Celebrate the spaces between

Let your ideas breathe…

How Can You Harness the Power of White Space?

Objects in a composition need to breathe. White space offers an airy canvas stage on which the parts of your design can freely dance. Just ask Mark Boulton, graphic designer and writer from the UK. Here’s my favorite part about Mark’s view on white space:

“Whitespace is often used to create a balanced, harmonious layout. One that just “feels” right. It can also take the reader on a journey through the design in the same way a photographer leaves “looking room” in a portrait shot by positioning the subject off the center of the frame and having them looking into the remaining space.”

Check out this slide show by Brand Autopsy to see some compelling use of white space.

Now, how can you use white space in your next design, web page, slide deck or thank you note to make a bold statement?

Looking forward to [the spaces between] your ideas,


Susan Hendrich

Freebie fun: Create word clouds with Wordle

Wordle is one of the coolest free toys I’ve seen in a while.  I’ll let author  Jonathan Feinberg‘s  description speak for itself and get out your way so you can read it then start Wordling…

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Here’s one I made for my colleague, Susan Jacobs, as a birthday surprise for her office door:

Wordle Cloud

So, what words will you use to create your own Wordle cloud?


My 3 favorite crowdsourcing sites:






A fun and semi-related site: http://www.ask500people.com/. I enjoy flinging random questions out there and seeing how people respond.  Try one now!

Update:  How cool is this—I posted my 3 favorite crowdsourcing sites at 10:00 am. By 10:10, the co-founder of www.crowdspring.com adds his comment to this post.  That’s the world we live in…everyday is a New York minute!

Learning maps

How do you enable strategic organizational change?

More and more these days, I’m being asked to find ways of facilitating meaningful and successful change in organizations.  Invariably, leadership needs a strategy for bringing about desired change. And there are millions of strategies out there (just google “Change management strategy” and you’ll see). So, I try to keep a pulse on change management efforts that are working out there. Today I came across Root, a forward-thinking group making interesting use of learning maps.  Their concept is simple. Their process is fun. Their results are amazing.

What is a Learning Map?

The gist of these Learning Maps is that they use visual mapping to enable rapid communications within organizations about new strategy execution. These visual depictions of a new process or strategy tap into a collaborative process and help every employee to see beyond their own job functions to the bigger picture that is “where we are going.”  These learning maps engage their workforces by communicating an understanding about the industry and internal business.

Let me see this for myself

Take a “look” at ROOT’s Learning Maps and let me know what you think: http://www.rootlearning.com/www/index.htm

Susan Hendrich

Mighty Molly

Team Molly

Five year-old Molly Anderson has been battling leukemia since May, 2008.  She is a brave young superhero, and thousands of people are cheering her on.  Since Molly has superhero status, we thought it fitting that she have her own fancy superimage.  Check out some ideas for Mighty Molly! 

Vote for your favorite(s).

Mighty Molly




Mighty Molly

Molly’s own words:

Hi, my name is Molly. I am 5 years old and quite a character. I love super heroes and making people laugh. I am super tough and super strong. I was diagnosed on May 28th with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia Tcell (ALL). My treatment is long but I plan to be a super fighter the whole way.

Thanks for supporting Molly Anderson!