Propagating and Preserving Creativity Beyond Kindergarten

Education, like many other things in our society, has always been influenced and driven by the current state of our economy. Every shift in the ways we built our education systems relied on some form of revolution or boom — standardized universal education only came into the picture after the industrial revolution, and the tech boom led to the emergence of the STEM-centric education, as it was what was important in the era of new scientific and technological innovations.

However, the focus we place on standardization and STEM education may end up killing creativity…


Enter the Spudnet Game Board and Tokens

This is a continuation of our previous article on “How to design and create a card game. A lot of the principles remain the same so in this article, we will just talk about things that are related to board games or new prototyping hacks that we have learned and can’t wait to share with you!

The overwhelming response for our Potato Pirates Kickstarter encouraged us to explore other esoteric topics that we can make accessible to everyone. What followed was more than a year of exploration and experimentation. Finally, through one of our concept iterations, the idea of the…


Android phone of a user

Suppose you’ve picked up an Android phone on the street and you saw the 4 apps above. Can you guess the profile of the phone user?

Your guess is likely to be that the user is a ‘she’, her religion is Muslim, perhaps looking for a job recently, and she’s either a mother or someone who is into virtual cats.

Yes, in essence, that’s how Facebook profiles you if you own these apps in your Android phone. Now, let’s talk about the ‘how’.

Cut to the chase

  • Facebook is able to track you because Android developers of 3rd party apps (example: Indeed Job Search)…


How Design Thinking was used in the design and construction of a national memorial in Singapore.

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on the Founders’ Memorial. Read Part 1 here.

Source: Founders’ Memorial

Our team was truly honoured to be involved in Phase 2 and Phase 3 of this journey and we will illustrate the Design Thinking methods used to drive this unique project. For ease of understanding and standardisation of naming convention, the methods mentioned and explained can be referenced from the book, “Universal Methods of Design” by Bella Martin and Bruce Hanington. …


How Design Thinking was used in the design and construction of a national memorial in Singapore.

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on the Founders’ Memorial design process

Dialogue Session at the National Design Centre, Source: Founders’ Memorial

The journey started on 13 April 2015, when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’ announced the idea of a Founders’ Memorial Committee (FMC)in a Parliamentary statement following the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. …


Why all schools should teach kids to Code, Design, and Make

Living in a world where smartphones, computers, and smart systems have been so deeply woven into our daily lives, it is no surprise technological shifts have disrupted and transformed the education landscapes, but, not at a satisfactory rate. In a time of the rapid technological revolution, education has been the slowest to react.

Despite current efforts to introduce real-world problem-solving mindsets in schools, most of the mainstream curriculum and syllabuses are not up to date with the world children are experiencing today.


Rapid idea generation techniques for being creative on demand

Balancing Analytics & Creativity In Marketing | Geary Company

What Is Creativity?

Let’s start off with an activity to test your level of creativity, shall we? Let’s say you’re given a paper clip 🖇 — list down or sketch as many ideas you can think of using the paper clip. We’ll give you a minute for this…


As an education technology and design startup with a lean team, having the right collaboration tools is essential aside from having the right people on your team. Imagine having to manage one of your team’s UX Designers input from all the way across the globe; how are you going to effectively communicate and ensure that tasks run smoothly? The presence of several business units across various regional pockets of the world has significantly increased. Communication is key when it comes to running any sort of business and having the right tools ensures to avoid possible miscommunication and streamlines the workflow…


🤔 What is Design? 🤯 What is Innovation?

Before we begin, I would like you to answer 2 questions.

  1. What are the first 3 words that come to your mind when you see the word ‘Design’?
  2. What are the first 3 words that you associate with ‘Innovation’?

Take a minute or two to think about the words that came to your mind. Do you see some of the words you thought of appearing in these word cloud images?

Word cloud for “What is design?” by Codomo

Whenever we are asked to do a talk or a design workshop, we ask the same set of questions to various groups of audiences. Although each audience is from a…


School’s out! Summer holidays ahoy! For the Potato Pirates crew, Summer not only means even more Sun, Sea, and Sand; it’s also a great time to promote learning through fun and engaging activities, with many wonderful opportunities to create amazing memories as a family. However, with a holiday break as long as this, we’re sure some of you might be worried about the times your kids start feeling bored or spend too much time in front of a screen — whether it be the computer, or the TV (we quite dislike that!)

Fret not — the crew of the S.S…

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