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by Cole Townsend

Every Thursday check back for a review of what caught my eye the past week on the topics of design and disruption, with a special shout out to 3D matters as well.
Get in touch any time you’d like to discuss designing some disruptions of your own.

For the designer who’s hard to buy for:
Helvetica: – The Perfume

Whether running a design project or leading disruption, if you’re doing something involving change you will run into criticism. Excellent advice for giving and receiving criticism.
Stop Dancing Around Criticism and Put It to Use with These Tips from Airbnb’s Head of Experience Design

The 3D Economy: Forget guns, what happens when everyone prints their own shoes?

Already, according to a study authored by Michigan Technological University engineering professor Joshua Pearce and six others, there are significant economic incentives for consumers to pursue 3D printing. According to Pearce’s calculations, a person who constructs an open-source 3D printer called the RepRap at a cost of around $575 for parts can theoretically avoid paying between $290 and $1,920 a year to retailers simply by using the device to print 20 common items (iPhone case, shower curtain rings, shoe orthotics, etc.).

“Hands up if you hate your bank.” Banks are screwed…karma in this life? Warning for any business or organization that places people below profits.
Disruption? You better bank on it
See more at: Millennial Disruption Index

Near perfect design:

Article nailed it for me; novels, no thank you – business books yes please.
Spritz Launches SDK To Bring Its Speed-Reading Technology To Websites And Apps

I would love to have one of these! Or more than one. “Roly Poly is designed to enable two individuals to “sense” the presence of each other even though they may be physically apart.”
Learn more

The Road, The Corrections, and More, Imagined as Adorable Children’s Books at Slate
the road


So Scott Stratten (@unmarketing) caused me to pause on my plans for relaunching this blog and my Twitter usage.
Raising the issue of automated posts – specifically on Twitter – made me question my intentions.
Jury’s still out on that issue…as is how “business” do I vs. sharing personal aspect [related to business] as well?

But like in the post yesterday – any one running a business, pursuing a creative career, managing a project or just trying to do – will face questions and doubts from time to time.

Just today I was complimented on my persistence in an end of day conversation – while having questioned that very persistence in another chat earlier.

Those that pursue something for themselves, or bigger than themselves – they make a commitment. To the task, to themselves.

Every time I question what I’m doing and I need a boost on the potential for what can happen when you fully give yourself to something, I turn to the video below. I don’t care about mountain bikes or races. But this video so fills me with inspiration every time I watch it.

And when I really think about it, my commitments are far less insane than this one, and man does he commit!!!

PLEASE NOTE: Most top finishers are separated by less than a second apart. Make note of Danny’s time over 2nd place.

A bit of context: Downhill (also referred to as DHI) is a race against the clock in which the rider negotiates a succession of fast and technical passages. The participant must demonstrate courage as well as sharp technical and piloting skills in order to affront tree roots, banked sections, bumps, jumps and other natural obstacles along the way. Speeds reach around 80km/h in the men’s races and 70km/h for women.


Last month Nilofer questioned when is it ok to press an issue versus when is it “simply seen as pushing or being pushy, in an unacceptable manner.”
The post was in response to the wage disparity between Dan Akerson, exiting CEO of GM, and new CEO Mary Barra.

As she noted, and I agree: To be sure, this is not a “woman’s issue” but a societal one. I would imagine men who have mothers or sisters, wives or daughters could take this issue to heart.

With all due respect to Nilofer, I loved the comment from Tim Krause:

In answer to your question:
Traditional upright washing machines have a center stalk in them. This stalk rotates and twists and spins.
It only has one job: shake everything up until the clothes are clean.
If it doesn’t twist and spin then the clothes can sit there forever in soapy water but change does not happen.
That center stalk is called the agitator.
As a businessman who believes in meritocracy and equality i hope you will hear this as encouragement: please agitate. Agitate like hell. And know there are a lot of people who support you in this cause, and are doing whatever we can to help at whatever level we find ourselves.
Change will come but we gotta keep spinning.

Courage becomes contagious. And change happens. – Nilofer

What is your organization taking a stand-on, willing to agitate the “status quo” for, working to change? And how can “a quiet revolution” help?

Continue reading for the latest milestone from Kickstarter (more social) and Sharing is the New Buying (strategy, and social too). Read More


Going forward, the following represents the type of content you’ll find on the blog.
The days/tags represent what you will see on Twitter each day.
This will also serve as the foundation for a post or two on the development of a content plan, determining topic focus and creating an editorial calendar (and the changes that occur over time doing so).

Mondays – #SSpider
Social + Strategy
Anything to do with connecting people, connecting ideas, or making ideas happen.

Tuesdays – #sPPider
Persons + Pictures
Individuals’ stories, people worth knowing about, pictures and movies

Wednesdays – #spIIder
Ideas + Innovation
From big ideas – to innovative ideas….Bitcoin, revolutions, Signularity, impact of mobile, nanotech

Thursdays – #spiDDer
Design + Disruption
Topics to expect: design matters, 3D printing, business models, how to disrupt

Fridays – #spidEEr
Exponentialism + Entrepreneurship
On Fridays you can expect links and advice on start-ups and the impact of entrepreneurship on communities.
On the exponential side, more big ideas and big changes. Paired with info to help you change the way you see things from a linear focus to an exponential one to take advantage of these coming changes.

