Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Fred Collopy is our lead this afternoon.

I-Open supports open spaces for the great stories entrepreneurs have to tell.

Len Steinbach
Bob Schmidt
Kevin Cronin - Bikes and Theater
Bob Sopko

Herbert Simon - award winning economist at Carnegie Mellon who contributed in diverse areas across the University. His passion and love was about business education. he was curious to understand how business cross connects with many disciplines. Herbert's work interests and guides Fred's work extensively.

Anyone who designs in any domain has strong connections.

How do we learn about design? How does it work and how does it affect our ability to make decisions?

Fred has desinged several different formats for design from a Desk Organizer to forecasting.

Musical instruments as a design domain: music-making requires both musicians and listeners to function at the limits of theie cognintive capabilties.


Lessons from the Moog's design: Trevor Pinch and Frank Trocco, Analog Days: The Invetion and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer, Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press 2002 Go here.

Dimensionality of visual space: Fred has vbeen working on the limitations of visual space versus the sonic space musicians work in. Note: we need to treat light, form, and movement as sound has already been treated. Adrian Klein, 1930

Brian Eno: here.

Results in taking ideas from absttact expressionists and building on those ideas with an element of motion and then interacting with musicians live....Blue Glass

Sample - visual "Blue Glass" From Fred's website Rhythmic Light....'Blue Glass' is the interpretation of a studio jam by Irish-American fiddler Eileen Ivers and her band. The visual interpretation focuses on the transition from simple rhythms to the more dynamic percussive events that characterizes the piece's development. Lisa Lehman collaborated with me on the development of the visuals for this piece. One of the things we were doing with it was exploring color. Though we were unaware of the Chromatek 3D glasses while we were developing this piece, many people have commented that they enjoy the subtle depth changes the glasses produce on this piece. "

In Amsterdam, a conference presented a few years ago, connected visual artisits and musicians in the evening with lectures and historical information presented during the day. Fred was paired with an unlikely partner in hard core rock. Ultimately, both were taken out of their comfort zone and into a new collaborative area of visualization. (!) You can play Sonic Light here.

VJ's (in this environment of light and sound) are analogous to DJ's. Do sampling and sequencing versus synthesizing.

How do we leverate this information for business development? Task: Bankruptcy prediction

Data from NS Umanath & I Vessey 1194

Management representations were developed in 1786 - line graphs, pie charts are the most advanced representations of business still today.

Fred and Richard Boland started with the cycle model of a firm/entity activities. Can we represent the history of a company wiithout using (eventually...) numbers? Julia Grant integrated quarterly financial data. The visualization has evolved...this was developed to find a solution for how healthy a company may or may not be. This is the block for the fundamental unit of viewing an entire company with thousands of groups simulating business activity. When tested with younger CEO's the simulation was widely prefered.


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