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SCAD’s Ambitious Multidisciplinary Student Collaboration Yields VR Film

When I was in design school, we ID students had little interaction with the other departments. Few of us ever visited the Architecture department, where the students all reportedly behaved like Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now. But it might’ve been nice to have some creative crossover.

SCAD is a design school that does foster creative crossovers, creating multidisciplinary projects that harness the school’s various departments to create things greater than the sum of their parts. A recent course at their Collaborative Learning Center, for instance, involved students from multiple programs: Animation, Costume Design, Dramatic Writing, Film & Television, Motion Media Design, Sound Design, Themed Entertainment Design, Production Design, and Visual Effects, all collaborating on a single massive project.

That project was “Say it with Music,” a virtual reality film that debuted at this year’s Savannah Film Festival. Take a look behind the scenes and see what these students cooked up:

I like how they shot it all in one take, like Scorcese dong the club entry scene from GoodFellas. The project looks like it was a lot of fun—even if, it appears, there weren’t any ID students involved. Speaking of which, current ID students at SCAD or elsewhere: 

Does your school have collaborative interdepartmental projects? And if not, do you have any ideas for what those could be, and what departments they’d involve?


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SCAD’s Ambitious Multidisciplinary Student Collaboration Yields VR Film

When I was in design school, we ID students had little interaction with the other departments. Few of us ever visited the Architecture department, where the students all reportedly behaved like Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now. But it might’ve been nice to have some creative crossover.

SCAD is a design school that does foster creative crossovers, creating multidisciplinary projects that harness the school’s various departments to create things greater than the sum of their parts. A recent course at their Collaborative Learning Center, for instance, involved students from multiple programs: Animation, Costume Design, Dramatic Writing, Film & Television, Motion Media Design, Sound Design, Themed Entertainment Design, Production Design, and Visual Effects, all collaborating on a single massive project.

That project was “Say it with Music,” a virtual reality film that debuted at this year’s Savannah Film Festival. Take a look behind the scenes and see what these students cooked up:

I like how they shot it all in one take, like Scorcese dong the club entry scene from GoodFellas. The project looks like it was a lot of fun—even if, it appears, there weren’t any ID students involved. Speaking of which, current ID students at SCAD or elsewhere: 

Does your school have collaborative interdepartmental projects? And if not, do you have any ideas for what those could be, and what departments they’d involve?


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The 2015 Core77 Conference: Collaboration Now

Last year, in Brooklyn, Core77 held its first-ever design conference, a daylong affair that explored neomaterialism, wearables, cycling culture, the “spectacular vernacular” and plenty more. This year, emboldened by that success, we’re hosting an even more ambitious event in downtown Los Angeles, with more speakers (23!), more parties (two!) and a half-day of LA design tours wrapping up with a picnic lunch. And that’s just the stuff we can tell you about right now.

Early-bird pricing ends August 31

As programming chair for this year’s CoreCon—which we’re calling Designing Here/Now—I led the charge on developing the conference themes and securing a roster of fascinating speakers working on some pretty mind-blowing projects. It’s been months in the making, and now I’m excited to be sharing our lineup in a series of posts over the next few days.

Our first conference session is called Collaboration Now, and in it we will look at how designers are forging creative partnerships for enlightened product development and potent social change. Kicking off this session is a moderated conversation between Ivan Poupyrev, technical program lead at Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division, and Paul Dillinger, vice president of global product innovation at Levi Strauss & Co. Poupyrev and Dillinger will be discussing Project Jacquard, a Google-led initiative to weave touch-interactive fabric into everyday materials:

Levi’s is Jacquard’s first design partner—but not its last. As the Jacquard team explains in the above video, the project aims to create a blank slate for fashion designers, furniture makers, software developers and others to come in and invent new uses for conductive textiles.

After that conversation, we’ll have a presentation by Tad Toulis, vice president of design at Sonos. As he told us in an interview last April, Toulis works at the intersection of industrial and user-interface design, and a key part of his job is figuring out how to interface effectively between the hardware and software sides of the equation. Toulis will talk about what he’s learned in this role, and how those lessons can apply to anyone trying create beautiful objects that also function beautifully.

Sonos’s PLAY:1, PLAY:3 and PLAY:5 wireless speakers

Our next speaker is John Bielenberg, a designer and entrepreneur with an extensive resume bringing together creative professionals to generate ideas for solving global challenges. In 2003, he founded Project M, an influential platform for designers to create projects bigger than themselves:

More recently, Bielenberg co-founded Future Partners, a Silicon Valley–based innovation firm, and he’s also helping to run Secret Project, an immersive, cross-departmental class at California College of the Arts. In his lecture, Bielenberg will talk about how this has all come together, and why “thinking wrong” is a crucial step for designers looking to drive positive change.

