I usually rely on TED Talks for my morning cup of thought provocation — this one by lawyer and activist, Larry Lessig, not only delivered, it also packed quite a punch as well. Summarizing the development and commercialization of telecommunications technology, Larry Lessig talks about how society shifted from having a “read-write culture” — defined as being a culture where people participate in the creation of culture — to a “read-only culture” — one where creativity is consumed but the consumer is not a creator. Before the arrival of the internet, culture creation was owned by those on top, with the proverbial vocal cords of the mass silenced.
I came across this TED TALK today, and could not resist sharing it.
Natasha Tsakos creates an interactive experience through acting, theatre and motion graphics. Regardless of the age, gender, or race, each person is totally engaged in this experience. A connection is created with the character zero, which allows one to be oneself.
“As a street performer, I learned that everybody wants to connect. And that if you’re a bit extraordinary, if you’re not exactly of human appearance, then people will feel inclined to participate and to feel out loud.” (Natasha Tsakos)
In the end of the video she leaves us with truly inspirational words.
Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did.
It’s easy to assume that Typography is simply a matter of putting text on a page, or up on a screen, so that it effectively communicates words, while also looking nice — but it can be much more than that. Experimental Typography, which treats text as a pure graphic element to be used in an artist context, is interesting for the way it challenges notions of what type is actually meant to communicate.
Think of somebody like David Carson, who’s famous maxim “the end of print” (check out the beautiful book named after the maxim, which covers a lot of his groundbreaking work) challenged notions of type just as Digital Design was emerging as a new discipline.
TED brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in less than 18 minutes. Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, ‘ideas worth spreading,’ the TEDx program gives communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences that are coordinated independently at the local level. TEDx Vancouver, in its third year, took place this past weekend at the Chan Centre. Digital Design students, Amie Bennett and Juan Martinezguerra were fortunate enough to create many of the conference materials — from motion graphics speaker intros to origami name tags.
In mid-July, the TEDx Vancouver organizers presented a brief to our Digital Design students, who were about to embark on their graduate projects. TEDx was seeking proposals to enhance the 2011 conference experience for attendees and followers. The brief began with a quote from Carl Sagan — “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.’ This beautifully summarized the concept for this year’s TEDx Vancouver event— The Frontier — a topic reflecting our unrelenting effort to push all boundaries. Other topics related to this year’s concept were Exploration, Expansion and Reciprocity.
Amie and Juan accepted the challenge and embarked on a 4-month creative mission that involved extensive collaboration with the TEDx Vancouver volunteer team, which included industry professionals from companies such as Electronic Arts, Blast Radius/Academy and FCV Technologies, among others. It was an immersive learning opportunity, working with a fabulous real-world client for their graduate projects, that culminated in a series of deliverables that added dimension and vibrancy to the conference.