How Decision and Ideation Skills Apply in Software and Design - Jon Kolko

In Chapter 7 of 17 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, designer and educator Jon Kolko shares the importance of and how he has developed rapid ideation and quick decision making skills. Upon graduating Carnegie Mellon, Kolko works at Austin startup, Trilogy Software, where he learns decision-making in a sink or swim environment. As his design career develops, he learns to balance rapidly creating new ideas with letting them marinate and develop. Kolko is the executive director of design strategy at venture accelerator, Thinktiv ( He is the founder and director of the Austin School for Design ( Previously, he worked at frog design and was a professor of Interactive and Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). He has authored multiple books on design. Kolko earned his Masters in Human Computer Interaction (MHI) and BFA in Design from Carnegie Mellon University.