our greatest design tools, whether it be used through bio-mimicry or simply studying the Greeks. I do believe that the current level of historical sensitivity and appreciation is low. This is not to say that design should be an archaeological exploration; I simply think that we are not referencing our ancestors' creative solutions and processes.
Fourth, I see it as a goal of humanity to approach life as a potentially meaningful expedition. Having lived and travelled in poorer parts of the world and befriended people from a variety of cultures and of a range of personality types, I feel increasingly that the progress many Western countries uphold comes only at a grave cost to human happiness. I feel that people I have met in almost every other context are happier and more engaged with their own lives than those in many Western countries, despite the differences in medicine, technology, and economy that are often used to make poorer and less "developed" countries seem disadvantaged. My hope is to help normalise the notion of progress globally as a way of improving the life expedition of the world's population - improving the actual quality of life, as opposed to the standard of living as typically measured by GDP, poverty rate, income inequality quotients, etc.
Finally, and in some ways a combination of the previous points, my hope is to use clear, fundamental knowledge with empathetic and honest ideologies to create designed-systems that are globally conscious, to be used realistically and advantageously to improve value.
I know this goal, both generally and with all of the limited specificity I provide, is common among many individuals and largely seen as being unachievable, however, I think with the five elements of methodology I have mentioned and a boundless passion for simply making things better the difficulties can be reduced. I think there is a good model to role out improvement to anything considerable by design or innovation and while I think that model is well represented in the appropriate technology school of thought, I think a complete and brighter future will be facilitated by universally appropriating solutions for their contexts. I believe in working to bring a better future sooner.
Almost anything that is being done well. My mantra is something like "Information and honesty driving collective happiness and progress through elegant design thinking"
I think the value of appropriation of decision making in design or any other context is probably the one thing I think would benefit the world most at the moment. I think many of the problems we currently face are due to solutions that have been designed too generally and without consideration of details. I think we need a new model of thinking and doing, one that supports better awareness and use of knowledge and one that revolves around the creation of really appropriate solutions.
I am really interested in just about everything. I think anything that is being thought about passionately can be wonderful.
Sudoku, graphical mathematics, sewing
My TED story so far is that every time I watch a great talk it changes my life a little. It makes me glad that there are so many people doing such wonderful work and I think about how great the future is going to be. I feel TED does a good job of representing, both in the talks and in the overall ideology, the greatness of what the world is becoming, through the help if many dedicated people.
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