Monday, June 28, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


My friend michelle and I started working together on a new blog. i know, i know...

A blog by Sean Brennan and Michelle Butterfield mind-mapping the world around us.

you'll like it.

Wood + Fabric = Awesome


Monday, June 21, 2010

I find this offensive.

but, maybe it's just sarcastic.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

They're doing this on purpose

I have to believe that TomTom's advertising/poster is genius. This was spotted at a Best Buy.
A misspelling in a national advertisement is highly blog-able and I've seen it on the book of faces twice! It makes people feel really smart when they catch it, and they get to brag about how clever they are by posting it on the internet somewhere. (I realize I'm doing the same thing--but im like SUPER META SMART, duh!)

I have to ask myself, are they being so clever that i dont get it? Am i stupid? Are they squeezing in the latin word "via"--i hope not. I hope it's just purposeful mispelling because, to be honest, I don't care about spelling anymore--and i don't believe bad spelling precludes good naviagation or intellugance.

My question... how did the advertisers convince TomTom to let them do this? How can i learn to be so convincing?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Big Tobacco STILL leading the way in innovation

I don't usually smoke, as it contributes to premature aging (and really, who wants to be old?). Though, get some drinks in me and, surprise, i stop considering my future. Last weekend, as my vision was blurring and i was standing outside a bar to collect myself, a girl offered me a cig and when i said "Sure," GUESS what she said?!?---"Regular or Menthol?" It might have been the beer, but this chick transformed instantly into one of those cigarette girls you see in casinos. I'm like, "wait, you carry around multiple packs?" Nope, just one-- Camel Crush. The directions are simple: Squeeze the filter, hear the click, change the taste. Im pretty sure they hit on all five senses with this product. It's designed for those "connector" personas--those people who like to share and make friends and probably only smoke for the social aspect. With menthol as such a polarizing flavor, the Connector can be a hero to anyone. She talked nonstop about the goddamned thing, so obviously it works as a conversation starter; and even though i couldn't wait to get away from her after about ten seconds, i have to admit that the idea is devastatingly cool.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2012 London Macots are RAD

I hate CG usually...but least London's Olympic mascots are interesting and not so obvious.

They're weirder than even China's mascots (Beijing), and i like the idea of outdoing China in anything. Though...those pandas are pretty cool.

Unfortunately, the USA's olympic mascot (Los Angeles)..was the dorkiest one EVERRRRR. Cheese-city.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Life is SO hard sometimes.

This incredible youtube video was posted on the book by my friend Garret. Enjoy

kickintheheadcomic — April 18, 2010 — Whenever a TV product commercial plays I bust a gut during the parts where they show us what we're doing wrong and why we need the product.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Future of Consumerism is in Global Networks

why doesnt my phone get 3G near the beach?

Friday, April 9, 2010


Check out these Korean Sunglasses. Korea IS the future, you know.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

Batteries Not Included.

MikroKopter - HexaKopter from Holger Buss on Vimeo.

Yo, seriously! Did you ever see that movie Batteries Not Included? Because fore $1600, you can practically live it. Imagine a future where this is figured out and put to good use.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Visiting Expert: Anthropologist

Look at an ant colony. What is it's goal?
- to survive
-really? that's it?
-to do what the queen tells it to do.
-but why?
-because... they want to make more of themselves.
-they want to make more of themselves.
-they want to take all the surrounding materials and use them as the nutrients that will allow them to make more of themselves.
-they want everything to be them, they want to be everything.

Now look at humans. What is the goal of the human superorganism?
-i dont think it has one.
-you dont think it has one?
-well, i think that there are multiple colonies of humans competing for homogeneity. Right now, every country, every culture, every religion, every gang, every individual is trying to define their own way of being. Maybe the goal of the human superorganism needs to be identifying it's own purpose. honestly though, i think that we've had the fortune to study the smallest parts of organisms and find rules in the smallest of components.
-So then maybe the goal needs to be fundamental and more biological than cultural. Do we share the same goal as the ant? To make more of ourselves until we make everything us?
-but you can't make everything you because you need enough resources to provide for the continuation of a species.
-there needs to be balance.

