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Across the Screen: Reimagining Communication


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A sweet and insightful post from our ocean science adviser extraordinaire, Marah Hardt.

The Ocean Lorax

I was recently asked to serve as a science advisor for an extremely cool public art project called Message in a Bottle. The project is still pending approval, but is part of a group of proposals by designers, techies, and artists to help raise public awareness of ocean issues through art.

Funded by Blue Trail, this initiative will take advantage of the crowds drawn to SF for this year’s America’s Cup by installing several temporary, interactive art projects along the main walkways where the Cup festivities will be centered. I had never heard of Blue Trail before and am really excited to see the work they are doing to foster “Imagination + Innovation for Ocean Sustainability.”

And I have been absolutely blown away by the talents of “Team Peepshow”, the brilliance behind what I think is by far the BEST project proposed (OK, so I am biased. What do…

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Content Is Not King – Contact Is


Three tips for a successful participatory design project:
1. Make participation simple. Sometimes an analog solution is the best way to eliminate barriers.
2. Technology is your friend; but don’t chase after every shiny new object and infographic.
3. Don’t force it; people are participatory by nature.

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hide_and_seek-frederique_daubal-08Frederique Daubal, multidisciplinary creative minstrel.

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On Designing a Culture of Ideas

272b69c“When I work I see people. Whether I am at home on Necker Island, or on the move somewhere in the world, there are always other people around, to bounce ideas off of and to provide inspiration. I have never liked locking myself away in a separate office, or spending long periods alone to work out plans. That has continued from the days when we ran Student Magazine out of a crypt in London with people coming and going as they pleased, to now when we have many different companies around the globe.

My most regular working place is on Necker, where I have a wonderful view of the ocean, and plenty of space to relax and think. We often have all manner of interesting people on the island, who either directly or indirectly contribute to my work. In the photo, you can see a group of young entrepreneurs taking part in the MaiTai event on Necker. We discussed new technology and shared some innovative ideas – as well as a lot of kitesurfing.

Another crucial part to my workplace is a steady supply of tea. More often than not, there is a restorative cuppa in my hand. The scene might not look much like working – you won’t find a suit or tie anywhere, and lots of people are enjoying snacks. Work doesn’t always have to mean timed meetings and official processes. Lots of the best ideas come off the cuff, out of conversations like the one happening in the photo.

As I have said before, there is no real difference between work and play – it’s all living. So your workspace can simply be wherever you are, whatever you are doing.”

– Sir Richard Branson

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Froth on the Daydream


Coming soon: Michel Gondry’s new film Indigo Mood starring Audrey Tautou (of Amelie); an adaptation of Boris Vian’s 1947 novel Froth on the Daydream.

Looks like the production designers had a lot of fun with this one; Stepahane Rosenbaum (The Science of Sleep) lead the team.


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