Monthly Archives: September 2009

Trance is basically a . . . boom-chicka-boom

I’m becoming a big fan of criticism, at times enjoying how people write about other people’s work even more than consuming the work directly. From today’s NY Times, a review of DJ Tiesto‘s show in NYC, with some background description of what means this trance: Virtually unchanged since the 1990s, trance is basically a gargantuan […]

Tim Brown on Design to Design Thinking

I’m still uncomfortable at the rush to make everyone designers when we mostly understand design as styling, but Brown makes some great points and highlights things missing from many design thinking talks: – design has been, and should be again, about big things – design has its routes in system, systemic, or integrative thinking (it’s […]

Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts

Just posting a poem that came to mind last night . . . Wendell Berry, “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything ready-made. Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die. And you will have a window in your head. […]

Oddly attractive electronics project

It’s got a look (or maybe it’s the music):

Thinking about design thinking? Try thinking about design instead

I’m in the middle of several threads with friends, co-workers, former co-workers, and the voices in my head about what to do with the on-again off-again me-che (meme + cliche, pron me-SHAY) of design thinking. Having just read Designful Company with others, I felt that the book and the me-che of design thinking makes it […]

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National Punctuation Day

Tomorrow is National Punctuation Day. For the organizers of this day, it is an opportunity to ritually revisit Strunk & White, write notes in a leisurely well-punctuated fashion, and correct all those signs store owners mispunctuate and brazenly hang in their windows. (ex. Customers “ONLY” can use our dryers). This is also a chance to […]

Toys and Creativity . . .

We have the classic line from Picasso about artists being people who manage to hold on to their childhood curiosity, energy, and willingness to experiment. We sometimes connect them to toys and play (MAKE Magazine has the “Permission to Play” t-shirt). This ignite talk takes us into the ________ world of adult Lego fans or […]

Ian McKellen on Acting

I’m starting to think I should start expressing myself in movie and TV bits from now on: – “Too many notes” – “A little saucy” – “Am I here to amuse you?” – “We’re coming with you!” – “There is no try. only do.” – “He’s dead Tom. Nothing you can do to bring him […]

Data viz in 5 minutes

Nice Ignite talk (“enlighten us. just be quick about it” by OReilly) about the basics of data visualization. The presenter, Matthias Shapiro, gives some nice conceptual frameworks to work with: pick your metric, ask a specific question, choose the dimensions (time, location, network, color, time).