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My friend Jessiena, just sent me a link to Hunch. She’s so great, up on what’s cool in digital. (She better, she works at Popular Front. They only like smart people.)

So far there’s not much to Hunch – it hasn’t fully launched but has started sending invitations to people who sign up. The landing page says

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Hunch helps you make decisions and gets smarter the more you use it.

Check out more info on the Fact Sheet. Over-generalizing, it sounds like it’s a much smarter, technologically-oriented Magic 8 Ball. After giving users 10 questions, Hunch will “will propose a concrete and customized result for hundreds of decisions of every kind”. By utilizing user-created responses (edits, ideas, suggestions, etc.) and customizing results per user, Hunch aims to harness group think and machine learning – with the ultimate goal being to help you and I out with decision making.

The idea of Hunch sounds fascinating – harnessing group think/collective intelligence to help people solve problems makes sense, right? And the fact that results will be based on structure — algorithm, increased user involvement, etc. — makes for a potentially convincing and useful service. I think Hunch is one to watch – Flickr co-founder Catarina Fake, is co-founder, so you’d think these people believe in design, usability, and solutions.

About a month ago I went to the Walker Art Center‘s Art Lab to participate in some text messaging at the event TXT IMGE BK GNR8TR. This was no ordinary texting action, nooo…using letterpress wood type (stamps), I crafted a unique, analog ‘text message’ for my friend Allison. Once I finished my text, I stepped over to the photo lab, where I was photographed with some mobiles that weighed about 5 lbs each. (I believe these photos were to be a part of an artist’s book, but I am not sure on the details.) I then used the pic to add to my text so Allison could see just what I had been up to. I have to say, this crafty text event was fun, something I’d never done before–I even felt like I was in kindergarten, sitting there taking directions on how to fold my paper and envelope, getting inky and messy, and even stamping a letter down backwards (doh!). After the night I had, I felt a bit de-stressed and calm. What some art-making can do for you 🙂

Unfortunately, this event isn’t running now, but check out other fun and educational events at learn.walkerart.org.

STAMPS!

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HAND-FOLDED – It was harder than it looked.

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TXT SPEAK ONLY…

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PHOTO LAB

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FRONT

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INSIDE

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HAD TO USE THE WORD ‘RAD’.

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THE END.

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I’m a visual person so tag clouds or any other fun planning tools like Wordle capture my interest. Wordle is a neat tool that puts text from any source you provide (copy/paste text, blog link, del.icio.us link) and spits it out in word cloud form. Play around with layout, font, and color. Create your Worlde cloud here. And then, add to the gallery. (There’s no sign-up required, but as I see I used my initials as my ‘username’ I ended up being linked to all the other “CK”s. I only made the one cloud below.)

Here’s my Wordle cloud for my del.icio.us bookmarks, taken today:

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Not too surprising to me is what my top bookmark topics appear to be: eating & food experiences in Minneapolis, design, and fashion.

Steven Woodward‘s 2008 exhibition (latest work) kicks off with a reception tomorrow night. Check it out.

When: Fri. 10/24/08 5-9 p.m.

Where: The Union Depot. 214 Fourth Street E. St.Paul, MN. 

(FREE on-street parking + light refreshments)

Exhibition: 10/28 through 11/26. Tues. through Fri. 3-6 p.m. Sat. 1-4 p.m.

Past Work:

Juggler Not, 1989 @ Opus. laminated pine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judith, 2000. hand-braided rug, various materials

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What emotions do you think or feel are being represented here? Experience this e-Motions motion graphic by Tania Falcao. e-Motions states: Animation is an art form which brings to life our imagination, creates illusions an mimics actions. “Through this form of expression, based in motion, is possible to give form to sensations and feelings showing physical reactions and facial expressions. The goal is to present emotions and sensations through the expression of drawing and 2D digital animation technology.” via 2Modern Design Talk.

  • If you’re looking for some different/challenging pumpkin carving patterns, check out these politically charged designs at Campaign-O-Lanterns.

 

  • Love this product and what it communicates: Create your own message with the DIY Screenprinted LCD Card. 4 lines of 5-character fields lets you personalize your digital greeting. Cards are printed on 100% recycled paper. 5 for $15. From San Francisco shop Yellow Owl Workshop



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