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Agencies, Client Work, and Experience Shifts

Agencies, Client Work, and Experience Shifts

In the advertising agency world, client-agency relationships are always a hot topic, perhaps a source of immense stress or amazing partnerships. Recently, mobile UX designer Murat from London blogged: “Can The Next Instagram/Hipstamatic/Klout/Angry Birds Be Born Within An Agency?” Here’s a little secret – creatives and developers are ITCHING to do cool, innovative stuff and have great ideas every day. Some of these...
Will 7-Elevens Become Slightly More Useful?

Will 7-Elevens Become Slightly More Useful?

Tired of getting your packages delivered to your office or NEVER being home when the UPS guy shows up, forcing a hassle-filled weekend afternoon at the post office waiting in long lines to retrieve it? Well 7-Elevens may soon be slightly more useful for you, thanks to Amazon’s new pilot P.O. box program. The two companies are currently testing...
Energy From Municipal Waste?

Energy From Municipal Waste?

Check out this TechCrunch story about two companies taking our everyday garbage and turning it into energy. While the technology for this process is still relatively new (and it probably takes a good amount of energy to power the plants converting the waste), it still seems like a pretty cool way of recycling.   (image courtesy...
Mobilize... but how?

Mobilize… but how?

Robert Reich (UC Berkeley represent!!) is quite the pro at providing digestible insight into economic and labor issues.  As Obama gets ready for his big jobs address on Thursday, both sides are already bickering.  We get the sense that once again, people will skirt away from engaging in dialogue about how we can solve this...
Infographics and Innovation

Infographics and Innovation

Our favorite magazines and blogs are masters at creating quirky and relatable infographics that condense complex information into visual form. We all appreciate these supplements to our reading and news consumption, but some are saying their role is much greater. The realestate search startup, Trulia, is taking a gamble (which seems like a smart one)...
Our Post-Mortem Digital Personae - Powered by IBM?

Our Post-Mortem Digital Personae – Powered by IBM?

Shortly after reading a VentureBeat article about IBM’s new experimental computing chips modeled on the human brain, I came across an Adam Ostrow Ted talk on post-mortem social media profiles. While I don’t think IBM is necessarily creating chips to model our online behavior after we die, the juxtaposition of these two articles is a little chilling. Just...
Is Texas the new California?

Is Texas the new California?

We’re always looking for the next center of innovation, the next great supporter of business, and the next big boom town. The Economist argued in 2009 ( “California v Texas, America’s Future”) that Texas’ tax incentives, cheap land, and general support of free enterprise were making it the next great center for business – the next great...