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Visual Innovation
From Design thinking to transmedia storytelling, visual thinking puts our minds and imaginations to use more profoundly than words alone.
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Enhancing Creative Thinking With Design Examples

Enhancing Creative Thinking With Design Examples | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it
One of the ways that art students learn to paint is to copy the work of a master. Of course, there are many more complex and abstract design, creativity and innovation challenges than traditional portraiture.

 

The Human-Computer Interaction Group at Stanford trains people in designing interactive systems.

In a research study they conducted, subjects drew animals to inhabit an alien Earth-like planet and were presented with example drawings at different stages in the experiment.

The results indicated that “Early exposure to examples improves creativity (measured by the number of common and novel features in drawings, and subjective ratings by independent raters).

“Repeated exposure to examples interspersed with prototyping leads to even better results. However, late exposure to examples increases conformity, but does not improve creativity.”

The research paper is “Early and Repeated Exposure to Examples Improves Creative Work” by Chinmay Kulkarni, Steven P Dow, Scott R Klemmer, Cognitive Science, 2012  (there is a link to the paper, downloadable as a PDF, in the article.

 

Additional links included are to two books on design thinking: the more productive is "Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Toolkit for Managers", which discusses a multi-step process of implementing design thinking in what would be a non-typical , i.e. non-design environment, such as developing new business processes.

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Innovation through Design Thinking

In April 2012, Deutsche Bank held a one day Design Thinking Workshop at the University of Cologne. Sponsored by the Strategy & Business Management department...

Please note the use of visual methods, such as mind mapping, mood boards, collaging techniques (one of my favorites), that move from creating ideas to prototyping.
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On your mark, get set...

On your mark, get set... | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it
A RAFT of contests and open calls to experiment with data visualisations have begun.

The ECONOMIST article notes a handful of contests (some with cash rewards, some with just bragging rights) that ask for data visualizations to be created outside of the company, opening up data sources to see who can be both creative and insightful beyond internal resources.

Crowdsourcing is quickly becoming a valuable tool in science and other research applications; in this instance some of the offers are coming from software development companies looking to widen visibility of their products, some have strong journalism goals or social agendas.

The article is a quick read, the links are where the real content is to be found, as there is no opinion on the effectiveness or quality of the results of crowdsourcing directly from the article.
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World of Work vs World of Warcraft | Digital Play

What's the connection between the world of work and the World of Warcraft? Depending on your age, if you are even aware of the game,  you might dismiss World of Warcraft as a playground for nerdy teenagers. In fact, the demographic of committed players is much richer, with Gen Xers heavily investing their time in this massive, worldwide interactive game.

 

The author of this presentation draws parallels and shows entry points for using gamification (and, potentially, #transmedia) in teaching Business English through principles of game playing from World of Warcraft.

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Infographic Thinking : Workshop with Francesco Franchi

Infographic Thinking : Workshop with Francesco Franchi | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it
Information designers, editors, illustrators, animators, and journalists came together at Gestalten Space in Berlin on July 2nd and 3rd for a two-day “Infographic Thinking” workshop, the latest in a series of workshops hosted by Gestalten.

 

The video compliments their book, Visual Storytelling.

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Max/MSP/Jitter at GAFFTA from an Educator and a Data Scientist - GAFFTA

Max/MSP/Jitter at GAFFTA from an Educator and a Data Scientist - GAFFTA | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts brings together the best creative coders, data artists, designers, and makers to create experiments that build social consciousness through digital culture.

 

A finding about Max/MSP/Jitter, applied to the creation of art and programming: 

 

Programming can seem rather daunting when you’re a novice. Now, imagine programming for a person that considers their learning style much more conducive to visualizing a process versus seeing in code and plain text. Max/MSP/Jitter helps patch this gap for individuals seeking a dynamic toolset that allows mapping of code, and programming that enables processes to be charted and visualized. Max is predominantly used by musicians and visual artists interested in incorporating sound into immersive and interactive environments, and serves as a fantastic medium for anyone interested in creating music sets that are both dynamic and engaging.

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Yelp Product & Engineering Blog: Firefly: Illuminate Your Website's Performance

Yelp Product & Engineering Blog: Firefly: Illuminate Your Website's Performance | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it
One of Yelp's core values is "play well with others." So it's no surprise that Yelp thrives with open source projects written by others, and gives back by sharing projects of our own.

 

BUILD YOUR OWN time-based metrics, courtesy of YELP's dev team. It's open source, sitting on GITHUB for you to pull down and work into your own datasource:

 

"Firefly is not a metric collection system itself. It is a pluggable front-end for exploring time series metrics stored anywhere, combining these metrics into graphs, combining those graphs into dashboards, and sharing those dashboards with colleagues. It's designed to scale across datacenters and to bring together data from disparate sources. It supports automatic graph titles and legends, as well as highly configurable graph annotations (vertical bars to record particular events). It has a stateful UI based on HTML5 pushState to allow easy sharing of dashboards. Its server is built in Python on top of the Tornado framework, and its front-end is built in JavaScript atop the fantastic D3 graphing engine."

