Richard Renaldi will explore the the barriers we construct as a society and share his inspiration, origins and the meaning behind the photographs in his new book Touching Strangers. A photoessay shot on the streets across the USA, Renaldi finds subjects who do not know each other, asking them to physically touch each other while posing for a portrait. Funny, revealing and original, the street performances stir the imagination and speak to issues of race, sexuality and human relations.
With greater frequency, designers are shifting the "art experience” paradigm; creating new opportunities for institutions and brands to leverage what is perceived as public art. Learn how designers are engaging with audiences by blurring the lines between marketing, branding, and art—acting as culture makers, storytellers, and visual artists. Belle & Wissell founder Gabe Kean explores this new category with examples of how designers can help their clients hire them to make art instead of advertising.
Workplace culture doesn’t start with beanbags, foosball tables, or a beer fridge, and it doesn’t end with neckties, PCs, or big corporations. It’s the unwritten rules, behavior, beliefs, and the motivations that enable good work to get done, or it’s what stifles a workforce. For design to be most effective, and for designers to feel valued, we need to work in a culture that embraces design and allows it to succeed.
Augmented reality (AR) has slowly proven its merit on smartphones, with apps enabling people to layer information and graphics over a view of their real world. But it’s the technology’s ability to provide utility in real-world experiences that will bring it front and center. That’s why AR is becoming a hot topic among marketers. While still an emerging technology, many major corporate players are executing successful AR campaigns that move beyond catchy 3-D graphics to deliver ROI by connecting to people’s social networks and providing clear incentives to purchase. And with the advent of Google Glass and other wearable devices, the seminal promise of AR as a touchstone technology allowing social networks, geo-based tracking, and the semantic web to converge is becoming all the more real.
We are now almost a quarter century into the digital age, but we are still listening to music and watching videos in the same way people did in the age of mechnical reproduction. We use laptops and mobile devices more like tape decks than as platforms to enable new kinds of cultural expression and experience. Now is the moment to perceive and provoke an interactive, intrinsically digital, culture to emerge and take center stage for creative people and popular culture.
Just as we took our cues from MBAs in casting the ideal CEO of the 20th century, we can look to design - in its broadest form - to model our future leader, the DEO. The DEO (or Design Executive Officer) looks at every business challenge as a design problem, solvable with the right mix of imagination and metrics. Rise of the DEO explores the intersection of creativity and business acumen, explaining how and why this unlikely coupling produces leaders most capable of solving our increasingly complex business problems.
Quality content requires patience and focus, dedication and commitment, thoroughness and curiosity. In this talk, Vitaly Friedman, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, will provide insights into the thorough editorial process that every article has to follow in order to get published. Vitaly will be speaking about what makes a well-crafted article on the Web, how being slow can be a benefit in editorial work and why challenging authors to get out of their comfort zone is a crucial ingredient of a good quality article.
Imagine a playground with no rules. The never-ending dodgeball game would dominate the entire blacktop space, pushing out the jump ropers and Red Rover players. It would never be your turn to go on the swings. And try as you might to remain honest, you'd still catch yourself cheating at Hot Lava Tag.
There's an ongoing pressure to produce faster, easier, reusable code and websites: boilerplates, frameworks, bootstraps, grid systems... This usually leads to cookie-cut, one-size-fits-all websites. Design patterns are repeated over and over, code snippets are introduced into our projects without second thoughts. It's time us web designers regain control over our tools and start using them for the purpose they were created in the first place: producing tailored experiences for our users.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is the largest and most popular professional wrestling company in the world. WWE programming introduces story-driven sports matches with predetermined outcomes and fighting maneuvers that are worked, all promoted as legitimate bouts. During this entertaining talk, Tomer will present an ethnographic analysis of the cultural phenomenon that is WWE. He will take apart this phenomenon from the point of view of a hardcore WWE fan and introduce key aspects of professional wrestling. Through video and images, Tomer will demonstrate what is ethnography and how it can explain the social life of humans and express a credible reality.
Join in a lively conversation that explores how technology is expanding and challenging our ideas of narrative, authorship and community with a panel that features Brian Newman (Sub-Genre Media), Casey Pugh (Star Wars Uncut), moderator John Carlin (Funny Garbage) and other special guests. Hear how technology and digital media have empowered creative people to do new thing, and the challenges to some of our most cherished ideas about authorship, content and how art should provoke, engage and amuse us.
Many of us now hop out of cabs without handing anything to the driver. We walk away with our morning coffee, offering the barista only a smile in return. We purchase sofas while riding the bus. The growing ubiquity of mobile devices is causing the biggest shift in commerce since the dawn of the web. Only this time, it’s escaping the confines of our computers and spilling out into every aspect of our daily lives. As designers and technologists, we need to consider the implications of this shift on the things we build, and the people who use them.
User centered design has gained a lot of traction, and great success has been seen by tightly integrating it into the development lifecycle of new products. There is a wealth of information about UX in the startup world, but what about for those of us working on decade old applications? Well old dogs can learn new tricks.
Despite the potential for media as a tool for engagement and democracy, the media industry today acts largely as a one-way flow of information and ideas. News, advertising and entertainment reflect only a handful of dominant narratives, and messages countering those narratives are easily shut down by corporations with the money and influence needed to shape the conversation. Major copyright and patent holders can – and do – intimidate those who challenge their products, and a lack of rights awareness combined with a tightly centralized media industry put innovation and freedom of speech in jeopardy.
More and more designers are becoming empowered to build interactions through code. Rather than delivering wireframes that only describe proposed interactions, designers can deliver artifacts that developers can actually use in the product being created. Sounds great, but how does this process fit into traditional product development? Does it slow development down if designers are concerned with writing clean, production-ready code? Does it distract design from focussing on user goals and vetting solutions? Are designers getting in their own way?
Films succeed in evoking responses and engaging audiences only with a combination of well-written narrative and effective storytelling technique. It’s the filmmaker’s job to put this together. To do so they’ve developed processes, tools and techniques that allow them to focus attention, emphasize information, foreshadow and produce the many elements that together comprise a well-told story. Let's consider how web designers can look to the tools of filmmakers for inspiration.