Being a Clevelander is big part of the success story

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… Read more »


Unnumbered Sparks

The Technology

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… Read more »


Radiohead Releases PolyFauna App

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 Read more »


Love Letters

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… Read more »


Playboy Ruins it for Everyone


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… Read more »


The Pulse of a City

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… Read more »


Just A Reflektor

The Experience

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… Read more »


Martha Stewart Loves Her Grey Cardigan

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… Read more »


The Seven Rules of Brainstorming. Created by Ideo.

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… Read more »


108 Years of Herman Miller in 108 Seconds

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…. Read more »


A Culture of Innovation

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… Read more »


The Future of Lighting

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.

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Hacking Gaming and Technology for the Arts

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.

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Speakeasy Happy Hour

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.

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The Biophilia Educational Program

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.

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