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Minimalism Is Dead. Hello, Maximalism

Minimalism Is Dead. Hello, Maximalism | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Less is a bore, as Robert Venturi once said.


Minimalism has held a tight grip on the modern design industry for the past decade. We embraced the Apple aesthetic, extolled the logic of Helvetica, and worshiped at the church of Dieter Rams. It served its purpose, most recently, as a correctional to the excesses of the 1990s. But lately, as dispatches from Milan Design Week have shown, asceticism has given way to audacity.


Every April, hundreds of thousands of people trek to Milan for its trendsetting design week, which ultimately influences the furniture, accessories, and textiles that make their way into homes, offices, hotels, restaurants, and virtually every other interior. This year the artistic influences ranged from ’30s art deco to ’70s eclecticism. Designers and manufacturers experimented with digital fabrication–like 3D knitting–and rediscovered artisanal craft techniques, like lacquering, metal casting, and jacquard weaving.


But one thing was consistent: They’re embracing luxurious materials and textures, testing ambitious silhouettes, and piling on the details to yield products and furnishings that are visually enticing and emotionally evocative.In other words, minimalism is dead; maximalism has arrived....


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Minimalism is obsolete while Maximalism is the new kid on the block. It is not surprising considering the huge advantage of digital designing, 3-D printing, and the immense possibilities afforded by collaborative designing. The intricacies of Maximalist design can be faithfully created digitally. Digital designing has allowed the artist and the designer to simply follow his or her dreams to reality!
 
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 1, 2017 11:30 AM

Ch-ch-changes. Design keeps evolving and is the end of minimalism near?

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Why Your Creative Ideas Get Ignored

Why Your Creative Ideas Get Ignored | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

EMany of us bemoan the fact that creativity seems to be in decline in America.Research by KH Kim finds that the ability to think creatively is down among children and adults, which suggests they may be less able to come up with creative solutions to problems. This trend worries those in the business sector and beyond, who fear it could spell disaster for the future of innovation.


But what if the biggest block to creativity isn’t the inability to come up with new ideas and solutions to problems, but our inability to accept and recognize them?


This idea is at the heart of Jennifer Mueller’s new book, Creative Change: Why We Resist It . . . How We Can Embrace It. Mueller, a former Wharton School management professor, uncovers the way our minds react to uncertainty and how that can get in the way of embracing creativity. Her book aims to give us the tools we need to be more open to creative ideas and to communicate them to others....


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Has the internet robbed us of the ability to be creative? Why be creative when everything is out there on the Internet! No, according to the article, it is because we are not ready to accept novel ideas that we have turned away from creative ideas. Ironically, the Internet has made us averse to change and disruption!
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 10, 2017 11:16 AM

A new book explains why leaders can be so dismissive of creative ideas—and how to change this mindset. Useful thinking.

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How To Be Less Creative At Work--And Why You Sometimes Should

How To Be Less Creative At Work--And Why You Sometimes Should | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Creativity is undoubtedly an asset in the workplace, not only just for individuals but also for organizations. It's positively correlated with job performance, leadership potential, career satisfaction, and well-being. In fact, creative people, on average, have even been found to get a leg up in the dating pool.

 

Still, no human quality is universally beneficial, and even a trait as appealing as creativity can have its downsides, particularly in certain work contexts. Here are a few reasons why being lesscreative at work might sometimes be a smart move.


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Sometimes it is better to let others be creative, this is because excess creativity might turn out to be a disadvantage for some! In fact it should be more about the group's creativity instead of the individual's creativity. When an individual becomes creative than others, then he is expected to handle all kinds of problems. This might add to the quantum of stress that he undergoes.
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 11, 2016 6:48 PM

Most of the time, the best solution to a problem isn't the most original one.

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5 Creativity Tips From Prince's Stellar Career

5 Creativity Tips From Prince's Stellar Career | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Tributes to the work of Prince continue to appear, more than a week after the legendary songwriter and performer passed away at age 57.

