On clarity and information design

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog, communication, design | No Comments
On clarity and information design

PreRamble:  My favorite, go-to curator of all things interesting, Maria Popova presents her expertly filtered findings on information design, citing Nate Silver on the Three Keys to Great Information Design.  She points to Silver’s recent effort with editor Gareth Cook, The Best American Infographics 2014. Here’s an excerpt … Popova quoting Silver, quoting Edward Tufte … […]

Brain science and navigating the “information environment”

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Blog, communication | No Comments
Brain science and navigating the “information environment”

PreRamble:  Three scientists were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering brain circuits that help us navigate our physical environment.  The research identifies special nerve cells that create an “inner GPS” system that guides and determines a “sense of place.” These findings make me wonder whether a similar kind of “mapping circuitry” would regulate the coding and organization of […]

Ideal information design

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Blog, communication, design | No Comments
Ideal information design

PreRamble:  Following up on my recent post on the visual perception of information — case in point — a very lovely graphic design/poster depicting very interesting and useful information on The Ideal Length of Everything Online … I like this graphic/poster — a lot.  It caught my eye right away.  It’s fun … it’s hip … it’s well-designed. It’s full of […]

Does quotation shortcut meaning?

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Blog, communication, creativity | No Comments
Does quotation shortcut meaning?

PreRamble: I surfed around to find a quote on the denigrating effects of quoting on the communication of information and/or meaning.  I wanted to use it  to enhance and support this exploration of the same topic as advanced by writer and opinion columnist for the New York Times, Maria Konnikova. Since I wasn’t able to find a suitable quote, we’ll have to […]

Framing the framer

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Blog, communication, creativity | No Comments
Framing the framer

      PreRamble:  As we strive to find ways to describe what we do – the particular slice of value that we bring to the world – it is always energizing to find a snippet out in the universe — that fits. Today, when I popped over to Seth Godin’s blog, like I do every day (highly recommend it) — there […]

Tell the story that’s yours to tell

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Blog, communication, storytelling | No Comments

PreRamble:  In a recent Table for Three column in NY Times Sunday Styles section, an interviewer chatted with “star and co-creator of the groundbreaking sitcom ‘Roseanne,’” Roseanne Barr, and writer, actress, creator and star of “The Mindy Project,” Mindy Kaling. These very wise and funny gals talked about their experiences and insights into the challenging world of comedy and life. On successful plotlines, RB:  That […]

Framing up your vision

Posted by on Nov 16, 2013 in Blog, communication, strategy | No Comments
Framing up your vision

PreRamble:  I bought some new eyeglasses yesterday. When it consistently took me an extra couple of blinks to get a visual lock on the tiny white font on my phone, I suspected that my prescription had changed. Yep — one eye exam and 20,000 potential frames later, I once again have the laser-sharp retinal response of a teenager ( … a […]

Storytelling as personal narrative – claiming your past

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in Blog, communication | No Comments
Storytelling as personal narrative – claiming your past

PreRamble:  Quick post-note to my earlier post on storytelling — an interesting aspect of the practice that I hadn’t considered —  the critical importance of the “personal narrative” as a foundation for psychological identity and well-being. Anna Fels, a psychiatrist and faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical School presents a psychological angle on storytelling through an example […]

Storytelling: the new darling of brand marketing

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Blog, communication | No Comments
Storytelling: the new darling of brand marketing

PreRamble:  Having been on both ends of the bedtime story routine, I have witnessed the magic and power that is the “story” forum.  Simple concepts presented in an engaging mix of image and narrative, revealing ever deeper layers of meaning through repetition and reflection. No wonder then, that storytelling is being used to great effect as the new darling of brand marketing, social media […]

The art of facilitation

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in Blog, communication, design, education, strategy | One Comment
The art of facilitation

PreRamble:  Last week, as part of their “Design for Good” initiative, the Minnesota chapter of the AIGA piloted a workshop on facilitation — Facilitation: by Design. The two-day experience, held at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD), was designed to equip design professionals with the frameworks, strategies, insights, tools, resources and confidence needed to guide diverse groups […]