We have the distinct pleasure of working with many clients where the challenge is not creating a brand/product story, but helping them to find a brand-right way of telling that story to their various audiences. It’s no surprise to most of our clients that content, to use a cliche, is king. What often times is a bit of a culture shift is helping them to find their voice in a way that is entertaining, valuable… Read more »
CLEVELAND, Ohio–Whether you spend your life in Greater Cleveland, leave for good or–like many–leave and come back, that Clevelandness shapes the way you work and innovate. That’s the subtle theme behind this year’s Cleveland TEDx event, the speaker series designed to enlighten and inspire with ideas condensed down to 18-minutes. The fifth edition of TEDxCLE—an affiliate of the popular series of TED conferences–will unfold Friday afternoon at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It’s offering 14… Read more »
Unnumbered Sparks is an interactive art collaboration between artist Janet Echelman and Google creative director Aaron Koblin for TED 2014. The art installation and experience is made from ultralight fibers and hangs from a skyscraper over the water and walkways near the Vancouver Convention Center. According to a blog post by Google Creative Lab’s Jenny Ramaswamy, the interactive lighting “is actually one giant Chrome window, stretched across the 300-foot long sculpture with the… Read more »
Radiohead’s latest creation, PolyFauna, is an experimental collaboration between Radiohead and Universal Everything. The mobile app was inspired by The King Of Limbs sessions and uses imagery and sounds from the song “Bloom.” The digital experience may not meet the standards of Bjork’s Biophilia or Arcade Fires’ Just a Reflektor, but it is worth exploring for free for your iOS or Android device. Thom Yorke announced the launch of… Read more »
In a recent conversation with my Mother, she lamented over a comment one of her customers had made to her earlier that day. She said: “This customer told me that they no longer teach children to write in cursive at school. It upset me so…” My Mother is an artist – specifically, a master calligrapher by trade. She works in beauty of the physical – combining her rare, heavily cultivated talent with her… Read more »
The future of the Prada Marfa, a public art installation designed by Scandinavian artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, is now at risk. Located in Valentine, Texas since 2005, the art installation has remained relatively untouched. However, this summary, Playboy decided they wanted to capitalize on the concept with a similar idea, but for commercial purposes. Playboy installed a 1972 Dodge Charger on top of a box and a 40-foot neon version of its iconic bunny… Read more »
Pulse of the City is an interactive public art installation installed in five locations in Boston that turns pedestrians’ heartbeats into music. It combines art, design and technology to promote the use and celebration of public space in an uplifting and imaginative way.
From the artist, George Zisiadis:
We designed music that would complement different heart rate levels. The unit detects your pulse and then an algorithm determines the best sounds to play for you…. Read more »
Just A Reflektor is an interactive film that explores the themes in the song “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire through two devices simultaneously: the computer and smartphone/tablet. Filmed in Haiti, the story follows a young woman who travels between her world and our own. To experience the film, visit justareflektor.com in Google Chrome on your computer, and g.co/af on your Android or iOS device. Your computer will connect with your… Read more »
“How much impact can you have with the least lines of code – that was important to hackers. But I think that same kind of thinking applies to making anything … I think it can be applied to any creative pursuit.” – Evan Roth
While we’re sure Ms. Stewart shares our fondness for the evergreen (or grey) wardrobe staple, we’re actually talking about the Brian Jasinski’s design outfit. Four years ago we began seeing his distinctive, often retro-inspired style popping up at galleries & boutiques throughout the Cleveland area. We loved the work so much that Eric commissioned a custom piece based on a photo of the two of us that we have hanging in our living… Read more »
1. Defer judgment “Creative spaces don’t judge. They let the ideas flow, so that people can build on each other and foster great ideas. You never know where a good idea is going to come from, the key is make everyone feel like they can say the idea on their mind and allow others to build on it.” 2. Encourage wild ideas “Wild ideas can often give rise to creative leaps. In thinking about ideas… Read more »
Source: Herman Miller At Herman Miller we think, learn, and communicate through design. It is the language with which we share new ideas and address the problems people face. Before we decide what we do and how we do it, we must first ask “why?” It is in this spirit of inquiry that we approach the stories we tell on WHY. For us, design is never just about a finished product. It is… Read more »
In an interview with YaleInsights, Tim Brown, CEO and president of the design consultancy IDEO, describes the elements of an innovative culture: Curious Minds: Empathy for your customer and openness Risk Intelligently: Relentlessly inspect and adapt in a trusting and nurturing environment Source: YaleInsights
Q: What do organizations need in order to innovate?
Tim Brown: Any organization that wants to innovate, wants to be prepared… Read more »
In a recent issue of Fast Company, the editors and 27 judges including MoMA’s curator and the lead designer at Facebook identified 56 finalists for their 2012 Innovation By Design Awards. Two of the innovations were light bulbs, a CFL and LED. Also, I think it’s important to note that both of the products were created as the result of a collaboration between by a design company and manufacturer, a pretty awesome mash-up with with everything focused on an optimal customer experience.
Besides Atari, Commodore 64 and Nintendo, I’ve never really liked video games. But when I first moved to Cleveland, I worked at Marcus Thomas on the Nestle account and had the opportunity to work with Major League Gaming on a sponsorship partnership. After a few events, I fell in love with the culture of gaming. I also fell in love with the technology. Microsoft Kinect and Sony Move were still new, but I could see the potential for natural user interfaces (NUI) or gestural user interfaces. Thanks to Microsoft, hackers everywhere are dissecting their Kinects to leverage the technology in new environments.
Our friendship with Brian Jasinski started at Dinner with Strangers created by Danielle DeBoe of Room Service and Dredgers Union. Since then, we have become great friends. We love Brian as a dear friend and are always inspired by his amazing work.
Project: Young Mensches Website Description: We recently launched a new website for Young Mensches on Friday, July 27, 2012. Young Mensches is a young professionals group for Jewish men and women, single or married, in their 20′s and 30′s from the Greater Cleveland area. Website: www.youngmensches.com
The Cleveland Museum of Art has done an amazing job with their signature Summer Solstice Party every summer. It is truly the best party in Cleveland, hands down. Most people don’t know that CMA continues this fun throughout the year. They do this through intimate exhibition openings. The first event since the Summer Solstice Party will be Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties on Friday, July 20, 2012 from 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
We couldn’t be more pleased to share our 2012 speakers with you. What a fascinating crew of people – many suggested by the Cleveland community. Truly a collective effort has helped to shape this year’s event, dubbed TEDxCLE: The Maker Class.
Bjork is once again providing inspiration with her album and app, Biophilia. She has created an educational program (The Biophilia Educational Program), that has been hosting interdisciplinary workshops for youth aged 10 to 12 to learn about music and science, using diverse teaching tools such as analog and digital instruments, video, 3D imagery, and other inspired ways to teach musical creativity.