Design and the Elastic Mind

Design and the Elastic Mind

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The Best Tools for Visualization Visualization is a technique to graphically represent sets of data. When data is large or abstract, visualization can help make the data easier to read or understand. There are visualization tools for search, music, networks, online communities, and almost anything else you can think of. Get Smart by Charlie Finch Noam Chomsky argues that late capitalism is about using surplus value to create products which we don't really need that clutter and confuse our lives. What would he think of "Design and the Elastic Mind," hot curator Paola Antonelli's new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art? openFrameworks > Wake Up With the World Up With the World is a an iOS application that turns your wake up alarm into musical collaborative experience. > Fractal Film

Trapped Girls Updated Facebook Status Instead of Calling For Hel Too much social media can be a bad thing. Two girls lost in a stormwater drain in Adelaide, Australia, updated their Facebook status instead of calling emergency services on Sunday night, in a situation authorities called “worrying”. It’s not clear how much danger the 10- and 12-year old girls were in: Australia’s ABCNews describes them as both “lost” and “trapped”, but it’s possible that they felt no imminent danger. Nonetheless, the Metropolitan Fire Service expressed concern that the youngsters, equipped with phones, would raise the alarm on Facebook rather than calling 000, the Australian equivalent of 911: Metro Mensch stories City Mayors presents Metro Mensch Short stories about people in cities Christmas Eve in an English seaside town And they praised the English Queen and they wished her Merry Christmas and they shouted “we are safe, we are in England.” It was the tall bearded Uzbekistani who broke the silence the group had kept since leaving Calais hidden in a truck.

Roberta Faulhaber, facilitation graphique Recently a friend of mine discovered mindmapping and decided to try to use it to memorize poetry, an ongoing although until now frustrated ambition. About a week later, we met in a café and she proceeded to recite poetry to me for half an hour -- including Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold (see below). I was truly astounded, not only that she had successfully memorized all this poetry but by the remarkable delivery and the way the central metaphors came through so clearly in the way she spoke the verses. Then she showed me the visual notes she used to memorize Mathew Arnold's poem. Embodying Ethics: Endangered by Rohan Chhabra London designer Rohan Chhabra has adapted a range of hunter jackets so they transform into models of endangered animals (+ slideshow). For his Embodying Ethics: Endangered project, Rohan Chhabra took hunting attire and formed it into the shapes of the animals threatened by the activity. "The project aims to use design to inform the issue of extinction of critically endangered species," said Chhabra. His range includes representations of a mountain gorilla, an Asian elephant, a tiger, a saiga antelope and a rhino. All five weatherproof jackets looks similar in their original forms but Chabbra has added extra zips and poppers in different places on each, so elements can be altered and reshaped into the individual animals. Toggles are positioned to look like eyes and fabric folds create ears.

Paul Villinski artwork > birds and butterflies birds and butterflies I am drawn to humble, yet evocative materials; in this case, crushed beer cans from the streets of New York - every one of them once raised to someone’s lips. My process of “recycling” them into images of butterflies is a quiet physical meditation, a yoga of tin snips and files and more: • on beer can butterflies As the butterflies alight on the walls of my studio, they lead into an exploration of formal, painterly issues. Often, they want to gather into a certain shape, or fly off on a particular tangent, and I let them.

Research Groups and Projects Each Media Lab faculty member and senior research scientist leads a research group that includes a number of graduate student researchers and often involves undergraduate researchers. How new technologies can help people better communicate, understand, and respond to affective information. How technology can be used to enhance human physical capability. About Frontiers Frontiers Research Network The Frontiers Research Network is a rapidly growing research network for all academic communities. It includes the world's leading scientists, academics, clinicians, researchers and more. Launched in 2012, the Frontiers Research Network combines the user-friendly and multi-media approaches of online social networking with the extensive content produced by our authors, editors and high-profile academic users every day.

Graphic Facilitators As part of her wider research into the tools and methodologies used by the next generation of global leaders, Heidi Forbes Oste has started down the path of researching the value of “visual practice” (visual facilitation, graphic recording, mindmapping, sketch-noting, etc.) As a piece of her dissertation, Heidi’s research on the visual practice, although still in the early stages, focuses on how it supports leadership and global teams using social technologies. In this one-hour webinar with Alphachimp's Peter Durand, Heidi answered questions and gave insight into the broader trends at the intersection of social systems, collaborative technology, visual learning, innovation and global leadership. Video & Digital Sketchnotes at

Starry Light by Anagraphic The Starry Light, a collection of constellation lamps, comes from a collaboration between graphic designer Anna Farkas, of Anagraphic, and interior designer Miklós Batisz based on Anna’s original idea to have a lamp as a piece of art. The Budapest duo were able to craft a functional light but also one that projects the starry night sky through the holes of the half hemispheric shade. The LED light source emits beams of light up through the drillings and down onto the surface below, both at different strengths. Each Starry Light is made by hand in Budapest and features the celestial constellations of the Northern Hemisphere’s two equinoxes and solstices (you choose) but they are able to make custom constellations on request. The fixture is available in four colors: Matte white, Glossy white, Matte black, and Pearl violet.