Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008

Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008

Welcome to Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere 2008 report, which will be released in five consecutive daily segments. Since 2004, our annual study has unearthed and analyzed the trends and themes of blogging, but for the 2008 study, we resolved to go beyond the numbers of the Technorati Index to deliver even deeper insights into the blogging mind. For the first time, we surveyed bloggers directly about the role of blogging in their lives, the tools, time, and resources used to produce their blogs, and how blogging has impacted them personally, professionally, and financially. Our bloggers were generous with their thoughts and insights.


2008 International Design Biennial

Some inspiring work here - you must see:

2008 International Design Biennial / Exhibitions

An original and unique event in the world of design, inaugurated in 1998, the Saint Étienne Higher School of Art and Design (formerly the original Beaux Arts School) the Saint Étienne International Design biennial, right from its inception, brought together a large number of French and international creators, of widely differing cultural and professional horizons.

The biennial bears witness to the Cité of Design's intense activity, linked to the worlds of business, professional and teaching activities, and is also a large-scale event accessible to all types of public. 15 000 square metres of exhibitions on the Cité du Design site, formerly the Saint Etienne Weapons Manufacture, with three main venues


The Blogging Scholarship

For real!

The Blogging Scholarship

Is Your Blog Worthy of a $10,000 Scholarship?

Do you maintain a weblog and attend college? Would you like $10,000 to help pay for books, tuition, or other living costs? If so, read on.

We're giving away $10,000 this year to a college student who blogs. The Blogging Scholarship is awarded annually.


Beyond Flash, an addendum

Jonathan Harris calls out “Flashy” work for what it is. This is a must read for my IDD students.

Beyond Flash, an addendum
I see a community that is distracted by relentless experimentation (experimentation is great, in moderation), constant tinkering (tinkering is great too, in moderation), advertising, games, purely aesthetic design, but most of all by the dizzying evolution of technology. Technology is just a language, just a tool. And tools will always evolve. There will always be stronger chainsaws, faster computers, newer plugins, better features, and the faster these improvements occur, the more distracting they can become. But it is important to remember that tools are just the language – you still have to decide what you will use the language to say.

When I look at the Flash community, I see an incredible amount of output, a ton of production, but not a lot being said.


My IDD Students...

will be able to relate to the wonderful Sesame Street videos in this blog post:

Art Practice as Research: The artist in academia and the shape of things


Design Education and Advocacy

Deserve Your Dream: Design Education and Advocacy, by Mariana Amatullo - Core77
Social impact projects that come into the classroom and burst out into the field are thrilling. The rush of creativity and the synergy of many minds working together can result in purposeful design projects to great effect: generating tangible solutions that make a lasting difference in people's lives.