Animal Connections

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The World Wildlife Fund just released an iPad app that allows users a multi-faceted view of eight species of endangered animals – including giant pandas, tigers, elephants, marine turtles and polar bears. Each species has an engaging “story,” using the unique features of the iPad to help tell it – use the device’s camera to see clearly in “Tiger Vision,” or tilt the screen and hold it still to learn a fact about polar bears keeping still for hours to catch a seal. Each animal’s tale is told in beautiful imagery and effects, even incorporating downloadable origami instructions for kids to make animals of their own.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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A must read for innovators! Designing actually starts by Establishing the “raison d’être’ for the final design. @paulhekkert @matthijsdijk

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