This is what I was waiting for! Stanford finally released a comprehensive guide to using their foresight methods in a free ‘Playbook for Strategic Foresight and Innovation’. I was working with some of the tools already and will most certainly continue using them. Download the thing here:
In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of- home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukelele notation), the Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that’s as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together.
The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as you’d expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard,” bringing them to life depends on you.
Meet Franziska Krüger, Head of Germany at 23. A German native, who has lived in Austria, Australia, Taiwan and the Netherlands before deciding to help change the way we will look at websites in the not-so-far future.
Interviewed by Jeanette Gusko, PHD student and PR consultant.
The end of March I will be in Minneapolis for the Design Intersections Summit at the University of Minnesota. This years theme asks “Tweak or Leap? - What does Design Thinking demand?” and I am looking forward to discuss that as well as facilitate an assignment with the participants of the conference for 4Front. We will also kick off a Knowmadic Lab with John Moravec.
Exciting times since I will move on to NYC after that and also meet with Matthew Abrams who is the founder of Mycelium School. More on that later.
“I have forgiven mistakes that were unforgivable, I have tried to replace those who were irreplaceable and tried to forget those who were unforgettable. I have done things on impulse. I have been let down by those whom I thought would never let me down but I have also let others down. I have laughed when It was almost impossible to laugh. I have held someone to protect them. I have made life long friends, I’ve loved and been loved. I have screamed and jumped for joy, I have lived on love and made eternal promises of love. I have fallen many times. I have cried while listening to music and also when looking at photos. I have called someone just to hear their voice. I have fallen in love with a smile. I have also thought I was going to die from loosing someone special and I did loose them! but I lived! And I still live! I don’t allow life to pass me by and neither should you! Live! What is really good is to fight with determination, embrace life and live it with passion! Loose your battles with class and dare to win because the world belongs to those who dare and live. Life is worth too much to be insignificant…”—Charlie Chaplin
“Unlike blogging, where you spend time thinking carefully about what you say in each post, Tumblr is really more about the moment of consciousness, and capturing a snapshot of it. Hence, where blog posts are supposed to be solid and stand-alone, Tumblr posts stand in relation to an entire thread of posts. That’s why looking at a Tumblr page is like taking a peek into a person’s stream of consciousness.”—
This is rad (and the perfect Christmas gift!): Fellow Sandboxer and German Hans Raffauf just launched a new product.
The Changers Starter Kit will radically change the way you think about energy. Charge your mobile devices, save CO2 and track the amount of sun you’ve captured.
The Changers Starter Kit is also an example par excellence for designing not only a product but a whole system around it:
Share and compare + Get rewarded
In a community setting users can make their CO2 savings visible, see graphs, earn badges, compete with friends and inspire others to make a change. Statistics of individuals, groups, cities and countries are made available and can be explored and compared.
But this is not enough: Knowing that we all love rewards for our efforts, the amount of energy produced will be converted into personal Changers Credits and can be exchanged for perks.
Everything from design to strategy seems to be in place so far. I wish the team the best of luck with the launch and huge success on the market! I definitely want one!
Soon is a (visual) branding agency somewhere in Belgium and leaped right from zero into my favorite agency Top 10. This is some work they did for VIB, a life sciences research institute, based in Flanders, Belgium. For their fifteenth anniversary, they did the entire event branding, for which they used only chalk and a huge blackboard. They also designed a box with nine books in it and made more then 200 large chalk drawings for the books only.
“All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work … It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions … It’s gonna take awhile … You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”—Ira Glass
Researchers find a country’s wealth correlates with its collective knowledge
“What causes the large gap between rich and poor countries has been a long-debated question. Previous research has found some correlation between a nation’s economic prosperity and factors such as how the…
A new way to share, connect and get inspired — PICNIC introduces: PICNIC Stories
With the introduction of PICNIC Stories, PICNIC goes beyond the event. Like the festival, PICNIC Stories is all about sharing: inspiration, new ideas, different opinions, and knowledge. Built around content gathered by PICNIC, pieces composed by the PICNIC audience and supported by professional content partners we are creating a place that invites participation and sparks conversations.
I have no clue what the hell ‘Imeüble’ means but how else could it possible be translated than to ‘Want it!!’. Everything is right about this fantastic piece of work by Bjørn Jørund Blikstad a Design grad from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Oh, how I love these Norwegians! Contact and (as I assume) order via the designers website.
Bjork is another artist finding innovative new ways of marketing and selling her music. Her Biophilia app just became available at the app store this week.
Biophilia is an extraordinary and innovative multimedia exploration of music, nature and technology by the musician Björk. Comprising a suite of original music and interactive, educational artworks and musical artifacts, Biophilia is released as ten in-app experiences that are accessed as you fly through a three-dimensional galaxy that accompanies the album’s theme song Cosmogony. All of the album’s songs gradually become available inside Biophilia as interactive experiences, beginning with the first single Crystalline.
Björk has collaborated with artists, designers, scientists, instrument makers, writers and software developers to create an extraordinary multimedia exploration of the universe and its physical forces, processes and structures - of which music is a part. Each in-app experience is inspired by and explores the relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic.
Biophilia opens into a three-dimensional galaxy with a compass allowing navigation between the 3-dimensional universe and a two-dimensional track list. Take a closer look by tapping on stars within the constellations and you’ll see that each is an in-app purchase that gives access to the inspired combination of artifacts for each new Björk song: interactive art and games, music notation which can be used to sing along karaoke-style, abstract animations, lyrics, and essays that explore Björk’s inspirations for the track. These artifacts bring together conventional and alternative ways of representing and making music to create an environment for entertainment and learning. Biophilia challenges the way we think about music. Here, for the first time, is a music album that exploits the multimedia capabilities of mobile interactive technologies.
Biophilia was created by Björk in collaboration with interactive artist and app developer Scott Snibbe, and Björk’s longtime design collaborators M/M (Paris).