28th March 2015
Our session this week in Soho Square involved a group of 5 lovely people – Charlotte,Annette, Keiko, Jamie and Ian
Despite the rain at the start, everyone was keen to get involved and really embraced the introduction and ‘street tuning’ exercises. The sun came out ( as if on order ) as the group headed off on their Street Quests, before we met at a local coffee house to discuss what they had all discovered.
Article also published on Brand Republic’s The Wall blog –
Amazon has recently surprised, with the success of one of its TV shows at the Golden Globes and has more plans to create a TV series with Woody Allen.
11th January 2015
Mark Zuckerberg hit the news this week with his New Year’s Resolution. As he said – “My challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week – with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies”
This is looking like a very positive push for reading and even better news for Book Clubs – with 123,000 likes and counting , Zuck could have started the worlds biggest ever book club
15th October 2014
One of the most important areas in any creative thinking process, and one often ignored in brainstorm sessions, is The Geography of Ideas.
A definition of Geography is – ‘ the nature and relative arrangement of people and places’. With regards to brainstorming, the relative arrangement of people and how they interact in a creative thinking session, is fundamental to its success.
9th Sept 2014
I ran a #street_wisdom adventure ( http://www.streetwisdom.org ) with the very wonderful people from Future Publishing, this week
We spent some relaxing and contemplative time in a few peaceful residential streets east of Marylebone station and west of Gloucester Place
We had a whole range of questions for the street, such as –
What can be my new hobby? Should I move into town or out to the country? How can I get out of the rat race and follow my passion? I’d like to move my family to a warm climate – how can I make this real? I’m stuck in a bit of a rut and would like to bring my dream to life? I’d like to get even more happiness in my life
A recent piece in Techcrunch – The Great Fragmentation – We Are All Weirdos Now by Jon Evans http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/12/the-great-fragmentation-we-are-all-weirdos-now/ got me thinking ( once again) about the impact of the web on society as a whole and cultural diversity, in particular
Finding the best ingredients for successful creative thinking, is an important subject and one I’ve pondered before, most recently in the blog post – Isolation or Distraction? Which is better for the Creative process? http://www.thedigitalfilter.com/isolation-distraction-better-creative-process/
The traditional image of the productive and creative thinker is one who takes time to contemplate and consider a problem independently and at length.
We are creating little and saying even less.
In the ways that we create content and communicate with each other, we are on a slippery slope – sliding from a place of relative depth and richness, down towards a trough of levity and brevity.
7th Nov 2013
Wednesday’s Google Doodle celebrated Raymond Loewy, called the ‘Father of Industrial Design’ by The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/raymond-loewy-google-doodle-celebrates-120th-birthday-of-the-father-of-industrial-design-8921626.html
This is what they had to say –
Google has marked the 120th birth anniversary of industrial designer Raymond Loewy. He is widely considered to have revolutionized the industry creating product designs for everything from refrigerators to cars, cigarette packets and spacecraft. He also designed logos for Exxon and Shell as well as the former BP logos. He was also responsible for the design of the Coca-Cola vending machines and the iconic Greyhound Scenicruiser bus
Loewy was responsible for the design of the famous Coca Cola ‘hobble skirt bottle’ which was patented in November 1915.