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Infographic: What Colors Mean Across 10 Cultures

Posted in design, illustration by aldorf on April 30, 2010

Colors are probably the most obvious way that design varies across cultures. But the funny thing is that for most designers and companies, those color sensibilities often don’t rise past “Red is lucky in China; blue is soothing in the West.” That’s naive, as this superb infographic by David McCandless and Always With Honor shows.

The chart encompasses 10 different cultures, and 62 emotions (!!!). The cultures are represented by concentric rings, and the emotions are represented by slices of the circle. Thus, if you want to understand about Japanese color sensibilities, you read around the graph.

Produced for the book Information is Beautiful

Alice for the iPad

Posted in Animation, art, ideas, Media by aldorf on April 14, 2010

Download it now from the app store! Tilt your iPad to make Alice grow big as a house, or shrink to just six inches tall. This is Alice in Wonderland digitally remastered for the iPad. Play with the White Rabbit’s pocket watch – it realistically swings and bounces. Help Alice swim through a Pool of Tears. Or hand out sweets that bounce and collide with the magical talking Dodo. This wonderful lite edition is the first instalment of Alice’s journey and includes an amazing selection of animated scenes. Watch as full screen physics modelling bring the classic illustrations to life. More info at Atomic Antelope’s YouTube page.

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Tom Peters’ Leadership Thoughts: Listening

Posted in ideas by aldorf on April 11, 2010

LittleBigThings — December 07, 2009 — Tom Peters uses an example from the healthcare industry to highlight the importance of listening. According to Tom, “the single most significant strategic strength that an organization can have is not a good strategic plan, but a commitment to strategic listening on the part of every member of the organization.”

His book Little Big Things is on sale now.

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“How to Be a Mensch” by Bruna Martinuzzi

Posted in ideas by aldorf on January 29, 2010

Twelve resolutions on How to Be a Mensch by author Bruna Martinuzzi. Her latest book The Leader as a Mensch: Become the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow. It’s still January, so enough time to adjust your 2010 life. (via

  1. Give people gifts other than those that you buy. This means giving someone a second chance, giving someone the benefit of the doubt, and giving others a reason to want to work for you besides earning a living. It entails giving others latitude, permission to make mistakes, and all the information they need to do the job. It means giving them the authority that goes with that responsibility and giving them due credit for their ideas.
  2. Become a talent hunter. The biggest hunger in anyone’s eyes is the hunger for appreciation. Genuinely acknowledging others is high octane fuel for the soul.
  3. Sharing ideas and information that can enrich. To that end, derive inspiration from Charles Leadbeater’s words: “In the past, you were what you owned. Now you are what you share.”
  4. Spend more time in the “beginner’s mind.” This means replacing “Been there, done that” with “Tell me more.” It translates into moving away from pushing into allowing, from insecure to secure, and from seeking approval to seeking enlightenment. It’s forgetting about being perfect and enjoying being in the moment.
  5. Don’t tell people what they can’t do. Instead, show them what they can do. If some of your habitual phrases are “Let me explain why that won’t work” or “Let me play Devil’s Advocate for a minute,” read Tom Kelley’s book The Ten Faces of Innovation: Ideo’s Strategies for Beating the Devil’s Advocate & Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization.
  6. Minimize the space you take up. When you enter a crowded coffee shop with a partner, don’t hog two tables to spread your papers around. It’s a form of theft.
  7. Become a relationship anthropologist. Know the difference between a conversation and a discussion. A discussion involves issues or right vs. wrong. It is an exchange of facts, opinions and data. A conversation involves an exploration of another person for the sole purpose of learning about that person.
  8. Be happy for others. The exact opposite of the word envy is farginen, which is what happens when you celebrate others’ accomplishments as you would celebrate your own. Take a moment to absorb the spiritual beauty of this concept by viewing this video clip that explains theGenerosity of Spirit.
  9. Get rid of grudges. Whether they are for real or imaginary slights, raise the bar on your own behavior by forgiving and moving on.
  10. Help others caress the rainbow. This means show them how to have hope. There is tremendous positive psychological capital to be gained if we are resolute to tap into it to help others.
  11. Make people feel better about themselves. We cannot control everyone liking us, but we can control how others feel when they interact with us. Do others feel better about themselves after they spend time with you?
  12. View all promises you made in 2009 as an unpaid debt. Promises imply trust, but trust is fragile. It’s like a Christmas tree ornament—one slip can shatter it. And we all know that once it’s shattered, it’s very difficult to put it back together.

Tips For Better Ideas

Posted in Animation, design, film by aldorf on January 27, 2010

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The Rethink Scholarship is an $18,000 scholarship for aspiring art directors and designers to Langara College’s Communication and Ideation Design program. The winner will also receive a 3-month internship with

Hybrid novels: A new way of reading narrative fiction

Posted in design, ideas by aldorf on January 24, 2010

A hybrid novel can be seen as a hybrid image-text novel. A book where written text and graphic devices such as illustration, photography, information graphics or typographic treatments may interject in order to hold a readers’ interest. It is a kind of book that requires the readers’ actions and also to be handled and experienced. A great example is “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” designed and crafted by Alberto Hernandez. He just finished his MA Graphic Design at London College of Communication.

long-term happiness depends 50 percent on a person’s genetic set point, 10 percent on their circumstances, and 40 percent on what they choose to think and do.

Posted in Quotes Of The Day by aldorf on December 30, 2009

iPhone + Book = PhoneBook

Posted in ideas, Media by aldorf on December 15, 2009

Dear Apple/Gadget loving parents, Christmas is just around the corner. Thanks to Mike Geiger and his post on tastytruth

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Connected, by Christakis/Fowler

Posted in ideas, Media by aldorf on December 1, 2009

The idea that everyone on the planet is separated by only an average of six degrees sounds a little too elegant to be true, and yet it seems to hold. The first experiment to confirm this came in the 1960s when psychologist Stanley Milgram asked several hundred people in Nebraska to send a letter to a stranger in Boston via someone they knew. On average, it took six people to get the letter to its destination. The experiment was repeated in 2002 by sociologist Duncan Watts on a global scale using email, with the same result. The world really is that small.

In their new book Connected, sociologist and physician Nicholas Christakis and political scientist James Fowler identify another immutable property of social networks that sits nicely alongside Milgram’s: behaviours, habits and other traits “ripple” along chains of friends and are contagious at up to three degrees of separation. Thus, my actions and moods – whether I’m happy or depressed, fat or thin, whether I smoke, even whether I vote in elections – affect my friends, my friends’ friends and my friends’ friends’ friends. Thereafter my influence fades away.

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If you are not searchable you won’t be found.

Posted in Quotes Of The Day by aldorf on October 31, 2009
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