Why We Quote TV

The inimitable Elaine Stritch, a crazy cooler, Wired's innovation fellows and more in our weekly look at the web

Evidently, singing the “Monorail” song from The Simpsons or quoting the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld is just a way to make friends. Australian linguist Lauren Gawne calls The Simpsons a “cultural touchstone” for those who grew up with the show, thus quoting Homer or Dr Nick (or any character from your formative years) is simply a way to connect with others. Gawne says, “We like …

Design Indaba: John Maeda

Our interview with the RISD president on the changing nature of design and the long process of becoming a successful leader

John Maeda, pioneer of programmatic design, delivered the closing address at South Africa’s premier conference on creativity, Design Indaba. He spoke to the crowd about the nature of code in art (“Programming is not very complicated, it’s just very boring—It’s what you can do with coding that matters more than programming itself.”), the vagaries of the term “design thinking” and the importance of redesigning leadership. …