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"Aha" Moments Caught on Tape. Stop Fetishising The Insight. Schumpeter: Think different. WPP's Planning Guru Jon Steel on what he values most in a Planner ! Steampunk radio. A remarkable story about Victorian platform innovation Radio is in flux.

Steampunk radio

The first digital radio platform – DAB – is in danger of being eclipsed before most of us have even bought one. The second wave is evolving fast, but widespread Internet radio is years away so radio stations are investing in web sites and mobile apps. Meanwhile, audiences for radio everywhere are steady but looking fragile and everyone’s waiting for a persuasive package of content and convenience to justify the switch to digital. Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity. By Maria Popova Why creativity is like LEGO, or what Richard Dawkins has to do with Susan Sontag and Gandhi.

Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity

In May, I had the pleasure of speaking at the wonderful Creative Mornings free lecture series masterminded by my studiomate Tina of Swiss Miss fame. I spoke about Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity, something at the heart of Brain Pickings and of increasing importance as we face our present information reality. The talk is now available online — full (approximate) transcript below, enhanced with images and links to all materials referenced in the talk. The Auteur Myth. Randall Stross recently wrote an interesting piece in the Times extolling the virtues of the Apple design process by comparing it to Google’s engineer driven approach.

The Auteur Myth

According to Stross, who riffs on a well known talk by John Gruber, the success of Apple is a tribute to the auteur model of design: At Apple, one is the magic number.One person is the Decider for final design choices. Not focus groups. The Eight Pillars of Innovation. The greatest innovations are the ones we take for granted, like light bulbs, refrigeration and penicillin.

The Eight Pillars of Innovation

But in a world where the miraculous very quickly becomes common-place, how can a company, especially one as big as Google, maintain a spirit of innovation year after year? Nurturing a culture that allows for innovation is the key. As we’ve grown to over 26,000 employees in more than 60 offices, we’ve worked hard to maintain the unique spirit that characterized Google way back when I joined as employee #16. At that time I was Head of Marketing (a group of one), and over the past decade I’ve been lucky enough to work on a wide range of products. Some were big wins, others weren’t. Showcase of Impressive Design Process Explanations. A common feature amongst the top design portfolio and agency websites is a visually presented explanation of their design process.

Showcase of Impressive Design Process Explanations

Branch Holder for making stick-swords. Creative Types: Embrace Chaos. DJ Kool Herc DJs his first block party (his sister's birthday) at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, New York. DJ Kool Herc: 'When I extended the break, people were ecstatic, because that was the best part of the record to dance to.' Considering the event is thought to be the birth of a globe-spanning, music-based culture almost half a century old, the ambitions that lay behind it were endearingly modest.

DJ Kool Herc DJs his first block party (his sister's birthday) at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, New York

Cindy Campbell just wanted to raise a bit of money before the new school term began to buy some clothes from boutiques on Delancey Street, 10 miles south on Manhattan's Lower East Side, rather than wear the same clothes as her classmates who'd be shopping nearer home. So she hired the first-floor recreation room of the 100-unit apartment building they lived in, at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, and threw a party. Coffee as lubricant of the enlightenment. M'learned colleague Simon Hopkins related an anecdote from Neal Stephenson's historical novel Quicksilver, about how coffee's introduction to Britain was doubted as being a highly exotic acquired taste, if not a mindbending intoxicant due to the average constitution's lack of familiarity with caffeine. With delightful serendipity, a recent Pepys' diary entry, for Saturday 10 November, saw our hero stopping off at a coffee-house.

The excellent annotations lead to various further notes on coffee, and this fascinating aside from T.B. Macaulay's History of England: “The coffee house must not be dismissed with a cursory mention. Don’t Forget the “I” in “T”: On Recommitting to Specialism. Mashery's Circus Mashimus poster at SXSWi 2011 Picture the scene.

Don’t Forget the “I” in “T”: On Recommitting to Specialism

There are around 4-6 people clustered around a table together. All trying to solve a problem, all very talented… most of them creative/strategy/tech hybrids. Intel Visual Life - Michael Wolff. Developing Your Creative Practice: Tips from Brian Eno. Current neuroscience research confirms what creatives intuitively know about being innovative: that it usually happens in the shower.

Developing Your Creative Practice: Tips from Brian Eno

After focusing intently on a project or problem, the brain needs to fully disengage and relax in order for a “Eureka!” Moment to arise. Ogilvy's Channel‬‏ Urban Outrage. Think Tank: Size does matter when it comes to innovation. James Burke: Connections. Connections explores an Alternative View of Change (the subtitle of the series) that rejects the conventional linear and teleological view of historical progress.

