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The Importance of Quick & Dirty ~ Jason Fried, co-founder and president of 37signals, on why ‘The ability to run with scissors is a blessing, not a curse.’ via Inc.com, published April 30, 2013.

5 Ways To Innovate By Cross-Pollinating Ideas ~ via FastCo.Design, published May 10, 2013.

Many Parents Push Academics Over Play Which May Harm Kids’ Health  ~ On the critical importance of play…* in life and learning. via Inhabitots, published January 1, 2012.

Want Kids to Become Scientists? Don’t Arrest Them For Experimenting ~ #ScienceIsNotACrime . via GOOD, published May 3, 2013.

Profiling Serial Creators ~  Scott Barry Kaufman on why it’s essential that we continually question and attempt to improve the methods by which we identify, mentor, and cultivate those who are ready and capable of becoming our next generation of innovators. Tragically, we are failing these students, often unknowingly letting them fall between the cracks in an education system that rewards characteristics that dampen creativity, such as conformity, standardization, and efficiency. via The Creativity Post, published May 8, 2013.

Well Designed Schools Improve Learning by 25 Percent Says New Study ~ via Dezeen, published January 2, 2013.

John Dewey’s Vision of Learning as Freedom ~ “The inclination to learn from life itself and to make the conditions of life such that all will learn in the process of living is the finest product of schooling.” via the New York Times, published September 5, 2012

5 Innovation Lessons You Can Learn On The Dance Floor ~ “Through movement we can inspire creativity, deep listening, & cross-generational learning” via Fast Company, published May 3, 2013.

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Things Come (Very, Very) Apart ~ Toronto-based commercial photographer Todd McLellan disassembled 50 design classics for his book: Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living. McLellan’s photographs seek to challenge our disposable culture by making transparent all the things that we regularly throw away. “I hope people think a little bit more about the things they use. Not that people should have feelings for objects, but instead think about ‘reuse and recycle,’ not just ‘use and discard.’ ” via NPR, published May 1, 2013.

10 Playgrounds That Would Put Your Childhood Hangout to Shame ~ From a colorful crocheted alligator, to a surreal, warping jungle gym, to a playground made out of recycled iron drums, here are 10 truly innovative and unusual playgrounds. via Atlantic Cities, published May 7, 2013.

Explaining Complicated Philosophies With Gorgeously Simple Postcards ~ Philographics by Genís Carreras:  Making it easier for us to talk philosophy by removing words & replacing them with pictures ~ via WIRED Design, published May 6, 2013.

Tour Google Moon and Google Mars with Bill Nye the Science Guy ~ via Lost At E Minor, published May 9, 2013.

 

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The History of Typography Told in Five Animated Minutes ~ via Open Culture, published May 6, 2013.

The Best of Humanity Caught on Russian Dash Cams ~ via Colossal, published May 3, 2013.

Can A New Symbol Make You Better At Math? ~ Math popularizer Rob Eastaway’s ‘Zequals’ sign is a reaction against the learned helplessness that most of us have accepted in our relationship with numbers. via FastCo.Design, published May 6, 2013.

Graffiti Artist Uses Rotten Fruit and Vegetables As Paint ~ Tropical Hungry by Narcelio Grud. Grud scavenged for produce in the streets and created sustainable, organic murals with it. ~ via PSFK, published May 8, 2013.

High schoolers design robotic locker for disabled classmate ~ via GOOD, published May 9, 2013.

Friday Link Fest…*

 

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7 Design Principles, Inspired By Zen Wisdom ~  Primer outlining the main tenets of Zen Design. via FastCo.Design, published April 12, 2013.

Bruce Nussbaum: Creative Innovation Through Meaningful Design ~ Setting up design in terms of the existential takes you to a different set of concepts, like aura and engagement. via PSFK, published April 12, 2013.

The Next Big UI Idea: Gadgets That Adapt To Your Skill ~ How designers can use the fundamentals of video games and the psychological principles of flow to design enhanced user experiences. via FastCo.Design, published March 26, 2013.

Black Men’s College Success Depends on Grit, Not Just Grades, Study Finds ~ via Education Week, published April 12, 2013.

Your Phone vs. Your Heart ~ When you share a smile or laugh with someone face to face, a discernible synchrony emerges between you, as your gestures and biochemistries, even your respective neural firings, come to mirror each other. It’s micro-moments like these, in which a wave of good feeling rolls through two brains and bodies at once, that build your capacity to empathize as well as to improve your health. via New York Times, published March 23, 2013.

Go Ahead, Take a Failure Bow ~ via Harvard Business Review, published April 17, 2013.

The Joke’s on Louis C.K. ~ via New York Times, published April 4, 2013.

How to Be a Citizen Placemaker: Think Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper ~ via Project for Public Spaces, published April 7, 2013.

How Reframing A Problem Unlocks Innovation ~ Taking a different perspective can lead to stunning breakthroughs in any industry, writes Tina Seelig in inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity. via FastCo.Design, published April 19, 2013.

What the Brain Can Tell Us About Art ~ via New York Times, published April 12, 2013.

Why We Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow ~ Embodied cognition or how we make sense of abstract ideas by matching them to physical sensations and things our body knows. via Business Week, published April 17, 2013.

Transforming Education According to the Needs of the Human Soul ~ The most interesting questions do not happen under the rubric of literature, or indeed, of history.  It’s time to rearrange departments and academic teaching according to the issues that they are dealing with. via Big Think, published April 11, 2013.

Creativity in Schools: What Countries Do (Or Could Do) ~ via Education Week, published April 11, 2013.

WATCH

How to Create a Workplace People Never Want to Leave, by Google’s Christopher Coleman via Business Week, published April 11, 2013.

 

LOOK

Designer Creates The Idea Alphabet, An Idea In An Alphabet ~ via Design Taxi, published April 14, 2013.

The Imagination of Playgrounds ~ via Design Observer, published April 14, 2013.

Document Deep Dive: What Was on the First SAT? ~ via Smithsonian Magazine, published April 12, 2013.

Forensic Artist Proves Women Literally Don’t Know Their Own Beauty ~ via FastCo.Create, published April 16, 2013.

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