A recent story showcased Prince's strengths in the realms of creativity and talent development--and revealed how his passion for music was the key to his prolific career. Here are five highlights: 

1. Prince had a work ethic born of passion. Even after he was a famous and rich superstar, Prince's work ethic never waned. "He'd come to rehearsal, work us, go work his band, then he'd go to his studio all night and record," is what James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, Prince's high school classmate and producer, tells EW. "Then the next night he'd come to rehearsal with a tape in his hand and he'd say, 'This is what I did last night.' And it'd be something like '1999,' and you're just like, 'Who does this?'"

2. Prince was a molder of young talent--a superboss. His proteges included Scottish singer Sheena Easton, dancer Carmen Electra, and his former drummer, Sheila E. "He loved working with women and helping them and encouraging them and saying, 'Hey, I think this would be a good song for you,'" Sheila E. tells EW. Like Miles Davis and other "superboss" artists, Prince prided himself on being the foundation of a talent tree, and watching his branches find their own paths. 


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There there is so much to learn from Prince's stellar career, such as having a sound work ethic born of passion, moulding young minds,and the use of technology thrown in!
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 2, 2016 12:40 AM

Prince was a superboss--and a passionate developer of others' talents.

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5 Ways to Make Your Blog Post Interactive on the Cheap

5 Ways to Make Your Blog Post Interactive on the Cheap | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Static marketing content is as outdated as print-only newspapers. Just as day-old newspapers become litter in the streets, static digital content is useless to the average reader. With such an inundation of static marketing content, one piece hardly stands out from others, meaning brands blend and ideas fade.

 

Readers crave the dynamic nature of interactive digital content. An ion Interactive studymeasured the success and general feeling from marketers regarding interactive content. In terms of effectiveness, 93% of marketers say interactive media is great at educating buyers; 88% say it’s effective at differentiating brands, whereas static was found to be only 55% effective. Not convinced yet? Did you know that interactive content also drives 2X more conversions than static content?

 

Despite these numbers, many marketers shy away from interactive content. It might be because it has a reputation for being expensive and labor-intensive. But that is an unfair reputation. Creating interactive elements is, in fact, easy, fast and even free....


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Five ways to make your blog post more engaging and interactive for readers from HubSpot.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 4, 2016 10:16 AM

Five ways to make your blog post more engaging and interactive for readers from HubSpot.

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Five ways to make your blog post more engaging and interactive for readers from HubSpot.

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Free eBook: The Best Web Designs of 2015–2016

Free eBook: The Best Web Designs of 2015–2016 | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Useful for browsing or reading, this ebook describes 168 top websites from companies like Tumblr, Google, Airbnb, Dropbox, Bose, Coin, Reebok, and Nest, not to mention newcomers from around the world. Many examples are dissected and explained, along with 7 best practices for web design into 2016.

 

This 158-page ebook provides anywhere from 18 to 31 examples of these popular and powerful techniques (along with analysis of what works well for the sites)....


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A must check for web-page designers especially as it is packed with powerful techniques for making your website run!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, September 14, 2015 1:27 AM

Compiling the best of what current web design has to offer, The Best Web Designs of 2015–2016 book provides screenshots from some of the most successful websites of the year. Free and recommended reading. 9 /10

Local Top Rank's curator insight, September 28, 2015 3:09 AM

Free E-Book download about Best Web Designs of 2015–2016 #ebook #bestwebdesigns #20152016 #webdesigning

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Here's Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity

Here's Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

 hDid your boss ever catch you covering an important memo with Escher-like scribbles? In high school, did your teacher call you out for drawing on the desk, your sneakers, your skin? Today, the doodle nay-sayers are being drowned out by a growing body of research and opinion that indicates that connects that seemingly distracted scribbling with greater info retention and creativity. Companies like Dell, and Zappos, and Disney are eager for employees to doodle on the job—they even pay consultants to help them.

