Archive | July 2013

Creative Commerce

This is a video from Vimeo about the creation process of commercial artists and ultimately about creativity.

In Spring 2013 we set out for a month to make a short educational piece providing a glimpse of what it is like to work in the creative industry. The idea was born out of our own questions and struggles on how to deal with things that may seem out of your control.

The themes we decided to focus on were those of creativity, relationships, the pursuit of financial profit, and the many directions you can intentionally or unintentionally find yourself taking.

We hope the short provides direction in helping others pursue their own creative and personal goals by hearing first hand experiences. Thank you to everyone involved for your transparency and willingness to be involved.

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How Does Glitchy Art Show Us Broken Is Beautiful?

Can we make art from broken stuff ?

We all love broken things. WAIT WHAT?! Yes, you read that correctly. You may have noticed this thing called “glitch”, where people purposely push machines to malfunction, creating fascinating “mistakes”.

But instead of being frustrated and disdainful of these errors (like we usually do when our technology fails mid-workflow, grrr) we find them to be bizarrely beautiful! Why are we so interested in these images, music, or objects that are structurally or formally broken? Watch the episode and find out!

Exploring other dimensions

This is a very interesting video about the world of dimensions.

Imagine a two-dimensional world — you, your friends, everything is 2D. In his 1884 novella, Edwin Abbott invented this world and called it Flatland.

Alex Rosenthal and George Zaidan take the premise of Flatland one dimension further, imploring us to consider how we would see dimensions different from our own and why the exploration just may be worth it.

The Importance of Rank

This is a post about an interesting presentation from slideshare.net about rank and the importance of it in business, marketing and every day decisions.

This presentation looks at the importance of RANK in everyday decision making (we use it as a fast heuristic for decision making – evolution baked this into us) and in the context of business.

Gamification marketing

As a follow-up to my last post about gamification here, here is a post about marketing gamification

What is marketing gamification (from here):

Gamification for a digital marketing context may be defined as the process of using game mechanincs in an initially non-game environment for marketing purposes and better ROI.

This is a very interesting presentation from slideshare.net on this subject:

Gamification

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TEDx (Photo credit: TEDxTalks)

This is a an interesting TEDx video about gamification.

Gabe Zichermann is an entrepreneur, author, highly rated public speaker and gamification thought leader.
He is the chair of the Gamification Summit and Workshops, and is co-author of the book “Game-Based Marketing, where he makes a compelling case for the use of games and game mechanics in everyday life, the web and business.

Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man of Math

An interesting view into Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man.

What’s so special about Leonard da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man? With arms outstretched, the man fills the irreconcilable spaces of a circle and a square — symbolizing the Renaissance-era belief in the mutable nature of humankind.

James Earle explains the geometric, religious and philosophical significance of this deceptively simple drawing.

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence

This is an interesting video about the challenges of artificial intelligence from PBSoffbook.

Artificial intelligence is an ever evolving goal for researchers, and the object of endless fascination for writers, filmmakers, and the general public. But despite our best science fiction visions, creating digital intelligence is incredibly difficult. The universe is a very complicated place, and humans have had millions of years to evolve the ability to navigate and make sense of it.

Contemporary attempts to create AI have us looking more at how our own brains work to see how a computer could simulate the core activities that create our intelligence. No matter how we get there, it is certain that artificial intelligence will have tremendous impact on our society and economy, and lead us down a path towards evolving our own definitions of humanity.

The infinite life of pi

This is a video about the number PI.

The ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter is always the same: 3.14159… and on and on (literally!) forever. This irrational number, pi, has an infinite number of digits, so we’ll never figure out its exact value no matter how close we seem to get.

Reynaldo Lopes explains pi’s vast applications to the study of music, financial models, and even the density of the universe.