The jelly bean series

The jelly bean series

PreRamble:  Jelly Belly brand jelly beans come in a variety of fun flavor themes. I created the following series by dumping 5 of the bags out one-by-one and organizing each by flavor as represented on the package. Disclaimer: No jelly beans were omitted or eaten during this process. Jelly Bean series (1 of 5) “Soda Pop […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Business applications for visual thinking

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Blog, communication, design | No Comments
Business applications for visual thinking

PreRamble: I am always on the lookout for new/different approaches to articulation of ideas, both as a matter of keen interest, and, as a way to better define my own work. The following is based on a post written by prolific blogger and fellow visual thinker Chuck Frey on the business uses for “Graphic Facilitation” (described as […]