Design Innovation

Watch Joshua Walters’ “On being just crazy enough” talk at TED

At TEDs Full Spectrum Auditions, comedian Joshua Walters, whos bipolar, walks the line between mental illness and mental “skillness.” In this funny, thought-provoking talk, he asks: Whats the right balance between medicating craziness away and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive?


Watch Janet Echelman’s “Taking imagination seriously” talk at TED

Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing — which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity […]

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Watch Dave Eggers’ wish “Once Upon a School” at TED

Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools. With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world to open […]

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Autodesk Gallery @ One Market, San Francisco

Last year I visited the Autodesk Headquarters in San Rafael, so I paid a visit our office in San Francisco at Market One with my colleague Jon Innes […]


Watch Natalie Jeremijenko’s “The art of the eco-mindshift” talk at TED

Natalie Jeremijenko’s unusual lab puts art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers. These real-life experiments include: Walking tadpoles, texting “fish,” planting fire-hydrant gardens and more […]

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Autodesk Augmented Reality technology gets highlighted at Brazilian Globo Network

Eddy Kuo and Brian Pene have produced this Augmented Reality prototype, working for adding 3D computer models to real world scenes at Autodesk’s Customer Briefing Center at One Market in San Francisco. Now, Gonzalo Martinez speaks to Jornal da Globo — the late night news show broadcast by Brazilian Globo Network — about some of the commercial applications of this technology […]

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Watch Cyd Harrell’s “Remote Design Research” talk at IxDA | Interaction ‘10 Conference

Want to do design research cheaply and efficiently with participants anywhere in the world? (Of course.) Want to observe real users in their native technology environments, from the comfort of your own desk? (Who doesn’t?) But what software and hardware do you need, and will it actually work?Bolt|Peters’ Cyd Harrell covers the most powerful tools for un-moderated conceptual research, remote screen observation, participant communication, observer involvement, session recording, time-aware tasks, and real-time recruiting. Get the lowdown on UserVue, Acrobat Connect, GoTo Meeting, Loop11, OpenHallway, UserZoom, Optimal Sort, Ethnio, and more […]

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China, Technology, Innovation & the Environment: Green Business Opportunity in China

China can be a great place for international companies interested in green business.It’s a matter of getting to know the right people, adapting to the culture and “getting over your fear of China,” said Peggy Liu, who chairs the Joint U.S.-China Cooperation on Clean Energy, an NGO that seeks to change the way China makes and uses energy […]

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China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: U.S. destinations target affluent Chinese tourists

Hawaii, California and Las Vegas are among American tourist destinations vying fiercely for a vast and largely untapped new market segment: the Chinese tourist […]

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Autodesk Assistance Program for Unemployed Designers, Engineers, and Architects gets featured in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal has an article on how companies are offering career counseling to customers who’ve lost jobs during the recession, hoping to help old friends and win additional loyalty when the economy recovers […]