Tons of good stuff this week:
- The evolution of a project manager – Interesting take on the various levels of impact a project manager can have, from paper pusher to team leader (hat tip, Raven)
- Harry Beck: The Paris Connection – Some of you may know I worked on a book about the london subway system. Beck is the guy who designed the famous 1930s version of their map, the basic design that lives on today. It was news to me, but he also proposed a map for the Paris subway system (hat tip, Paul).
- 8 Brilliant Scientific Screw-ups – the problem with articles like these about accidental inovation is they overlook the important part. After the accident, all these people did tons of work to figure out why the accident happened, something few of us ever do.
- Wall of Deliverables – I love the idea of a place for designers to share prototypes and work for critiquing and exchanging ideas. Hopefully this will take off. It’s funny to me how most dialog in the design community is over text based email – for all our tech, we still mostly describe our designs with words instead of showing them.
- A Medical Madoff: Anesthesiologist Faked Data in 21 Studies: Scientific American – another reason to always ask basic questions about research that seems too good to be true.
- Mapping the Innovation Gap – This is the most important chart I’ve seen in months about understanding how innovation happens.
- Abraham Lincoln: A Two-Way Innovator – Nice article about how important problem defining can be.Â Many creators I know can work either way, they might have a preference, but once they have an idea they like, or a problem they’re interested in, they don’t really care.
- BrokenPictureTelephone.com – The Game of Miscommunication – Home – If this doesn’t make you laugh you need to seek help.Â Only gripe is registration is a bear and there’s no easy way to just invite 5 friends to play. This one about a tornado is one of my favorites.
- Book Vs. Film: Watchmen | Books | A.V. Club – Interesting website focused on writing reviews of books made into films. This review is about the watchmen (a book and film I liked in both forms).