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Leila’s 2nd year as Elsa

At least she got some good mileage out of that costume.

More Sense

  • Visually breaking down the caucus process. (more…)
  • Breaking down the intricasies of Evolution, Human nature and Business, this Canadian rapper is <insert rap joke about taking someone to school> (more…)
  • Breaking down the principle of the Electoral College and why it doesn't seem quite fair. (more…)
  • Building a unified visual language for the 99%. (more…)
  • Through an animated character named Cliff, some of Shakespeare's plays come alive. (more…)
  • Gregg Bernstein takes a look at the familiar Apple terms of use agreement, and gives it a much needed design makeover. (more…)
  • Human Factors International and TruScribe team up to present a series of videos based on talks from experts on usability and design. (more…)
  • News21, Art Center and Good magazine team up to redesign food labels (more…)
  • The History of Satellites (more…)
  • The Conception of Wine (more…)
  • The Status of AId (more…)
  • The Conservation Prism 3.0 (more…)
  • The Noun Project (more…)
  • The History Teachers (more…)
  • So this is the video you were supposed to have seen at the start of our presentation yesterday afternoon. Sorry for the technical glitches and thanks again to those who were kind enough to sit through it.
  • Simple animation and engaging story-telling is all you need to explain the hidden sides of our consumption society. (more…)
  •   The Bush Tax Cuts Explained (more…)
  • Topic: The Financial Meltdown Tactic: Motion graphics Brief: Simplified icons and graphics help make the complicated financial meltdown understandable, even if it's still makes you mad. Sense-Maker: Jonathan Jarvis
  • Topic: Healthcare Reform Tactic: Drawings on Napkins Brief: Using the simplest of scribbles on a back of a napkin,Mr. Roam explains the essentials of the U.S. Healthcare system and what the issues surrounding the recent debate were all about. 2 years old, I know, but still very useful. Sense-Maker Dan Roam
  • Topic: How current research on brain science affects political decision making and what alternatives there are to our democratic systems. Tactic: Animated whiteboard Brief: Taking the whiteboard into the 21st century. Using skillful illustration and sophisticated animation with the deceptively simple format of a single hand drawing on a whiteboard. Sense-Maker: Cognitive Media for  RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
  • Health Care Overhaul Explained (more…)
  • What you need to know about Zombies (more…)

What’s This All About?

Creatives Helping us Make Sense of it All.
It's getting harder to make sense of all the information swarming around us. Our poor brains struggle to keep up,trying to separate truth from truthiness yet the more choices we have, the easier it is to get trapped in our own sellf-insulated echo chambers.
So this is my attempt to chronicle the tireless work being done by creatives who are stepping up and using their various talents to help us wrap our minds around life's complex issues.
Feel free to learn from these resources as we have and drop us a line if you see a clever piece of creative out there that made you say "Oh, I get it now!"

Sense-Makers Challenge

I can guarantee that any courageous creative out there who can break this challenge down and communicate it in a way that makes sense to us will win the next Noble Peace Prize...or at least an Emmy or Starbucks gift card or something.

The Afghanistan Situation

"When we understand that slide, we'll have won the war."
General McChrystal

Read more about the issue here

Recommended Reading

Yeah, yeah, we know. Nobody reads anymore right? But for what it's worth, these are some books that lent some valuable insight into making sense, why we have such a hard time at it, and how we can overcome the easy decent towards stupidity.
 


The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia by David McCandless


 
Resonate by Nancy Duarte


 
True Enough by Farhad Manjoo


 
A Whole New Mind by Dan Pink


Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam


The Watchman's Rattle by Rebecca D. Costa