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Part consultancy, part thinktank, part social enterprise, Halcyon helps you prepare for and respond to personal, organisational and societal change.

Halcyon's 52:52:52 campaign on Twitter will help you address 52 issues with 52 responses over 52 weeks.

To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they control it, wish to influence its direction - Theodore Zeldin

Design

On What We Think

Kaleidoscope

 

These pages highlight our founder Dominic's subjective views on the ever-changing range and scope of subjects that Halcyon focuses on.

This is less a blog than a set of irregularly updated and often fragmentary views - on ideas and values, places and people - evolving over time into mini essais which pay humble homage to the peerless founder of the genre. Our writing is provisional, always open to change as new thoughts and ideas emerge.

The kaleidoscope is Halcyon's prime metaphor, encouraging us to embrace change and to view issues through an ever-moving series of lenses.

What's Changing? - Design
Design
Halcyon Identifies 12 September 2018

 

Please see below selected recent design-related change.

 

See also: Halcyon Design Headlines

 

September 2018

Halcyon Design Headlines
Design
Halcyon Identifies 12 September 2018

 

Halcyon curates the most significant design-related content from carefully selected sources. Please contact us if you'd like our help with design-related challenges.

What's Changing? - Data
Data
Halcyon Identifies 27 June 2018

 

Please see below selected recent data-related intelligence.

     

    Pre 2018

    On Calvin and Hobbes
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    Halcyon In Kal… 27 June 2018

    "Possibly the best comic strip EVER in the history of the entire universe", claimed one commentator.

    I think Dennis the Menace (in its heydey), Gaston Lagaffe and one or others may occupy the same pantheon as Calvin and Hobbes, but there is little doubt that, for all those of us who have been deeply touched by the warmth, humour, sheer humanity with which Bill Watterson blessed us over so many years, these creations occupy a very special place in our hearts.

    On Biomimicry

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    Visiting Luc Schuiten's Vegetal City exhibition in Brussels back in 2009 served as an eye-opening introduction to the potential that biomimicry might play in helping us design a sustainable future.

    Many projects are already underway; some young architects are designing structures made completely out of living trees, while others are imagining how our great cities might return to their more natural state.

    A related website tried to organise all biological information by function and asked the question - what we can we learn from this organism (e.g. any inventor, anywhere, at the moment of creation, could ask "how does nature remove salt from water?")

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    Systems that evolve are more successful in managing people than ones that are designed in the abstract - Dave Snowden, http://www.cognitive-edge.com/blogs/dave/2010/11/of_chickens_and_eggs.p…

    halcyon.admin 17 June 2013
    Imagining fairy tales as minimalist posters
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    Halcyon Imagines 12 June 2012

    A leading web curator noted that children’s books, especially classic ones with timeless wisdom for grown-ups, can be combined with minimalist posters that show complex stories or ideas in clean graphics.

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    We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life - Jim Rohn

    halcyon.admin 8 April 2011