Resnick’s Design for Communication

While reading this piece, I couldn’t help but smile as I saw familiar concepts I learned (and am still learning) from ballroom dancing. In particular, there was advice about taking a break from brainstorming ideas, and going back to it later with a fresh eye. In ballroom, every little change – in your own posture, your partner’s posture, timing, balance, and so on – adds up, and before you know it, your dancing ends up being all sorts of just plain wrong. The worst is when you realize things are starting to fail and actively try to counter it, but that just creates problems in other areas. Like design, dancing is a creative process that works best when thinking clearly and freely. For both, the best thing to do is to step back, walk around, and relax for a little bit – even if it’s just getting a drink of water or chatting with your friends.

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