30 December 2009
Engadget.com nicely clarifies how revolutionary the technology this past decade has been, by revealing its expert opinion on the defining gadgets from 2000-2009. That said, the leaps in the decade before were even bigger. Much bigger actually. Are we slowing down, or just getting used to this? Read the article here.
20 November 2009
Back to the roots for me today - presenting a lecture on strategic product development & being an entrepreneur at the Technical University of Delft where I once graduated (what feels like a century ago). The world has changed beyond recognition since I left there: no email, the internet bubble hadn't even started and Beavis & Butthead still had new episodes coming out. For the undergraduates in front of me, the world will be equally different by the time they look back like I did today.
06 November 2009
25 October 2009
A typical weekend insight, while working on a report for my dear friends at Cadbury: 'Chewing Gum' is not only the product name, but also the activity. What others are there?
Thanks (so far) to Titika, Mel, Pacino, Bartel ... who's joining?
23 October 2009
Sometimes the geek world trespasses into the artsy partsy world. Sometimes the outcome is horrible, sometimes it is breathtaking. Check out the ad by Vodafone NZ, synchronizing 1,000 cellphones to blurt out Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture. [via Engadget.com]
09 October 2009
This year's best drinks' pack designs as rated by TheDieline.com. And they know.
21 September 2009
In case you were wondering if the media via which you're promoting your product in are really the right ones, or that maybe your agency is just trying to fill its starving departments with your cash. This diagram will show you there are more options than ever. [via HiddenPersuader]
20 September 2009
From Tokyo: Eco Warrior Bag. Not sure why/when you're supposed to empty your shopping on the floor and wear the bag on your head - but it's kinda cool. In a very Japanese kinda way. Probably involves a lot of screaming and running around.
[By Rezon, via ItsNiceThat]
13 September 2009
Operational Excellence - the mantra that came into fashion in the early nineties of the previous century and one that is still fanatically preached across the globe. It beholds the complete mastery of one's primary business processes. It allows for surgical accuracy in delivering output to spec. It lives in Centers of Excellence clustered on every continent. The business breathes, eats and drinks Lean, Six Sigma, 5s, TQM.
Who would have thought there could ever be a downside to delivering a job to perfection? Well, it turns out there is. Many of the process superstars that grew to dominate their markets through Operational Excellence have fallen prey to its stillborn twin: Systemic Inertia. Think Dell, Circuit City and even the superheroes at Toyota.
12 September 2009
When you expect the wine in front of you to taste good - it will. Or at least it will taste much better than when you expect it to be so-so. A research done by Michael Siegrist and Marie-Eve Cousin on the influence of a renowned taster's critique upon the experience of flavor by respondents shows they are heavily influenced by expectation, perhaps even more so than the flavor itself. Are they tasting the wine, or their own assumptions? Now that is one research I would have loved to be guinee pig for, bring on the placebo! [via ScienceDaily]
11 September 2009
Well, they probably do have most to make up for in the public's view, so it's no surprise the banking sector is weaving the values of integrity and trust into its PR. The latest commercials from HSBC and Barclays strike exactly the right chord and are very different from the typical 'let's get rich together' themes they followed in the past. Let's hope this new outlook finds its way beyond PR and into their daily business reality too.
- Monkeys show how our brain switches to exploration mode
- Incentivising Creativity
- Amazing Japanese Laughing Robot
- 2009: BBQ @ G & S
- 2009: Texel (& Vlieland)
- What Happens After You Lose On Price
- Open Hub: Integrity in Innovation
- Food Face Plates
- 2009: New York with Patricia, Spiro, Dimi and Titika
- Toyota iQ - the font
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