"I can’t tell you how important it is to draw," says Sunni Brown, whose creative consultancy Sunni Brown Ink, teaches "applied visual thinking"— a.k.a doodling—to coders, designers, and even journalists. "It gets the neurons to fire and expands the mind." Just why and how this happens is the topic of Brown's recent book, The Doodle Revolution. Here, she shares her doodling "dos."


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Doodling is good, can you believe it! In years gone by, you could be reprimanded by your teacher for doodling in your note book! Research has shown

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Rona Lewis's curator insight, December 26, 2014 12:57 PM

RonaCorp's Imagination Breaks often have doodling as part of the creative process.  Are YOUR notes filled with swirls and drawings? 

Denis Marsili's curator insight, December 26, 2014 1:42 PM
And this is SO TRUE!
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Thanks for share
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How The World Would Look If We Could See All The Radiation From Our Cell Phones

How The World Would Look If We Could See All The Radiation From Our Cell Phones | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

If you’re reading this, you’re likely bathed in several channels of cell phone radiation at once. But while we can spot cell phone towers and antennae, the waves themselves remain invisible. Following up on a project to visualize what Wi-Fi might look like in cities, artist-researcher Nickolay Lamm has imagined what cell phone radiation would look like if emitted as waves of light.

 

Lamm worked with eight academics and engineers to verify that the images we’re looking at are accurate representations of cell phone radiation. Like radio, cell phones rely on radio frequency waves, which emit low-energy radiation. Unlike ionizing radiation--released by higher-energy gamma rays, x-rays, and ultraviolet rays--exposure to cell phones’ non-ionizing radiation has not been proven to cause serious damage to living tissue


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We are bathing in a deadly cocktail of radiation! No wonder it is like being at the receiving end in a microwave oven. Radiation can alter our DNA, and cause mutations to happen! Mutation may be defined as accelerated evolution in layman's terms! Increasing cases of cancer, pshyco-neural complications, birth defects, you name it, all these can be aggravated by this deadly exposure to radiation! No wonder we are so obsessed with technology that we are ready to ignore all those emissions all for the sake of comfort! This is an article that is simply laying bare the facts!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 12, 2013 9:59 AM

Stunning and possibly concerning photographs are worth a lock. Recommended reading. 9 / 10

Tahar Mehenni's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:04 PM

Un nouveau reseau d'affiliation sera lancé probablement à la fin des fêtes de fin d'année. Il propose une offre interessante à saisir sur ce lien: www.unkube.com/tadjer.

Kwang Hyun's curator insight, December 13, 2013 12:32 AM

This is just an interesting sight that if we would see how many cell phones we use daily, it can cover the whole world multiple times. It was very interesting to see. It is pretty crazy how we are involved with techoniogies now.

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Which Colors Mean Wildly Different Things In Other Cultures? - DesignTAXI.com

Which Colors Mean Wildly Different Things In Other Cultures? - DesignTAXI.com | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

One of the most fun things to do in design is swirling the latest color trends into your work. Color is a fascinating topic, and even a generator that understands color theory has recently been invented. Because they mean different things, companies also actively use color in their brand designs to encourage feelings and behaviors from customers. However, in different cultures, color theory isn’t all black-and-white. 


In this delightful infographic, SilverDoor describes color associations of different cultures, adding contrast to the way you think. Telling a person from another part of the world that you’re “feeling blue” may mean something entirely different to them. Is your favorite color offensive to another culture? Find out in the infographic below....


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Strangely enough, colours have different meanings in different cultures! In India, white used to be the colour worn by widows in mourning, while in the West, black is the colour preferred by those in mourning. On the whole, however, most colours have the same meaning across most cultures. Green might be the symbol for agriculture. 
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 13, 2017 1:56 AM

Surprising meaning of colors in other cultures.

Ashley Villegas's curator insight, April 13, 2017 11:59 AM

Really cool... 

