Daniel Weil redesigns the chess set | News | Design Week

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Design | No Comments

Oh, those peeps from Pentagram never cease to do beautiful and impressive work.

The latest is a new chess set for the World Chess Candidates Tournament in London.

What I love about this is the breakdown in thought process for the set and individual pieces.

“The Knight, for example, is based on the head of the dying horse from the Elgin Marbles, which is why you get that expression of agony.

Carrying through the Classical theme, Weil linked the eight major chess pieces to the eight columns of the façade of the Parthanon. He redrew the height of the pieces to reflect the pitch of the façade, so that the pieces before play would evoke the structure of a Classical building.”

Definitely worth a look when you have time.

Daniel Weil redesigns the chess set | News | Design Week.

Powerful Video Asks You to Imagine a World Without Hate

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Inspiration, Social, Video | No Comments

This is a really powerful video from the Anti-defamation league. It “features fake headlines about people like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank, imagining what they could have accomplished had their lives not been cut short by violence.”

I remember talking about how awesome it would have been for MLK to talk at Obama’s first inauguration had he still been alive. I wonder how much further along we would be if people like him and JFK were still here.


via Powerful Video Asks You to Imagine a World Without Hate.

What We Talk About When We Talk About “Social” – Nilofer Merchant – Harvard Business Review

Nice breakdown off all things with the word “Social” in front of them and the importance of using them correctly.

I was very disappointed when the Dachis Group took the term Social Business and narrowed its meaning to only being about connection for generating greater value. The original meaning given by Mohammed Yunis was more expansive and game changing. It combined the best parts of non-profits and for-profits to create a new business model that elevated human well being as the ultimate profit, not money or the tripple bottom line, just people.

What We Talk About When We Talk About “Social” – Nilofer Merchant – Harvard Business Review.

Seeing the world through Google-colored Glasses

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in 21st Century, Design, Inspiration, Technology, Video | No Comments

How do you market an unconventional product — that people may see as to big of a change to purchase — and make it look like just another product that will result in zero big changes without loosing the amazingness of the product? This is how!

I’ve been on the fence about Google glasses but after seeing this video I’m one step closer to wanting to try them. I love how it takes the best of the iPhone and GoPro cameras and puts them into one device that is always at the ready. No more, taking the phone out of your pocket, unlocking it, finding and opening the app you need etc etc. All you have to do is say “okay glasses” then what you want to do. Done. Simple.

I can see where Kottke is coming from saying these could be a “Segway for your face” but I’m not so sure. People are already willing to wear GoPro cameras on their head and seem like they are talking to themselves with bluetooth headsets, Google Glasses just puts those two things together. Oh yeah, and throws in the internet for bonus! Not to shabby if you ask me.

Seeing the world through Google-colored Glasses.

82nd & Fifth | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This amazing experience – 82nd and Fifth – shows how to stay relevant as a museum in age of viewing everything through your device of choice. It’s also an amazing way to bring one the best museums in the world to those who can’t get to NYC in person!

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The site is going to present 100 pieces of art through the eyes of a curator. Each curated story is brought to life utilizing the best digital tech has to offer. From 360 rotating views to side-by-side detail comparisons to zoom-in-to-details the site allows you to experience the art almost although you were at the museum looking at.


82nd & Fifth | The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It’s Time for a “Slow Conversation” Movement – Anthony K. Tjan – Harvard Business Review

Another article in a growing list of articles and thinking on how to pull the technology pendulum back to a more balanced life that includes face-to-face interaction, creating experiences instead of only vicariously living through others and, dare I say it, actual analog time.

Ideas and thinking like this will become more important to business. It will help them understand how to get the attention of their audiences — internal and external — and how to retain for longer than a few seconds. It will also become important to each and everyone of us as we continue to long for more authentic interactions.

The grand prize in all of this is finding your balance between reality and technology that allows you always move at your optimum pace and happiness.

It’s Time for a “Slow Conversation” Movement – Anthony K. Tjan – Harvard Business Review.