Design Economics Information Technology Trend Watching

Watch David McCandless’ “The beauty of data visualization” talk at TED

David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world […]

Design Readings

Listen to Adrienne Massanari’s “Personas and politics: The Discursive Construction of The User” talk at IA Summit 2009

Adrienne Massanari, Instructor of New/Digital Media in the School of Communication at Loyola University – Chicago, assesses the problematic relationship between new media designers and “users” in texts written about user-centered design […]

China Economics Trend Watching

Education in China: Sending More Students to U.S.

American universities are enrolling a new wave of Chinese undergraduates, according to the annual Open Doors report […]

China Economics

Education in China: Educated abroad, but coming home

Some Chinese who were educated abroad are coming home to try to better the country’s villages and cities […]


Design Grids: The Chinese Army training for the National Day Parade

ChinaSMACK has some interesting pictures of the Chinese Army using grids to train for the National Day Parade (bringing the idea of “standing still” to a whole new level!)

Economics Information Technology

Watch Gordon Brown’s “Wiring a web for global good” talk at TED

“We’re at a unique moment in history”, says UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown: we can use today’s interconnectedness to develop our shared global ethic — and work together to confront the challenges of poverty, security, climate change and the economy […]

Economics Information Technology Trend Watching

Watch Clay Shirky’s “How social media can make history” talk at TED

While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows social media help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics […]

Design Innovation

Elizabeth Gilbert’s “A different way to think about creative genius” talk at TED

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk […]

Design Economics Innovation

Clint Edmonson’s “Organizational Politics: A Survival Guide”

You’re smart. You deliver. What else could your company want from you? Why don’t they come to you for the big decisions? Why won’t they listen to your proposals? It seems like everyone has an agenda and they’re doing everything they can to kill your great ideas. To be effective leader we must bring more than our academic pedigrees to a organization. In this presentation, Clint Edmonson attempts to explain the complex nature of organizational politics and how to survive in a dynamic and often chaotic environment.

China Economics

Architecture & Urban Planning in China: Shanghai to speed infrastructure investment, boost job rolls

Shanghai needs to push investment in infrastructure, expand domestic consumption and aid threatened enterprises as it strives to help its citizens and businesses survive the global economic downturn, Mayor Han Zheng said recently […]