On my search for inspiration for rewriting the design observation element, I found this article. I once met Steve Portigal in Hong Kong, he might be a good person to interview. In the article he writes:
I was thinking of an activity that draws on this repetition of noticing. You condition yourself to notice again because you became interested but your interest for knowing was not entirely satisfied the first time. He also wrote, noticing is a conversation with the world around us, and our inner ‘ego’. I don't want this skill to be an outburst of developing a self-concept but truth is, in order to understand others we have to understand us (our self) first.
They mention 2 activities to train your noticing-skills. One technique is reporting about what you have experienced between a certain time frame (we do this already in compendium 1) and the other is uploading a daily picture to flickr with annotation or making a blog entry. This reminded me somehow of Peter’s ‘What is design’ article. Maybe we can draw connections between quite and designer design and noticing for design observation.