posts tagged ‘Design Philosophy

Damn proud of the PM’s plane

By James Caldwell | Published: June 18th, 2013

After publishing Keith Branscombe’s article about the PM’s plane, which quite honestly mirrored thousands of comments in the newspapers and on television albeit with far more flare, I was lucky enough to have the designer of The Government of Canada CC1-150 paint scheme email me a short but polite “Drop me a line”. So unlike the general media whose articles were written on a solely political slant (which I actually blame for igniting the firestorm of comments), I asked Jim to write me a rebuttal. He has easily exceeded my expectations by sharing some of his knowledge on his rather unconventional design niche in aircraft paint scheme design.

Polaris CC-150

Polaris CC-150

Another federal design disaster

By James Caldwell | Published: June 11th, 2013

My good friend Keith Branscombe is at it again. A couple of days ago he sent me a beautiful rant about the Canadian Government and its lack of thinking when it comes to branding our national image. This time it is about the new paint job on the Prime Minister’s military Airbus jet, the Polaris CC-150. He has graciously allowed me to publish it. Enjoy!

RCAF logo up close

RCAF logo up close

A layout and design critique

By James Caldwell | Published: April 27th, 2012

I have never included anyone else’s thoughts on 418QE before but after reading my very good friend and mentor Keith Branscombe’s rant, I could hardly resist. I asked him if I could publish it. His ‘rant’ makes some obviously valid points and it is certainly food for thought – enjoy!

Charter Clip Art

Charter Clip Art

Question what you ask

By James Caldwell | Published: October 20th, 2011

In life we ask questions to elicit information we need. But the questions we ask may not motivate people to deeply reflect, or inspire a careful response. The idea of exchanging information through questions and answers is something that we take for granted. We don’t always think if the question is the right one or if the answer needs more thought. It is unfortunate because great questions can be the inspiration for groundbreaking or alternative solutions, especially in design.

Questions Issues

Questions Issues

Uffe Albaek speaks at DwD

By James Caldwell | Published: March 30th, 2010

Late last year I attended a lecture in which Uffe Elbaek, founder and former Principal of the KAOSPilots – International School of New Business Design & Social Innovation, recounted his time with KAOSPilot and gave a talk on his challenging but satisfying role as the CEO of the World Out Games held in Copenhagen.

KAOSPilot

KAOSPilot’s Intelligent Ecology

Design and Transformational Change

By James Caldwell | Published: September 14th, 2009

Presently I am enjoying a informative workshop headed by Peter Jones of reDESIGNreSEARCH. Once a month a diverse group of us discuss how to best organize and assist people and organizations to make positive change using different methods of dialogue to engage them. Most of the time these discussions are limited to a three hour timeline and we rarely revisit them, but the topic of design and transformational change has recently overflowed into a few extra sessions.

Discover Card Contest

By James Caldwell | Published: March 12th, 2010

Remember when you were a student at University? Now do you remember the kiosks within the front doors of your educational institution. Well for me this all came rushing back while designing this Discover Card microsite. But I have to admit I would have liked this type of interaction better than the hard sell method of yesteryear and I know it worked for Discover Card.