New York, a SuperAwesomeMicroProject and the Fish Slap

What a week! I’m just pausing now to catch my breath and the thought just occurred to me… …if I never started using Twitter, I never would have started blogging and I would never have imagined that one day I would be working for a blogger – let alone be heading to a conference in [...] Read More

A Quest Looking into Space – Light Painting, Wifi, and Black Holes

Want to see what wifi looks like when lit up? “This project explores the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces by light painting signal strength in long-exposure photographs. A four-metre long measuring rod with 80 points of light reveals cross-sections through WiFi networks using a photographic technique called light-painting.” (see more photos here) [...] Read More

Three ways to turn new packages inside out

New, new new. Go, go go. It’s now several weeks into my new part-time job producing ebooks and I’m loving it. I’m enjoying my work/life balance more than ever- spending time at the local kindergarten with my youngest, taking what-feels-like-luxurious walks around the block with the boys in the afternoon – and fascinated with all [...] Read More

Social Media for a Smarter Planet

One of the things I’m pretty passionate about is looking at ways we can apply technology and some creative thinking to help create a better world. I saw this video appear in my Facebook news feed, and thought I’d share it in case you’re interested in seeing how IBM has been using social media to [...] Read More

VCA Centre for Cultural Partnerships

Today was a significant day for me. The Hon Julia Gillard, MP, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia launched the VCA Centre for Cultural Partnerships “a dynamic hub, drawing in people from around the world to think, reflect and take action on building stronger, more vital communities through partnership-based approaches to the arts, community development and [...] Read More

Embedding Innovation

I’ve been thinking about the opportunity for more organisations to: a) encourage people to think “out of the box” b) provide the right tools and process c) apply innovative thinking to everyday work (not just specific projects) Although there may be times where teams are set up and dedicate themselves to specific research or projects, [...] Read More

Transforming Design

A short while back, a colleague in the US blogged (on the intranet) about an innovative product design that needed particular feedback, so I spent a few moments replying. I thought this issue deserved some more publicity and input, so I spontaneously used our internal social networking site Beehive to set up a call to [...] Read More

Semantic Broadcasting

Information as you know it is changing. Step into a different visual metaphor with me for a moment and enjoy the ride. Just discovered this Semantic Broadcasting experiment by David Bausola aka Zero Influencer (who is another author for the Age of Conversation sequel). It’s based on the song “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley, created as [...] Read More

Saul Bass

Like many others, I have always been impressed and inspired by the visual style of the talented graphic designer Saul Bass (1920-1996.) [youtube=] Vertigo title sequence [youtube=] Walk on the Wild Side title sequence [youtube=] Casino title sequence His obituary in the New York times celebrated him as “the minimalist auteur who put a jagged [...] Read More

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