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"Aha" Moments Caught on Tape. Research has caught on "tape" the moment of insight that comes to us in a daydreaming state of mind. These are the proverbial "aha," "eureka! " or "light bulb" moments of discovery that come to us whether it's something simple like suddenly remembering the name of an old friend or some truly innovative insight like the key to a new computer program. In these moments of insight, "EEG recordings revealed a distinctive flash of gamma waves emanating from the brain's right hemisphere . . . one-third of a second before a volunteer experienced their conscious moment of insight," writes Robert Lee Hotz in an article on the creative problem-solving attributes of daydreaming in the Wall Street Journal .

What's more, the moment of insight was associated with a change in alpha brain waves in the visual cortex, which also jibes with what researchers know about daydreaming. While daydreaming, the brain enters an alpha wave state, a more relaxed state of mind. Copyright Amy Fries. 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. 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. 130 years ago, nearly thirty years before the first public radio broadcast, at an international electrical exhibition in Paris, entrepreneur Clément Ader prototyped a package of content delivered via a new platform, the telephone.

The singers placed themselves in the mind of the listener, some to the right and others to the left. A subscriber to an equivalent service in London, Electrophone, described the process: Electrophone listeners in 1901 The Théâtrophone receiver. 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. 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.

These are pages from the most famous florilegium, completed by Thomas of Ireland in the 14th century. Florilegia were compilations of excerpts from other writings, essentially mashing up selected passages and connecting dots from existing texts to illuminate a specific topic or doctrine or idea. The word comes from the Latin for “flower” and “gather.” Our minds were altered less by books than by index slips.” Do stuff. The Auteur Myth | Wired Science 

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. 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. Not data crunchers. Not committee consensus-builders. The decisions reflect the sensibility of just one person: Steven P. It’s a provocative analogy, but I think we tend to overemphasize the singular impact of auteurs, at least in the film business. The reason the studios were so important for Hitchcock is that they allowed him to cultivate the right kind of creative team. Interestingly, the collapse of the studio system in the late 1950s led to a marked decline in Hitchcock’s creative output; the auteur began making mediocre movies.

PS. Photo: Alfred Hitchcock by Jack Mitchell. The Eight Pillars of Innovation. The greatest innovations are the ones we take for granted, like light bulbs, refrigeration and penicillin. 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. Although much has changed through the years, I believe our commitment to innovation and risk has remained constant. What’s different is that, even as we dream up what’s next, we face the classic innovator’s dilemma: should we invest in brand new products, or should we improve existing ones?

Share everything. 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. This simple idea of describing how a potential client’s project will be handled from start to finish is a great way of securing projects and giving the customer an insight into what their working relationship with the designer(s) will be like. This showcase rounds up a bunch of impressive examples of how various designers have explained their design process with the aid of clever graphical elements. Explaining your design process The basic idea of presenting your design process to potential clients is a great way of giving them an insight into what their project will entail. Not only will this give them comfort in that they’ll know what to expect and how long it might take, but it also shows the amount of work that’s involved which helps tremendously in adding value to your work.

Pepperplane Solid Giant Hashrocket Scribble & Tweak Alan Horne Janko At Warp Speed. Branch Holder for making stick-swords. Creative Types: Embrace Chaos | Malcolm Gladwell. 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. 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. The main attraction? Her 16-year-old brother, Clive – his height and muscles earned him the nickname Hercules – and his record collection. The flyer was hand-drawn, on lined index file cards. Herc's playlist was eclectic, and paid little heed to the trends of the day. "Boredom? " 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. It might indeed at that time have been not improperly called a most important political institution. No Parliament had sat for years. Further, this excellent article on the history of coffee-houses in general, including which coffee-houses were associated with which nascent political parties, and their importance as nodes in London's information networks: Don’t Forget the “I” in “T”: On Recommitting to Specialism.

Mashery's Circus Mashimus poster at SXSWi 2011 Picture the scene. 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. An hour later, they’ve gone in circles several times, sure, but between them there’s light at the end of the tunnel.. a few solutions look to be within reach. There are some very smart people arguing that generalists are the future. In an era of collaboration – which we’ve written about at length and repeatedly - it may feel a little strange to hear a plea here for specialism, but hear me out.

When Ben asked Are You Ready To Form Voltron? T-shaped people Yet of equal importance is the central pillar of ‘Awesome’ , or the “I” in “T”: the core skill we each bring to the table as individuals: Saneel and I have been pondering this off and on over the past few months. So, why is it worth asking yourself ‘what am I really good at?’ 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. After focusing intently on a project or problem, the brain needs to fully disengage and relax in order for a “Eureka!” Moment to arise. It’s often the mundane activities like taking a shower, driving, or taking a walk that lure great ideas to the surface.

Composer Steve Reich, for instance, would ride the subway around New York when he was stuck. Science journalist Jonah Lehrer, referencing a landmark neuroscience study on brain activity during innovation, writes: “The relaxation phase is crucial. The ebb and flow of concentrated focus and total disengagement has been a subject of particular interest to the composer, musician, and producer Brian Eno (U2, Talking Heads, Roxy Music). …a practice of some kind … It quite frequently happens that you’re just treading water for quite a long time. 1. Grab from a range of sources without editorializing. 2. 3. 4. 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. 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.

Connections (1978) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Connections² (1994) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Connections³ (1997) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Berghs' Exhibition '11. Five Inspiring Ideas, From MoMA's Chief Design Mind And A Leader In Game Development [Video] | Co.Design. Few people are better situated to speak about the present state -- and future prospects -- of design today than Kevin Slavin and Paola Antonelli.

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. Area/Code has built some visionary games, including Sharkrunners, where players look for virtual sharks controlled by real sharks being tracked by GPS, and another that has players running down the street being pursued by virtual spirits.

Design isn't just about creating objects, but also rather living systems. Why A Blockbuster Game Failed At First Hungry for more? 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. Now and into the future I plan to rectify this, and first cab off the ranks is a data visualisation I've had in my head for a while. The art of the mashup has come to the fore in pop culture of recent years, but beyond Biggie Smalls crooning over Elton's keys I feel that the general public understands little of the nuance that goes into constructing a complex mashup from tiny pieces of songs.

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Anatomy of a Mashup: Definitive Daft Punk visualised. Bre Pettis | 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. The Cult of Done Manifesto There are three states of being. Update: James Provost made the awesome poster for the Cult of Done Manifesto. And Joshua Rothaas made this poster. 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. David Friedman's Portraits of Inventors. 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. Working Best at Coffee Shops. Kotter's 8-Step Change Model - Change Management Training from MindTools. 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 | Dentsu London. 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 | Co.Design. How to explain an idea: a mega post | Life. Then strategy. Brainstorming 2.0: Making Ideas That Really Happen.

Sir Ken Robinson, March 2011, Learning Without Frontiers - Learning Without Frontiers - The Yin Yang of innovation. Aaron Koblin on the Digital Renaissance. Scott Belsky on How to Avoid Idea Plateaus.