Falling Into The Audience

I did like this new TED talk from activist-performer-singer-songwriter-blogger-provocateur (people who defy description make me happy) Amanda Palmer. She talks evocatively about the art of asking for support (financial and otherwise) from your following, and how that process can help build powerful connections with people. She calls it 'falling into the audience' which is a description I immediately loved.

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Design Is Everybody’s Business

It’s no surprise that the company behind the much-praised Aeron chairHerman Miller – would embrace a compelling design ethos.  The exquisitely-designed chair is featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, after all.

And yet, I was captivated by a recent presentation by the company’s director of insight and exploration, Gretchen Gscheidle.  (Thanks to the folks at San Diego’s CONNECT, for putting on the terrific seminar.)  As Gretchen outlined Herman Miller’s ten principles of design, I found them at once simple and profound.

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The Divided Brain

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant" Albert Einstein

This latest RSA Animate by reknowned psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist (and the accompanying book) is a powerful evocation of how the divergent, contradicting nature of the thinking from the two hemispheres of our brain (and how they interrelate) have shaped, and continue to shape, our world.

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Art Is Like Viagra for Science. Art and Science Complement Each Other in All Forms of Sense-Making. The Magic Formula for Innovation.

“If you’ve never been lost you’ll never end up getting anywhere new”. That was a great opening line when Dan Widen tried to sum up his observations on day one of the event. It was the first time I met him in person and I must say I really like him. Not only his achievements but his personal style of reflections.

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The Future of Visual Storytelling: From The Last Supper to the iPad Tablet

Of late, I've been thinking a lot about visual storytelling and the various ways that the Internet and digital devices like the iPad require us to process information and content. Over the past decade, there has been an astounding rise in the value of visual literacy -- the ability to process information and content that is delivered via images rather than text. When you think about it, all of the most popular forms of new Internet content - whether infographics, casual games or video clips - place a premium on visual storytelling. At the end of the day, the Apple iPad is primarily a device for consuming visual content.

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If "Design Thinking" Can Power Up Companies, How about "Art"? "Art" Should Not Be Reduced to Something Just for Display. "Art" Is the Soul of Design.

This is the view from my temporary office. I have received a lot of great feedback from my last post and I guess it is a popular subject. And there are many different point-of-views out there. I want to continue on the subject and this was written on my 18 hour transpacific flight while eating a stack of home made French toast because I can’t stand airline food.

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Crowdfunding Artistic Projects Through Kickstarter

Brooklyn-based Kickstarter enables people to "crowd-fund" new artistic projects (books, movies, films, etc.) and then follow along the progress of the project through regular updates. In my first-ever Kickstarter project, I helped to crowd-fund a new book from Robin Sloan (a former Current TV exec and aspiring novelist) after reading about it on CNET:

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Video Games Need Their Oscars

Some of the biggest, well-know brands in the video game world announced new titles at last week's E3 trade show in Los Angeles. Maybe you've heard of Halo, Mario Bros., or BioShock but, unless you're a gamer, you probably know little else about them. Countless hours are spend enraptured by this varied, multi-billion-dollar industry, yet it still operates like a niche community. An acquired taste.

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Thinking about Processes as 'Science' and 'Art'

by: John Caddell

One of my most gratifying but ultimately unsuccessful work assignments was to create an offering to open up an attractive new market segment. It was gratifying because many things went well–we developed a strong brand, quickly took up a position of authority and insight, and sold several important deals.

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Hamlet across New Media

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