“The mayor has ordered the installation of count-up clocks in meeting rooms throughout City Hall to make staffers mindful of how much time they’re spending jawing with one another. The technology is super simple, you push a button at the start of the meeting, and the display shows all participants how much time has passed.”
Now if only university department, area, and faculty meetings would use one of these – hours, yes hours of time would be saved!
Today I was at a conference held at the MICA Brown center called Create Baltimore. I’ve never been to one but, apparently, it was a kind of bar camp: a user generated conference. Except its goal (failed to some degree) was to connect techies with creative people as well as entrepreneurs.
“CreateBaltimore is a participant-created conference for artists, cultural workers, entrepreneurs, and technologists interested in building a creative community in Baltimore.”
I think the MICA connection attracted too many young fine artists and in a way, what they were interested in was almost a separate conference that would have been very good on its own run by MICA for fine artists, community organizers, non profit arts groups, etc.: How artists can connect to the community and do project with orgs and people there.
But the conference organizer is a tech VC in the area and I think he and the other organizers saw more of a conference for the deep technical/intellectual groups (more like what you see in the Bay Area like around Stanford/Google and in New York) to connect with designers and other entrepreneurs. This is what I was expecting too.
But this was only about 25% of those in attendance. About 50% seemed to be fine artists and art non profits. The remaining 25% or so was a mixture of local business people, a small black community magazine publisher, a Mac repair/consulting company owner (one of the sponsors too) who started the business with nothing. He should have done a short talk on his experience to the whole conference but did not. (BTW: His service is excellent - better than Apple in this region - and why he succeeded) Plus a few VC’s checking it out, etc.
We all showed up in the morning and the whole audience suggests topics for sessions. On stage they organize those suggestions, live in front of all 200+ people, into sessions. Then you go to the first one, like 11AM-Noon, of your choosing, then lunch, then 1-2, 2-3PM, then it ends. The first one I went to was on starting a business. It was the best of the three I attended. The second was about mapping. But I felt it was too complex a topic for an hour. It was also the biggest number of geeks which can be good and bad. The final one, and frankly, it was one I probably did not need but the other options did not interest me, was on creativity and how to be creative.
In all the sessions there were one or two people, remember, just like me, just attending, who said something very good or gave really great advice. In the creativity session there was one young woman who gave some great advice. I never caught her name or who she worked for but she should be a professor. Very articulate and a great mind. In the first session, a young Baltimore middle school teacher was also terrific when she commented on teaching a business plan to young students (they don’t in Baltimore but do in the suburbs). She was well spoken and passionate about education, I told her she should run for office!
At the same time, there were some older baby boomers there too. I thought some great nuggets of wisdom would emerge from them but, sadly, what mostly seemed to come from them was pretty conventional and not “creative” at all. Mind numbing marketing gibberish that, might sell some of the same old widgets but is not going to win you any awards or make Baltimore more creative. The one notable exception was a brief creativity comment by a retired business man who was now a VC. You could tell immediately this guy knew his stuff. I wish he had talked on the main stage too!
Anyhow, it was an interesting day and worth it but, I think It would have helped if the organizers themed the sessions ahead of time and had people fill in session suggestions when they registered ($10) a month ago. Also each session needed a sort of flight controller who got each session going and kept it under control. It was a bit chaotic in each session as there was no direction of the traffic, so to speak. Just the people in the room did it and, it was a bit like a big polite, sometimes not polite, and sometimes intense party or graduate seminar class. Type A personalities really stood out, including mine!
I give up. We need a new strategy. Here it is: Gun nuts, you win. But, if you want to keep things this way, elected officials and the arms industries will need to construct a MUCH better mental health detection system for troubled people. Usually, troubled young men. Your right to bear arms is impinging on our right to live! So it is your duty as Americans to prevent these gun massacres of innocent people from happening. That means well funded mental health programs and experts to find, monitor, and help these people before the next Tucson, Columbine, Virginia Tech, etc. happens This is a very fair trade. You keep your guns but the cost is that there is an air tight, as in anti terrorist air tight and funded system of finding and treating these troubled people. That would make me happy, if not satisfied.
