Rock, paper, digital

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in Blog, commentary, just for fun | 2 Comments
Rock, paper, digital

PreRamble:  Great article in yesterday’s WSJ on the state of the art and fate of paper maps in the digital era … (Great headline too: “Paper Maps Refuse to Fold“) I love maps — probably because I am generally navigationally challenged and a nice piece of actual paper that shows me where I’m supposed to be […]

Seeing information

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Blog, commentary, design | One Comment
Seeing information

PreRamble:  In an article for the Visual.ly marketplace, data journalist Jon Salm cites the fascinating and highly Design-Thinking-relevant research of Dr. Ruth Rosenholtz on visual perception and the user experience around infographics. Dr. Rosenholtz,  Principal Research Scientist at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, focuses on aspects of human vision including visual search, peripheral vision, […]

Delightful documentation

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Blog, commentary, design | No Comments
Delightful documentation

Pre-Ramble:  I spent a better part of the morning going down the most enjoyable rabbit hole.  It started with a series of portraits by British photographer Luke Stephenson … portraits of caged birds against colored backdrops entitled “An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds” (shown left). The Show Bird series reflects the driving philosophy of Stephenson’s work … to characterize “life in Britain and the […]

Shot of happiness

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Blog, commentary, just for fun | No Comments
Shot of happiness

Pre-Ramble:  “100 Happy Days” seems like such an easy, flitty, fun thing to do — for 100 days in a row, participants are to post a picture of something that makes them feel happy.  Blogger Taylor Wyllie describes it: “100 Happy Days is a world-wide “challenge” that encourages people to post a new picture that makes them happy for 100 […]

Carpe imagination

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Blog, commentary | No Comments
Carpe imagination

Pre-Ramble:  There is a lot of amazing thought leadership going on out there – no better than the brilliant thinking of Rita J. King.  The way she thinks about the world is an art form. Crowned “The Muse of the New Digital Reality” by Saul Kaplan’s Business Innovation Factory, King swirls across and among diverse content areas, pulling threads of […]

There’s no place like the Ordway

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Blog, commentary, Ordway Plays | No Comments
There’s no place like the Ordway

PreRamble:  Pop on those ruby slippers and follow that yellow brick road – post haste!  Saint Paul’s Ordway Center for the Performing Arts proudly presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage adaptation of beloved classic, The Wizard of Oz. James Rocco, vice president of theatrical programming and producing artistic director for the Ordway sets the stage … “The […]

Miss Saigon – remembering an era

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Blog, commentary, Ordway Plays | No Comments
Miss Saigon – remembering an era

PreRamble:  Another in a series of reviews that I post as a guest blogger for St. Paul’s Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, here are some notes on their production of Miss Saigon – the limited engagement runs now through this weekend – October 8-13 — ! Having never seen Miss Saigon, I only had a vague sense of it from marketing materials and […]

BIF9 – Go forth and “try more stuff”

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Blog, commentary, great moments | No Comments
BIF9 – Go forth and “try more stuff”

PreRamble:  The BIF9 Summit – The Business Innovation Factory (BIF) recently showcased a line-up of outstanding thinkers, writers, speakers, musicians, and odd rubber creatures in a lively two-day forum at the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI. Part think-tank, part do-tank, the Business Innovation Factory “sets the stage for multi-level approaches to transformational change, designing and testing new business models through sponsored projects” in realms which include […]

Dream on

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Blog, commentary, creativity, just for fun | No Comments
Dream on

PreRamble:  In a combination of expectation setting and just-good-fun, self-appointed expert and author Jon Methven ponders the theory and practice of daydreaming in modern life. He sets up his premise … There is nothing wrong with spending vast quantities of time fantasizing about imaginary realities far away from the cheerless hardships of modern life. The problem is […]

Innovation in a box

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Blog, commentary, creativity, strategy | 2 Comments
Innovation in a box

PreRamble:  I’ve had an attitude about the phrase “think outside the box” for quite some time.  Seems to me, a phrase that’s supposed to reference creative thought should be less of a hackneyed cliche. Well, so then, along comes the latest shiny theory to crack the code on innovation, “Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough […]