welcome to another week of worthwhile links – references, articles, and inspiration i’ve stumbled across (and found enlightening) on my wanderings around the internets.
We might as well start with a pre-flight safety video. This is a new one from Delta airlines..
The Internetest safety video on the Internet
We see you’re on the Internet. That’s great, because we made a safety video starring the Internet. Now, there’s a lot of Internet out there, and, as such, you might not be familiar with every character in our film. That’s why we’ve included the list below to help you figure out what’s what.
While it’s often relegated to the pixel-pushing-photoshop jockeys, design is actually about solving problems, and what better problem to solve than the problem of Mondays..
Legendary design firm IDEO present 3 “conceptual provocations” with the goal of turning “much-dreaded Mondays into wahoo-worthy Mon-yays!”
Let’s face it, Mondays have a bad rep. The beginning of the work week in most parts of the world, Monday’s meh-to-manic qualities make it the perfect design opportunity. What follows are three joy-filled conceptual provocations created by IDEO NY designers for Studio 360’s Redesigns series. The goal: turn much-dreaded Mondays into wahoo-worthy Mon-yays!
“Google and the University of Washington are breathing new life into old photographs. That’s 86 million old photographs, to be precise, shuffled and blended to create an array of stunning time-lapse videos that give new insights into how landmarks, monuments, and more have evolved.” via wired
We introduce an approach for synthesizing time-lapse videos of popular landmarks from large community photo collections. The approach is completely automated and leverages the vast quantity of photos available online. First, we cluster 86 million photos into landmarks and popular viewpoints. Then, we sort the photos by date and warp each photo onto a common viewpoint. Finally, we stabilize the appearance of the sequence to compensate for lighting effects and minimize flicker. Our resulting time-lapses show diverse changes in the world’s most popular sites, like glaciers shrinking, skyscrapers being constructed, and waterfalls changing course.
Clash Audio Experiement
There are countless media sources and messaging tools available to us every day — Clash is a new concept in creating messages that incorporates media exploration.
Clash links to all types of audio content, from music, movies and TV, YouTube, and historic speeches. Each source is broken down to the single word and categorized.
The media becomes your playground. Mix and match your clips however you see fit, making a clip mashup — a Clash.
Text uber alles
Too often, we’re woo-ed by shiny visuals that look oh so pretty, at the expense of the tried and trusted alternative that does the job better than anything – text…
“But text wins by a mile. Text is everything. My thoughts on this are quite absolute: text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period.”
Tightly linked to the above is the most exciting article I’ve read in some time. It really does paoint the picture of the future interface –
Futures of text “A survey of all the current innovation in text as a medium”
The 5 Requirements of a Truly Innovative Company – Harvard Business Review
Can you think of any business topic that’s been hotter for longer than innovation? Trouble is, it’s hard to think of any business challenge where real progress has been harder to come by. By now, your company probably has a new business incubator, an idea wiki, a disciplined process for mining customer insights, an awards program for successful innovators, and maybe even an outpost in Silicon Valley—all fine ideas—and yet, most likely, it still struggles to meet its growth goals and seldom thrills its customers. And it’s not just your company. In a McKinsey poll, 94% of the managers surveyed said they were dissatisfied with their company’s innovation performance.
By comparison, think of the long strides many businesses have made in reengineering their supply chains, boosting product quality, and rolling out lean six sigma. These efforts have paid huge dividends. And yet when it comes to innovation, the gap between aspiration and accomplishment seems as big as ever. What’s the problem?
So what are the parts of the innovation engine that most often get left out? Here’s our list of the top five:
- Employees who’ve been taught to think like innovators
- A sharp, shared definition of innovation
- Comprehensive innovation metrics
- Accountable and capable innovation leaders
- Innovation-friendly management processes