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Some Thoughts on Subtraction

I was fortunate several years ago to work with designer (Alexander) Gelman, an extraordinary thinker and creator with immense rigor. His practice involves mercilessly eschewing the extraneous, in order to distill the essential. Among other books, Gelman is editor of the Subtraction compilation which illustrates this idea very articulately. Gelman’s vocabulary helped clarify my ideas […]


Organization planning tools

Increasingly I’ve become sensitized to the critical importance of good leadership within an organization. (Maeda’s RISD blog has been an eye-opener.) Meanwhile I’ve also been more and more involved in what one might call strategic planning. No, I’m not about to get an MBA, but here for my own reference are a few tools which […]


Charming to frightening: new uses for computer vision

I’m a lurker on the mailing list for OpenCV, a powerful open-source toolkit for computer vision. To judge from the wide range of posts on this list, the OpenCV community is extremely diverse — whether cut by geography, expertise, or occupation — and brings together people working across commerce, government, security, and the arts. The […]


Yo-Yo Ma’s Four Challenges for Future Learners (via Maeda)

Worth clipping, here’s a quick re-posting of Yo-Yo Ma’s “Four Challenges for Future Learners”, via John Maeda. (Maeda’s full retelling is here, at his RISD blog.) Make all communications memorable. Realize passion-driven education. Form disciplined imaginations. Foster empathy for all.


A footnote enumerating creative flow states

In the eighth footnote for Sanford Kwinter’s essay “Flying the Bullet,” which accompanies the slim volume “Conversations with Students” by Rem Koolhaas, is a brief enumeration of different names for Samadhi-like states in which an interactant “becomes one” with an interactive system. I quote: “Class four behavior” in Stephen Wolfram; “poised systems” and “edge of […]