It’s a PowerPoint style presentation but he is mostly talking (which is good) and giving terrific advice. His model is a photo business but could be applied to design or other small or large businesses. Worth the time to listen.
Murabayashi had the good luck to grow up in Hawaii and go to Yale (Music) graduating into the start of the Web start up boom in the mid 1990s and was employee #4 at HotJobs.com which was one of the big job search sites back then. It was then bought by Yahoo. He made a lot of money very young.
Viruses (including Trojan horses, worms, malware, etc.) are not an issue at all on the Mac. I’ve not used anit virus for decades and anti virus on OS9 and earlier did more damage than good. But, free is free and this is a reputable company.
Any well trained and experienced graphic designer could have told them this but, it turns out, loyal customers hate it when a company logotype changes. However, loyal customers tend to only be loyal to companies that offer a superb product or service and, usually, those companies were also smart enough to commission (if not at first, eventually) a well design identity.
Apple, IBM, FedEx, etc. generally considered to offer a good product and all have good identities. Verizon, any cable company, etc. generally have no loyal customers and that’s because they offer a poor service or product. The ugly logotypes match the bad service too.
That was all a generalization. There are some great logotypes for companies that stink and some great logotypes for companies that failed (PanAm, Enron perhaps).
I just hate it when they change a good design just to change it. This is as much a failure of the company leadership in not seeing the value in the identity as it is the firms they hire to make the change. That firm should see the value and tell the company it has value. Just needs a little tweak perhaps. Example of a bad tweak: ATT.
Bad tweaking is another issue that seems to be appearing more and more lately. It isn’t really tweaking a classic or a new logo. Just a bad design mistake.
Great products that leave out tried & true components
In most cases, I like something, anything, because it works. When something does not work or has a flaw, I hate it! Like my TV only having one HDMI jack in and only one optical audio out jack.
It would have cost the company an extra 20 cents to put in stereo RCA audio out connectors! (Inexplicably, on the back, is a headphone audio out, another 20 cent add on.) But, they didn’t on this otherwise great HD TV and now I am not liking it and have to spend more money to get a digital to analog converter to go from TOSLINK to RCA to my simple to use and well powered old Yamaha receiver. Which I love and bought 20 years ago! It’s hooked up to fine 4Ω Magnepan Planar/Ribbon speakers. This entirely analog set up would sound better than most digital audio receivers made today.
What part of the process to make this otherwise great HD TV set caused the manufacturer to miss a perfectly fine and proven method of sending audio signals to external speakers? Was it a bean counter or an engineer or a marketing decision? It’s kind of like only selling a car that can use only one brand of gas. Why?
“Creative director of Shine,Michael Riley has been designing main titles since 1991 - still the era of optical compositing and analogue animation techniques. Before joining Shine as creative director, Riley worked with Kyle Cooper at R/GA, and he was partner and creative director at Imaginary Forces. In 2010, Riley received his third Emmy nomination for Outstanding Main Title Design for HBO’s feature Temple Grandin”
“A course at the Rhode Island School of Design How can complex public policy such as this legislative milestone in national healthcare be communicated to the public so that citizens can make informed assessments and judgments? Bringing their diverse visual and conceptual skills, students will experiment with effective ways of translating a written legislative document into effective visual and graphic design that makes the information clear, accessible and understandable. Taught by Lindsay Kinkade”
Here’s my original post on Design Info about her work back in December of 10. Even I was slow to pick up on her. Design Observer and The Online Photographer had bits on this photographer months ago. Hey, but we all beat the New York Times. Hmmm…
“The eight-day type tour of Italy, led by Paul Shaw and Alta Price, will explore the Veneto and Emilia-Romagna regions, home to some of the most exciting lettering in a country rich in extraordinary lettering. It will go from Parma to Aquileia with stops in Modena, Mantua, Verona, Rovereto, Padua and Venice. Among the sites to be visited will be San Marco and the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, the Museo Bodoniano in Parma, the Scipione Maffei collection of Roman inscriptions in Verona, and the Biblioteca Estense in Modena.”