Kermit: bonafide-trueblue- guarantee- your- money- back visual thinker
Somehow Kermit managed to skewer the woo-woo hippie hype surrounding visual thinking 40 years ago.
But then of course he really gets to the truth of the CA design scene: "You really have to let go, you unwind into the cosmic infinity of things."
Monday Night Telly
For the User Experience people: Bill Buxton is a genius. Got me sketching. (And redefined "sketching.") 1.5 hr. lecture. Teaser: includes the phrase "Charlton Heston flying through the air." Oh and also please buy Sketching User Experiences. Operators are standing by.
For the type nerds: Erik Speikermann is my idea of what real men are like. The opening jingle made me shoot beer through my nose. 6 minutes. Just watch it. Check out his blog too.
For Architecture Geeks: Stewart Brand is brilliant and insane. Fun SF footage too. Feature length PBS type thingy: Part 1 of 6.
For Anyone Who Uses a Computer: Doug Engelbart is my hero. "Dealing lightning with both hands," indeed: this is the public debut of the freaking mouse, hypertext, screensharing and the networked office. This is where it all went down, in 1968 San Francisco (think about it), to a standing ovation in a auditorium full of geeks who had their minds blown. (Bonus points if you know Stewart Brand's connection.) Long and really boring honestly. Use this like TV Guide, but watch the video on Youtube. If you look close you can see Skype crash.
Thursday Morning TV
Actually this is better than Thursday morning TV, which, in my hometown at least, was pretty weak. This stuff is amazing.
- First some of the best nonprofit advertising I've ever seen.
- Second a great bike water filter pump.
- Lastly a favorite app redesigned.
(more type video if you're into it)
And the bike:
The wacky bike was designed by IDEO people — I'm also impressed with their recent riff on the magazine quiz (maybe think madlibs): A Rockefeller sponsored guide to creating social impact with your design firm.
And the App:
FrontlineSMS is a thoroughly wonderful idea in many ways ... I mean, if you're into international rural research with mobile phones. A tool worth watching very closely, it's what I think is the leading platform of the mobile research "industry". (if there is such a thing.)
They just released a major new milestone and have bunch of great new branding. Great work, Ken!
Sunday Afternoon Telly
Three videos for your Sunday afternoon enjoyment. (The first two are for the hippies, the last one is for the geeks.)
"Among the 40 interview subjects are CEOs and top-level executives from a range of industries: oil, pharmaceutical, computer, tire, manufacturing, public relations, branding, advertising and undercover marketing; in addition, a Nobel-prize winning economist, the first management guru, a corporate spy, and a range of academics, critics, historians and thinkers are also interviewed." The Corporation
The Story of Stuff
"The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns."
Rspec User Stories
"The implementation of RSpec stories also fills a gap once filled by Railsâ€™ integration tests. RSpec stories run against the whole stack of your application, including routes, controllers, models, and views.This 50-minute screencast introduces stories and shows you how to use them with pure Ruby code or inside a Rails application." [This one ain't free! But totally worth it. -ed.]
TED Reaches out to the Proles
Featuring super-lovely production and a cast of all stars, TEDTalks emerges from its walled garden with a serious web presence.
"Each year, TED hosts some of the world's most fascinating people: Trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses. The talks they deliver have had had such a great impact, we thought they deserved a wider audience. So now, for the first time, we're sharing them with the world at large."
via Signal vs. Noise and Ethan Zuckeman and friends at Active Living By Design (who kicked our geeky asses at Ultimate last week).