Monthly Archives: April 2009

The Irony of Authenticity and the Authenticity of Irony

Seems like nowadays, authentic is the thing to be. Mitch Joel calls authenticity, “the cost of admission” in the Web 2.0 world, though he warns: “Being authentic isn’t always good. Let me correct that, being authentic is always good, but … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Design Thinking

Pull a thread on the Web and it unravels the universe. Having accidentally stumbled across the concept of “design thinking,” I found that there was a whole, thriving discourse on the subject. Who knew? I wrote a brief series of … Continue reading

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Design Thinking and the Serendipitous Web

This was the second of a brief series of posts that I wrote on the subject of design thinking. It was originally published on March 9, 2007. I had never really thought about “design thinking” until I read the blog … Continue reading

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Thinking about ‘Design Thinking’

An article by Dan Saffer at Adaptive Path got me thinking about design thinking, which led to a series of posts on the subject. This post was first published on March 7, 2007. I subscribe to the feed from Adaptive … Continue reading

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Information Design and Visual Complexity

Investigations into the use of ActionScript 3.0 and dynamically generated representations of data sets led me to write this post on visual complexity, first published on December 1, 2006. My research on Amaznode (see this post) reminded me that there … Continue reading

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Product Placement in the Real World

Another blast from the past, originally published on Aquent’s Talent Blog, December 11, 2006. Summary: Advertisers must consider “all the world’s a stage” and manufacture ubiquitous product placement. “As a result of the growing popularity of consumer-generated pictures, videos and … Continue reading

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Credentials, Connections, and Authority

For several years, I wrote an “Ask the Expert” career-advice column for the American Marketing Association. This post grew out of that. It was originally published on Aquent’s Talent Blog February 27, 2009. – Matt I was working my latest … Continue reading

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Just a Moment

Went to see a jazz trio called “Fly” last night: Mark Turner (saxophone), Larry Grenadier (bass), Jeff Ballard ) drums. Their performance reminded me how much I love improvised music played by intuitive and gifted people who know how to … Continue reading

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Is 4-D the New 3-D? Thinking about Photosynth

One thing that irks me about the 3-D world is that it’s hard to find things in it. I’ve often been looking for my keys or a book or a CD and wished that I could just open up a … Continue reading

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The Consolations of Conspiracy Theory

Ever since I realized that there was an “official story,” on the one hand, and a very complicated, to some degree unknowable, and to some degree intentionally obscured, reality on the other, I’ve been interested in conspiracy theories. From Holy … Continue reading

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