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A Collaborative Animation Platform, From Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, And Google

A Collaborative Animation Platform, From Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, And Google | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it

Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan: "Over the past three years, Google Data Arts creative director Aaron Koblin and director Chris Milk have produced some of the most powerful music videos of all time, by allowing passive viewers to participate in the creative process."


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One Of Facebook’s Top Designers Is Leaving, To Fund Designer-Led Start-Ups

One Of Facebook’s Top Designers Is Leaving, To Fund Designer-Led Start-Ups | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it
A few months ago, Ben Blumenfeld had one of the best, most thankless design jobs on the planet. He’d worked at Facebook for five years. He spearheaded app integration, then took charge of community communications.

 

Ben has left Facebook to work for an angel fund called THE DESIGNER FUND... to continue from the article: 

 

As of today, The Designer Fund is working with about a dozen small companies, working on problems ranging from solar-panel distribution to locally driven crowdfunding. And interestingly enough, The Designer Fund’s concerns and goals sound almost identical to Ideo’s, who has also started a new program to incubate young, design-forward companies looking at problems in the same sectors--medicine, education, and green energy.

 

The real beauty behind the Fund is that it is looking for DESIGNERS, not developers, as their investment prospects. 

 

Read further and go to the associated links for deeper information.

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Twenty percent of smartphones equipped for facial recognition by the end of 2012

Twenty percent of smartphones equipped for facial recognition by the end of 2012 | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it

By the end of 2012, almost 20% of annual smartphone shipments will include facial recognition capabilities.

 

In five years, sales of smartphones and tablets with the technology is predicted to increase to some 665 million units on an annual basis.

 

[AS: How is the industry preparing for facial recognition-equipped smartphones? What problems could this technology resolve for healthcare?]



My question (from a UX perspective): will that facial recognition go as far as recognizing the 7 basic expressions, and have the software act accordingly? This could be an entirely new "Minority Report".
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User Experience and Information Architecture – Centered and Bounded Sets | Wildly Appropriate

User Experience and Information Architecture – Centered and Bounded Sets | Wildly Appropriate | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it
The centered set approach is like gathering cats rather than herding cattle. The center is the pail of milk that draws the cats.

Going further: Finding where the interest/desire lies, which might seem like an overarching generalization yet is a constant for everyone, even if it's unspoken or taken for granted.

The blog post references Phyllis Tickle's "The Great Emergence".. (SIDEBAR: there's an interesting diagram related to The Great Emergence displayed as a combined Venn diagram and a Matrix on http://urbanmennoniteblog.com/church/fall-great-emergence/)
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Write 'Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books Through This Clever HTML5 App

Write 'Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books Through This Clever HTML5 App | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it

Mark Wilson: "The branching narratives of interactive books are logistical nightmares. That is, until one company released this free writing tool" ...


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Why Social & Mobile Are The Emerging Silos? -

Why Social & Mobile Are The Emerging Silos? - | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it
Learn why channel thinking is legacy thinking when it comes to mobile and social. They should be approached as layer, not a channel or silo.

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Capturing Authentic Narratives

Capturing Authentic Narratives | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it
Journalism can be much more than reporting. An authentic, human narrative touches audiences and keeps them reading. Learn how to shape a human-centered news story, and the importance of facts, context and heart.

 

Using traditional animation to convey visual metaphors, this triparte approach to journalism, as presented by Jessica Wise, can be applied to transmedia thinking on where the story is to come from, and how differing points of view are to be woven together to create the fullest picture possible.

 

With the on-demand and ubiquitous availability of original source material, this may help cut the clutter of choosing where to start the reporting.

 

I include it here in innovation as #journalism is going through a massive transformation, yet needs to retain its value by being overwhelmed with natural bias that can come from only having one point as the source for information or opinion.

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Visual Thinking: Where Learning Meets Design | 21C Learning Innovation

Visual Thinking: Where Learning Meets Design | 21C Learning Innovation | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it
Innovative design crosses over all aspects of education. The American Society for Innovation Design in Education, or ASIDE, seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking.
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Evernote & Moleskine Merge Paper & Pixels in "Smart Notebook"

Evernote & Moleskine Merge Paper & Pixels in "Smart Notebook" | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it

Evernote signed a treaty with Moleskine Friday at the Evernote Trunk Conference, formally declaring a truce in its war on paper.

