Zoetropes in a fourth grade science fair

on February 24, 2013 in Blog, Education

Longtime readers know my connections to zoetropes — inventing new types of them, starting business based on them, making art with them, etc. I’ve been upstaged. A longtime friend from school contacted me for the first time in years with news that her son is doing a project on zoetropes for his fourth grade science fair. Check it out! The pictures show he did the most important thing in science.[…] Keep reading →

An entrepreneurial example of leading by example

on February 6, 2013 in Blog, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

In September, 2001, the company I co-founded, Submedia, was installing its first display in Atlanta for our first big launch. We anticipated a lot of press. Giving away part of how the story ends, we did get a lot of media attention. The night before launch was crazy — we had a few hours to finish installing the display, we had to prepare for the Fire Marshall’s inspection the morning[…] Keep reading →

See Rufus Seder’s talk on “Magic, Art, and Motion Pictures” featuring my work in Boston November 29

on November 20, 2012 in Art, Blog, Education

If you like art like mine — motion pictures created by your motion, without computers or motion picture projectors — you know Rufus Seder. He has created, among other things, series of books, cards, and other hands-on physical animation devices. Friends and family constantly bring me his fascinating work, books, toys, and such. On Thursday, November 29, Rufus will speak at Northeastern University in Boston on our type of art;[…] Keep reading →

Union Square in Motion named Adobe Design Achievement Award Semifinalist!

on September 1, 2012 in Art, Blog, Creativity, Education

Union Square in Motion made the prestigious 2012 Adobe Design Achievement Award semifinals! The Adobe Design Achievement Awards celebrate student and faculty achievement reflecting the powerful convergence of technology and the creative arts. The competition – which showcases individual and group projects created with industry-leading Adobe creative software – honors the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from the world’s[…] Keep reading →

Another genius business idea: the series

on July 23, 2012 in Blog, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Tips

Many people who dream of starting businesses tell me their greatest obstacle is having a great idea to start with. I call this belief my number one entrepreneurship myth and wrote about it and productive beliefs that can help more than the myth. Besides the productive alternative belief that a good idea plus listening to your market succeeds more than trying to make an idea perfect, another counter to this[…] Keep reading →

Ten Years of Submedia’s New York City display!

on July 2, 2012 in Blog, Entrepreneurship

I wrote the other day about my six-month anniversary of burpees. A couple days before was a bigger anniversary — the tenth anniversary of Submedia’s Manhattan display in the PATH system. We launched June 18, 2002. I don’t write that much about Submedia here, the company I co-founded in the late 90s, but it still pays my bills and I still work on developing the technology, relationship, and other things[…] Keep reading →

Joshua Spodek mentioned in Tate Modern lecture

on May 21, 2012 in Art, Blog, Creativity

I came across the online notes of a symposium mentioning me at the Tate Modern on “Pervasive Animation” by George Griffin, who lives around the corner from me and whom I met in person a couple years ago. Okay, he mentioned me only briefly, but it’s the Tate Modern and he’s important. So there!

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