An interesting take by PBS...are we 'weedy' enough to thrive in anything?

And...just for fun. Watch this... This video is incredible. It reveals the architecture of an ant colony.

Friday, February 26, 2010

My nostalgia is glow-in-the-dark

The Internet Has Eyes lets you see what the internet sees. It is the mirror of our collected mind and puts faces on the nodes of our human superorganism.

Basically, how it works is that the site connects you to video/audio/text chat with a "random stranger. Both parties have the option to hit "next" and move on to a new "random stranger."

People don't seem to know what to do with this site yet, how to act, or what new possibilities this opens up to us. While there are definitely some dicks out there (literally and figuratively), mostly people just stare at the person on the other end and hit 'next'. Flipping through humans like you would flip through channels on television. What are they looking for? How do they decide who to give time to... and how do you get somebody to give time to you? The funny thing is that people get really excited when they land on someone they recognize, and the ultimate is spotting a celebrity.

Entire websites are being devoted to chat roulette screenshots. These mostly display the funny/weird chat moments. (guy dressed like cat, scary clown mask, etc.) There are also regular people out there who are connecting and having conversations across the globe with people they might have never interacted with. They get less attention from the blogs, but these interactions are probably more meaningful as they spread information, stories, and culture in a whole new way. We can learn about people's aspriations in a new way too. Yesterday i spoke with a group of engineering students in Ranchi, India who were mostly interested in what kind of car i drove and the sports i played. Now, you probably think i left them completely disappointed, but my explanation of laser tag left them wide-eyed.

Also, hung out with my friend Tom the other night checking out chatroulette. see our misadventures HERE

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My Personal Learning Curve

A lot of you have asked me why i decided to relocate. See chart.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Best Concept Ever

DinoRiders. People from space land on a far away planet (or presumably prehistoric earth). The bad guys use mind controlling machinery to capture and control dinosaurs, mount them with lasers. they battle the good guys, who have some sort of psychic bond with dinosaurs. Think 80s Avatar. This was my childhood. Batteries not included.

Rose being Rose

Friday, February 19, 2010

Bullet Ant Ritual

These rituals could be seen as cultural coping mechanisms for an evolutionary
need. Living in this forest means that getting attacked is a definite
possibility, so a strong tribe is required.

This ritual is a right of passage to become a man. Boys die--but those who
survive become men worthy of passing on their genes.

Makes me wonder, what are the cultural coping mechanisms in my own society?

Somehow this seems connected: Cyber Bullying Led to Teen's Suicide

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Future of the Workplace

Emcees of Innovation: The Rise of a New Discipline

There is no doubt that collaboration, or the romanticized ideal thereof, is intrinsic to the success of the modern organization. The idea makes logical sense; people working together should produce more than the contribution of any individual. And collaboration is not just an ideal, it is a functional necessity; people need to work together across geographies. However, in reality, the dynamics and tools of working together are often stumbling blocks.

Today, without easy and open communication, ideas can erode, and resources are wasted. Skilled specialists are being asked to take time away from their core capabilities in order to wrangle video-conferencing units. This can cause personal and professional difficulties, the detritus of which is dealt with by current HR and IT capabilities. We don’t need collaboration; we need fluent collaborators.

The Future:

As we come out of the recession we hang onto the dream that partnership will make a more productive and efficient workplace, the landscape of which is changing. Enter Gen Y flexing their technological and relationship-building muscles. They will appear to be excellent collaborators-they have the functional skills (see hours spent on Facebook). However, in a friction-filled committee setting, they are neither experienced nor self-directed enough in their fields to know what to do next. A backlash against the inefficiencies of collaboration is seeded.

Specialization regains popularity in the workplace, and along with it a new field of specialists is born- “Project Emcees”. These skilled middlemen help multidisciplinary teams communicate and understand each other, across the globe to facilitate progress towards common goals. This new function represents a paradigm shift in the way we work. Once again, employees in the workforce will be encouraged to do what they do best including Gen Y, who is poised to lead this emerging field and its supporting industries. The new workplace can have it all with collaborators helping specialists become more than the sum of their parts.

