Christiane Holzheid

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In INSPIRATION on March 29, 2009 at 11:39 pm

“Dunne & Raby use design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural and ethical implications of existing and emerging technologies.”

here are some work examples:



Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life

In INSPIRATION on March 29, 2009 at 11:22 pm

A few weeks ago a friend send me a link to this video:

“A master class in storytelling. Ira Glass, host of “This American Life” on radio and TV, has spent years telling stories, and getting stories told. In one of the most popular Gel talks ever, Ira describes the elements of a good story.”

I was just taken by his talk and learned a lot. Here are my notes:

The rarest thing when listening to the radio and watching TV is being surprised – for someone to give you, the listener, a new thought, the ability for you to picture something in a new way…a happy, pleasurable surprise is rare.

In the news the seriousness and the funny are never allowed to collide, they are two separate things. A serious story and then maybe at the end a wacky weather person = it is kept separate = failure of craft.

Maybe failure of journalism – their part is to document what the world really is – they describe a world without surprise, joy, pleasure, and humor. it makes the world seem much smaller than it is.

Why not tell stories, whose estactics is surprise; stories which are saying , look how different and interesting this is. Look for stories where there is a little surprises all the time along the way – what this does is – it shoes that the world is a place with excitement, pleasure and surprise… where lightning can strike…

How to tell interesting stories:
– Listen and look for small things – little things that are special and are often left out or overseen
– Telling something exactly the way it is
– Portray people at exactly human scale.

Structure for story telling:
– Stories are normally structured to constantly throw you bait and pull you forward.
– Suspension has been created – once there is a feeling that something is about to occur, something is about to happen, you want to continue listing to the stories.
– A story is a sequence of actions / events, which lead to one thing and to a the next thing – it is not about logic or arguments – but about motion.
– Narrative is a machine that is raising questions and answering them
– If the story is told the right way – it hooks you. Once you are in you can’t get out, you need to know what’s going to happen next

what are physical reactions, emotions,  – we laugh, cry, grinch

What is the bigger thing a story is: why are certain moments so powerful?
You want a sequence of actions and then a thought – a bigger question (can you focus on the feeling the story portrays – what are stories good for?)

– The power of narrative – is like a backdoor into our inside… when a story gets inside of us it makes us less crazy. Meaning when we can connect to the story and what is happening. Maybe even we see ourselves in this story.
– You need to be able to associate – in order to understand… this is how it would be to be this person… I am feeling for this person, I understand.

– We live in this cultural moment where we are bombarded with more narratives than any people that ever lived.
– Every story on the web is a narrative, every add, on TV, every song,  is a narrative – and most of these stories are yelling at us and are trying to get our attention – they are giving us a falseness, like they need to be selling us something

Try to find a story where you can feel – yes, this would be exactly what it would be like, to be that person, to be in this situation, be able to imagine yourself as this person


In INSPIRATION on November 3, 2008 at 6:52 am

“Tinkering is what happens when you try something you don’t quite know how to do, guided by whim, imagination, and curiosity. When you tinker, there are no instructions – but there are also no failures, no right or wrong ways of doing things. It’s abut figuring out how things work and reworking them. Contraptions, machines, wildly mismatched objects working in harmony – this is the stuff of tinkering.

Tinkering is, at its most basic, a process that marries play and inquiry.”

quote from  –

Getting started with Arduino” – by Massimo Banzi; make; O’REILLY

Storytelling Theory and Practice

In INSPIRATION on September 26, 2008 at 12:42 am

“Professor Brian Sturm presents storytelling as a way of organizing information, conveying emotions, and building community. A model of storytelling as altered state of consciousnes..”

you know what I just realized  – when I was little if I wasn’t outside, I was listing to Audio cassettes all the time, over and over again for hours and hours, playing and drawing… whatever this adds to my whole thing… strange that my adopted words when I first came into the MDP where “NARRATIVE” and “INFORMATION” … there are more things that are starting to make sense and where I am starting to see patterns… I’ll tell you as soon as I know more about these patterns – my pattern

Diana Brinks SS09

In INSPIRATION on September 23, 2008 at 7:31 pm

I found this again the “what’s wrong with the zoo“. I think I am intrigued by the poetic aspect, the atmosphere, the camera, and the play with her form, shapes, and time. Something to think about. I wonder if the music was created for the video or vice versa?

ROSE “Ciao Bella”

In INSPIRATION on September 23, 2008 at 7:25 pm

I came across French artist ROSE when I was looking at Francois Hardy. This example is not about the Rose’s music but rather her music video “ciao bella”. I don’t know how I feel about it, just putting it out there.I think the playful idea – this transition of time – could be explored and taken a little bit further.

Levi van Veluw – Landscapes

In INSPIRATION on September 23, 2008 at 7:16 pm

a post on “whats wrong with the zoo

“Show from Levi van Veluw, March 1st-April 5th, Ronmandos Amsterdam.
Levi van Veluw´s photo series are self-portraits, drawn and photographed by himself: a one-man-process. His works constitute elemental transfers; modifying the face as object; combining it with other stylistic elements to create a third visual object of great visual impact. The work you see therefore is not a portrait, but an information-rich image of colour, form, texture, and content. The image contains the history of a short creative process, with the artist shifting between the entities of subject and object.”

Photo credits: Levi van Veluw/Artnews

“…his latest series ‘Landscapes’. This 4-piece series reinterprets the traditional landscape painting, removing plots of grass, clusters of trees, babbling brooks from their intimate 2 dimensional formats and transposing them onto the 3 dimensional contours of his own face. Thus a fresh twist is given to the obsession inherent in the romantic landscape of recreating the world and simultaneously being part of it. The romantic landscape and self-portrait genres are combined as a means of re-examination.”

Brazilian street artists Os Gemeos

In INSPIRATION on September 23, 2008 at 7:05 pm

I came across this artice on the COOL HUNTING website.

“The world of Brazilian street artists Os Gemeos (aka identical twins Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo) is a slightly surreal, colorful and wildly-patterned one, populated with people and animals, boats and pyramids and cars and music. In this video we visit their world, interviewing the brothers at work on an installation that took place earlier this year at Deitch Projects in downtown Manhattan.

MEl Kadel

In INSPIRATION on September 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm

I came across Mel Kadels work and I really enjoy his illustrations so much that I have them as a screen saver. But the images togehter with his words are even more rewarding – again this brings me to the point  – play with vizuals and words. Go check out his great work – it is truly darling!

I also just saw that I bought a post card by him a really long time ago and just made the connection.

Maybe I like it so much because it is a literal in such a delightful and whimsical way!

rolling with the punches

hearts don’t break

tree house

smell the pillow

my only way out is straight ahead.

Honoring the softness of wool

In INSPIRATION on September 23, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Honoring the softness of wool – Great campaign photographed by Vincent Fournier

found on “what’s wrong with the zoo

“Created by TBWA Paris and photographed by Vincent Fournier this campaign is for sure one of the most inventive ad series, we´ve seen for a long time from the detergent branch. It was Pieter from today and tomorrow who has seen the campaign at first.

Photos via Vincent Fournier

I love this!!! But go check out the other campaigns /examples. Like the Absolute Hangover one – shock advertising or mixing messages (like Ellen Lupton shows in her book – mixing messages, graphic design in contemporary culture)