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Dog Story

BY DANNY FLYNN
@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

A couple of years ago, Danny Flynn became disheartened by our generation's uninspired use of photo-centric social media. He didn't think that people were exploring the comedic potential of instagram. He is enthusiastic about Toronto's dogs and their stories, so he started an instagram project.

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Behavioural Economics

BY TANYA BASS
@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

How can behavioural economics be used for social good? Tanya Bass believes in behavioural economics as an intersection between psychology and economics, and examines how everyday people make everyday decisions. She discusses how researchers and governments around the world have been using behavioural economics to re-design the environment to facilitate positive decision making. 

 

 

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Maps for Advocacy

BY MATTHEW BAMBACH
@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

Visual storyteller Matthew Bambach believes maps are one established medium for communicating spatial information that can be used to help the community develop a stronger connection with a problem and its solution. Here he talks about participatory mapping, or the creation of maps by local communities for a social benefit. 

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WISP - Weird Illuminated Sky Paintings

BY BRENT MARSHALL
@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

WISP or Weird Illuminated Sky Paintings is a collaborative project by three creative technologists, Brent Marshall, Partick Dinnen and Dre Labre. They want to capture the idea of whimsy or the first time you draw your name with a sparkler. 

 

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Storytelling Through Patterns and Strings

BY MEGHAN PRICE
@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

String Theory is a partnership between two textile designers, Lysanne Latulippe and Meghan Price. The name String Theory is borrowed from a theory of physics that says the world is made of vibrating strings. As constructed textile designers, the two designers work with the math and physics of fibres, yarns, knitting and weaving to develop structure, pattern and texture. 

 

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Doodling Through Life

BY BECKI CHAN
@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

Drawing is a conduit that carries thoughts and ideas into reality. Rather than describing things as they are, freehand drawing can describe them as they are thought of and remembered. As an artist and a designer, Becki Chan shares her thoughts about doodling. She demonstrates how ideas and inspiration come from everything and everywhere, and how her approach to drawing applies them to a design process.

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The Importance of Play

BY CHRISTINA HUG
@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

Afer living in San Fransisco for three years, Christina Hug returned to Toronto and founded The Makers Nation, an organization to coalescing the art, tech, design, and maker communities in cities around the world to meet, collaborate, learn and make things. 

It took her by surprise when only kids showed up at "Battle Bot Royal", the first event she put together for adults to use machinaries to make moterized robots 

Since that expereince, she has a new mission - to encourage adults to play more.  She wants to offer the perspective that how work and play can complement each other. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 18, 2014. 

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Hand-Painted Signs in the 21st Century

BY DOUGIE KERR
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 05, 2013

Dougie Kerr is considered a Toronto legend, and he has been painting signs since the 60s. When he first moved to Canada in the 70s, his first job was painting totem poles. He is now one of the two only sign-makers at Honest Ed's, the most iconic department store in Toronto. He does a variety of in-store signage, sometimes producing 40-50 hand-painted signs a day. 

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Breathe

BY MARCO PETKOVSKI
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 05, 2013

Marco Petkovski, the Measurement Lead at Teehan+Lax, explains how inner peace and acceptance of circumstance can help us work more effectively. He goes further into the influence of stress on creative thinking and the contagiousness of calmness, and shares the secret of how we can be more creative and produce the best work of our lives. All we need to do is breathe. 

 "Presentation of the Day" on February 27, 2014.

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Quantifying Self

BY RAMI ALHAMAD
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 05, 2013

Rami Alhamad, CEO and co-founder of PUSH in Toronto, explains the "quantify self" movement in relation to the revolution of wearable technology to show how individuals are revoluitionizing how they track their daily habits. He disscusses the challenges of privacy and accuracy, and exposes the healthcare system as antiquated and in need of improvement. 

 

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An Adventure in Cohabitation

BY CARLA GOULD
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 05, 2013

Carla Gould, designer and researcher in Toronto, demonstrates her passion for animal and human cohabitation by focusing on the relationship between pigeons and urban city dwellers to show that we are more similar and essential to each other than we realized. Through her experiences on case studies and research projects, she takes these similarities and challanges us to expand our awareness of the animals that we share the earth with. 

 

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Space Tourism: Hospitality or Adventure Industry?

BY MARYAM NABAVI
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 05, 2013

Maryam Nabavi, an Innovation Strategist at Idea Couture, talks about her strategy for the future of commerical space (i.e. Virgin Galactic) as a service industry. If you ever thought about living in space, then small bathrooms, carbon-dehydrated food, and uncomfortable sleeping arrangements are probably not what you had in mind. However, Nabavi redesigned the experience to have humans at the center of the problem so that it can be an enjoyable and memorable experience for anyone no matter their financial or physical situation. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 4, 2014.

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