Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Combining Data Sources

I've been obsessed with this topic of late, and today in particular with this. Created earlier this year, this visualisation takes an almost live feed of data from Transport for London to create a map of the Underground and the position of the trains running through the tunnels.

It's weirdly hypnotic.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Planning-ness 2010 Presentation

Had a great time at Planning-ness 2010 in Denver this week. It was great to have the conference in our backyard so that our planners of all variety and flavour along with some Integer creative folk could have a couple of days thinking and making stuff. Thanks to the Dallas and Des Moines crews for coming in as well, it was great to see you and hang out.

Got to present some of our behaviour based stuff with Ethan and run a small workshop where some good ideas were generated. The feedback was positive and the further reading list well received.

Have a to give a special mention to both Katiy and Brandon for their work on helping out in the background organising a lot of the details on the ground and for their work on the presentation. Also a bit thank you to our HR team for their work in sorting out the happy hour. And The Integer Group has a number of planning positions at the moment, so don't forget to get in touch if you are interested.

You can see the presentation again below, and if anyone wants to talk about it further, just give one of us a shout.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Planning-ness 2010

So Planning-ness for this year is nearly upon us.

Two locations in 2010, NYC and on our back yard here in Denver.

First off, apologies to everyone who comes from out of town because there will be more Integer planners in attendance than you can shake a stick at as we're treating it as a bit of an off-site for our planning community in the US. So the local Denver crew as well as teams from the other parts of the US will be hanging out there.

We're also going to be sharing some of our thinking around behaviour in one of the sessions and everyone will get a chance to hear about planning in our world. The write up for our session reads:
So much of planning is about chasing after the new, the different, and the modern, and using these trends to connect brands with their audiences. But what role do some of these factors have in influencing a shopper’s behavior? How should we be thinking when it comes to making a person stop and take action? How should we be thinking when it comes to influencing a consumer’s decision? This workshop will cover different ways to influence shopping behavior and will explain how brands and retailers can create an environment that will turn a shopper into a buyer.

Perhaps most importantly we'll also be hosting a happy hour in the Space Gallery at the end of the Thursday evening, where there will be plenty of MillerCoors product to sample and enjoy.

Paul Isakson (Integer alumni) will also be there sharing his recent experience venturing into the freelance world, which promises to be really interesting. And having just returned from Sao Paulo and shared a conference platform with a Neuroscientist, Ari Popper of Brainjuicer has a session that also looks really interesting on the use of emerging research techniques.

I know there are more Integer alumni venturing back into town and it will be great to catch up on how things are going, so hope to see you there if you're coming into town.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Planner Survey - 2010 Results

Many thanks once again to Heather LeFevre in Amsterdam for organising and conducting the 2010 planner survey. For those of us who run groups of planners, it's a really useful annual resource. Long may Heather's great work continue.

This year, not only did the questions and therefore the output get stronger, but it's been nicely designed and put together.

So to Heather and team (Megan Averell of Hill Holiday, Boston, Julie lee of SeƱora Rushmore, Madrid and Bori Toth of TBWA, Berlin) thanks very much.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


Due to the large number of spam comments that have showed up on my blog today, I've changed the settings to try and stop it. If you drop by and have something genuine to add or contribute, I apologise in advance if there are some hoops you have to jump through first. Not really the right blogging approach I know, but then neither is spam through comments.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Music Animation Machine

I was lucky enough to attend an Edward Tufte seminar last week here in Denver. It was great to have a day of feeding myself and not be in the office, on a plane, in a meeting etc. etc. It's June already, and I thought '09 was a busy year!

Anyway, Tufte opened with a clip of video from the music animation machine. What a wonderful graphical presentation of music as data. I've ordered the DVD as that seems to have some of the best examples, but there are some on youtube here.

What's so great about this is the clarity in presentation of data. It is so clear, so simple. It provides us with the information so we can understand what is happening. It provides us, with a record of past data (notes) and gives us a wonderful representation of the delights to come. It brings you the music score, usually a static thing, in a form that allows you to understand the music simply by watching.

Tufte is a great presenter and so passionate about his numbers. I highly recommend seeing him present if you get the chance or at least read some of his books.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

2010 Planner Survey

Blimey I'm slow these days. So much going on at home with builders and other tradesmen drinking coffee and milling around, as well as travel, conference presentations, recruiting, pitches and what-not.

Meant to post this a while back, as the 2010 Planner Survey from Heather in Amsterdam has been up for a while. Link to take it is here.

If you want to sign up for the result, click here.

It won't be up forever, and Heather's last post indicated that they will probably take it down at the end of next week, so get in quick if you want to take part.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Looking For...

I'm in Richmond, VA spending a couple of days at the VCU Brandcenter hoping to meet some of the future stars of the industry. On the plane I was reflecting on all the recruiting I've done since arriving in the U.S. which has been very successful in the main (OK team, a couple of small mistakes, but quickly sorted!) and what it is I personally look for in a candidate. So here's my quick list:

- curiosity. Of the world around and of something specific. No butterflies allowed
- empathy. To be able to see the world from different perspectives
- the ability (?) to worry about a problem until it has been properly sorted
- questioning & listening. The ability to ask searching questions and hear the answers
- imagination. To make stuff out of your empathy
- reality. Everything has to be doable.

And I think the really great planners, who stand tall amongst everyone posses these 6/7 in spades.

So this was a diversion from reading Seth Godin's Linchpins book and thinking about The Gleicher Change Formula in relation to Behavioural Economics (yes, seriously)

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Making Information Easier

The web is about to get (even) better. Morgan sent this to me earlier today as a "must see" video. It's a fantastic TED video from Gary Flake of Microsoft's Live Labs about Pivot - a new technology that could help us all gain greater insight from the data and information that is difficult to view on the web.

Those of us who use the web as part of our work everyday know there is so much hidden information, buried in content, buried in behaviours, that would unlock more creativity if we could just get to it.

Now all I have to do is buy a PC!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Teaching Children About Food

Jamie Oliver recently received a TED Prize for his work on improving our diets. Today he delivered his plea at TED2010 to teach every child about food, something our society is patently failing to do. I read somewhere recently (and I cannot find the reference at the moment) that this generation of children will be the first to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Scary. And yet so easy to fix. Please watch, and if kids are important to you, sign up for his food revolution.

Pukka. As Jamie would have said in the 90's.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Lost Generation

It's been too long since I posted anything at all, let alone anything interesting.

This isn't new, but I love this palindrome film that someone on our team shared again last week.