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Neil Gaiman on Creative Process, Boredom and Changing Directions

The last issue of The Sandman came out a decade ago. A couple of years ago author Neil Gaiman returned to Sandman with a prequel series, called The Sandman: Overture. Gaiman talks about his creative process, collaborating with artists, and how boredom propelled Sandman from horror to other things.

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Watch Peter Morville’s “The Architecture of Understanding” talk at UXLX

In this talk, Peter Morville explains why we must go further by creating “architectures of understanding” — and why designing for insight and inspiration is in the best interests of our firms, our users, and ourselves […]

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Watch Bill Buxton’s “Sketching Experiences” talk at the IIT’s Institute of Design Strategy Conference

Bill Buxton in this old — but still very relevant — talk advocates the need for global businesses to explore how design and design thinking can provide them with high-level, strategic value and competitive advantage […]

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Watch Nate Archer’s “Beyond Responsive” talk at Interaction’13 | IxDA Conference

The rise of mobile has forced everyone dealing with web experiences to think beyond the desktop format. But, if we have learned anything from the recent push to mobile, we need to anticipate the future sooner rather than later; not only the next wave of formats, but everything after that […]

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Watch Andrew Blum’s “What is the Internet, really?” talk at TED

When a squirrel chewed through a cable and knocked him offline, journalist Andrew Blum started wondering what the Internet was really made of. So he set out to go see it — the underwater cables, secret switches and other physical bits that make up the net […]

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[EVENT] IxDA Shanghai presents “Four Mobile Machines” with Aaron Marcus: SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2012, 7:30PM

Mr. Marcus reviews briskly four projects that are conceptual designs for new kinds of mobile applications (smartphone and tablet with associated Web portals) that combine the theories of information design and persuasion design to change people’s behavior […]

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Watch Rory Sutherland’ “Sweat the small stuff” talk at TED

It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples. From unlikely beginnings as a classics teacher to his current job as Vice Chairman of Ogilvy Group, Rory Sutherland has created his own brand of the […]

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Watch John Hodgman’s “Design, explained” talk at TED

John Hodgman, comedian and resident expert, “explains” the design of three iconic modern objects. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.) […]

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China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: Asia’s rich to splurge more on art as investments

Despite giddy Chinese art prices showing some strain from global economic uncertainty, art collectors think values will continue to rise due to limited supply and continued strong demand as Asian collectors become more affluent […]

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Watch Andrew Stanton’s “The clues to a great story” talk at TED

Filmmaker Andrew Stanton “Toy Story,” “WALL-E” shares what he knows about storytelling — starting at the end and working back to the beginning [ Contains Graphic Language ] Andrew Stanton has made you laugh and cry. The writer behind the three “Toy Story” movies and the writer/director of “WALL-E,” he releases his new film, “John Carter,” in March, 2012 […]