Friday, November 17, 2006

Now Closed...

This blog has been closed.
Left here for archive purposes only.

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Permission to Suck

A new BLOG, by Bruce DeBoer, devoted to creativity that can be found at Please check it out. On it you will also find links to articles on creativity and a photo blog.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Moving things around...

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Creative Stretching

What is Creative Stretching? In it's simplest form, Creative Stretching is an upcoming creative resource book to be published by HOW Design Books in early 2006. But it's quite more than just a book, it's really an alternative form of creative preparation. As creatives, we are all asked to expunge the greatest and most creative of ideas at the drop of a hat, whether we are ready to do so or not. Creative Stretching is a way to prepare yourself, everyday, for the challenges of thinking creatively.

Submit your ideas here:

Friday, December 16, 2005

Engineering/Architectural Christmas Tree Specs

Make sure you have all your safety specs in order and be aware of Universal Design when setting up your Christmas tree this holiday. PDF Download here.

Thursday, December 15, 2005



Yugo Nakamura’s latest web designs for Tokyo FM. It's like NPR's StoryCorps' booth on acid. It's completely in Japanese, however some of the comments are in English. I like the audio timer displayed and layered in the background of the comments. The interactive site collects voice diaries (in Japanese) from around the globe in an interface that combines social podcasting, blogging, and commenting /trackbacks in a uniquely integrated package.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Stick a fork in me, I'm done...

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Production Killer or Serious Research.

This website/blog is slammed full of different ways people and companies view information and data utilizing various forms of interactive technology. Based out of Sydney Australia and run by Andrew Vande Moere at the Center of Design Computing & Cogniition - along with a pseudo staff of fellow bloggers and content researchers this is one to flag.

Friday, December 02, 2005

2006 ideaFestival

2006 ideaFestival scheduled for October 12-14, 2006
in Louisvile, Kentucky

The ideaFestival is an ambitious enterprise that brings together people with diverse backgrounds, knowledge and perspectives to explore innovations and cutting-edge ideas emerging from and at the intersections of many different fields. The Festival occupies a unique space by providing a stage to discuss cross-cutting ideas and the strategic tools needed to integrate and apply this knowledge toward developing new solutions, products and creative endeavors. Speakers confirmed to-date include: Burt Rutan, KC Cole, Richard Kogan, Valerie Boyd and Viktor Sukhodrev.

Presenting Sponsors to-date include

Department of Commercialization and Innovation, Economic Development Cabinet
Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation
University of Kentucky
University of Louisvillle
Lead Sponsors to-date include

Greater Louisville, Inc.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Emerging Artist: KEISHA ROBERTS + fiber art

I think her "Blood on the fields" is a great concept and will no doubt be a hit... the simple lines, minimalist (which i can never seem to do), mataphor of what lies beneath the pristine...

I have always been fond of masks (my call handle is Tikimon) and how you can always put on a face or swap your 'face' depending on what task you need to do... Then, I was playing around with her idea of front and back... like the old Greek (or Roman?) Janus facemask (happy/sad or maybe its mad, as in insane). Worked on some mini applets that could demonstrate this...

so, Keisha (Ms.Roberts, ?) has a challenge demonstrating that the piece is two-sided... and how do you display this? floating in a gallery space or smashed between two planes of glass. on her website she gives some JPG examples but it really looses the context...

anyways, I threw this together to try something out:

as you can see it flips and rotates hopefully conveying the idea better... however, the strings don't quite follow gravity... I'm working on that next:

you'll need Flash MX or Flash 8 plugin to view these examples.
You can get that here:

anyways, any thoughts would be helpful in how to make this piece a little better...

Here website can be found here:

Monday, November 21, 2005

Project Platypus

Reinventing Product Development at Mattel:

It’s called Project Platypus... 12 employees with various skill sets and backgrounds and from all levels of experience. They are given the task of conceiving and developing a completely new brand. Quarantined in a separate building—2000 square feet—that looks like a playground. The desks are on wheels. There are lots of toys and materials. Sounds like fun.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Sand Art - Sisyphus III

Some art never lasts the test of time... now, if you could capture the art digitally, store it and then replay it later. Works ok for movies, audio and a few photos but what about physical art. Sand art isn't meant to be permanent, however, with a specialized motor control system you could easily repeat a work of art. Now if you could only do this with paint, paint strokes and a canvas....

Sisyphus III

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

How do you live for now

what could you really do... if you only had one day to do it. Just one day...
maybe focus on the essentials or focus on the nonessentials.
really go out in a bang. just hang out a bit and soak up the scenery.
check out this 'viral marketing' campaign by vodafone that allows people from around the globe to put their own thoughts/ideas ou there...

Each user’s mayfly will live on the site for 24 hours. it's based on the mayfly. which just live for one day.

Monday, October 31, 2005

When Mistakes Are Great!

I posted on the Class Forum about mistakes and accidents leading to creative inspiration or ideas... turns out FastCompany has followed up with a nice article on OXO. Read "OXO's Favorite Mistakes" here.

Monday, October 24, 2005

The 10 Faces of Innovation

Are you a hurdler or a caregiver? "Innovation is all about people. It is about the roles people can play, the hats they can put on, the personas they can adopt." The appeal of the personas is that they work. Not in theory or in the classroom but in the unforgiving marketplace. Ideo has battle-tested them thousands of times in a real-world laboratory for innovation. The personas are about "being innovation" rather than merely "doing innovation." Take on one or more of these roles, and you'll be taking a conscious step toward becoming more of an innovator in your daily life.

This is prime for a Q&A interactive to help hit your most notable roles... who says duel personalities aren't beneficial to team play! This could easily be created into a distinct set of shuffle cards. Pick a new role each day and approach challenges from that POV.

Link to 10 Faces of Innovation.