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Creativity and Allowing Mistakes

Every creative project I worked on had its share of mistakes. Fixing a mistake is usually hard on the team and expensive for the organization. This is why we as professionals have every reason to try and avoid making them. However, trying to avoid mistakes can make us afraid of testing new ideas and making decisions that could […]

The Unintuitive Aspects of Motivation

When work is more than rudimentary mechanical tasks, bigger rewards start having a negative effect on performance.

Casual Connect and Social Games Love

Love is the most important metric says @sebdeh of Playfish. And according to Zynga general manager Roy Sehgal, the number of players returning regularly (and not play time) is the metric that most closely correlates to a social game’s suitability for monetization.

The Magical 10k Hours

In his latest book (Outliers), Malcolm Gladwell argues that if you want to really master something (e.g. playing guitar, programming, playing golf), there is a high probability that the number of hours you will need to invest into it will revolve around 10,000.

It’s time for constructive introspection

A powerful video drawing parallels between the development of a human fetus from conception to birth and the entire course of our evolution, right up to a version of the proverbial nuclear demise. Especially during times when things are not so dandy for a lot of people and resources are short, these images should inspire […]

10,000 Reasons To Focus

I wanted to share Steward Brand‘s talk on The Long Now Foundation‘s ambitious project to build a clock that will be able to hold accurate time every single day for the next 10,000 years. Far from being a mere engineering gimmick, the project entails the design of a unique and memorable experience during the ascent […]

An Elastic Flash Game

Sling Jumper – an ingeniously simple and effective Flash game concept. Crappy graphics, no sound and zero story line – but certainly great gameplay. Use LEFT and RIGHT to move the ball bouncing off the elastics.

Lose the shackles – Wii Remotes, Giant Slingshots and Pet 3d Scanners

I love what Johnny Lee is doing – having fun with all kinds of seemingly simple designs and sharing them with the world. Here is his TED presentation, definitely worth watching: Johhny showed everyone that $40 and a creative mind can sometimes have far bigger an impact that what most large corporations can muster with […]

Creativity and Selling Focus

A beautiful talk by novelist Amy Tan, searching for the heart of the creative process in childhood tragedies and present-day uncertainties. Some thoughts: Nowadays, as Seth Godin describes in this post, “infinite” is everywhere. An infinite amount of choice pushes most of us into a shallower, best-seller driven reality.

A Man Of Good Elastic

The philosopher appeared in front of the Hotel Imperial and attracted a crowd by his actions. He removed his coat, folded it, laid it on the sidewalk, placed his hat upon it; then he drew a small rubber band from his pocket. He broke the circle with his fingers, and, stretching the elastic to its […]

Cognitive Surplus

You must read this brilliant post by Clay Shirky: http://www.herecomeseverybody.org/2008/04/looking-for-the-mouse.html. *update on May 15, 2008 – video, hat-tip to Dean* The bottom line: in the early phases of the industrial revolution, with the rise of accelerated urbanization, people (esp. in London) didn’t know what to do with the newly acquired “civic surplus” – and they […]

Kindergarden Teachers Know

Clifford Stoll is an astronomer who helped capture a notorious KGB hacker and who spends his afternoons making zero-volume (Klein) bottles.

Visual and Creative Thinking

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Ambush Journalism in Davos

At the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, the (in-)famous blogger Robert Scoble was walking around with a Nokia camera phone doing impromptu interviews with people like Marc Benioff, Tim O’Reilly and Rick Warren (who runs the largest church in the US, btw) and streaming the videos live to Qik. […]