Archive for September, 2011

Social Media vs. Social Business

as featured on FC by EXPERT BLOGGER DREW NEISSER, he weighs in on who will be the next major leaders in social business and whether these new initiatives can replace social media. What’s your take on social business and what does this mean to you?

IBM is moving itself and its clients well beyond social media into a new era of collaboration, insight sharing, and lead generation it calls social business.

It takes extraordinary chutzpah to promote a vision before it can be fully realized by your audience, let alone your company. IBM did just that in 1997 when it introduced the notion of e-business. Fourteen years later, it is doing it again with a concept they call social business. Given its prescience about e-business, a concept that radically transformed how companies buy and sell their products, it is hard to dismiss their latest idée fixe. For more read: FastCompany


09 2011

The 2011 MacArthur Fellows Innovative Geniuses

Shortly after 11PM Monday, the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation announced this years 2011 MacArthur Grant Fellows, each of the 22 recipients will receive a staggering $500,000 — no strings attached over the next five years. This is a highlight videos features a few fellows selected include: Jad Abumrad a radio host and producer of the nationally syndicated program Radiolab. Abumrad is known for infusing his background as a composer to orchestrate dialogue, music, and sound effects into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics, such as the nature of numbers, the evolution of altruism, or the science of emergent phenomena within ant colonies and other complex systems.

Anther exceptional fellow is Chicago Architect Jeanne Gang. As a MacArthur fellow, Gang’s firm Studio Gang Architects designed the 82-story Aqua Tower at Columbus near Randolph among other works, like all the other fellow will receive $500,000 – no strings attached – over the next five years. Informally dubbed the “genius grant,” the foundation has awarded individuals with exceptional creativity and promise. Gang was cited for “integrating conventional materials, bold yet functional designs, and ecological technology in a wide range of striking structures.”


09 2011

Media Review of GLIDE’10: Global Interaction in Design

GLIDE’12  rev’s up planning for the next symposium promises to surely be loaded with stellar presenters and topics. If you are interested in receiving information just leave me a comment, I’ll add you to our contact database. For now you’ll just have to settle for reading advisory board member Gloria Gomez’s review on GLIDE’10. The compelling and exciting work that was presented at GLIDE’10 can make designers feel proud of the powerful design contributions we can make to society on a global scale. The presentations mainly represented work on the facilitation, consequences, and challenges of cross-cultural collaboration in indigenous and underserved communities, and the effect of such on human/user experience. This review summarizes the conference facts, the conference schedule as well as discusses the presentationsblogging comments, and the virtual conference format. The review ends with concluding remarks and a summary of each presentation, photographs, and a hyperlink to the video recording published on YouTube –

GLIDE'10: Presenters and Topic DescriptionsTable 1: Presenters and Topic Descriptions of GLIDE’10

GLIDE biennial virtual conferences disseminate cutting-edge research on global interaction in design. The virtual format bridges cultural and geographic divides in an eco-friendly manner. Truly interdisciplinary, GLIDE’s review committee invite submissions from design and design-related disciplines including: art, architecture, human-computer interaction, communication, information technology, computer science, and STEM disciplines. The first GLIDE’08 conference was held on October 22, 2008 and details can be found at

For more click:  Indigo Design Network


The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

You will be moved by this new film, The Black Power Mixtape an award winning compilation feature documentary that displays the story of the African-American community 1967-1975, the people, the society and the style that fueled a change. Told with sparkling, beautiful and deep footage, lost in the archives in Sweden for 30 years. Check out the website for Screenings.


09 2011