Archive for May, 2009

Friday Link Love: Week Ending 5/22/2009

This is a list of the links I’ve bookmarked or f0und most interesting for the week.

The Paradox of Planning

35+ Examples of Corporate Social Media in Action

Modea:  Slideshare + Twitter

A 60 Inch Screen in Your Pocket

twtBizCard :: your twitter business card

quotes/citations – a set on Flickr

TED Blog: Dan Ariely: 2008 was a good year for behavioral economics

Unconsumption PB Wiki

MEDIA ARTS MONDAYS: Periodicals Worth Paying For

Japanese Vending Machines Are A Recession Hit

Lens – Photojournalism Blog from

– download the new Coldplay album

50 Great Photographers You Should Know (with portfolios)

Ten Lessons In Bootstrapping from the Founders of UrbanSpoon

The money illusion

What Makes Us Happy? via The Atlantic

Categories: LINKS

Friday Link Love: Week Ending 5/15/09

This is a list of some of the links I’ve bookmarked or found especially interesting. I’m thinking of making this a weekly list I post every Friday.

The New York Times envisions version 2.0 of the newspaper


Keep track of what you wanna do, share stories about your life experiences (your “diddits”), and meet people like you.

40 Useful and Creative Infographics


Find small actions you can do for Energy, Happiness, Waste and Water.

Media Arts Mondays: Data Visualization Tools


Sell your Tweets on Twitshirt

Growing network of design sites

McDonald’s Is Winning More Than The Value Wars
via Advertising Age

Newspapers and Thinking The Unthinkable
by Clay Shirky

How David Beats Goliath – When Underdogs Break The Rules by Malcolm Gladwell

Where is Everyone?

In this article, we are going to take a little tour through the history of information – or more specifically where to focus efforts if you want get in touch with other people.



Dub is your mobile business card. The goal driving DubMeNow is developing better ways to communicate, network, and exchange contact information – all from your mobile phone!

The Psychology of Attention 7 Part Series via PsyBlog

Halting Russia’s Population Collapse via BBC News

Categories: LINKS

Music and Memory

Salvador Dali - The Persistence of Memory

Salvador Dali - The Persistence of Memory

Read an interesting article on the today, The Songs They Can’t Forget, which talks about how music can reach people with Alzheimer’s disease. From the article:

Music has the power to bypass the mind and wash through us, triggering strong feelings and cuing the body to synchronize with its rhythm.

Researchers and clinicians are finding that when all other means of communication have shut down, people remember and respond to music. Familiar songs can help people with dementia relate to others, move more easily and experience joy.

Music memory is preserved better than verbal memory, according to Ms. Clair, because music, unlike language, is not seated in a specific area of the brain but processed across many parts.

Patients with a wide range of ailments — from children with disabilities to burn victims to people with Parkinson’s disease and stroke — have experienced the ability of MT to speed healing, improve mood and increase mobility.

The healing/therapeutic aspect reminds me of the Patch Adams story, but with a musical twist.

Categories: PSYCHOLOGY

Great Examples of Brazilian Street Art

I’ve been noticing some really interesting street art coming out of one of the BRIC countries recently: Brazil. Brazil’s rising creative and cultural strength and identity is resulting in some exceptional artwork and graffiti.

One of the things I learned at the recent PSFK Conference NYC from the Wooster Collective is that every piece of art has a story, so even thought the following pieces are upfront visually engaging, there’s deeper reasons and meanings behind their creation.

Here’s a brief collection of Brazilian street art I’ve found over the past several months:

streetartbrazilpicocoolvia PicoCool (see more pics at sola e a comedia da vida seca )

PSFK also had a recent post on Pixação graffiti in Brazil:

The angular style that seems to cover the city of Sao Paulo was first used in the early 80s and was inspired by heavy metal typography which in turn was inspired by viking type-style.”

The Big Picture is a photo blog that also has some great pics of the favelas in Brazil that are covered with giant pics of women that have suffered from among others things, drug trafficking and violence. This art display was created by a photographer named JR who has also recently launched his “Women Are Heroes” campaign.


The Big Picture: Scenes from Rio Janeiro

I also learned of  some colorful street art by Titi Freak, a Brazilian artist with Japanese ancestry that I really like. Check out these lovely Koi fish:


As Planners, if we’re really going to “think outside the box,” we need to think outside the lines of geography and physical limitations. There’s interesting changes going on outside our own borders and the unique urban artistry that’s evolved from societal, political and economic events should be recognized and understood. Sometimes thinking outside the box means going outside our normal boundaries and figuring out how we can find ideas and inspiration in other sources, and making them relevant to what’s in front of us.

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