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 […]

The space between art and flowers (and electrons)

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Blog, creativity, design, on seeing, strategy | No Comments
The space between art and flowers (and electrons)

PreRamble:  In the recent WSJ Flower School feature, floral designer and writer Lindsey Taylor takes on the challenge of interpreting a piece of abstract 2-dimensional art using fresh flowers. Clearly a romantic at heart, Taylor’s inspiration for the Valentine’s Day exercise is a painting (left photo) by German-born American artist Josef Albers (1888-1976) from his series “Homage to the Square,” ” …. the […]

Put magic in the budget

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Blog, creativity, strategy | No Comments
Put magic in the budget

PreRamble:  Seth Godin’s blog is always interesting, often inspiring. In a recent post, he floated the idea that, in designing a new product or program, organizations typically engage the usual suite of expertise … legal, finance, tech/spec, marketing, … the typical, bottom line, no frills business requirements. The thing that is missing, says Godin, is the person in charge of magic. “Who is […]

On seeing

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Blog, creativity, design, on seeing, storytelling | No Comments
On seeing

PreRamble: What is it about this photograph that is so compelling? Taken by Francois Halard for a WSJ Magazine article on Victoire de Castellane, artistic director for fine jewelry at Christian Dior, the shot first appears to be mostly a “Still Life with Parrot and Jewels” kind of thing. But there’s something about it that invites further contemplation. Maybe it’s the parrot. This is a fine […]

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 […]

See Change 2013

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Blog, communication, creativity, design | No Comments
See Change 2013

PreRamble:  Took the day to take in some “luminaries, inspiration, and remarkable work from across the visual spectrum” at the See Change Conference, an annual event sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Design, AIGA Minnesota, and the Minnesota Journalism Center. As a generally fidgety person and big fan of […]

The distraction of shiny objects

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Blog, communication, creativity, strategy | No Comments
The distraction of shiny objects

PreRamble:  The colorful, sparkling, angular object shown left is a brooch designed by Sharon Khazzam. Like all of Khazzam’s work, this piece is a delightful mix of shapes, cuts and colors of semi-precious stones crafted into an unexpected and resonant design. Each stone uniquely reflects light, while the collective of stones comes together at intriguing angles, playing off of […]

See spots

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in Blog, creativity, design, strategy | No Comments
See spots

PreRamble:  Got into a spirited dinner party discussion on polka dots last night … wondered if polka-dot, the fun fashion statement, was in any way related to polka, the twirling wedding reception fare … and random other angles on the simple ubiquitous design. Checked into it further and, as is cosmic confluence would have it, the polka-dot theme is swirling about in the blogosphere as we […]