Presentation outline.

Next week I'll give a talk to first year students Communications and Multimedia Design at the Hogeschool Utrecht. I've decided to use this mindmap as the place to present from instead of using slides. The mindmap serves as a rough timeline of my activities and contains links to files and folders on my laptop. Where appropriate I can follow those and open additional PDFs, images and whatnot.

This is another example of how a mindmap helps me establish structure and content of a talk in parallel. (previously: this one) From the same view I can add detail by adding notes on any one of the items in the map. I really like how this lets me zoom in and work on the actual contents, then zoom out again to tweak the overall flow of things.

I learned this from Elliott Earls. He just posted a new episode Alpha designer, Beta designer. You can see there how he used a mindmap to plot his argument before recording and progressively shows and expands it in the video itself. His Studio Practice videos come highly recommended.


Roy Scholten

The Mind Is For Having Ideas, Not Holding Them may be the best half hour executive summary of David Allen's Getting Things Done method.

Nobody has “fulfill destiny as a human being on this planet” on their to do list, but ultimately that is what it boils down to.

The requirements: Control & Perspective.


  • Capture what has your attention
  • Clarify if this needs action, if so, what done means and what doing looks like
  • Organize these commitments and decisions in a trusted system
  • Reflect on best way to engage, decide on next action
  • Engage, do it

This approach to getting things under control applies to multiple levels of perspective:


  • Purpose
  • Principles your rules of engagement
  • Goals 12-18 month horizon
  • Responsibilities 4-7 areas to maintain
  • Projects things to finish within a year
  • Actions things to do

And don't expect to stay in control but get thrown off multiple times each day. Notice it happening and regroup.

Good practice

  • Pay attention to what has your attention
  • Decide on desired outcomes and the actions required
  • Free your psyche with a trusted system
  • Teach what you need to learn the most
  • Share these ideas

Using GTD does tend to generate its own kind of busywork. Still, I find it true that the clarity that comes from this control and perspective is needed for finding the right way in and through the mess of work, art, life.


Roy Scholten

If you want to get updates on new bird and other prints coming out, there's a small subscribe form at the bottom of the page there. I'll email you maybe two or three times per year.


Roy Scholten

Screengrab of the Colossal post.

Another website featuring my 50 birds print series: LEGO Letterpress: Bird Species from The Netherlands Are Printed with Everyone’s Favorite Toy Bricks

Previously: Play to Wing on Present and Correct.


Roy Scholten

Een specifiek soort muziekstuk dat me raakt is de compositie waarin ijl engelachtig gezang zweeft boven hectische beats, breaks en riffs.

Zoals de zuiver schone lelie ontspruit aan de troebelel wirwar aan stengels en blad onder de waterspiegel.

Ben benieuwd naar meer voorbeelden als je ze kent.

Hymn of the Cherubim is onder andere zo speciaal omdat het dit aards tranendal achterwege laat en met enkel etherisch gezang vervoering teweeg brengt.

43/365 | #music

Roy Scholten

bought it: New Grammar of Ornament.

At first glance the examples seem to be more about cataloguing the different structures for creating patterns than about actual ornaments as embellishments.

The title “A new grammar of ornament” seems a bit too eager to refer back to and build upon the 1856 book Grammar of Ornament. The focus in the new one is very much on the grammar part. Categories like “Minimal triangular with dots” and “minimal triangular with lines” primarily refer to how individual parts in the pattern relate to eachother while at the same time choosing to consider only the most elementary units of ornament: dots, lines, shapes. This may be intentional so that the focus actually stays on the grammatical rules underlying the patterns. But then why are the examples in the old grammar so much richer?


Roy Scholten

Make something.

A large letterpress poster with the text 'When in doubt, make something' printed in black with mixed wood type on white paper.

A propos of designerly ways of knowing this bears repeating.

I expect to produce another print run of this poster this year.


Roy Scholten

The lovely and punny Present and Correct, purveyors of exquisite office things, posted about my Lego letterpress bird prints. Accompanying tweetage garnered over a 1000 likes.

A small thing but pretty huge for me!

You can go bird watching here. As you can tell, that is more a gallery site than a shop, but should you be interested in acquiring a print, just contact me.

Now to figure out international shipping! :)


Roy Scholten

Teaching Design is a guide to curriculum and pedagogy for college design faculty and teachers who use design in their classrooms

It has this table positioning design as a third domain of knowledge next to science and the humanities. A third way of being in the world.

Designerly Ways of Knowing: Design Discipline versus Design Science by Nigel Cross goes into the relationships between design and science. Also by Cross is Design Thinking, Understanding How Designers Think and Work, which is “an ideal guide for anyone who wants to be a designer or to know how good designers work in the field of contemporary design”.


Roy Scholten


Roy Scholten

Enter your email to subscribe to updates.