Thought You Should See This, August 19th, 2011

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

Big props this week to Doblin’s David McGaw, who highlighted a fun story about a brand using Twitter as an easy and quick way to win some good press. Twitter influencer Peter Shankman jokingly asked Morton’s to greet his flight with a steak dinner. A few hours later, the steakhouse did just that. Cue giddy over-excitement and good will all round.

Also this week on Thought You Should See This:

Rotman School of Management dean (and Monitor alum), Roger Martin sounded off about the ratings agencies, in particular S&P. “It drives me nuts that anybody treats the Standard & Poor’s downgrading of the U.S. government’s credit rating with anything but contempt,” he wrote in a sharply worded Reuters op ed.

I spent some time at the Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change. The list of attendees is a veritable who’s who of who’s thinking interesting things in this space.

Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Much punditry and analysis followed. My question: what impact does this have on existing initiatives such as Google Voice, with the bigger question: what effect might the deal have on industry innovation at large?

GM announced that the Cadillac Converj Concept will make it to market, rolling off future production lines as the electric-powered Cadillac ELR.

The Journal runs a profile of Soleio Cuervo, the guy who designed the Facebook ‘like’ icon. I took issue with some of his claims.

Author Lance Hosey wrote about the importance of connecting aesthetics and sustainability. “Aesthetic attraction is not a superficial concern—it’s an environmental imperative.”

Theater critic Christopher Isherwood penned a beautiful review of the dinner theater on display at a particular New York restaurant, capturing the complexity and fantastic importance of seamless, “finely focused” collaboration.

[Image of a porterhouse steak c/o Naotakem on Flickr.]

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