Thought You Should See This, January 27th, 2012

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

Doblin’s Brian Quinn gets top billing this week, for his excellent article in Fast Company, “Is Innovation Too Messy To Be Managed and Taught? Hardly.” It’s a super piece that takes a measured look at the value of the innovation practice. Do take a look.

Nerd out over old pictures of Manhattan, on show at a new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. Union Square and Columbus Circle as you’ve never seen them before (nor ever will again.)

One of the weirder stories of the week was the revelation that Disney, a key supporter of SOPA and PIPA, was selling a T-shirt with graphic “inspired by” Peter Saville’s iconic image for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures (above). Cue hysteria (the T-shirt has now been withdrawn from sale.)

Couple of cute videos to watch when you have a minute: a charming homage to the practice of reading a book; and Shynola’s thought-provoking, beautifully shot video for Coldplay song, Paradise.

Interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal, documenting the fledgling practice for companies to overlook the need for a resume in favor of a more Web-savvy style job application.

Dr Chrono is another entry into the world of electronic health records. With funding from various Silicon Valley bigwigs, it’s worth checking out.

This detailed report in the New York Times about Apple’s business practices within its factories in China makes for chilling reading. (Also, do listen to a This American Life episode on the same topic.)

Lovely piece on new architectural finds in Turkey. Some might argue that I picked up on this story solely so I could share one of my favorite pictures from last summer’s Istanbul vacation. And truth be known, they might have a point. But it’s also a glimpse of the truly painstaking nature of this type of work and the reminder that, doubtless, nothing we look at is truly what it seems

Finally, General Electric CMO Beth Comstock was logging video reports from the World Economic Forum in Davos. As you might imagine, she had some interesting insights into how leading executives and politicians are thinking about innovation.


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