Weekends – #spideRR
Rock’n’roll + Reading
Rock’n’roll, rants and recommended reads on the Reading Week/end list

Check back every weekend for a recap of links and additional content with the SPIDER Web Weekly.

Scott McCloud is a great storyteller. Be it in his own comics, writing about making comics or in his talks as below.

Anyone interested in presentations and storytelling could benefit from a look at his classic Making Comics.

From TED:
In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch.

This quote from his Form and Function blog post today, appatly sums up our goal in helping business deal with ever changing technologies:

The question that gets asked about technology, the one that is almost always precisely the wrong question is, “How does this advance help our business?”

The correct question is, “how does this advance undermine our business model and require us/enable us to build a new one?”


When you talk to managers in the Japanese automotive industry about their worst rival, it is often not another car manufacturer that is on their mind, but the mobile phone. Even before the 2008 world economic crisis, passenger car sales in Japan had been shrinking for years. According to an industry insider, one reason was because the vast majority of young men who used to spend significant sums of money on cars now prefer shelling out $ 100 or more per month for the voice and data services of their mobile companion.

This little anecdote shows that something quite extraordinary is going on in Japan. While physical mobility is taken for granted, the mobile phone is about to supersede the car as a symbol of freedom. The attraction is understandable. The car offered people in the analog age the dream of individual mobility — to go everywhere, whenever you liked. Whereas the mobile phone enables people of the digital age to communicate and to link with almost everything and everybody on this planet from anywhere anytime.

From: The six immutable laws of mobile business by Philip Sugai, Marco Koeder, Ludovico Ciferri.

That last sentence needs to be considered by everyone in business, working for a non-profit, artists – anyone that needs to connect with other people. There is a such a profound shift under way that many people may not even notice it happening. Entire countries that missed the PC revolution are coming online for the first time via mobiles.

And it is not just happening in Japan:

Young people today would rather have the latest smartphone than a flashy car. And the number of them who can drive is plummeting. Is Britain’s love-affair with the car really over?

“Car manufacturers are worried that younger people in particular don’t aspire to own cars like we used to in the 70s, 80s, or even the 90s. Designers commonly say that teenagers today aspire to own the latest smartphone more than a car. Even car enthusiasts realise we’ve reached a tipping point.” – Tim Pollard, associate editor at CAR magazine

The two above quotes come from a Guardian article that goes on to explore various alternative car-sharing models including Streetcar, Zipcar and Whipcar.

Improved, more environmentally friendly transportation systems built around access instead of ownership – all managed via your mobile – is just one scenario that will impact car manufacturers.

What industry are you in?

If mobile phones can take the place cars in the eyes of youth – what will mobiles do to your industry?

What can you do to embrace the opportunities pro-actively?

“Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?”

What Steve Jobs said to Pepsi executive John Sculley to lure him to Apple. Sculley mentions it in the documentary Bloomberg Game Changers: Steve Jobs.


And he did it.

He changed the way movies are made, the way music is sold, the way stories are told, the very way we interact with the world around us. He helped us work, and gave us new ways to play. He was a myth made man
. – Gizmodo

I have yet to own an Apple product. But I will. Soon.

I am a fan all the same of Steve Jobs. Particularly his willingness in business to kill his darlings. He is a man who learned to control and be the cause of the social disruptions in his industry (and others). He did not rest on what he had done but focused on what he was going to do next.


Jobs constantly strove to be the force of disruptive change that would make the Steve Jobs of six months ago irrelevant.Fast Company


Owner of Apple products or not; for anyone reading this, Steve Jobs has in some manner impacted your life.


It takes courage to make a product so simple that a child can use it.Fast Company


Steve Jobs, 56, died peacefully today surrounded by his family.




Agency helps companies capitalize on social media 

By BRUCE ERSKINE Business Reporter
Thu, Sep 29 - 4:55 AM

You say you want a revolution? Rob MacArthur is your man.

The co-founder of Halifax co-work space, The Hub, recently launched a new technology consulting company, A Quiet Revolution, which he’s dubbed a social disruption agency.

The agency is designed to help businesses capitalize on the sometimes wasted potential of the brave new world of social media, MacArthur said in an interview.

“It’s causing disruption, but there are great new opportunities,” said the Sydney native and Dalhousie University science graduate.

MacArthur said social media like Twitter and Facebook and online sharing have turned the way people connect upside down, causing confusion and uncertainty for many businesses and organizations.

But those new media technologies can be tailored and focused to work effectively to “find the others,” he said, citing one of ’60s guru Timothy Leary’s favourite maxims.

Rather than simply helping clients set up social media accounts, MacArthur said A Quiet Revolution will work with them to maximize the benefits of social media and give them a competitive advantage.

He characterized the agency’s approach to clients by posing a question he would ask in trying to help them.

“What are you trying to do and who are the people who want to do the same thing?” he said, suggesting it is more effective to connect with 300 like-minded people online than it is to have a million Twitter followers.

A Quiet Revolution offers social media site and strategy development, web and mobile application development, new business model development and related advisory services.

It also plans to stage new technology events and draw on MacArthur’s experience as a musician, a rehearsal space operator and co-founder of the crowd funding website, IOUMusic.

The site gives fans the opportunity to make donations to bands they listen to online.

“It goes back to our focus,” said MacArthur, who noted that the music industry in particular has been transformed by the advent of new technology.

IOUMusic will be part of the new agency, as will a quarterly magazine, SPIDER, which will address new technology issues and focus on local entrepreneurs.