Thought You Should See This, July 29th, 2011

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

If you find yourself with a spare hour this weekend, you’d do worse than listen to the wonderful piece of radio. When Patents Attack digs into the murky world of patents, trolls and innovation. Fascinating and illuminating.

Also this week on Thought You Should See This:

Anthony Lane does a beautiful job analyzing and dissecting the troubles besetting Rupert Murdoch.

Meanwhile, the spoof trailer for Hackgate: The Movie provides a welcome moment of levity among the ongoing Murdoch/News Corp chaos.

In Ten Ways to Redesign Design Competitions, sustainability author John Thackara suggests improvements for those wanting to put on a design contest, concluding pithily, “do it properly or don’t do it.”

The Joy of Fix is a rather lovely stop animation film promoting the joys of, well, fixing things. Created to promote sustainability website, Do The Green Thing.

Toyota teamed up with the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design to redesign the experience of being a passenger in a car. Flawed, but interesting.

IBM launches a new Services Innovation Lab to bridge the divide between “R” and “D”.

Clay Christensen has a new book out, and HBR has an extract. Good, common sense stuff.

And finally, anyone with an eye for a design challenge might try coming up with a way to help photographer Joao Silva. The New York Times photojournalist lost his legs in Afghanistan, but is up and at ’em once more. Now he’s hampered by having to transfer his cane to his left hand whenever he takes a photograph. Can’t a designer create a cane (or alternative support system) that Silva can use and yet retain the ability to photograph on the fly?


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