OUT OF MY MIND » social

slow design


As a designer working in a social field I am asked to work with communities or to develop projects within communities.

I have my ideas, my way of working on a project and I know what I want for them, regarding the general environment and living it I can sense what is important and the direction the project shall take. There is here a big danger :

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fast track

big trampoline

“Fast track” is a integral part of park infrastructure, it is a road and an installation at the same time. It challenges the concept of infrastructure that only focuses on technical and functional aspects and tends to be ignorant to its surroundings. “Fast track” is an attempt to create intelligent infrastructure that is emotional and corresponds to the local context. It gives the user a different experience of moving and percieving the environment.

Text by Salto Architectes

hcd connect

HCD Connect is a network for social entrepreneurs, allowing them to meet exchange and build projects together.
There it is also possible to find their toolkit for a Human Centered Design, consisting in three main points :

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day for failure

“La personne qui réussit est celle qui se relève une fois de plus que les autres.”

changing behaviours is the new inovation

We are at the tail end of an era that has focused almost entirely on the innovation of products and services, and we are at the beginning of a new era that focuses on the innovation of what I like to call “behavioral business models.” These models go beyond asking how we can make what we make better and cheaper, or asking how we can do what we do faster. They are about asking why we do what we do to begin with. And the question of why is almost always tied to the question of how markets behave.

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via fastcompany

the electric cooperative story

via : ICSE

how to make a business model

After learning the business model structure, a friend of mine introduced me to this business model tool, which has the advantage to be very visual and gives you the ability to have a clear overview of your business at any time.

However, I was not satisfied with the model taking in account only economical costs and monetary values, I want to implement social value and cost in this model, here is a first step towards a more complete approach, I would be happy to hear about your ideas and approach on this.

Download it here : businessmodelgeneration.com

My modified version including a social approach : download 


open ideo

An interesting initiative.



A very interesting project from two french designers “Elodie Poidatz” and “Stephane de Sousa“.



A very interesting social business from Latvia, created by a German guy who felt in love with the country MAMMU.LV

cooperative work

If you’re living in the Netherlands, there is a nice cooperation for social entrepreneurs in Eindhoven : IS•CE

tough guy

The tough guy is one of these weired sport event you sometimes come across,

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switch in the traveling way

An interesting article from ADWEEK, exploring what is happening to the ritual of getting a car and a driving licence.


ban the cell phones

Through banning cell phones from school, a new business emerged in NY city, you can leave your phone in a truck in front of the school during the day, and get it back after your day. I’m wondering how this business idea can be extended in our daily life on a voluntary base, can I get rid of my phone for a few hours during the day, and how it would change my life.

Experimentation in progress.

this text and the one beside are equal

Photo by Jacklyn Atlas.

“This text and the one beside it are equal.” A collaborative work by artist Micah Lexier and poet Christian Bok. This urban intervention made me smile.

Via Booooooom