Thought You Should See This 6/24/11

I’ve been putting together updates detailing the posts I’ve written that week for Thought You Should See This and been sending it round to the good folks at Doblin. Thought I might start collating these notes here too, with a view, I suppose, to developing a more formal newsletter at some point (if there’s interest.) So, TYSST this week:

Kudos and hat tips this week to two Doblinistas. Erik Kiaer sent word of a slightly alarming piece in which the author claimed that innovation shortcuts are there for the taking. Hogwash, of course, though the writer’s slightly more nuanced point, that innovators might think to be open and alert to what’s around them, is well taken.

Meanwhile, Henry King flagged this month’s Nature profile of Erez Lieberman Aiden. The molecular biologist and applied mathematician wears many hats, including as researcher and developer for Google, where he created the Books Ngram Viewer. It’s a super story, well worth the read.

Also this week on Thought You Should See This:

Simple loveliness from British architect, artist and designer, Asif Khan, who created a whimsical installation for this year’s Art Basel event.

Scott Cook, co-founder of Intuit, details the company’s internal innovation process–and has advice for those looking to learn from customers.

Fun creative virtuosity over at YouTube, where user OHAD122 mixed a Radiohead track using only existing video clips.

IBM celebrates its one hundredth anniversary; The New Yorker celebrated the company’s design consciousness.

Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake pre-announced her new venture: “something consumer-facing, something social.”

“Open Cities” artfully demonstrates the trend for using the fabric of the city as creative canvas.

The CEO of Storytree writes a couple of thoughtful posts about “The Designer-Driven Startup.”

Rob Gifford of NPR looks at the challenges of supporting or nurturing innovation in China–along with the thorny topic of intellectual property rights there.

Ford announces new font design on interior controls in Ford Edge and Explorer crossovers.

Former Mozilla CEO John Lilly reveals some of his leadership and management tricks, in an excellent Q&A in Fast Company.


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