10 days ago my step-dad was diagnosed with a tumor on the right side of his brain, just above the eye. It had gone unnoticed and silently grown to the size of a 4x4 cm ball on the surface of the brain, until one day it inflamed and released some liquid that affected a specific cognitive area, drowning and effectively cutting off and temporarily shutting down well-ridden connections between nerve cells.
Short term memory, access to names and numbers were the effects of this, but most troublesome was the immediate loss of capacity to string words together to form a sentence (that´s how bad the loss of short term memory was...). And what´s worse, it was an exhausting exercise for him and an unfortunate irritation for the people who depend on him.
So I´m reading this book right now, about how right-brainers will rule the future and the Harvard Business Review has published this article today:
What I like about both the book and the article, and that I´ve experienced in my own practice, is that they both emphasize right-brain functioning to be not a sole gift of "artsy" people, but rather that the right-brainers among us are also ones who work within traditional left-brained fields.
A couple of weeks ago I picked up a copy of Harmut Esslinger´s new book Design Forward from my old ID class here in Vienna, which was the class Hartmut took over for 5 years and turned upside down and inside out much to the resistance of outdated, stubborn Viennese art-school mind-set.
I had the pleasure and the pain of getting an insight into his way of thinking how design, the world, and economics engage with each other after enjoying my first few semesters with Borek Sipek and his highly philosophical and emotional approach to everyday objects, and after one weary and confusing semester with a demanding and absent Ross Lovegrove.
Design changes the world and acknowledging responsibility is the key to generate solutions whose form transform the environment which future generations will inherit from us.