Archive for November, 2010

Art galleries come alive with new media innovations (video)

One of my hobbies is “collecting” art museums.  I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many of the world’s greatest art palaces and so could not miss the opportunity to visit Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and the National Gallery in Edinburgh on my recent trip to Scotland.

I’m beginning to see examples of how new media is augmenting traditional art displays. I’m a bit conflicted about adding this “showmanship” but I also recognize that combining these mediums can help display and explain art in exciting new ways, especially if your audience is digital-savvy to begin with.

In this short video I provide examples of these mash-ups. Let me know what you think about it.

And just for fun, here is a list of my top 20 favorite art museums (at least so far):

  1. Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York City
  2. Musee d”Orsay – Paris
  3. Courtauld Institute – Paris (small but great Impressionist collection)
  4. MOMA – New York
  5. Art Institute – Chicago
  6. Uffizi Gallery – Florence
  7. Peggy Guggenheim Museum – Venice (small but what a setting!)
  8. British Museum – London
  9. Prado Museum – Madrid
  10. Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam
  11. Getty Museum – Los Angeles
  12. Vatican Museum – Rome (would put it higher but so crowded)
  13. Tate Museum of Modern Art – London
  14. Museum of Fine Arts Boston
  15. National Gallery – Washington DC
  16. Carnegie Museum of Art  Pittsburgh (big displays in a small city!)
  17. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts – Moscow (surprisingly good display of Impressionists)
  18. Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille
  19. Royal Museum – Brussels
  20. Museu de Arte – Sao Paulo

If your fave is not here it is probably because I have not been there yet, with the exception of the Louvre.  I dislike the Louvre. It’s too big and too crowded. The whole experience feels like a train station to me. What museums do you enjoy and why? What do you think of the technology mash-up in the video?

Twitter strategy smack-down with Mitch Joel

Blogger and business leader Mitch Joel and I have clashed on several occasions and most recently had an opportunity air our opposing views on Twitter strategies.

Mitch advocates a more elitist view of Twitter and when he published his post Being A Twitter Snob Is A Good Thing I had a very negative reaction. I followed with my own post Bringing Down The Twitter Snobs because I really think he was missing one of the biggest values of Twitter — the opportunity to give everybody a chance to interact and create value.  So I dusted off my Mitch Joel sexy glare (above) and took him on.

Our podcast on this subject (as well as other interesting blog community strategies) just went live:

Six Pixels Of Separation – The Twist Image Podcast – Episode #229

Our previous engagement was over ghost blogging and can be found here: The Ghost Blogging Debate With Mark W. Schaefer.

I think you will really enjoy this discussion and as always, I’d love to hear your comments on the subject!

New jam-packed blogging eBook available

As you’ve probably noticed, there have been quite a few changes here at {grow}. I hope you like the new design and features.

Over the next few weeks I’ll continue to add new content and services that I think you’ll really like but I’m kicking things off with a new FREE eBook on corporate blogging.

The first edition of this book was made available in May and it received rave reviews.  Michele Linn of the Content Marketing Institute and Jamie Wallace of Suddenly Marketing recently described this as one of the best eBooks on the web.  The new edition has twice as much content and is jammed with practical tips to get the most from your company blog.

Many thanks to Billy Mitchell and the talented crew at MLT Creative for the exciting design in this publication.

The new blog design comes from Patrick Molter and Clint Barnes of Red Goat Creative.  The first time I saw the “paint splat concept” I wasn’t wild about it, but it grew on me.  I think it represents the content on {grow} pretty well — colorful, edgy and sometimes a little wild. And, it’s obviously a work in progress!  That’s why we’re all here I guess — to push each other and GROW.  I also think it is a fitting symbol that this is a vibrant community and not just about me. There are lots of colorful splashes (your comments) that make this blog and community so cool.

So paint splash it is.

I also hope you like the Gini Dietrich Memorial Comment Section.  Gini has been pushing me to get a state-of the art comment area for months, and specifically to use Livefyre.  This technology is still in beta and frankly took longer than needed to implement but I hope it will be a reliable vessel for the most important part of the blog — your comments.

We’re still working out a few bugs, but I hope you enjoy the new and improved {grow}.  I would value your comments and ideas for further improvement.

Thanks for creating this community with me!

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