The Hidden Future

The Hidden Future

I seem to be have been hit by the Futurism bug recently. I say “hit” rather than “bit” deliberately. I’ve been fascinated by Futurism ever since I read Isaac Asimov’s classic Foundation trilogy as a child. The idea of psychohistory has stayed with me. Part of the reason is that I recognize prediction as largely an effort centered...
Teaching Creativity — not Conformity

Teaching Creativity — not Conformity

As a society, we seem to have a lot of trouble distinguishing teaching from training. In one of my favorite quotes from Patrick Rothfuss, he says, “It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his...
99% Invisible: The Essence of Good Design

99% Invisible: The Essence of Good Design

Part II of the 99% Invisible series A few months ago, I delivered a talk on “Idea Spaces” at the New Media Consortium Summer Conference in Portland. It was a concept I had been struggling with for quite some time. There were many disparate threads to connect, and it was challenging to find time for reflection. Like many things in my life, the...