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...

Talking with Jim Devine

It is always a pleasure to read Jim Devine’s opinion about anything. His clear ideas and common sense make even the most complex ideas sound simple. The breadth of his experience and sharp analytical skills...

Queensland University of Technology Joins the NMC

We are happy to announce that the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has become a member of the NMC community. QUT is a leading Australian university with a global outlook. Based in Brisbane with some...

Learning on the Horizon

During a recent cross-country flight to attend a conference, I settled in with my Samsung Galaxy tablet to read a pre-publication draft of the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition, which...

Education is a Time Machine

Our system of education is a time machine preparing students for yesterday. It has fallen prey to the rearview mirror syndrome, where familiar objects receding in the mirror appear more real than what is...

Gaming in the Classroom

Late last year we saw the launch of the next generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony. The Xbox vs Playstation rivalry continues, while online, the cool kids are relishing the rise of PC gaming. Yet, for...

Inspiring Open Authority

Nearly two years ago, I had my first opportunity to define the concept of open authority thanks to the New Media Consortium and the MIDEA blog. The premise — combining the authoritative knowledge of museums...