Michelle Harris's curator insight, April 13, 2017 1:20 PM

Very interesting article that I wish I had read years ago.  Happy reading....

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15 proverbs from around the world that you should start using ASAP.

15 proverbs from around the world that you should start using ASAP. | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

If you live in America, chances are you've heard (or used) the phrase "Don't put all your eggs in one basket."

Most of us know it means, essentially, that you shouldn't make all your plans based on one possible thing happening. But it's kind of a weird phrase, right? Have you ever stopped to wonder where it originated?

Its use in print has been traced to the novel "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes in the early 1600s, although it possibly was mistranslated to an inexact English idiom from the original and may have other roots in Italian phrases.  

Different cultures around the world all have their own similar sayings — proverbs, if you will — that make sense to those who've grown up speaking the language but sound downright odd to anyone who hasn't.

James Chapman is fascinated by these sayings and how they translate across languages and cultures....


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Proverbs are culture specific and culture sensitive. Proverbs are also a condensation of the folk wisdom of a particular country, community or region. It is great fun to study proverbs from around the world because it helps you learn more about different cultures and different ways of thinking! Some proverbs are common across cultures. The proverb, 'empty vessels make noise', has an equivalent in one of the Indian dialects that zgoes'empty husks make a lot of noise.'
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 26, 2016 1:29 PM

Lots of wonderful lessons from the wisdom of these proverbs from around the world.

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Brian Eno Talks About Using Artificial Intelligence To Create Music And Art

Brian Eno Talks About Using Artificial Intelligence To Create Music And Art | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

On June 28, Brian Eno will launch a new video experience for the title track of his latest album The Ship, which was released in April. What's different about this music video is, according to Eno, it isn't really a music video at all, but rather a visual experience informed by and created with artificial intelligence.

"Just as I'm excited about the possibilities of artificial intelligence and new technologies, I'm so incredibly and numbingly bored with videos and the traditional music videos, that I just couldn't imagine wanting to do that," said Eno, on stage at Cannes Lions. "So really, this is an attempt to say, is there some other way we can do this thing?"...


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I guess we need to accept that AI is in! We have begun using Artificial Intelligence in almost every aspect of life, whether it is transport, (driverless trains, driverless cars, or even planes that can fly themselves) or medicine, or even industry, so why not music?
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 22, 2016 10:24 PM

The legendary producer and artist took to the Cannes Lions stage to talk about art, technology, and his new project, The Ship.

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Design School's Ultimate Guide to Designing With Backgrounds [With Ready-to-Use Templates]

Design School's Ultimate Guide to Designing With Backgrounds [With Ready-to-Use Templates] | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

In order to arrange your design, you need a place to start. Backgrounds are the foundation of your graphics — it helps pave the path to forming a successful composition.


Textures and colors help create depth and contrast, allowing your graphics to stand out and get noticed. Well composed images can help create space for you to overlay text, while visually communicating your message at the same time.


Using a background can help give your designs more context and provide a visual element to help support your content.


Bonus: We’ve designed most of the images in this article as templates for you to personalize! To use them for your own stuff, just click them and they’ll be ready to edit in your Canva account (No Canva? It’s free!). 


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The post contains some interesting design tips on working with backgrounds with some ready-to-use templates thrown in!
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 21, 2016 12:07 PM

Blogging or designing visuals? Learn these background design tips to make your message pop.

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The man with no plot: how I watched Lee Child write a Jack Reacher novel

The man with no plot: how I watched Lee Child write a Jack Reacher novel | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Andy Martin spent much of the past year with author Lee Child as he wrote the 20th novel in his Jack Reacher series. Here he describes Child’s bold approach to writing.

