Story, Imagery, and the Art of 21st Century Presentations

Cherry BlossomsI really enjoyed watching this video as it brought back many memories.  When I was a high school student, I saw a poster in the counselor’s office of a cherry blossom tree.  The poster advertised the Tachikawa Sister City Exchange Program and the cherry tree alone made me want to go.  I was one of four students selected to become a “student ambassador” to Japan and I still remember the beauty of their gardens, buildings, tea ceremonies, food presentation, writing.  I think it was the functional beauty that struck me most.  Everyday objects or experiences explicitly designed to be both functional and beautiful.   Later in life I learned the art of rolling sushi from a Japanese-American friend.  What I thought was “good enough,” she threw away as it did not meet her standards of beauty.    I love how Garr Reynolds reminded his Japanese audience of the need to create beautiful presentations, not just for aesthetics, but for our brains.  I’ve been inspired to do the same.

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