Thought You Should See This, December 2nd, 2011

The Clockwork Forest (2011) from greyworld on Vimeo.

Bonanza Thought You Should See This update this week, to make up for the fact I headed back to London during last week’s Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy!

Al Gore turned up in New York to talk about how gaming can help when it comes to trying to combat climate change.

A former Apple designer turns his design philosophy to a product that’s rather less glamorous than an iPod: a thermostat.

Little Printer” arrives (at least, is announced.) A printer intended to capture peripheral moments generated by social media, it sparked intense attention and, from me, an equal amount of crushing depression.

Some important questions to ask at the start of every project, culled from Michael Porter’s Harvard Business Review piece on creating shared value.

Greyworld creates a project that gets my vote for Most Amazing of the Year: a forest filled with clockwork trees (see video, top).

Frog’s VP of creative, Robert Fabricant, lays out important questions for designers and design firms in the United States to consider, as a matter of some urgency.

Jonathan Hoefler explains the intricacies of the type design process–and why this matters even to those who aren’t type aficionados.

Harvard Law School’s Lawrence Lessig discusses issues of governance and policy in an interview conducted on the publication of his latest book, Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan To Stop It.

The Atlantic runs a delightful story about the evolution of the design of the bendy straw.

A departing Twitter engineer flags potential trouble at the social media company.

Veteran autos writer, Phil Patton writes about the Audi Urban Future Summit–and the car as one part of a complex transportation system.

An HBS MBA student outlines why he and his class don’t want to be a part of the so-called “1%”.

An innovative idea in Manhattan proposes the “Lowline” equivalent to the popular High Line public park.

Designer Rob Giampietro shares advice for those starting a studio (his tips apply to entrepreneurs and collaborators of all stripes.)

And finally, British writer George Monbiot rails at the inequity of government and policy in the United Kingdom.

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