Archive for the ‘Presentations and Publications’ Category

Common Craft: The Art of Explanation

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Professionals explain ideas every day, but rarely consider what it takes to become a better explainer. Lee LeFever, the Founder of Common Craft, helps you take a fresh look at what makes explanations work (or not), and how to solve explanation problems. Learn the battle-tested strategies for packaging ideas into explanations that help people understand and care about your ideas.

Topics covered in this briefing include:

  • What does it mean to explain an idea?
  • What is the Curse of Knowledge and what is the remedy?
  • Why is explanation so difficult?
  • What are explanation problems and how do you solve them?
  • The Explanation Scale
  • The Stepping Stones of effective explanations
  • Finding the right language for your audience
  • How to integrate better explanation into your professional and personal life

Presenter Information:

Lee LeFever is the Founder of Common Craft and author of The Art of Explanation. Common Craft has won numerous awards, created explanations for the world’s most respected brands and earned over 50 million online video views.

For more information, visit http://www.commoncraft.com.

The Future of Personal Mobility: Center for Automotive Research at Stanford

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) is an interdisciplinary group that advances research and education in the automotive realm. It is organized as an industry affiliates program, bringing together students and researchers from many different departments. There are currently 20 industry affiliates.

The main interest is how the automobile is undergoing dramatic change, while it has been around for well over 100 years. Due to recent technologies, the powertrain is becoming more electrified, the driving tasks are becoming more automated, the vehicle itself is becoming more connected to other vehicles and common infrastructures, and carsharing programs are being promoted as the new way to drive.

This talk visited the different fields of innovation for automobiles, discussed what will become reality soon and what is a far-out vision, and gave an overview of how Stanford brings together industry and academia to radically re-envision the way we drive.

For more information, please visit: http://me.stanford.edu/groups/design/automotive.

Computer Animation: Algorithms for Artistic Rendering

Friday, October 18th, 2013

During this session, Aaron Hertzmann discussed computer graphics algorithms for creating images and animations in the style of natural media, such as paintings and drawings.

He also discussed how this research could lead to a new science that allows us to better understand art and aesthetics.

Accessibility at Stanford: Captioning and SCRIBE

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Did you know that Stanford now has multiple online systems for supporting document and video accessibility?

During this session, Sean Keegan from the Office of Accessible Education discussed how you can use the Stanford Captioning System to obtain a text transcript as well as time-stamped files to include into your videos as captioning.

The SCRIBE platform, and how it is available to assist you in transforming files into alternate (and accessible!) formats was also discussed. SCRIBE supports the conversion to popular mobile device formats, including ePub, Kindle (mobi), DAISY, and MP3 using high-quality voices.

Adobe CS6: Photoshop / InDesign / Illustrator, and Creative Cloud

Friday, May 17th, 2013

In this Tech Briefing, Adobe’s Rick Miller demonstrated features of Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator in Adobe’s Creative Suite 6.

He also talked about Adobe’s new Creative Cloud feature. Creative Cloud allows you to work fluidly and productively with some of the hundreds of new timesaving features and enhancements to Adobe’s industry-leading tools for digital imaging, publication design, and tablet publication.

Introduction to Stanford’s Responsive Drupal Themes: Open Framework and Stanford Framework

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

During this Tech Briefing, theme co-maintainers Megan Miller and Brian Young of IT Services provided an introduction to the Stanford Drupal theme stack.

They introduced Open Framework and Stanford Framework, responsive base themes that support subtheme development across the university. They also covered the fundamentals of responsive web design, best practices, and discussed how toget started subtheming using Open Framework and Stanford Framework.

YouTube Videos: Editing Tips and Tricks

Friday, January 25th, 2013

YouTube has become the second-most used search engine to find content on the Web.

During this session, Mark discussed and demonstrated how to:

  • Understand the basics of creating a simple promotional video
  • Shoot a short video clip
  • Edit your video
  • Upload to YouTube
  • Create captions to comply with accessibility regulations
  • Publish your video on your web site

Prezi: A New Approach to Presentations

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Prezi is a mind-mapping presentation tool that, in some cases, is a viable and engaging alternative to presentation applications such as PowerPoint and Keynote.

In this session, Mark went through the steps of creating a presentation in Prezi, while also highlighting the latest features and new interface.

Presentations have not evolved much in the 50 years since the slide was invented, but Prezi is changing that. Prezi lets you bring your ideas into one space and see how they relate, helping you and your audience connect. Zoom out to see the big picture and zoom in to see details — a bit like web-based maps that have changed how we navigate through map books. — Prezi.com

Google Apps for Education: Now Available at Stanford

Friday, October 12th, 2012

On September 24, 2012, Google Apps for Education was released to all Faculty, Staff, and Students to access with their Stanford credentials. Google Apps for Education includes email and calendar for Students only, and Drive, Groups, and Sites for faculty, staff, and students.

During this session, Ammy and Jo-Ann talked about the best practices for using the apps available to you, and demonstrated how to properly log in, collaborate with others, and utilize special features that may be useful to you and your department.

For more information about Google Apps, visit googleapps.stanford.edu.

CSS3

Friday, August 24th, 2012

CSS3 is the latest standard for Cascading Style Sheets (the language used to applying colors, fonts, and other styles to web sites).

Using a mix of lecture and demonstration, this session exposes you to the latest updates to the CSS standard.

Topics covered include:

  • Making rounded borders
  • Adding shadows
  • Text and font styles, like word-wrapping and embedding fonts
  • Adding “cool” effects, such as rotating boxes, transitions, and animations (all without the need for JavaScript or Flash!)