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Use Your Vision as a Compass

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Active Vision, Featured, Featured Articles, Uncategorized, Vision | 0 comments

Use Your Vision as a Compass

When I put up a post on Facebook asking my friends what they thought a “Vision Designer” would do almost all of the responses I got mentioned glasses, or eyesight. While their intentions were clearly humorous, their responses made me realize that one reason that so many people have trouble embracing the idea of an intentional vision for focusing their work and goals may be that the word “vision” has multiple, seemingly contradictory, meanings. Most commonly vision describes what it is that we actually see—the optical scope of the world that surrounds us. It’s...

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Visionaries Tied in Knots

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Active Vision, Featured, Uncategorized, Vision | 0 comments

Visionaries Tied in Knots

Ever heard of the Gordian knot? It was a piece of rope so perfectly tangled that it became a legend in the city of Gordium, where it tied up people’s attention for hundreds of years. And when the great conqueror Alexander the Great encountered it, young, and fresh off of his first conquering spree, he couldn’t even find the end of the rope to begin the unravelling process. Frustrated, and unwilling to be daunted, he drew his sword and “untied” the knot by slicing the whole thing in half. That action fulfilled the prophecy, and (according to legend) assured his place as the...

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Statements of Vision

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Statements of Vision

  Over the last few months I’ve been crafting a vision of what”Active Design” actually is. After spending (too much)time working on an answer to that question, what I currently have is this: Active Design transforms inspiring ideas into compelling visions. Even though it’s at the core of my work right now, part of that statement that I’ve found myself struggling with the most is tthe word “vision”. Most people don’t really understand how important a strong vision is for their creative projects, and why having a clearly defined statement is...

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Information Still Wants to be Free

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Data, Featured, Featured Articles, Newsletter, Technology, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Information Still Wants to be Free

If you’ve never seen the Twilight Zone, I’m about to spoil a 50 year old episode of it for you. The name of the episode is called “To Serve Man” and you can watch it here. Ready for the spoiler? At the end we discover that the book the supposedly friendly aliens have given us is not a peace proposal called “To Serve Man”, but actually a cookbook by the same name. Words, it turns out, often do not mean what it is that they appear to mean at first glance. I first heard the phrase “Information wants to be free!” on the Well back in the late 80s....

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Hardcore Anger: Fans Grieving for Fictional Worlds

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Active Design, Featured, Featured Articles, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hardcore Anger: Fans Grieving for Fictional Worlds

      There’s been a fair number of discomforting events over the past few weeks where designers and developers that I know have been forced to face anger from fans outraged enough to threaten them with murder (or words), simply because they aren’t making the “right” kind of entertainment and/or aren’t making things the way the fans think they should be made.   Before I go any further, or say anything else, I’ll say this: If you have ever referred to another human as a cancer on anything, you need to stop reading this, and go get...

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The Future of Apple on CNN

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Future of Apple on CNN

CNN posted a piece I wrote on innovation, Apple, and bigger screens. You can find it here. Photo Credit: tsevis via Compfight cc...

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