My Favorite Things: Powers of 10

23 Jan

I just can’t help myself. Having a blog is an irresistable temptation to share things I love with a broader world. Now, I only created this blog yesterday for my Management and Organizational Science course, at the behest of our professor, Bret Simmons. There is no “broader world” — no one’s even read my blog except for my sister! But what the heck, I’m going to forge ahead with the first share of My Favorite Things. (Favorite things I might add, relevant to my theme of management, marketing or society. I should expand my thematic criteria to include graphic design, which is vastly underrated in its business utility.)

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I tend to really, really love (adore!) projects that sit at the intersection of graphic design and data presentation. Projects that make concepts with vast quantities of supporting information instantly accessible, even fun. Well, the ne plus ultra in that department has to be the classic film by Charles and Ray Eames, Powers of 10. From the Eames Office: “Powers of Ten explores the relative size of things from the microscopic to the cosmic. The 1977 film travels from an aerial view of a man in a Chicago park to the outer limits of the universe directly above him and back down into the microscopic world contained in the man’s hand. Powers of Ten illustrates the universe as an arena of both continuity and change, of everyday picnics and cosmic mystery. The film also demonstrates the Eameses’ ability to make science both fascinating and accessible.”

powers of ten :: charles and ray eames from bacteriasleep on Vimeo.

I pretty much love just about anything the Eames Office designed — the famous Eames lounge chair, children’s toys (including my beloved House of Cards), fabrics. Learn more about their legacy at Eames Office.


One Response to “My Favorite Things: Powers of 10”

  1. Beth January 26, 2010 at 5:57 am #

    Hey! It’s your sister here! Since I got a shout out in your blog posting, I figured I should post and make a record of reading your blog, not just anonymously surf in the background.

    I too love this video. I’ve used it with my consulting clients to help set up a conversation about context. It’s all the context in which we look at things. I used this with the chief supply chain officer of a major consumer packaged goods company, and he too loved this video. (I think it’s the engineer in him!) He likes using it with managers on his team to help them think about what context (or level) are they looking at a problem or issue. Are they down at ground level, looking at the smallest of details, or are they zoomed out and seeing the larger whole.

    So go, Kate! Keep sharing your favorite things with the world.

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