Thanksgiving Sharefest

by Marya Figueroa on November 21, 2012

I’m a link sharer by nature. One of the things that I’m constantly thankful for is this awesome thing called the Internet (yes, still, after all these years) that lets people share their ideas, their expertise, their creations and in turns gives me an avenue to share with those around me.

So, in honor of Thanksgiving and sharing, here are a few links that caught my eye recently. Maybe some of them will interest you, too. 

Webinar: Visual Thinking (XPLANE)

I stumbled upon Dave Gray, XPLANE’s founder, a few years ago when he posted a series of flash-card illustrations showing why the current peer-review journal pay walls were actually a roadblock to scholarly work. (That gets your attention right? If you want to see them, see his Free the Facts flickr set. Totally worth your time.) 

Two examples of dave gray's "Free the Facts" project available on Flickr

Since then, I’ve followed XPLANE’s blog and have secretly been jealous of these creative people who make their livings professionally doodling for business communications (DREAM JOB ALERT).

Abstract diagram

XPLANE is hosting a free two-part webinar: Introduction to Visual Thinking: A Powerful Method to Boost Business Results. (Surely boosting business results could parlay into boosting learning opportunities. I’m positive.). If you can’t participate real-time, XPLANE will record and post both webinars for future watching.

Foster diversity to foster longevity

What a great statement. Can I get an amen? That five-word phrase was a heading in Sara Wachter-Boettcher’s A List Apart article Universal Design IRL. She ponders on how you could apply universal design to real life events or communities. The article gives you the first four steps. 

  • Set expectations for behavior
  • Make it easy to report abuse
  • Foster diversity to foster longevity
  • Don’t blame your users

The universally designed orchestra pit?

And now for the fun stuff

    “A simple way to publish subscription email newsletters.” I haven’t taken this for a test drive or even seen any of the examples, but it’s got some internet buzz, so keep your eye on it. (Via Swiss Miss)
  • Valet
    “Our members enjoy exclusive rates while travelling, and enjoy expertly curated recommendations for shopping, dining, arts & entertainment in our featured city guides.” Hello! (Also via Swiss Miss)
  • Make Your Favorite Songs Infinite
    Add variety to your constant repeat. Click over to get the lowdown on how it’s done. (Via Kottke)
  • The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter
    Bulldog. Outfits. C’mon!

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better. – John Updike


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