Design Feeling

How to sharpen your intuition as a designer using tarot with Dr. Adeola Enigbokan

#011 - It’s no secret that change is the only constant but the events of the past two years (or two months!) have certainly got our heads spinning. If you’re anxious about how all of this is going to affect your life and career, you’re not alone. So how do you make sense of your past and clarify your direction towards the future?Sometimes, you need more than just intellect to make better decisions. You need intuition. This is where tarot can help. Tarot is basically a pack of playing cards that originated in 14-15th century Europe. Although you might have seen them used as a divination system to predict things, tarot utilises principles used in creative thinking and it can be a powerful design tool for designers to ask the right questions and find unexpected answers.In this episode, I chat with with Dr. Adeola Enigbokan. Adeola is a designer, environmental psychologist and a practitioner of tarot for the past 20 years. We uncover the mysteries of tarot, and how the practice might increase our soft skill sets and add perspective on problem-solving in complex psycho-social dynamics. Adeola also demonstrates how she uses tarot to answer deep questions. You might be a tarot convert too after this episode.In this episode:

  • Using tarot as a tool to build your intuition to make better decisions
  • Raising awareness of the emotional impact of your designs and the emotional needs of your users and colleagues
  • Defining true empathy using tarot
  • Starting with self-compassion
  • Creating a space for people’s feelings to exist at work
  • Reassessing your individual and corporate identities and realigning them
  • Energy exchange as the future of work for designers


Salvador Dalí tarot card deck

Ten of Cups

Six of Swords

Adeola’s website

Adeola on Instagram

Adeola on LinkedIn

Environmental psychology

Tonglen meditation

Tarot for the Working Women

Random association technique credits

Illustrations by Isa Vicente

Music by Brad Porter

Episode edited by Niall Mackay

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