Wrapping up our Collaboration Now session, Sly Lee will present his work at The Hydrous, where he has formed an eclectic team for an ambitious quest to capture all of the world’s coral reefs in interactive 3D. He’ll talk about the goals and challenges of this project, and how he’s combining design, science, and robotics to create a global community of DIY ocean explorers:

Tomorrow, we’ll have a look at our second CoreCon session, Making Now, featuring spectacular water fountains, made-in-LA lighting, socially-minded crafts and an interactive conversation on making your life your biggest design project.

If you can make it on October 23, be sure to take advantage of our early-bird pricing, which expires at the end of this month.


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Google Drive now lets collaborators add friends, start chats with fewer clicks

Google Drive now lets collaborators add friends, start chats with one click

When you’re sharing a file in Google Drive, your time should be spent collaborating, not arranging conversations. Right? Google agrees strongly enough to have just finished tweaking Drive’s web interface for better teamwork. Users actively working on the project now show as mouse-over icons, with their Google+ relationship front and center — if they’re not friends and you want them to be, you can change that almost immediately. It’s even faster to start group chats, as a new dedicated button will launch a chatroom for everyone who’s currently looking at the project. Google expects the speedier Drive socialization to reach us within a day or two, and it’s planning to bolster the update with wider file support sometime in the near future.

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Moxie Software Offers Freemium Service, Integrating Collaboration Spaces With Social Knowledge Engine

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Moxie Software has announced a new freemium service that integrates its collaboration service with its social knowledge engine. Under the new plan, Collaboration Spaces is now free for anyone to use with no limits on users and full features that come with the SaaS offering.

The social knowledge engine integration is offered as a premium service that can be integrated with Collaboration Spaces. The cost of the premium social knowledge engine is based upon the number of users on the plan.

Moxie’s model is based on the premise that general collaboration has only limited value. It’s good for sharing information, but the real context comes when business processes and analytics integrate into users’ workflows. The social knowledge engine is designed to give answers to questions. With the new premium service, answers that surface in Collaboration Spaces become part of the social knowledge engine and are fed back so actions can be taken quickly.

The new service follows Moxie’s announcement last fall that it would provide the ability for customers to tap into the Facebook social graph to determine the best time to engage with people on a brand’s Facebook page.

The Facebook service and the new social knowledge engine integration with Collaboration Spaces shows how Moxie is developing use-case-specific ways for contact centers in particular to use its technology.

Moxie sees itself differentiating from services like Jive and Yammer that charge by the user or the enterprise plan and offer general collaboration services.

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5 Ways Cloud Collaboration Improves Hiring

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Michael Dennis is the CEO and founder of FindHire, an innovative sourcing, interviewing, and hiring software platform. Connect with Michael and the FindHire team on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

The age of the “worker bee” is over. Companies of all sizes and shapes are wisening up to the fact that employees aren’t just task-doers — they’re thinking, breathing humans with a penchant for creativity and teamwork. Cloud collaboration is the driving force behind these new workplace principles — and it’s affecting hiring in a big way.

In the age of social media, it doesn’t take a lot for companies to see the benefits of cloud collaboration for internal projects. Just take a look at the success of companies like Salesforce and SamePage — they’re driving online workplace collaboration in droves. Salesforce alone boasted 104,000 customers as of July 2011, and it pulled in $2.27 billion in 2012 revenue. Read more…

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Medium’s Collaboration Tools Also Act As Its First-Ever Invite System

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As we reported on Tuesday, publishing platform Medium added some new collaboration tools, allowing your friends to add notes to your pre- and post-published articles. It’s a nice way of getting feedback when you want it, especially if it would have been helpful before sharing your thoughts with the world.

One thing that the company left out, though, was that since you can invite any friend to collaborate on your posts via a link, once they actually post a note, they’ll be able to use Medium, too. This was confirmed in an email sent out by Ev Williams and company today to its members:

Also, here’s something: They will then have access to write on Medium, as well. So, for the first time, you can invite people to Medium. (They just have to help you first.)

This is interesting for two reasons: it’s a clear incentive for your friends to participate in the writing and refining of your posts and it’s a perfect onboarding experience for new users to add notes before they ever write a post of their own. Killing two birds with one stone is smart, and it’s a way for the team to get more people using the service in a controlled way.

Since there hasn’t been an answer to “how can I join Medium?” until now, other than being invited by the team or being a Twitter employee, this now serves that purpose.

Start writing.

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