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02.27.2013  /  

Graphic Recording at #illustraTED | Progress Enigma

The first day of TED brought twenty talented speakers and performers, and three thought provoking themes: Progress Enigma, Beautiful Imperfection, and The Spark. For us, TED isn’t just about listening to the talks, it’s about synthesizing the information, recording it graphically, and uncovering a visual story. Our dynamic duo of illustrators–Dave Nguyen and Jonathan Valiente–transformed the […] Continue Reading

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02.25.2013  /  

#illustraTED | Duarte is Visualizing TED Talks All Week

Another TED Conference means another #illustraTED event at Duarte! As the world’s best and brightest are converging in Long Beach for the 23rd annual TED Conference, we’re hunkering down here at Duarte, getting our pens and papers and devices ready to visualize, summarize, and share their brilliant speeches. Last year, we assembled a team of writers […] Continue Reading

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I KNEW Argo Would Win Best Picture Before You Did

More than an hour before Argo was announced as the winner for Best Picture, I declared to my husband that it would win. How did I know? Because the film had won for Best Film Editing. Since 1981, every film selected as Best Picture has also been nominated for the Film Editing Oscar, and about […] Continue Reading

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02.22.2013  /  

SXSW | Meet us in Austin!

  For the second year in a row, a group of Duartians — along with about a million other tech, music, and film enthusiasts — will be descending on Austin, TX for SXSW, and we want to share it with you. If you’ll be there, we want to meet you. And if you’re not there […] Continue Reading

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02.15.2013  /  

In Love Poems and Presentations, Less is More

The latest installation in our Duarte Gallery is a series of blackout poems. Specifically love poems, in honor of Valentine’s Day. The blackout style was made famous by Austin Kleon, the author of Newspaper Blackout, “a best-selling book of poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker.”     During a lunch break dedicated to […] Continue Reading

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02.05.2013  /  

The Most Talked About Super Bowl Commercial Was a Presentation in Disguise

During Sunday’s Super Bowl, a presentation went undercover, posing as a commercial. The commercial featured a slideshow of photographs, accompanied by the recognizable voice of radio personality Paul Harvey. The narrative was an excerpt of his 1978 speech to the Future Farmers of America, with the recurring phrase, “So God made a farmer.” What made […] Continue Reading

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02.01.2013  /  

Public Speaking for Introverts: 6 Essential Tips

Susan Cain is the author of the New York Times bestselling book QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, which is being translated into 30 languages. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed more than 3 million times and was named by Bill Gates as one of his all-time favorite […] Continue Reading

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