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Update #66

TEDx Talk at Wellesley College

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Dear backers,

I just received a video recording of the talk I gave at TEDxWellesleyCollege. I wanted to take this opportunity to both share the video with you, and also to thank you all once again for your support. 

As I prepared for the talk back in February, it dawned on me that It's been almost 2 years since I launched this kickstarter project! In the beginning the project was nothing more than me wondering if these seemingly random events I experienced in art school would be meaningful and valuable to others. Having toured with the book, I've met a great number of people who say it is. But what truly fascinates me is what it means to them, and why they value it. Because they're not what I expected them to be. And for this reason, this project has been a never-ending gift that keeps on giving me joy, learning, and fulfillment. And you folks are directly responsible for giving me this opportunity. So I thank you all once again.

There's a never-vanishing sense of uncertainty and insecurity every time I present the work in front of an audience. I've presented the work more than 30 times in various versions, yet the feeling persists. I don't know if it'll ever go away. This was especially the case for the following talk, because my throat wasn't very well that day, and it was a whole new version meant to fit the 18 minute time limit I was given. I hope you find it meaningful.

Here's the video:

Stay beautiful,

Seung Chan Lim
Director / Project "Realizing Empathy"
http://realizingempathy.com/


Update #65

Video of the Tour Talk

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Hi everyone!

The folks at Rotman School of Management was nice enough send over a capture of the talk I gave there last week. If you've been wondering what I'm going around speaking about in the tour, here it is. (I usually follow up with a workshop to make the content more concrete, but I didn't have time for that at this venue)

It's been amazing to receive such positive feedback at all the venues I've presented at thus far. None of this would have been possible without your support. As always, I'm all ears if you have any feedback, be it positive or negative. Every bit of signal you send I can use toward further refinement or radical change.

Thanks again, and may you stay beautiful!

Seung Chan Lim
Director / Project "Realizing Empathy"


Update #64

Huffington Post and UX Booth

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Hi everyone!

One of the things learned from the tour is that the audience for "realizing empathy"—as an idea—is far broader than originally imagined. Thus, to make the work useful at a larger scale, I hope to experiment making a variety of "forms" (i.e. "shared metaphors" as called in the book) more specific to the context of the various scales and types of organizations people take part.

Here are two such endeavors:

More in the works... Will let you all know when they come to fruition. ;)

Until then,

Stay beautiful,

Seung Chan Lim
Director / Project "Realizing Empathy"


Update #63

2014 Communication Arts Award of Excellence in Book Design

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2014 Communication Arts Award of Excellence In Book Design
2014 Communication Arts Award of Excellence In Book Design

Wow... I'm surprised and honored to receive the 2014 Communication Arts Award of Excellence in Typography: Book Design for Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry into the Meaning of Making.

This was a rather experimental piece of work. Among other things, it was my first attempt at trying to facilitate an empathic conversation between a book and people who have trouble connecting with pages full of word blocks (especially those that are philosophical in nature). So whenever I get e-mails from people telling me that they're not typical "book readers," but for some reason they could get sucked into this book, I'm all smiles. Unfortunately, people who are expecting the more familiar experience of text blocks may very well experience dissonance. I wonder what the middle road may be? That'd be interesting to explore down the road!

Dear Kickstarter backers. Thank you so much once again for making this happen. I'm still in awe that this came to life through your trust and love piped through the World Wide Web.

Special thanks to Todd Sattersten and Leslie Bauman Fisher who read through every little detail, and Thomas Ockerse for all your generous advice.

Thanks once again for this award.

Seung Chan Lim
Director / Project "Realizing Empathy"

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"공감의 실현: 창작의 의미를 찾아서"가 2014년 커뮤니케이션 아츠 타이포그라피 상을 받는 영광을 누리게됬습니다.

이 책은 타이포그라피의 사용에 있어서 여러가지 실험이 들어간 책입니다. 특히 페이지마다 글자가 빽빽이 들어가있는 철학책을 읽으려 할 때 왠지 지루해진다거나 마음이 끌리지 않는다거나 하는 분들이 책과 좀 더 수월하게 공감적 대화를 할 수 있도록 해보고자 디자인한 책입니다. 종종 "저는 책읽는걸 그리 즐기지 않는데 이 책은 신기하게도 몰입해서 읽기가 쉬웠습니다." 하는 분들의 이메일을 받습니다. 그럴때마다 느끼는 기쁨은 이루 말할 수 없답니다. 물론 글자가 빽빽한 좀더 전형적인 책을 기대하시는 분은 이 책을 읽으실 때 오히려 부조화를 경험하실 수 있겠죠. 두마리 토끼를 잡는 방법은 무얼까요? 차후에 또 실험해보도록 하겠습니다!

아 그리고 킥스타터 후원자 여러분. 너무나도 감사드립니다. 전 아직도 이 책이 월드와이드웹을 통한 여러분의 믿음과 사랑으로 출간이 되었다는게 믿어지지 않는답니다.

그리고 편집을 도와준 토드 스테터슨과 레즐리 보만 휘셔 그리고 많은 조언 주신 토마스 어커씨 교수님께 진심으로 감사드립니다.

이 영광 다시 한번 감사드립니다.

임승찬
감독 / 프로젝트 "공감의 실현"


Update #62 - For backers only

Recuperating from the North-East Coast Tour

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