Ron Howard has spent a lifetime in entertainment, as both a popular television actor and a prominent director and producer. Working in partnership with producer Brian Grazer, Howard’s credits range from The Da Vinci Code (2006) to A Beautiful Mind (2001). Speaking with a group of graduate students, Howard offered his point of view on how collaboration shifts from those he calls "the gatekeepers"-agents, managers and executives-to the people involved in making a film, to finally the entire movie-making process. An episode in the USC School of Cinematic Arts podcast series.
Ben Kraal talks to Gerry Gaffney about conducting research for the Airport Of The Future, about frames and mental models, and about how services are co-created.
Most people know a good sentence when they read one, but New York Times columnist Stanley Fish says most of us don’t really know how to write them ourselves. His new book, How To Write A Sentence: And How To Read One, is part ode, part how-to guide to the art of the well-constructed sentence.
The best advice for first-time authors. Even if you’ve never thought about writing a book
Nina Simon talks to Gerry Gaffney about designing participatory experiences. How can institutions encourage, support and scaffold engagement in the pursuit of “Me to We” design?
One of the things I love about blogging is the analytics. I can tell exactly how popular a blog post is. I know whether or not it resonated with my audience—or fell on deaf ears.
So when I talk about writing a killer blog post, I mean something very specific. I’m not talking about whether or not you, your family, or your friends liked your blog post.
My definition of a killer blog post is one that performs well as measured by three specific metrics:
Traffic Engagement Shares Frankly, if you want to boil this entire episode down to one statement, it is this: The secret to creating killer blog posts is to write stuff people want to read and share.
Here’s how: You can unlock the potential of your blog posts with seven keys:
Focus on your readers. Write a powerful headline. Include a relevant photo. Tell a relevant story. Make your posts scannable. Keep your posts brief. End with a question.
You can create wow by asking five QUESTIONS. Question #1: What is the product or experience I want to create or transform into a wow? Question #2: How will the customer or prospect feel as a result of this experience? (In other words, what is the specific outcome you want to create?) Question #3: What specific expectations does the typical customer bring to this experience? Question #4: What does failing to meet customers’ expectations for this experience look like? Question #5: What does exceeding customers’ expectations for this experience look like
In this podcast episode, I talk about how leaders can create alignment in teams. This is a crucial leadership skill. Without it, your organization cannot achieve its full potential. It doesn’t matter if the context of your leadership
The Non-Breaking Space Show is a podcast by Christopher Schmitt, Dave McFarland, Chris Enns interviewing the best and brightest of the web.
Brad is a mobile web strategist and front-end designer at the digital advertising agency R/GA in New York. He’s also the creator of a Mobile Web Best Practices site, and one of the creative minds behind WTFMobileweb.com and wtfqrcodes.com
The Big Web Show features special guests and topics like web publishing, art direction, content strategy, typography, web technology, and more. It’s everything web that matters.
Currently web standards lead at Mozilla, Tantek is one of the founders of both the microformats.org open standards community and the Global Multimedia Protocols Group, and an invited expert to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Cascading Style Sheets working group.
Tantek has played a key role in the development and popularization of practical social network portability technologies such as the hCard and XFN microformats. In 2003, Tantek collaborated with Eric Meyer and Matt Mullenweg in the invention of the XHTML Friends Network (XFN), which has since become the most popular decentralized social relationship format in the history of the Web. In 2004 Tantek proposed hCard for representing people and organizations, which has since similarly become the most popular user profile format on the web.
During his years as Technorati’s Chief Technologist, Tantek played an active role in refining and evangelizing hCard, bringing it from a wiki proposal to one that’s endorsed and supported by individuals, numerous small organizations, major companies ranging from AOL to Yahoo, and implemented for over a hundred million user identities and business listings on the web.
At Microsoft, Tantek led the development of Internet Explorer 5 for Macintosh and its Tasman rendering engine, which was the most standards-compliant layout engine of its time. He was also an early member of The Web Standards Project, and is the creator of the Box Model Hack, the first IE hack that let developers work around the incorrect box model in old versions of Internet Explorer.