March 15th, 2012
Forward Thinking Vol. 67
Our weekly update, where we share what’s inspiring us:
Biologic: a lively view of social network interactions
Biologic is bloom‘s latest instrument for data expression and exploration. The lively interface uses biological cells to provide an organic view of the interactions we have across social networks; popular activity is represented by active particles that can be opened up to read tweets, follow links or view photos.
WSJ: How to Be Creative
The WSJ has published an interesting piece demystifying creativity – “creative types” aren’t the only ones who have the ability to innovate. Creative thoughts happen in unlikely places, when we’re not directly thinking about them, so take a walk, have a drink, let your mind wander. The BSS office is conveniently equipped with foosball and ping pong tables, so, don’t mind if I do.
Curator’s Code is a lovely site that suggests a simple system for attributing sources, while sharing the things you discover online – honoring the creative and intellectual labor that went into it. The system, made of two unicode symbols, differentiates between direct and indirect discovery, in hopes of creating a clean, standardized way to give credit where credit is due.
Kauko Cafe: Design Matters
Kauko is a project to get people to care about design. User-experience is put in the hands of the users themselves by allowing customers to manage a cafe’s physical design through a remote smartphone app, in real time. Conversation was generated and aggregated on the Kauko site about what makes design good.
Good Books: Metamorphosis
This wonderful motion design is a great take on the Kafka classic, taking you on a stunning visual journey through the novella’s story, accompanied by original music and sound design. The brilliantly animated transitions between illustrations make it a must-watch when you’re in need of a good dose of creativity.