Archive for December, 2009

Pantone Names Tiffany, I Mean Turquoise, Color of the Year

December 14, 2009

It's Turquoise!

It’s official, Pantone says 15-5519 is the deal for 2010. I say Tiffany should lead a pre-emptive strike for their own inclusion as company of the year. On a personal level, Tiffany is about the only place in the universe I can stand this color. Gee, and I had such high hopes for twenty-ten too. (And yes I know the color match isn’t exact. So if you work at Tiffany, please be assured I love you madly and no disrespect is intended.)

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Deux-Bee-Deux-Bee-Deux

December 12, 2009

I have to admit that in the 15 seconds it takes to grok TeuxDeux, the new to-do webapp from studio-mates swissmiss and Fictive Kin, it already emerges as a great favorite. No, I don’t think I’m going to be able to give up my combo of Things+TaskPaper, but this beauty is so simple and so right, I already wish it was a selectable “view” from my other, more powerful desktop apps. Lesson (among others): there is always the chance to do it in a simple, beautiful way. Bless yeux.

Kickstarting Shakespeare

December 5, 2009

I live not too far from Shakespeare & Co., but I would support this even if I didn’t. Please support this worthwhile endeavor and receive a signed book in the bargain!

Look Inside

December 4, 2009

So much of what a company does, especially a service-oriented company, is about looking outward. But it seems like quite a golden age, a real bonanza age, for companies who want to take the opportunity to look inward, to explore not only its employees and their myriad connections, but to forge new connections internally and leverage whatever might result. New web applications such as Yammer and Cubetree, and now the fledgling Office Medium, promise to put the tools of broad-range social networks at the service of the discrete business culture. And this is only the tip of the mice-click. It seems like a terrific idea to me. After all, what is project management really but a subset of these dealings? Why not open it up, especially with all the real opportunity for turning activity into meaning. Engagement, whatever promotes it, is never a waste.

NSFE

December 2, 2009

This post is “not safe for everybody” but it’s right up my alley. The live dissection of “H.M.”‘s brain on The Brain Observatory. Enjoy!

Fashioning the Future

December 2, 2009

What does it mean to be green when it comes to fashion? It’s got to be more than just a color, or the way a garment is manufactured. It should concern itself with the bulk of the garment’s life, i.e. during its wash and wear cycles. That’s just one of the angles approached by the winners of Fashioning the Future at the London College of Fashion’s international student design competition awards last week in London.

Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Grant McCracken, Chief Culture Officer to speak at The Cooper Union

December 2, 2009

In preparation for his recent book launch of Chief Culture Officer: How to Create a Living, Breathing Corporation, Crant McCracken will be speaking this coming Monday, December 7th at The Rose Gallery @ The Cooper Union (41 Cooper Square). Hailed as a must read by Seth Godin and Marian Saltzman, among others, this speech promises to amuse and get you thinking.

For those who will be in the NY area, please click on this link to RSVP to the event.