Peter Durand

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Doodlers Anonymous: Living Life Like Good Homosapiens

In Journal on July 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Living Life Like Good Homosapiens

Retro Whale combines all of my favorite things into their body of work: Humanimals, imperfect lines, and a kind of subtle humor that makes me laugh in the most ridiculous way. Get to know the work of Kelly, Jimmy and Jaedon and see life the way they do: With a whole lot of color and inspiring rap lyrics to make you feel complete. Check out their etsy shop too. There’s so much goodness there.

Inspirational subconscious scribblers. Doodlers Anonymous lets the id-driven images on scraps of paper and dream-addled journal pages fly!

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PopTech Innovation Lab: The Future of New Low-Impact Materials

In Journal on July 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm

via poptech.org

The Ecomaterials Innovation Lab brought together a network of eminent and emerging leaders in material science, sustainability, corporate leadership, design, academia, and policy circles. We began the program focused on getting to know one another and exploring the current landscape, system conditions and impediments surrounding the adoption of ecological materials.

It was a pleasure to be a part of this three day gathering as a graphic facilitator and “creative guru”. These are the scientists, designers and policy drivers who are influencing how we make stuff and what happens to it when it “dies”.

Check out the PopTech blog for more details: http://poptech.org/blog/poptech_network_and_new_lowimpact_materials

Small, Local and Blue: Raleigh Denim – GOOD Blog

In Journal on July 28, 2010 at 8:31 am

After participating in a conference on sustainable ecomaterials and the textile industry, I have a new mental filter set for:
(1) how stuff I wear is made; (2) where the materials are sourced, (3) how the people are treated who fabricate them, and (4) what happens when my stuff “dies”.

That is a lot to keep in mind when buying jeans.

So check Raleigh Denium out!

Facilitator U: Don’t be an Allopathic Facilitator

In Journal on July 25, 2010 at 8:30 pm

"Stand by a holistic approach to your interventions."

Allopathic: The Western Medical model in use today, is based upon the concept that the physician is responsible for the healing, and that "disease" must be eradicated from the body using heroic intervention. 
I chose to use this term to describe an issue that often befalls us in our efforts to facilitate organizational interventions. We're often called in by organizations that are "sick," meaning that their dysfunction has become so untenable that something simply must be done about it…"Our organization is broken and we need to fix it!" Let me provide a metaphorical example. 

Some people mindlessly eat fast food and ice cream sundaes for years until one day diabetes sets in or their heart stops. They rush off to the hospital to get "fixed," with little thought about how they've been responsible for the day to day actions they took or didn't take that facilitated this emergency. 

Just as we can ignore our bodies needs at the expense of our physical health, some of us ignore ours and others emotional and social needs, at the expense of building our technical capacities, only to find one day that no one can work with this technical "genius" because now he's an emotional moron. Further, because the leaders for whom these individuals work have not been willing to moderate their venom for others, they now feel it's time to call in the "doctor." Someone with the power to hire and fire, whose given up the power to manage ineffective behavior, now feels it's time to have an expert come in to fix the problem!

The Illustrated Ape

In Journal on July 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm
The Selective  History Of Everything Ever Issue

ISSUE 28

The Selective History Of Everything Ever Issue

“UP, UP AND AWAY!”

– features RADIOHEAD’S timeless artist in residence, Stanley Donwood, MAXIMO PARK’S historic Paul Smith, the immortal Holly Wales, the unborn Kim Rickcord, the infinite Salena Godden, the miraculous Marion Deuchars, the significant Siggi Eggersson, the journeying Jimmy Turrell, the legendary Luke Best, the knackered Nick Treadwell, the nuclear Neasden Control Centre, the millenial James Majowski, the Alpha Ian Armer, the O!-mega Lee Armitage, the demise of assorted poet laureates… and a whole teeming universe of mixed up space monkeys, straitlaced gorillas and orangutan grandads doing the Time Warp again… with their pens and pencils set on stun!

How have I never heard of this magazine?!? Illustrations, wacky flash animations and chimps.

VizThink Conversation with “Design & Politics: A conversation with Scott Thomas”

In Journal on July 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm

What Futurists Actually Do

In Journal on July 16, 2010 at 1:59 pm


  An introduction to GOOD’s new series from the Institute for the Future

Never Google the word “futurist.” Besides the conflation with Futurism, the early 20th century fascist-leaning art movement, the world’s gateways to knowledge are far from instructive on the subject. Clichés and caricatures abound, with media coverage dominated by allusions to crystal balls and prophesy and the messianic predictions of techno-utopians. The general public’s sense of what futurists are is not entirely flattering, and rarely accurate.

This is a shame, because during the second half of the 20th century and continuing through the past decade, professional thinking about the future has grown from a niche field dominated by military strategists and predictioneers into a diverse global practice.

The future is hard to predict, especially since we don’t know what’s gonna happen! However, I end up working with lots of folks and on lots of projects that try to see around corners. This article gives GOOD insight into the skills and thrills of the futurist game.