July 1, 2009

009 | Wallpaper Wednesday

Today's Wallpaper Wednesday comes from Jane Fulton Suri from Ideo, a design firm that "creates products, services, and environments for companies". Jane spoke at Hallmark some time ago and when an audience member asked her what kind of employee's they look to hire at Ideo, she responded with "T-shaped people," and it struck me as very profound. It's described really well here:
"We look for people who are so inquisitive about the world that they’re willing to try to do what you do. We call them “T-shaped people.” They have a principal skill that describes the vertical leg of the T — they’re mechanical engineers or industrial designers. But they are so empathetic that they can branch out into other skills, such as anthropology, and do them as well. They are able to explore insights from many different perspectives and recognize patterns of behavior that point to a universal human need. That’s what you’re after at this point — patterns that yield ideas."

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