P is for Post-its

An iconic symbol of the designer’s studio, the post-it comes in handy for collaborative thinking exercises. Post-its can help both designers and couples share brain-space in a physical way. Researchers call this thinking-through-doing “extended cognition” and it plays a crucial role in problem solving.

Unfortunately, most couples discuss important issues in bed or at the dinner table. It’s a static process: they are not moving ideas around outside of their heads, and therefore are not able to truly understand (in a tactile, shared way) what they are thinking and feeling.

Just as great designers use post-its to derive insights on a regular basis, so too might couples find new meaning together through a bit of post-it noting.

Perhaps the couple that post-its together, stays together.