This new professional field will have social, technological, and market implications. Emphasis on the specialization of skills will return identity and pride in the workplace. Architectures and technologies will be reevaluated and designed for seamless group sharing. New corporate metrics and reward systems will be established for highly collaborative teams. The workplace that makes room for collaboration facilitators early will have a competitive edge by allowing for the connections that drive innovation and growth.

-Team Death Squad

Friday, February 5, 2010

I'll be speaking here.

Future of consumersim

A panel discussion & design charette on economic imperatives and the prospects for a post-consumer world

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Continuum901 Abbot Kinney BlvdVenice, CA 90291
RSVP by Friday, Feb 26th to

Discussion Panel Featuring:

Nathan Shedroff, author, Design is the Problem and Making Meaning, and program chair, CCA's MBA in Design Strategy

Sean Brennan, Senior Envisioner, Continuum

Tim Kasser, author, The High Price of Materialism, and Knox College professor of psychology

6-7PM Panel & Questions - The Consumption Conundrum
7-9PM Design Charette - Imagine Christmas/Gift Giving in 2020. What would Santa do?
In the wake of last year's crash, there was much talk about moving to "a post-consumer world"--less materialism, but more meaning; less stuff, but more sustainable. Record unemployment remains high, but as the economy creeps forward, car sales are rising, Apple sales are booming, and big screen TVs fly off the shelves. What happened? Is there still a more meaningful, more sustainable world emerging--or that could be created? Or are we simply waiting to revert to old ways? And if a post-consumer world is (or could be), emerging, what would that look like? Does it require new economic models, new politics and new ways of business? How do we design goods and services meant to be consumed, without 'consuming'--i.e., wasting--our future?

After the panel - we want to get our collective minds together to see what we can envision for the future and backcast what the implications are for us as designers and business people.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Reverse Engineering a Bad Advertisement

This is great. It could be done for probably any advertisement or even product. My job is to do this, but in the other direction.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I feel your pain.

A shout out to my friends in MA.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Reply All

This button, which sits innocently enough at the top of your email composition form, is essentially an information nuke. It's use should only be attempted by the most adept of the digerati and therefore its very presence is a public nuisance/hazard.

This feature needs to be under one of those plastic switches that one must lift before being able to depress and release it's awesome power. I've witnessed it's spectrum, from the simple LaRosa to the silent but deadly McCarthy.


Monday, January 18, 2010

The Dutch!

I was a guest blogger at The Great Amsterdam Adventure, reporting on a Rembrandt show i had seen recently at the Getty... Follow the link to read. Also, if you're planning on visiting the Netherland's, it's full of good info. You know what, even if you're not planning on visiting (which you should be, btw) you should probably read the blog.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Vanity X

So, I've gotten a lot of questions from my readers, "Vector, how do you stay in SUCH good shape?" I have word (?) P90X. I'm just finishing up week two and im sore as hell...but i feel awake! You know what, i hate sports i've decided. I just dont care about them. My job is not particularly physical, in fact, it's completely mental--but Tony Horton and his incredibly well designed P90X system has made taking care of the machine-that-is-my-body enjoyable, nay, fun. Im a sucker for extremes and this dude IS extremely funny.

How can you argue with that?
Okay, so maybe the pizza and beer I ate last night wasn't on the plan, but Tony would understand. He seems like a reasonable guy. If you, reader, still feel gross about eating christmas cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the month of december...If you feel like you've been forced into hibernation due to the cold weather and extra insulation...You might want to try this. Last year at this time, my friends and I tried a winter fast...this is way better and way more fun.

2010 Resolution

Finish what you start.

this of course means not starting a bunch of new things before i finish what i've started.


The Griffith Observatory

Where science and myth meet...

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Theory of Everything 2009

Stuff i was working on and thinking about in 2008/2009.