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Techno-Optimism, Singularity & Jason Silva

Have you ever sat down with someone and had a total technophile geek out?  You know, the kind of conversation where you go from talking about social media to the science of cyborg worm holes? Well, if you are looking for that kind of future-thinking mind meld, you should chat with Jason Silva.

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The Business and Innovation Trist

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Business and innovation are in a symbiotic relationship. Innovative products and systems can be revolutionary but if they don’t take hold in the marketplace they will likely fail. So, how do innovators stay creative while also playing the role of business partner to reassure clients that innovative ideas won’t trump the bottom line?

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The New Ecology of Things

(Illustration by Charley Harper)

Design thinking is a term — almost a mantra — that has resurfaced a lot lately. It has been especially poignant during this time of financial hardship, during which a number of traditional or conventional processes have been debunked and are being rethought altogether (let’s use it in a sentence: "Mr. Brown thinks that the publishing world could benefit from design thinking.") But others believe that design thinking has no basis unless it recognizes that the process is rooted in design-doing.

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On Air: The Power of Design Research

design mind's mission is to share insights into and provide commentary about global cultural trends at the intersection of design, technology, and business. This quest has taken many forms: a print magazine, original online content, blogs, video series, and a social media platform that continues to grow. Now design mind is venturing into the world of audio. It is our pleasure to bring you design mind On Air, a podcast that will introduce you to the designers, scientists, psychologists, sociologists, photographers, and thinkers at frog design — and the ideas they work with every day.

design mind On Air features designers, technologists, and business strategists sharing their thoughts on design and innovation. For each episode, the On Air host Chris Sallquist, from frog's Seattle studio, sits down with a fellow frog to discuss fresh perspectives on industry trends, emerging technologies, and global consumer culture.

Our first episode examines the influence of power in design research and the role of design research as a catalyst for examining our own assumptions and creating the “light bulb” moment. Chris talks to frog Creative Director Denise Gershbein about the challenges, motivations, and hilarious anecdotes that come with the profession.