Human Rights Posters

Human Rights Posters

Human Rights Posters  This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, and Designmatters is commemorating with a public education exhibition at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris as part of the annual UN Department of Public...
Randy Pausch has died

Randy Pausch has died

Very, very sadly Randy Pausch succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Friday at home in Virginia. Randy’s bravery during his illness captured the admiration of thousands of people. The personal wisdom that he conveyed in his Last Lecture, which has been watched by 4.5...
RSA Design Directions

RSA Design Directions

 A couple of the winners of the RSA Design Direction caught my eye, although all the winners and entrant’s work seems amazing.Alex Ostrowski approached The Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Bristol to see how he might use design to help in some way....
Development, Freedom and Happiness

Development, Freedom and Happiness

           One of the most difficult things these days is to establish some truths about the state of the world. What really is happening? I read so many research papers, books and news stories simply in an effort to keep up and try to get a proper, realistic...
Beautiful art for Peace

Beautiful art for Peace

A wonderful art installation wishing for peace on the Korean peninsular, at Imjingak, near the demilitarised zone which separates the two Koreas in Paju, about 55km north of Seoul, on...

Adaptive Emotions, Anger and Getting a Message Across

I feel that emotions are adaptive, and so, that means all emotions. Anger, for example, rises from a sense of injustice, or from a goal being blocked. Anger can be quite adaptive, such as when it fuels people to seek change. The problem is that this message is...
Pulse: an emotions organism

Pulse: an emotions organism

Pulse  is a live visualisation of the recent emotional expressions written on the private weblogs of blogger.com. These emotional expressions are parsed according to a list of synonyms and transform a physical shapeshifting object, which was created analogous to...
Cognitive Disenhancement

Cognitive Disenhancement

New drugs may help to enhance people’s mental powers . But a study carried out by Pamela Smith, of Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, and her colleagues suggests a less pharmacological approach can be taken, too. Their work, just published in...

Affective Forecasting

A study by my colleague Marc Brackett examined affective forecasting ability and EI. Affective forecasting is the ability to accurately predict how you will feel about some future event. For example, consider how you will feel if a political candidate you support...

Josh and emotional contagion

Emotional contagion is the spreading of emotions or moods from one person to another. It happens with pleasant as well as unpleasant moods. Some people are more contagious than others.  Josh Freedman, for example, is a powerful agent of emotional contagion. The...
Blogging Good, Penalty shoot outs bad

Blogging Good, Penalty shoot outs bad

An article in Scientific Americanlooks at recent research into examining the benefits of expressive writing: “Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after...