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The connected company

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Many thanks to Thomas Vanderwal for the many conversations that inspired this post. The average life expectancy of a human being in the 21st century is about 67 years. Do you know what the average life expectancy for a company is? Surprisingly short, it turns out.

The role of visual thinking and communication in change management

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Martin Eppler of the University of St. Gallen interviews me about visual thinking and change. Yes it's a bit more formal than I usually get, but I was in Switzerland and they like that kind of thing

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The future is podular

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The future is podular , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. One of the most difficult challenges companies face today is how to be more flexible and adaptive in a dynamic, volatile business environment.

What is a connected company?

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Metaphor

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Metaphor , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. In his book Smart Things , Mike Kuniavsky suggests metaphor as a tool for thinking through ubicomp designs and interactions.

What is Gamestorming?

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For more Gamestorming goodness, check out the Gamestorming blog

Anatomy of a smart thing

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Anatomy of a smart thing , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane.

Ubicomp Sketchbook

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Ubicomp Sketchbook , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. In a recent post titled Ubuquitous Service Design , Peter Morville raised some interesting questions about how we might design for a world where everything is, or potentially can be -- smart.

Mr. Fixit and the power of packaging

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Fixit , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. Reason is a dangerous, two-edged sword. It can be seen as Newtonian thinking in a quantum world; a cause-and-effect approach in a world that's more complex than that.

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Designing a narrative with index cards

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Working on the workshop , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. I recently got an email from a teacher who wanted to know how she could help her students develop better presentations.

Bitching about work means you like it the way it is

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Bitching about work means you like it the way it is , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. It sounds counterintuitive, but when you bitch about work you are only feeding the problems you talk about.

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Information shadows and spimes

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Information shadows and spimes , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. In his book Smart Things , Mike Kuniavsky talks about the information shadow as an essential element of a smart thing.

The nib cursor

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The nib cursor , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. I love my iPad, but the finger-only interface has been a continuing frustration for me. As an artist and designer, I want to do things that I can easily do with a pen and paper, like write, scribble and sketch.

Nancy Duarte on her new book, Resonate

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Nancy Duarte is the founder of Duarte Design, one of the world’s leading presentation design companies.

XPLANE joins Dachis Group

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I have a big announcement to make today. Effective this morning, XPLANE is joining the Dachis Group , the world’s leading social business consultancy, as a wholly-owned subsidiary. I want to take a moment to share what this means for XPLANE and our customers, and why I am excited about it.

Knowledge Games talk from the Interaction 10 conference

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Dave Gray-Knowledge Games: A Grammar for Creativity and Innovation from Interaction Design Association on Vimeo

The design philosophy of the AK-47

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The design philosophy of the AK-47 , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. In a recent roundup of thoughts from the Interaction 10 conference , Jan-Cristoph Zoels wrote: "Unfortunately [Dave Gray] illustrated his engaging talk with a glorification of the AK47 as a ‘powerful tool of change’.

Excerpt, OSS SabotageManual

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ExcerptOSSSabotageManual , originally uploaded by @bfchirpy. Thanks @bfchirpy for this little gem.

Empathy mapping

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Empathy map , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. Just posted over on the Knowledge Games blog about Empathy mapping. Enjoy

Toward a theory of information relativity

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Visual thinking , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. People often ask me how to visualize information. They ask things like “How can I visualize my industry ecosystem?” or “How can I visualize how my product works.” My first instinct is to try and back them up a bit.

Yuri Englehardt's notebook

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Yuri Englehardt's notebook , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. Yuri Englehardt's notes, taken when he was working on The Language of Graphics. Click here for a closer look

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Reader interaction with Marks and Meaning

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originally uploaded by Edward Vielmetti. Marks and Meaning is designed to encourage readers to interact with the book in various ways, and I have been thrilled to see the various ways people have chosen to do that. Ed Vielmetti has peppered his copy with sticky notes.

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Visual note-taking workshop

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visual note-taking conference call notes , originally uploaded by Austin Kleon. I'm very excited to announce that three of my favorite visual thinkers -- Sunni Brown , Mike Rohde and Austin Kleon -- will be delivering a workshop on visual note-taking on Tuesday, May 12.

Guiding principles for VizThink

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Guiding principles for VizThink , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. Some of you may have noticed that I have been knocking on a lot of doors lately, asking people to participate in the future of VizThink in one way or another.

Marks and Meaning, v. 0.5

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Marks and Meaning, v. 0.5 , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. Just released version 0.5 of my unbook, Marks and Meaning. You can buy a copy here. Read the warning label

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The unbook movement

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As some of you know I have been keenly interested in a movement, started by Jay Cross , called the unbook. I have gotten some questions about how the unbook differs from a traditional book, so I thought I would answer them here.

Why you need to go to VizThink 09

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Dave Davison sketches , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. VizThink, for those who haven’t heard of it, is a global community of visual thinkers that I helped to launch in 2007.

Unbooks and more

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Jerry Michalski's note-taking technique , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. I'll be speaking at the upcoming O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference in New York, which runs from February 9-11. I'm speaking on a panel called Building a Better Web-Based Book.

Upcoming

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Geneva workshop , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. Quick update: Here are some upcoming events where I will be speaking or facilitating in the next couple of months. The photo shows Laurent Haug of LIFT fame in a previous workshop that I conducted in Geneva.

How to draw a car

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How to draw a car , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. I just posted a short video drawing lesson on how to draw a car here. I chose a car because it's one of those things that people quite often need to draw and often struggle with.

Good morning Amsterdam!

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I'm in Amsterdam today and this evening I will be having an informal conversation with Yuri Engelhardt and whoever else shows up. If you live here I hope you will join us.

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Greetings Berlin!

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I arrived in Berlin yesterday for VizThink Europe 08. I will be touring the city with Tom Crawfor d and Ryan Coleman of VizThink. If you happen to be in or near Berlin and would like to meet up with us text message me at +1.314.496.6129 and I will text back our location. Hope to see you

The eyes have it

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The eyes have it , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. Actual bandwidth of the five senses, compared to the bandwidth we are consciously aware of. From The half-second delay: What follows? , a paper on learning, consciousness and perception.

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Five reasons to go to VizThink in Berlin

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S-Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse Berlin Mitte Capital Germany , originally uploaded by holger doelle. On October 12-14, 2008 I'll be facilitating at VizThink Berlin.

The Process

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Nonlinear presentation tool

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I just discovered this very interesting presentation tool which is being developed in Budapest. ZuiPrezi is a zooming presentation editor which allows you to easily create dynamic and visually structured zooming maps of texts, images, videos, PDFs, and drawings.

Sneak peek at my upcoming workshop at UI15

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Here's a sneak peek at my upcoming workshop "Visual Thinking for User Experience" which I'll be giving at UI15 (Boston, Nov. 8-10). Description: New workshop on effectively communicating design ideas Wireframes don’t help us with the Why, only the What of our designs. Dave’s simple sketching techniques are powerful tools for communicating your design's rationale. You’ll learn solid strategies for visualizing your ideas, which will help you identify issues while creating great new experiences.

How to draw a robot. Or, what I do when nobody is watching.

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Upcoming events

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Geneva workshop , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. I'll be participating in a number of events in the coming months. Here's an update on some of the events where I'll be speaking or delivering workshops.

London Calling!

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Geneva workshop , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. London is calling my name again. Next week I'll be in London for two events, July 9th and 10th.