Thought You Should See This 7/1/11

This week’s Thought You Should See This update for my friends at Doblin:

Google provided the stories of the week, with a flood of stories following the launch of Google+, the company’s latest stab at helping users to organize their digital lives. Tech veteran Dave Winer wrote a pointed piece arguing that “you can’t make revolution with employees,” neatly outlining a critical challenge facing the leaders of all large companies. A must-read.

Also this week on Thought You Should See This:

Also from Google, announcements that its much ballyhooed healthcare and energy initiatives, Google Health and Google PowerMeter will be retired.

Usability design expert Jared Spool weighs in on the thorny topic of how to get executives to understand the value of user interface/experience design.

Professor Renata Saleci narrates an excellent animation video looking at the challenges of increased options in The Paradox of Choice.

Animation duo Soandsau create a glorious music video in which the singer is a lifesize Bunraku puppet and the visuals form an extravagant homage to tribal African masks.

The Natural Resources Defense Council publishes a report estimating that TV set-top boxes consume $3 billion in electricity in the United States every year. There are real opportunities for innovation in addressing that “always-on” state.

A profile of Alison Cohen, president of Alta Bicycle Share, outlines the importance of building a robust network, thinking of suppliers as partners rather than vendors.

Processing coding language inventors Ben Fry and Casey Reas describe their tongue-in-cheek mission statement, which has underpinned their digital design work for the past decade.

Writer Justin McGuirk looks at the sustainable design movement, and finds it sorely lacking. Sustainability, he writes, “suggests the flatlining of human ambition.” The challenge here is not about products or even services; it’s systemic.

The 11th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, a “garden within a garden” in the grounds of the London art gallery, was designed by Swiss architect, Peter Zumthor.

Tim O’Reilly flags a story outlining Hewlett-Packard’s R&D initiatives in China. “So much for the idea that we do the innovating here [in the U.S.],” he commented.

British design leader Paul Priestman outlines a new concept for travel which involves trains that never stop. “We’re trying to run a 21st century service on an 19th century infrastructure,” he says.

The Eyeo Festival lured the great and the good from the world of data visualization to Minneapolis. At the heart of the discussion: how to marry the science of data with the artistry of design.

That’s it for this week. As always, send feedback, tips to me at helen_walters@doblin.com.

Apparently there’s some holiday in the U.S. this weekend. No idea what that’s about (says the Brit, as she ducks.) Regardless of your nationality, have a wonderful weekend!

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