April 07, 2010

Tim Brown - Penny Stamps Lecture

Tim Brown, IDEO

The last Penny Stamps Lecture of the semester will be given by Tim Brown, CEO of the design firm IDEO, on Thursday, April 8 at 5:10 pm at the Michigan Theater (free).

Brown's lecture is titled "From Design to Design Thinking". His is an expansive idea of the roots and responsibilities of good design, and IDEO's success is likewise indebted to a broad cultural perspective on the creative process.

For more information on Brown and IDEO see

Tim Brown's blog Design Thinking.

TED.com profile of Tim Brown

Objectified DVD on designers including IDEO.

The book IDEO : masters of innovation in the AAE Library.

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May 14, 2009


Voice Thread is an interactive slide sharing community that has some great uses, particularly for those teaching classes containing important visual data. You can upload images from your computer, your flickr account, facebook page, or a URL to create a slideshow. Then leave an audio, video or text comment and use the draw tools to highlight areas of the slide. Others can also leave comments about the slide in different formats, and the slideshow can be made private or public. This way if you're showing images for educational purposes under fair use practices, you can allow only those on your class roster to view the slides. VoiceThread even allows you to turn off commenting, so if you wanted to create a class discussion for a certain period of time, you can cut off commenting after the due date.

hat tip to MPB Reflections: 21st Century Teaching and Learning for highlighting this tool

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May 01, 2009

Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden in Process

The Walker Art Center has been in the process of restoring Claus Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen's Spoonbridge and Cherry, and we thought we'd take a moment to highlight the event to show how social networking sites allow museums the chance to have a different kind of interaction with their patrons. Whether you follow the Walker Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, or Twitpic, you'd have the chance to get updates about lectures, parties, and happenings you might not hear about elsewhere. Many museums are jumping on board with the new technology, so look for links to "follow us" when browsing your favorite museum websites or search for them on your preferred social networks. You might just enjoy behind the scenes workings of museums and announcements like this or this.

All images from Walker Art Center's Flickr stream or Twitpic stream

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April 02, 2009

Slide Show wherever you go

A cool new website, 280 Slides, allows you to create and share slideshow presentations online. You can choose to upload a pre-made presentation or make the presentation on the web. 280 Slides interfaces easily with Flickr, Google Images, Youtube, and Vimeo to allow you to search and import images and videos from these sites while 280 Slides takes care of the coding. When you've finished you're presentation, you can download it as a powerpoint, open document or pdf. If you'd rather share your presentation, you have options. You can upload it directly to Slideshare, a Flickr-like website for slide shows, email it to a colleague, or embed it in a website. The perk of embedding the show is that every time you update the file, the embedded show will play the updated show.

Need help or want to find out more? Try the support page and the blog

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October 21, 2008

Jane Evelyn Atwood

The Penny W. Stamps lecture for October 23 will be Jane Evelyn Atwood. The photojournalist has spent her long career photographing the lives of prostitutes, those suffering from AIDS, blind children, incarcerated women, and land mine survivors. Her work has been widely used in numerous publications from Anthropological Quarterly to Vanity Fair and countless others. Her talk will emphasize her journalistic and photographic methods.

For more information and portfolios, read further.

Agency VU portfolio

Contact Press Portfolio

Too Much Time at Amnesty International

University of Michigan's copies of Too Much Time: Women in Prison

Interview in the Paris Voice

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October 13, 2008

Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu

image: Urban Pastoral © Eskyiu

Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu, founders of Eskyiu, a firm involved in design for communities incorporating technology and creativity to meet urban needs. Their Urban Pastoral project is currently on display at the Hong Kong Pavilion 11th Venice Architecture Biennale International Exhibition. Their collective work investigates new ways of community interaction and urban living.

They will be lecturing for TCAUP today at 6:00pm in the Art & Architecture Lecture Hall. For more information, read further.

Venice Biennale Hong Kong Pavilion (featured under the 'exhibits' and then 'landscape' tabs)

"Taking It to the Street." Architectural Record 2006 June, v.194

Bullviant, Lucy. "Beyond the Kiosk." Architectural Design, vol. 77 iss. 4

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October 07, 2008

Penny Stamps Lectures/Podcasts

Image © AP/Jim Kerlin 1956

Need to take a lecture with you? Miss a lecture? Interested in a lecture from years past? Penny W. Stamps lectures are recorded and are available in multiple formats. To browse the lectures or check out a dvd, you can always come to the Visual Resources Collection where the lectures from the last five years are on dvd. However, an easier method might be to download a podcast. Lectures are available both in audio and video formats from the last two years. You can subscribe using iTunes or other applications such as Juice. Visit the Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Podcasts page for more details.

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October 03, 2008

Think Modern!

Don't get to New York often? You can still see lectures geared to professional and student artists via the Think Modern! podcast. Currently subjects include: 2006 & 2007 Graduate Symposia, The Feminist Future, The Art of Engagement, and The Art of Perception.

Clicking the Think Modern Logo will open your iTunes application or you can download individual MP3s directly from the MOMA website

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September 29, 2008

Cary Fowler

Cary Fowler, who heads the Global Crop Diversity Trust, will be the Penny Stamps Lecturer for Thursday, October 2nd. The above video is a sneak peak of his work on the Svalbard Global Seed Bank in the Arctic from the CBS show, 60 minutes.

Dr. Fowler will be speaking to the importance of genetic diversity among crops in light of global climate change as well as his organization's fight to preserve the seed sources of genetic diversity. Find out more by following the links below:

Global Crop Diversity Trust

Svalbard Global Seed Bank Images

Pop! Tech Lecture given by Dr. Fowler

The London Guardian. "Svalbard's Giant Cold Store"

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September 17, 2008

Ken Robinson on TED

Above is a video of a lecture given by Ken Robinson, at a Technology, Entertainment, Design talk (TED talks). TED is a conference which brings together various experts on numerous topics to give short lectures. The outcome of these lectures is easily digestible information on a wide range of interests that can be shared online, through personal media players or home computers. The lecture themes range from the arts to science innovation to issues of global concern.

Ken Robinson, who will be speaking at the University of Michigan as part of the Penny Stamps lecture series on Sept. 25, is known as a dedicated advocate for the role creativity plays in our lives. He has widely spoken out for the promotion of the arts in schools and advises numerous educational institutions across the globe.
For more information about Ken Robinson, look below the fold.

More links for Ken Robinson:

Sir Ken Robinson's webpage

Peabody Award Profile

Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative

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