Category People

Sade: Exemplar of Authenticity

Earlier this year, Sade announced the launch of her Soldier of Love tour, which is her first world tour in over ten years.  Fortunately for me, I was able to secure a ticket to one of her U.S. shows!  There has always been something about Sade’s music that has always inspired me and I knew [...]

Consumer Credit and Sustainability

[While I wrote this article nearly two years ago, I've decided to repost it here given its focus on creativity and innovation. - A.D.] The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) publishes a quarterly magazine entitled “Innovation”.  In the Spring 2008 issue, Craig Badke and Stuart Walker contributed an article entitled “Designers Anonymous” which compares [...]

Electronica Genius.

I recently acquired Joris Voorn’s 2008 mix – “Balance” – on double CD.  In short, the compilation is simply a masterpiece of electronica and well-crafted mixes. Joris’ introduction pretty much says it all: “The process of making these mixes has been more like painting with sound rather than performing a traditional DJ-mix. “As you can [...]

Altitude Sickness.

In November of 2006, I decided to climb Mt.Rainier. Given that I have never climbed a mountain, my first and only concern was ensuring that I was physically strong enough to reach the summit.  Thus, over the subsequent six months I practiced climbing stairs in local arenas, walked for miles in the darkness of winter, [...]

Inspiration: John Maeda

Background: (from the Rhode Island School of Design website) John Maeda has a distinguished career in humanizing technology for creative endeavors. He has been a professor at MIT since 1996 where he is currently the Associate Director of Research at the MIT Media Lab, responsible for managing research relationships with 70+ industrial organizations. He has [...]