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Design : Chunk #3, The Business Model Canvas

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Why are you passionate about business models and business model innovation?
Because I crave to create full fledged business organisms that live on and ramble free to do more good than I could ever do with my own two hands. To create, inspire, and explore social business with both strong design and business thinking.
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Who do you work for? What do you do?
Co-Founder of Strategyzer, founder stuff and product design work.
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design, strategy
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Design Directions: Moodboards up!

Posted on February 22, 2009 at 4:00pm 32 Comments

Moodboard & Feedback time!

There's 3 possible directions here that fit roughly into the "safe, medium, and risky" when compared to the competitive landscape of management and business strategy books. They also focus on pushing different aspects of the branding form, emotions, outcome, and content that Alex had written up (unguided I might add).

Check out the moodboards, and… Continue

Involving You in the Design Strategy & Process

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 7:36pm 6 Comments

Dearfellow Business Model Hubbers,

I'd like to share my intentions for collaboration and a little background on myself with you all!!

Why I'm interested

I see an incredible design opportunity here. We've all heard of many design relationships that degrade to "I think people would like this..." with clients/designers guessing at what people would really like. It's a he-said-she-said situation. Here, we've got a group of intelligent people to not only give a… Continue

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At 1:56pm on May 2, 2009, Mike Lachapelle said…
Hi Alan

Was talking with Alex and he asked me to pass along this comment about the canvas graphics.

I am unfortunately a little behind on the chunks; so when I went to add these comments, the discussion was closed. Alex suggested sending them straight to you.

I really like the 'hand-drawn' look of the canvas with the information in script, particularly the parts where lines are drawn through info.

My boss, on returning from a trip, stopped by my office to tell me he passed time in the airport by grabbing a piece of paper and trying to sketch out canvases to describe the businesses he saw on the concourse. This was a great eureka moment for him on how the canvas works and for me in being successful in embedding that thinking at work.

Seeing the approach in the book of the hand-drawn canvas and script struck me as definitely showing that 'I did this' look to the material. So, I would encourage you not to turn these graphics into type and straight line.

Great work, cheers
At 4:12pm on January 16, 2009, Jay Goldman said…
I welcome the #mancrush entirely.
At 11:28pm on November 18, 2008, Alex Osterwalder said…
Alan, welcome to the book chunk journey. Looking forward to talking about rapid business model prototyping with you and the other members!

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