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Storylistening

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Recently I came accross this video of John Maeda, talking about what it takes to be a successful creative leader in the field of design.

Are we in control of our own decisions?

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Behavioural economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counter-intuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we’re not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

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Chune: social playlists

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Music is inherently social, but almost all of the popular music services that exist today are optimized for individual listeners. Chune is a new social music concept designed for parties, offices, and other shared use settings. Users who have the Chune app installed on their phone can tap a custom speaker, and through the magic of NFC, their playlists and musical tastes are transferred to it, creating a crowdsourced mixtape.

Are You Experienced

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“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” William Gibson 1993. New innovations need at least 20 year to become mature.

Ubiquity means everywhere, that is no hard term. That is why he introduces the notion of transparency. This is not invisible!

“If the dining room table where in the bathroom, it would stand out. If it is in the dining room, you don’t even notice it. It is not that you can’t see it. It is a question of it is it in an appropriate place serving an appropriate function, such that it doesn’t impede upon the activities that are normally taking place in that particular location.”

This is what he calls wherable technology.

Innovation is all about risk.

Design is flow.

Expressive music control

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A first technology test of one of the concepts for my graduation project. This big soft-touch button allows you to put expression in the next song you wan’t to hear. If you want to hear something completely different, hit the button hard. If you want to hear something similar, touch it softly.

Tessel

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Tessel, a kinetic installation using articulated panels as sound projectors. A strange audio creature by David Letellier.

This installation has many similarities with my project Tessella. What makes this cooler is the combination with sound!

Chime: scoring the city

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A beautiful project of Marc de Pape. The Chime is an interactive installation which translates every day life of the city to a musical score. It is not intended for direct interaction, but to record actual life. This poetic approach to information decoration appeals to me. Why should the data that is represented always be useful? Why can’t it be just something beautiful, something to enjoy, something that helps you look differently at the world?

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