Climate Change is Boring – So change the story.

Having followed the climate change debate and science behind it since studying geography back in high school, I found the below 5-minute video a compelling and insightful look at why the whole issue just isn’t getting any traction. Sure, there’s plenty of denial out there even if the science is clear about what’s going to … Continue reading Climate Change is Boring – So change the story.

Being positive is good for health and communications

It’s been a while since I’ve flipped though my subscription of Communication Arts – I finally got through the 2013 Photography Annual and found a bit of inspiration, particularly drawn to photos related to health. Photos are a great way to share our emotions, relationships and connections with people and things. And there’s no more … Continue reading Being positive is good for health and communications

#IceBucketChallenge haters – Get over yourselves

At work, we recently released the Global Humanitarian Overview Status Update where there are no less than 25 major emergencies and crises around the world that are being funded (or underfunded). There are also plenty of smaller or less prominent issues and causes happening at the same time that deserve attention and support. The question … Continue reading #IceBucketChallenge haters – Get over yourselves

Free work for free ideas… for humanitarian education

There’s something to be said about pro-bono work, especially when it’s for a good cause and the people involved are quite open about ideas. It’s a fair trade isn’t it – getting free work for free ideas? So when I was asked to help out on visualizing information, how could I say no, especially from … Continue reading Free work for free ideas… for humanitarian education

Visualization isn’t just about fancy charts

Continuing from my last post on how data isn’t everything, visualization isn’t just about finding cool ways to show off data. “Visualization”, which seems to be a hot topic at the moment, is more than that. While it might be a buzzword that refers to showcasing data and statistics in a interesting way, I think … Continue reading Visualization isn’t just about fancy charts

There’s an underlying stink to great design

I recently wrote about the great talent in the Communication Arts 2013 Illustration Annual highlighting three examples of my favorite work. Aside from the talented artists, the magazine features up and coming (or already well-established) freelancers, agencies, and organizations pushing the boundaries of visual communication in the digital, advertising, or marketing space. Two agencies caught … Continue reading There’s an underlying stink to great design

The “best kept secret in the UN” – Hopefully not anymore…

Almost three weeks ago to the day was my last day with UNISDR after a very prosperous and successful three and half years of work with a small yet important entity within the United Nations. The organization was hoping that I would continue, but I decided that it was time for a change and find … Continue reading The “best kept secret in the UN” – Hopefully not anymore…

I’m not an illustrator but I can appreciate great work

Illustration and drawing is a skill set that I’ve always find challenging despite years and years of training – I vividly remember the “tree” I drew when I was 12-years old that distinctly looked more like some kind of dwarf alien with with extremely long tentacles. I’ve come to the realization that I’m more of … Continue reading I’m not an illustrator but I can appreciate great work

Crossing the Chasm – do you know your audience as much as your product?

One of the best ways to see if an idea has actually worked is to revisit past theories, thoughts, and concepts. Considered to be the bible of high-tech marketing in the 1990’s, Geoffrey A. Moore’s “Crossing the Chasm” is full of insight that have played out through the 90’s, the 00’s and now even into … Continue reading Crossing the Chasm – do you know your audience as much as your product?

Wanted: New skills for communication pros

I’ve been writing a lot about the influence of social media and the changing landscape of communication. We’re in an interesting period of change where communication professionals, like journalists, not only need skills like writing, speaking, and listening, but also skills in understanding technology, engagement channels, and being aware of and understanding where people find … Continue reading Wanted: New skills for communication pros