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99U - Insights on making ideas happen

99U - Insights on making ideas happen
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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. Imaginets Magnetic Shapes (Age 3+) Imaginets Magnetic Shapes from MindWare inspire kids to create and imagine. The fifty, full-color design challenge cards allow kids to recreate figures on the magnetic white board using a combination of colorful Imaginets shapes to make a dog or a dragon, a castle or a car, and much more. Or, they can make up their very own magnetic masterpieces. Imaginets Magnetic Shapes come in a sturdy, handled wooden carrying case for go-anywhere play. Ages 3 & up. Imaginets can provide children with an opportunity to build their confidence by creating shapes and abstract objects and build their hand skills and eye-hand coordination by manipulating the magnetic shapes.

Create Online: Sites to Spark Kids' Creativity Get our best picks for movies, apps, TV shows, books, and more, customized for your kids. Get the App Get the App How to create a mood board When trying to convey a design idea, moods, feelings and fluffy stuff like that are hard to communicate. So professional designers will often use mood boards: a collection of textures, images and text related to a design theme as a reference point. Mood boards can be a great way to convey your design idea, win pitches and get an early sign-off. Telepathy would save a lot of time but sadly for most of us it's not an option.

Peter Jaworowski: Quality & Time Peter Jaworowski is an established freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in Warsaw Poland at the Ars Thanea Studio. His clients include Nike, Nokia, Warner Bros, Coca-Cola, Sony Playstation, Oakley, among others. Jaworowski shared his thoughts on timeline pressures, balancing project quality versus speed, and motivation for self-improvement. Know More Know more. Map your mind. Get the power of information visualization. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Folders. Our own organic Brains aren't always linear.

Mad Hot Ballroom (Age 8+) At first, it might seem strange to see such young people working so seriously on ballroom dancing. But within minutes, Marilyn Agrelo's documentary convinces viewers that this is exactly the right activity for these dedicated, enchanting fifth-graders. As they work with their teachers and each other to learn the difficult steps and postures for the rumba, tango, swing, merengue, and fox-trot, they also reveal much about themselves as thoughtful, dynamic young people. As they dance, they are exposed to various cultural traditions and begin to learn traditional gender roles (the boys are instructed, "Take care of your partner").

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