Guy Fawkes Is Going To Be Remixed Soon

A story used over the weekend as a funny-haha from New York Times tech reporter Nick Bilton talks about an ironic chain of money: the Guy Fawkes mask used by Anonymous members is an image owned and licensed by Time …

Fake Science in Design Writing

I’ve thought for a while the design disciplines in America have a too-cozy relationship with the same entities that separate our society by class and race—advertising and self-proclaimed tastemakers. It makes me deeply uncomfortable to hear design writers speak about …

Design Is an Echo Chamber

Social studies about the web are intriguing—they show just how social we are, with ideas and people flitting about like an unstoppable hive of bees, always looking for the next blossom. One thing I wondered about, in light of last …

Why I Work With My Hands, Still

When I left a design studio that I was a part of for over three years to go to a branding agency, my boss/mentor gave me a bone folder. “They won’t have any of these where you’re going!” he said. …

Song to the Siren

Looking again at cultural meta-conversations and changes in human thought from year to year, much like the case of Guido Jesus, Blue Monday, and Friggin’ in the Riggin’. Who’s heard of a lovely ballad called Song to the Siren? It’s …

Still Alive! Highlights from Design Thinking: Dead or Alive?

The New York City Chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America and innovation consultancy Fahrenheit 212 collaborated last month on a very successful event entitled, Design Thinking: Dead or Alive? A stellar panel of voices, including Stephan Clambaneva, Debera …

Botany Blueprint: The Southern Magnolia

Specimen #14: Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) he seeds were the first thing I noticed. I was collecting specimens in my Hollywood neighborhood when I came upon the crimson drops, scattered across the grey concrete like so many precious stones. Truly, …

The Grad School Saga

MFA Design students at the School of Visual Arts (MFA Designer as Author + Entrepreneur) were asked to illustrate today’s New York Times Education Life section devoted to Grad Schools. Based on Scott Stowell’s class “Explaining Yourself,” the students developed …

The Question of Transformation

by Mark Payne, President, Head of Idea Development A perspective on the pursuit of breakthrough innovation. There’s a rarely-discussed but fundamental truth about the pursuit of growth-driving transformational innovation: the likelihood of an innovation project landing on transformational answers pivots almost entirely on …

Design Thinking: Dead or Alive?

Tonight Fahrenheit 212 and IDSANY are hosting a very exciting panel discussion, moderated by Allan Chochinov, on the best evolution and best practices of design thinking. In the days following the event, the discussion will be edited into web episodes …