A Year in an Instant


Day 78

Instant photo for Day 78 of “A Year in an Instant” by Nuno Coelho Santos


I slept with my AC on last night. And today I have a sore throat. I can barely speak. I have a hot shower, drink some hot tea, everything helps but I still feel miserable. I go to Shibuya, do some work but have a persistent headache.


I visited the IDEO office to chat about my work and get to know the firm a little better. I spoke with Gregory and Evin. We talked about how the Japanese digital product design industry is old fashioned and failed to evolve with times, even as Japan evolved into a modernist product and graphic design era. And in product development there is resistance to an agile approach. I never thought of Japan as a place for me to work exactly because of these reasons—it is not a pioneer. Innovation is happening elsewhere, mostly in San Francisco. But IDEO is working hard to move Japanese design forward. And maybe I can help them do that.

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