Concrete and Abstract

Post seven in a series about visually representing design mindsets.

We all know people who live in the world of high-level concepts and ideal scenarios. We also know people are the “get-stuff-done” types.

Great designers are able to move between those two mindsets, capturing the best from both.

Theoretical frameworks are great, in theory. Tactics are what really move the needle. But there’s a middle ground where you’re able to abstract a layer above the tactics in order to replicate them and scale. Without abstraction, you live in a world of one offs. Without concrete action, you live in a world devoid of impact.

How might you spend more time inhabiting the space between these mindsets? Visiting each land by choice and not by default.