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Consensus by Headbutting

We certainly don't headbutt each other here in our Hive - but we DO headbutt your problems (over and over again until they're solved). :-)

Bees by Thomas D. Seeley

Thanks for the inspiration, Ars Technica.

Photograph by Thomas D. Seeley

Online Education Survey Thoughts

     As we try to build up and expand our Online Education program here, it is important to be looking to see what others in the field are doing.  That is why I got so excited when I found the survey of Online Education, “Going the Distance.”  I recently summarized it for my team.  What was most important, I think, is that we are right where we should be in terms of the Online Education movement.  Most public institutions have an “in-house” team that deals with faculty training.  Also, this training tends to be “unofficial” and have “unofficial” mentoring as well. 

     Moreover, they mentioned the state of Online Education as a whole.  While enrollments are not increasing as quickly as they had been, this is because they have reached a steady plateau.  Some disciplines are also steadier than others, such as Psychology.  Other disciplines, such as Engineering and Biology are still gaining in enrollment.  This is likely because these disciplines are just now getting the thrust towards online classes and obtaining the tools necessary to make the courses successful, such as increased interactive online programs.

FACTS about the University of Kentucky (circa 1973)

I'm always on the lookout for artifacts of graphic design. For example, I just ran across a catalog of Presstype materials from the early 80's. I've never produced any design work outside of a digital world - so it's a great way to appreciate just how much work went into the projects produced by my predecessors.

You can imagine that I was pretty excited when a friend of mine passed this little booklet along to me after his trip to UK surplus: "FACTS about the University of Kentucky." 

FACTS about the University of Kentucky (1973)

Appropriately, it was found inside of this "tanker" Steelcase desk.

Steelcase

Attached to this post is a pdf of the booklet featuring a comprehensive breakdown of registration fees ($202.50 per semester for all colleges, save Medicine and Dentistry), degrees granted (4,471 between 1970 and 1971), faculty count (2,200) and other interesting tidbits.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Cooper is a great font, huh?

 

 

Sure, it's kinda funny.

                                                    

QR Codes Go to College

Marketing agencies, Archrival and Axis of Awesome both specializing in youth and university markets recently completed a survey of students on 24 college campuses nationwide about their use of QR codes. I'm not terribly surprised at what they've found (indifference) - but I'd like to go one step further:

I'd suggest that it's the overuse of QR codes as a vehicle for advertisement which fuels this in the first place. They have (had) great potential to deliver information in a rapid and portable way. Now I find that no one uses them because they're expecting to be redirected to just another bland sales pitch.

What say you, students? How do you feel about QR codes?

From the article by Archrival:

"In the midst of the growing industry pressure to force-feed these barcodes into the marketplace, we noticed a profound indifference being shown to QR codes by the one demographic that can make or break a trend — college students."

QR Code Infographic

 

 

Scooba Army Series: featuring Russ Caldwell's collection

 

 

 

Tools used to create: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EFS 18-55mm, Canon Speedlite 580 EX II, Adobe Photoshop, Imagination.

"The Snow" by Tokujin Yoshioka

I'm not sure if I prescribe entirely to Yoshioka's philosophy but he's nothing if not poetic - most especially visually.

"The most beautiful things I believe in this world is what is irreproducible, accidentally born, and disorder that cannot be understood by the theory. I believe the nature is the ultimate beauty in this world. The sunlight, soft breeze, and the harmony that leaves create, the variety of the essence in the nature touches our emotions. I intend not to reproduce them, but to pick the element that inspires our heart and integrate it into the deign." - Tokujin Yoshioka

Via Dezeen.

Electric Fish Choir

"So what do you get when you put together a tank full of black ghost knife fish, some audio equipment, and a bunch of crazy people? A fish chorus.

Black ghost knife fish, which would totally be an awesome name for a band, use electricity to pick up information about their surroundings. If sensors convert the electric field to sound, and someone rigs up a way to manipulate the sound and add effects, then people could mix, or conduct, a knife fish musical. People can choose one fish at a time, or pick a bunch of them to sing together." Via io9.

Juice Your Orange

Fallon's principles of creative language (or juicing your orange):

1. Start from scratch
2. Demand a ruthlessly simple definition of the business problem
3. Discover a proprietary emotion
4. Focus on the size of the ideas, not the size of the budget
5. Seek out strategic ricks
6. Collaborate or perish
7. Listen hard to your customers and listen some more

Visit this website, for more creative processes.

http://juicingtheorange.com/

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