James Burke: Connections

Burke contends that one cannot consider the development of any particular piece of the modern world in isolation. Rather, the entire gestalt of the modern world is the result of a web of interconnected events, each one consisting of a person or group acting for reasons of their own (e.g., profit, curiosity, religious) motivations with no concept of the final, modern result of what either their or their contemporaries' actions finally led to.

The interplay of the results of these isolated events is what drives history and innovation, and is also the main focus of the series and its sequels. Berghs' Exhibition '11. Five Inspiring Ideas, From MoMA's Chief Design Mind And A Leader In Game Development [Video] Few people are better situated to speak about the present state -- and future prospects -- of design today than Kevin Slavin and Paola Antonelli.

Five Inspiring Ideas, From MoMA's Chief Design Mind And A Leader In Game Development [Video]

Antonelli, of course, is the senior curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Among the many groundbreaking shows she's put on, perhaps the most influential was Design and the Elastic Mind, which tracked the various ways that designers were using technology to break out of the discipline's old boundaries. Slavin, working with Frank Lantz, co-founded Area/Code, a game developer that was just recently acquired by Zynga, becoming Zynga New York. The Man in Blue > Anatomy of a Mashup: Definitive Daft Punk visualised. 12 May 2011 See "Definitive Daft Punk" visualised in realtime » I've always believed in the strong connection between sound and vision. Music videos are like little slices of synchronous art, designed to please all of your senses. (Go ahead, lick your TV next time "Poker Face" comes on!) Every so often I delve into music making, but aside from the cover art for those releases my music has remained very separate from my visual design work.

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I Make Things - Bre Pettis Blog - The Cult of Done Manifesto. Dear Members of the Cult of Done, I present to you a manifesto of done. This was written in collaboration with Kio Stark in 20 minutes because we only had 20 minutes to get it done. How the Group Changes What We Think. Making Digital Work by @edwardboches. A Designer’s Enlightening Notes. Creativity Takes Courage: 5 Ways To Build Your. Quentin Tarantino @ David Letterman, 1997. #54 – Writing Hacks, Part 1: Starting. 7 Classic Movies that Influenced Quentin Tarantino - Classic Films Quentin Tarantino Draws on. One of the most exciting American filmmakers since Scorcese, Quentin Tarantino’s groundbreaking style has earned its own adjective: “Tarantinoesque.” David Friedman's Portraits of Inventors.

By Maria Popova. The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Apr., 1993), pp. 293-321. The Creativity Killer: Group Discussions - David Sherwin - Life. Being Awesome and Making Cool Things Happen - Technorati Advertising. At SXSW Interactive, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dan Mall from Big Spaceship, a 50 person creative agency in Brooklyn, New York. Working Best at Coffee Shops. Kotter's 8-Step Change Model - Change Management Training from MindTools. Implementing Change Powerfully and Successfully. Ideas to accelerate agency innovation. 25 Famous Thinkers and Their Inspiring Daily Rituals. How Genius Works - The Culture Report.

David Kelley on Designing Curious Employees. How To Steal Like An Artist (And 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me) - Austin Kleon. Searching for Value in Ludicrous Ideas. A speed date with design thinking. E-prototype_oct10.pdf - Powered by Google Docs. Innovation & Collaboration. Tim Brown, IDEO Chief, Values Questions Above Answers. IDEO’s Tim Brown in conversation with Bruce. Discovering the Best Business Ideas. Curiosity and Creativity. Connecting Curiosity to Creativity. Pulp Fiction Movie References Guide.

Video explains the world's most important 6-sec drum loop. Locke, John  Genetic recombination. DJ Kool Herc Hip Hop History. Shakespeare's Words: List of Words Shakespeare Invented. Are You Casting A Shadow? Steven Johnson and Kevin Kelly at the NYPL. Learning from Angry Birds. BBC World Service Programmes - The Friday Documentary: The Greatest Hits Of The World.

Elisha Gray and Alexander Bell telephone controversy. Nathan Myhrvold and collective genius in science. Geek Mondays: The Gray Areas of Invention. Scope. CaT London 2010: Beeker Northam, Dentsu London Strategy Director. Polaroid and Apple: Innovation Through Mental Invention. Innovation Always Starts With Empathy; Look at Zipcar and Even Apple. How to explain an idea: a mega post. Brainstorming 2.0: Making Ideas That Really Happen. Sir Ken Robinson, March 2011, Learning Without Frontiers - Learning Without Frontiers - blip.tv. The Yin Yang of innovation. Aaron Koblin on the Digital Renaissance. Scott Belsky on How to Avoid Idea Plateaus.