Monday, November 20, 2006

Kathan Brown at Adaptive Path

We recently received a link to the conversation Kathan had with Janice Fraser at the Adaptive Path conference, User Experience Week. The CEO and a founding partner of Adaptive Path, Fraser has worked in high-tech media for more than 15 years as an entrepreneur, interaction designer, and editor. Her current work focuses on leadership for user experience managers and the role of user experience in the changing landscape of product innovation. I thought our readers might like to hear the podcast of their conversation, available here. It's so fun to hear responses to the Magical Secrets from so many different areas of expertise! Fraser uses the Magical Secrets to talk about issues of leadership, cooperation and collaboration.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Man Who Had Power Over Women

In my last email to the Magical Secrets list, I asked people who have blogs about making art to send me a link to their sites. I got some great responses! One was an artist named Randel Plowman who lives in Northern Kentucky. On Randel's blog, "A Collage A Day," he posts images of collages he makes, one for each day of the year, and sells them for $25 each. He's been doing this since August of 2006 and is still going strong. I liked his collages so much, I bought one myself. Here's the one I picked. It's called "Birthday Boy."

I think this collage is so strange and pretty. There's definitely a menacing undercurrent in the words he uses, but the cut-up watercolor keeps it light. I like how the size of the text subverts its meaning: the man is the one who has the power, but "WOMEN" is the largest word in there.

If anyone else wants to share the site of their blog with us, please do in the comments below. Crown Point Press is committed to our community of artists and art-lovers. The more dialogue we have, the better!