Design Thinking for Social Good: An Interview with David Kelley ~ Avi Solomon interviews David Kelley founder of IDEO and Standford’s d.school on the importance of anthropological fieldwork in design, Needfinding, the definition of design, Steve Jobs and more design thinking gold. via BoinBoing.net, published September 22, 2012.
Boring is Productive ~ The point is that you should decide what you don’t care about and that you should learn how to run those parts of your life “on autopilot.” Instead of wasting your mental energy on things that you consider unimportant, save it for those decisions, activities, and people that matter most to you. via Harvard Business Review, published September 19, 2012
If Design’s No Longer the Killer Differentiator, What Is? ~ John Maeda on what comes after design in business. ‘What people want today goes well beyond technology and design. They don’t just want four wheels and a means to steer, or to be surrounded by music and information wherever their eyes and ears may roam. What people are looking for now is a way to reconnect with their values: to ground how they can, will, and should live in the world. The innovation now needs to occur elsewhere. Outside the design. Into, quite frankly, the world of art. via Wired, published September 21, 2012
Clinton Global Initiative 2012: IDEO CEO Tim Brown on Where Designers Often Go Wrong ~ Shortly after former president Bill Clinton delivered his opening remarks welcoming attendees to The Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting Sunday, Brown took to the stage with Fast Company Editor Linda Tischler. The topic was the conference’s main theme: “Designing for Impact”. via The Washington Post, published September 25, 2012.
Why We Should Teach Empathy to Improve Education (and Test Scores) ~ Empathy can help reduce the damaging effects of repeated stress in human children—like it did for the rat pups in the McGill University laboratory—which seems to suggest that empathy has tremendous implications for achievement, both socially and intellectually. Empathy isn’t just something for youth, either. It’s a skill that can transform a community and build social capital. via Forbes, published September 26, 2012.
TALKS & VIDEOS
‘Caine’s Arcade’ Continues to Inspire Creativity & Tears of Joy, 5 Months Later (Video) ~ Caine’s Arcade inspired a wave of cardboard creativity as children around the globe were motivated to make their own cardboard arcade games, rocket ships, robots, and more after seeing Caine on the news and on the Internet. The phenomenon inspired a foundation, the Imagination Foundation, to foster creativity in even more kids, and next month on October 6, the one year anniversary of the flash mob at Caine’s Arcade, the Imagination Foundation is kicking off the Cardboard Challenge and inviting the world to “build something awesome out of cardboard and imagination.” via Social Times, published September 20, 2012.
On Productive Play ~ Educators talk about how the Imagination Playground encourages children’s growth through play. via Imagination Playground, published September 6, 2012.
The Emphatic Civilization ~ Bestselling author, political adviser, social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of this core Conceptual Age aptitude, and imagines what the next evolutionary iteration of empathy might look like. (Hint: A single race writ large in a single biosphere). via RSA Animate, published May 10, 2010.
Dad Sends his Son’s Toy Train to Space, Creates Short Film Showing the Journey ~ via Peta Pixel, published September 21, 2012
Further Adventures In Nanotypography ~ In 2007, artist Robert Chaplin succeeded in making the World’s Smallest Book by carving a series of letterforms onto a microchip. Now he wants to release a printed version that readers can enjoy without the aid of an electron microscope… via Creative Review, published September 21, 2012.
When Architects Design Homes for Their Parents ~ It comes as no surprise that some of the most famous architects’ early commissions were for their parents. Who better to encourage their experimental ideas? How better to repay years of encouragement? For a few—like Charles Gwathmey (whose Amagansett house was featured in our October 2012 American Modern issue) and Harry Seidler—those were the projects that put them on the map. via Dwell, published September 19, 2012.
Circuit Board Mandalas For A Society That Worships Tech ~ Rethinking…* the Mandala in an age of abundant and ever changing electronic technology. Though the artistic tradition is thousands of years old, Leonardo Ulian makes mandalas like none other. Whereas most mandalas are defined by intricate weaves and dyes, Ulian sources electronic parts–transistors, capacitors and wiring–to construct a sort of techno-spiritual amalgam, a set of mandalas for the silicon age
The Big Ernest Hemingway Photo Gallery: The Novelist in Cuba, Spain, Africa and Beyond ~ via Open Culture, published September 25, 2012.
Graffiti Artist Recreates Google Street View Images Where they Were Snapped ~ For the ‘Street Ghosts’ project, artist Paolo Cirio pastes life-sized pictures of people randomly snapped by the search giant’s cameras back in the spot they were captured. via PSFK, published September 25, 2012.
This Spectacular Image is the Deepest View of the Universe ~ Astronomers working with the Hubble Space Telescope have just released the most detailed view of the early Universe ever captured. It’s called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF for short. The image combines over ten years’ worth of photographs by Hubble. It required 2-million seconds of exposure time to produce, and contains over 5,500 of the Universe’s most ancient galaxies. via Io9, published September 26, 2012.