Here are some items that are Merge-worthy but I haven’t had a chance to develop into full posts (and I want to get them out there while they’re still relevant).

But first, a big shout out to the Twin Cities Creatives’ Group for the great lunch session on Thursday to discuss design and entrepreneurship. Thanks for the invitation and the rich discussion!

pinkAlissa Walker speaks with Daniel Pink
A smart, inquisitive journalist with a fresh voice, the ubiquitous Alissa Walker is one of my favorite writers on design. She seems to pop up all over the design landscape: her Designerati blog on is a reliable source of industry buzz, and her recent interview on with Daniel Pink probes the best-selling author’s breakthrough thinking on creativity in business. Pink, best known for A Whole New Mind, has new book on career management called The Adventures of Johnny Bunko—The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need. Bunko, while a bit thin on content, is an absolute triumph of form, especially in the usually flat business publishing category. He worked with illustrator Rob Ten Pas to create a riveting graphic novel. Very cool!

Chris Anderson on the new economy
I’ve described Wired’s Editor in Chief in a previous post as a consistently clear voice on the new online economy, and I found this recent essay in Wired to be particularly prescient. Anderson joins the growing chorus of those who see our current economic challenges as a time of opportunity for entrepreneurs. “To all the usual reasons why small companies have an advantage,” he writes,  “from nimbleness to risk-taking, add these new ones: The rise of cloud computing means that young firms no longer have to buy their own IT equipment, which helps them avoid having to raise money or take on debt.” Anderson goes on to discuss “involuntary entrepreneurship,” or the result of the tens of thousands of laid off workers pouring into the market.

Picture 18Starbucks campaign taps online media
This NYTimes article analyzes the new Starbucks ad campaign that takes a novel approach to viral marketing. The campaign challenges people to take pictures of the new posters—being launched in six U.S. cities—and be the first to post a photo on Twitter. Frankly this doesn’t seem to me like a breakthrough creative concept, but it is an indication of how major consumer brands are beginning to think about how to utilize social media to enhance their more conventional promotions.

orangeJust an observation…
If you’re writing (or designing) a book in the business publishing category and you want it to stand out on the shelf at Barnes & Noble, choose a color other than orange for the cover.