The Art of Social Design

Check out the deck that Leslie and I presented at Intel’s “Be Social” conference last week. It’s a great deck that addresses some big principles that it’s important to remind yourself on while working with social design. At almost 25,000 views already it seems to have struck a chord with at least a few people. Check out more about it on the JESS3 blog.

It doesn’t have all the answers, but it’s a good list of questions to consider if you’re in this line of work.

A special thanks to everyone at Intel for such a great conference!

Visual Storytelling and Narrative Imagery

Daniela‘s (twitter)deck entitled “Narrative Image: The How and Why of Visual Storytelling” that she presented last week at a Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI!) conference in Olympia, WA made it to the front page of Slideshare.

It’s a great presentation. If you’ve ever thought about how images convey meaning and how that meaning may or may not help to communicate a message, then it’s definitely worth checking out.

Snackable Content – Desiging for Social Media

Ever late to my own party, I wanted to post the deck that Jesse and I presented at the Nonick Conference in Bilbao a couple of weeks ago.

Here’s the blog post about it on the JESS3 blog.

It’s already over 14,000 views in 6 days since it went live, and I’m proud of it. It’s always tough to tackle an abstract subject like encouraging better thinking about how to create interactive and shareable experiences online and through social platforms, and even more so when most of the audience speaks English as a second language. This presentation was extremely well received, and I hope to continue spreading these ideas into the future… starting now, with this embed! :)

As always – love to hear your feedback. Try me here: @supnah on Twitter.

The World of Social Objects
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Matt The Electrician Kickstarter – Support Now!

I bet you keep saying to yourselves that you want to get in on that whole new Kickstarter trend where artists and makers of all types crowdsource the funding of their projects. Sometimes they’re projects that would never otherwise be made, but other times this becomes an investment/lending strategy that alleviates a lot of the pain for smaller and independent artists (like Matt the Electrician).

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This Efficiency Is Killing Me

Efficiency (noun) \i-ˈfi-shən-sē\

(1) : effective operation as measured by a comparison of production with cost (as in energy, time, and money)

(2) : the ratio of the useful energy delivered by a dynamic system to the energy supplied to it

(from Mirriam-Webster’s)

Has modern efficiency created the capability to attain levels of perfectionism such that their attainment leads to more hours working than had we not been enabled by the efficiencies to begin with? And is attention to detail in a world of intricacies a new form of artisanship or just the new tediousness of production line work? Continue reading

Walking Around The Fish Market

Walking around the fish market in Santa Caterina Market, Barcelona, Spain. The variety and availability of such fruits from the sea is impressive. It made me wish I had the time and the kitchen in town to buy some of these things to prepare, but such was not the case for this journey.

Go full screen and 720 HD for any amount of detail. The lighting is better after turning the first corner.