# Finding patterns (& creating them)

by | Sunday, October 11, 2009

As readers of this blog know I love examples of seeing things in new ways. That to me if often the crux of creativity. Anyway here are two examples. The first curtesey of Leigh Wolf is a new advertisement from some credit card company. The ad is actually pretty average but what is really cool are the visuals.

Once I found this I went on a Google search and came up with a bunch of other cool images and resources. For instance I didn’t know that there were whole books devoted to this kind of art. Here are a couple of books by François Robert and his colleagues.

Some great examples here: Face Illusions
And then Andrew Sullivan sent me off in a somewhat different direction. If the previous example was one of finding patterns here is one example of creating patterns where little exists. Check out Dead Flies Art. Here is one example but go to the site to find more.

A few randomly selected blog posts…

## WHY: The most important question of all

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## Cellphone in classrooms: The Saline story

From the Saline Schools, right here in Michigan, comes a video about how teachers and students are using cellphone in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. Check it out h/t Superintendent Scot Graden's Blog

## When does the brain make up YOUR mind?

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## Visualizing mathematics

I love visual proofs of mathematical theorems. One visual proof I use quite often in my design courses (CEP817 or CEP917) is a visual proof of the fact that the sum of consecutive odd numbers is a square number. In other words: 1 + 3 = 4 = 22 1 + 3 + 5 = 9 = 32 1 + 3...

## Happy New Year, from the College of Education, MSU

The college of Education at Michigan State University just came out with a video titled Year in Review. You can see the video below. I would like to point out that a couple of projects I am involved with made it into the video. They include the project with the Azim...

## Living words, MAET Summer 2013

Steven Jobs famously said, Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were...

## TPACKed and ready to go

I am off to the Netherlands, specifically to Twente University to talk and discuss TPACK and other interesting stuff. I have been invited by Dr. Joke Voogt, Associate Professor at the Department of Curriculum Design and Educational Innovation from the Faculty of...

## That synching feeling

David Pogue has an article about SugarSync, an automated Internet backup and synchronization service that can keep track of (and backup) files across multiple machines. The description sounds wonderful - a great example of cloud computing. If only it were a bit...

## TPCK book covers

I finally received a copy of the Handbook of TPCK for educators (which I had blogged about previously here). It looks great! Matt and I have a key chapter (Introducing TPCK). I hadn't read this in a while, and after I got the book, I skimmed it... and it reads well....