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Explanation

John Cleese Explains the Human Brain (Funny)

Posted by: leelefever on April 5, 2013- 2:37pm

Topic: humor

Categories: Explanation, funny, satire, video

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Joe Hanson at Itsoktobesmart.com shared this video and it made me laugh. A perfect satire of highly academic explanations.

An Awesome Explanation of A Differential Gear

Posted by: leelefever on April 3, 2013- 9:24am

Topic: Great Explanations

Categories: Explanation, gears, mechanics, video

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Kottke reminded me this morning about this mid-century video that explains, very clearly, how a differential gear works in automobiles. Watch:  Email readers can watch here.  Notice how the video starts with a scene that everyone can grasp before going into more technical information. They focus on "why" before "how". The simple model they use to explain the mechanism is a great example of simplification. The "noise" of the actual gear is removed so the instructor can focus on the big ideas. A... Continue Reading

Common Craft Cut-Outs - Now Available for Your Projects

Posted by: leelefever on March 13, 2013- 3:23pm

Topic: Cut-Outs

Categories: DIY, Explanation, know-how, membership

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The hand-drawn visuals from our videos, what we call "Cut-outs", are now available to all Common Craft members. They are colorful, downloadable images for use in your presentations, videos and explanation projects.  Cut-outs are organized into themes like people, workplace, transportation, technology, etc. We currently provide over 800 images and add more sets on a regular basis. Examples of a few themes:       Our goal is to help you create your own explanations. But that's not all.  We're... Continue Reading

Speaking at SXSW - Come Say Hello!

Posted by: leelefever on March 4, 2013- 10:28am

Topic: Speaking

Categories: event, Explanation, SXSW

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Sachi and I are heading down to Austin, Texas for the SXSW Interactive Festival, March 7-12.  After taking a few years off, we're excited to be heading back. I'm going to be doing a short "Future 15" talk on Monday, March 11th at 4pm about the Art of Explanation in Room 616AB. I know a Monday afternoon time is tough, but I would be honored if you could attend. 

VeracityColab - Now a Member of the Explainer Network

Posted by: leelefever on February 22, 2013- 8:54am

Topic: Explainer Network

Categories: announcement, Explanation, video

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We're excited to have VeracityColab as a member of the Common Craft Explainer Network. VeracityColab's fast-paced and stylish explainer videos have helped them become a top producer. You may recognize this national ad they produced with LegalZoom.  Charlie Matz and his team combine a ton of creativity with upbeat and inspirational messaging. Check out their portfolio or recent videos for the Apex Conference or Pear Sports.  I've included a couple of other examples below that capture the company... Continue Reading

Friday Funny: Highlights from Reddit's "ExplainLikeIAmA"

Posted by: leelefever on February 15, 2013- 10:54am

Topic: humor

Categories: Explanation, friday, reddit

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In the past year or so, the website Reddit has become one of favorite places to visit on the Web because of its ability to find, highlight and discuss the most amazing and interesting things on the Web. Members or "Redditors" submit links and the community votes up the best content. From time-to-time a new “sub-reddit” (kind of like a discussion forum) appears around a very narrow theme that grabs attention. One that caught my eye (wouldn’t you know it) is about explanation. But this example... Continue Reading

10 Steps to a Truly Horrible Explanation

Posted by: leelefever on January 17, 2013- 12:44am

Topic: Art of Explanation

Categories: Explanation, humor, satire, tips

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Step 1.  Forget about your audience’s needs. Their needs don’t matter. Your job isn’t to help them, it’s to make yourself look smart.  This is all about you.  Step 2. Make tons of assumptions. Assume everyone in the room knows exactly what you know or more. Find ways to save time by skipping the big picture and context. Head straight for the details.   Step 3. Use lots of jargon and unfamiliar words. Since everyone in the room knows what you know, you can feel free to be loquacious in your... Continue Reading

New Video: Email Access - Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on January 10, 2013- 11:20am

Topic: New Video

Categories: email, Explanation, servers, webmail

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Today we’re announcing a new video suggested by our members: Email Access - Explained by Common Craft. Email has evolved over the years. It used to live on our computers, but it now lives on servers and this evolution has changed how we think about email. This video highlights what these changes mean for the average email user. It teaches:   • Basic email infrastructure: servers and email boxes • Why email is often safe, even when a computer is ruined • The difference between POP and IMAP... Continue Reading

The Common Craft Explainer Network - Now More Awesome

Posted by: leelefever on January 2, 2013- 11:26am

Topic: Explainer Network

Categories: explainer video, Explanation, marketplace

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A few years back, we saw an opportunity to help talented producers of explainer videos be successful through a sort of marketplace or directory on our website. This became The Common Craft Explainer Network. When a company needs an explainer video for their product or service, the Explainer Network is the place to go. Lately explainer videos have become an increasingly important part of a company's website and presentation, and there is growing demand for producers who can create amazing,... Continue Reading

Understand Music - An Experiment in Explanation

Posted by: leelefever on December 10, 2012- 10:59am

Topic: Art of Explanation

Categories: animation, Explanation, music, video

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Boing Boing pointed me to this beautiful animated video by a German studio called "finally".  From the description with the video: Music is a good thing. But what we did not know until we started with the research for this piece: Music is also a pretty damn complex thing. This experimental animation is about the attempt to understand all the parts and bits of it. Have a look. You might agree with our conclusion! Email or RSS readers can watch the video here.  I think this is a great example... Continue Reading

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