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7 principles that make your website more engaging with Dr. Susan Weinschenk

Dr. Susan Weinschenk shares seven principles to make your website more engaging - principles of Persuasion, Emotion, and Trust (PET).http://www.humanfactors.com/PETposter.asp

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A New Formula for Quantitative UX Decision Making | UX Magazine

A New Formula for Quantitative UX Decision Making | UX Magazine | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it

Although there's great interest in the possibiities #bigdata brings for unearthing treasures of information regarding users, here is a formula (and a link to an online calculator to do the heavy lifting for you already) to take very small samples yet get very accurate results.


 


The formula helps estimate the bahavior of large populations, even with small samples, through the help of a confidence interval.


 


Try the link, try a small sample; it fits beautifully within the context of Lean/Agile needs, and you could always do a much larger study (if you have the time and resources) afterwards.

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Service Design Tools | Communication methods supporting design processes

Service Design Tools | Communication methods supporting design processes | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it

An open collection of communication tools used in design processes that deal with complex systems - and a fantastic resource library for visual thinkers, User experience designers, service design professionals.

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UX of User Stories Workshop

Deck for the UX of User Stories workshop, which I did at Agile 2012... from @andersramsay

 

Using Lean Agile methodology... all driven in a visual framework, of course, with a sample use case.

 

 

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‘Information is Beautiful’ shortlist illustrates data visualization trends | SmartPlanet

‘Information is Beautiful’ shortlist illustrates data visualization trends | SmartPlanet | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it
An information design Web site enlists Brian Eno and other high-profile judges to recognize excellence in data visualization.

 


Follow the links within the article  not only to see the dataviz, but to see the programs used to create them. 


 


As with infographics, I recommend discerning the context,utility and depth of analysis the visualization provides. 


 

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Are You Harnessing Biomimicry to Drive Innovation? | Innochat

Are You Harnessing Biomimicry to Drive Innovation? | Innochat | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it

 

From @drewCM: This week's guest moderator is Graham Hill, a long-time #innochat regular and one of our European stalwarts. The following is his framing for this week's chat. Thanks, Graham...

 

 

Isn’t it about time you were looking at BIOMIMICRY to provide a solution for your next innovation challenge?

Want to know more?

Biomimicry 3.8 Institute - http://biomimicry.net/

Janine Beyrus at TED - http://www.ted.com/speakers/janine_benyus.html

 

Framing Questions

 

Have you seen any good examples of BIOMIMICRY being harnessed to drive innovation?
At what stage in the innovation process can you harness BIOMIMICRY to drive innovation? How do you do it?
Are there pitfalls or limits to harnessing BIOMIMICRY to drive innovation? How can you overcome them?
Where will you look for BIOMIMICRY examples on your next innovation project?

 

#Innochat transcript can be downloaded as PDF, located at the end of the post.

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Is your news article tweet worthy? This Algorithm can predict that

Is your news article tweet worthy? This Algorithm can predict that | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it

(Phys.org) -- Trying to get your article to go viral on Twitter? This algorithm will solve all your problems — if you can understand it.

 

Roja Bandari, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering at UCLA, developed an algorithm that predicts with 84 percent accuracy whether a news article will be popular on Twitter or bomb on the social media site.

 

Bandari came up with the algorithm with two Hewlett Packard Lab researchers while she was working at HP as an intern. She shared the paper in June at the 2012 International Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference on Weblogs and Social Media.

 

Using artificial intelligence methods, the trio examined millions of tweets linking to more than 40,000 news articles. More than four-fifths of the time, if the algorithm flags the article as “popular,” more than 100 tweets will later link to it. A “medium tweet” article will still see a healthy 20-100 tweets, while unpopular articles can expect less than 20.

 

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-08-news-article-tweetworthy-algorithm.html#jCp


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How to Build a Company Culture of Experimentation

How to Build a Company Culture of Experimentation | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it
"You have to build a culture of experimentation where testing is part of everything you do. Here’s how you can get started."

Not a bad way to consider innovation- thinking from your web presence outward. Also, not calling it Agile, Lean, or anything else with a name, but mark constant practical efforts is good.

And finally.... Monitor the results (he says 'get a statistician'), which a surprising number of SMB owners I have met in the last three years seem not to incorporate in their business at all.
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A Lean Service Design Approach to Gaming your Training :: Lean Sales and Marketing thru Service Design Thinking

A Lean Service Design Approach to Gaming your Training :: Lean Sales and Marketing thru Service Design Thinking | Visual Innovation | Scoop.it
Using Lean thru Service Design Thinking to drive Continuous Improvement in Lean Sales and Marketing, Lean Services, Lean Design...

Lean, Gamification, Transmedia.... This series of articles touches on a wide variety of new approaches to be applied to marketing, customer service and, in effect, experiential design.
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