 

Nobody really believes him when he says it. And in the end I guess it is unprovable. But I can put my hand on heart and say, having been there, and watched him at work, that Lee Child is fundamentally clueless when he starts writing. He really is. He has no idea what he is doing or where he is going. And the odd thing is he likes it that way. The question is: Why? I mean, most of us like to have some kind of idea where we are heading, roughly, a hypothesis at least to guide us, even if we are not sticking maps on the wall and suchlike. Whereas he, in contrast, embraces the feeling of just falling off a cliff into the void and relying on some kind of miraculous soft landing.

 

Of course he is not totally tabula rasa. Because he, and I, had a fair idea that the name Jack Reacher was going to come up somewhere in this, his 20th novel in the series....


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I too am a fan of Lee Child and I have read a lot of his Jack Reacher books. They are page turners and have enough suspense to drive the reader on! What surprises me however is to hear how a man with no plot can be such a successful writer. I guess it is about not being straight jacketed by a framework! The opportunities for creativity could be immense, although I would not suggest any aspiring writer to work without a plot. It is like going to teach a class without a lesson plan. This however not to discount some of the most successful teachers who manage very well without a written lesson plan. They however do have a mental plan of what they will do in class. Authors who develop the plot as they write however must have some idea about what they are going to write.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 1, 2015 1:52 AM

As a huge Jack Reacher fan, I couldn't resist this post. It is the ultimate 'meta-novel': Andy Martin got his own book out of watching a popular author write his latest tome.

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Metaphor map charts the images that structure our thinking

Metaphor map charts the images that structure our thinking | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Metaphor is not the sole preserve of Shakespearean scholarship or high literary endeavour but has governed how we think about and describe our daily lives for centuries, according to researchers at Glasgow University.

 

Experts have now created the world’s first online Metaphor Map, which contains more than 14,000 metaphorical connections sourced from 4m pieces of lexical data, some of which date back to 700AD.

 

While it is impossible to pinpoint the oldest use of metaphor in English, because some may have been adopted from earlier languages such as Germanic, the map reveals that the still popular link between sheep and timidity dates back to Old English. Likewise, we do not always recognise modern use of metaphor: for example, the word “comprehend” comes from Latin, where it meant to physically grasp an object.

 

The three-year-long project to map the use of metaphor across the entire history of the English language, undertaken by researchers at the School of Critical Studies, was based on data contained in the Historical Thesaurus of English, which spans 13 centuries....


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We work with metaphors all the time, and for teachers of English literature, having a good grasp of metaphors is even more important. But then metaphors are symbols and like symbols, metaphors can cover a large number of ideas and concepts. No wonder therefore that using metaphors can help communicate complex ideas and concepts more effectivley than verbal descriptions or written descriptions that go on and on and yet are not able to communicate the intended information. I somehow connect metaphors with the heading in a mind map.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 7, 2015 2:57 AM

Huge project by Glasgow University researchers plots thirteen centuries of startling cognitive connections. Purely random but fascinating. Recommended reading. 9/10

Marco Favero's curator insight, July 7, 2015 2:59 PM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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According to Scientists, This is The Most Relaxing Tune Ever Recorded

According to Scientists, This is The Most Relaxing Tune Ever Recorded | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

 

This eight minute song is a beautiful combination of arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines and thus helps to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress. The song features guitar, piano and electronic samples of natural soundscapes.

 

A study was conducted on 40 women, who were connected to sensors and had been given challenging puzzles to complete against the clock in order to induce a level of stress. Different songs were then played, to test their heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and brain activity.

The results showed that the song Weightless was 11 per cent more relaxing than any other song and even caused drowsiness among women in the lab. 


It induced a 65 per cent reduction in overall anxiety and brought them to a level 35 per cent lower than their usual resting rates. 


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Sure, I listened to it and would recommend that you do too! Soft music sure has therapeutic qualities!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 10, 2014 9:10 PM

Inquiring minds need to know. Don't listen to this while driving or blogging ;-)

Saranne Davies's curator insight, February 11, 2014 4:41 AM

Got to be worth a try.