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I am a futurist and public speaker, developing a lecture/seminar on future trends. The lecture is accompanied by a high-end PowerPoint presentation during which I discuss four major issues that are undergoing disruptive, significant change.

HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:

As part of the PowerPoint presentation, I need a set of four simple, iconic, powerful illustrations/icons/logos representing the four topics. These images need to be created and visualized as a cohesive set of four, and may be used in large form as title slides to introduce each part of the lecture, and as a set in smaller size as 'bug' or 'lower third' on each slide to help structure the presentation give the audience clues as to where they are and where they're going.

The four trends I discuss are:

(1) The Long Tail, a seismic change in retailing and distribution, as written about in a book of the same name by Chris Anderson, the editor of Wired magazine. Background on the topic is available at http://tinyurl.com/5m3o, and typical illustrations can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/8xegnj.

(2) Web 2.0, a revolution in the way people communicate and interact online, as originally coined by Tim O'Reilly in an article available at http://tinyurl.com/743r5. This collection of concepts has been illustrated in ways like these: http://tinyurl.com/7pd5hd

(3) Globalization, including not just the international expansion of jobs and production, but the whole concept of getting things done by anyone, anywhere (for which I use CrowdSpring as a perfect example!). The leading popularizer on this topic is Thomas Friedman, who gave a good interview on the subject at http://tinyurl.com/a5wlok. The concept has been represented in ways like these: http://tinyurl.com/9tce88.

(4) The Singluarity is a mind-boggling, somewhat controversial thesis of Ray Kurzweil, which maintains that technological progress is accelerating so rapidly that it will soon completely outstrip our ability to control it. He has written about it at http://tinyurl.com/5jo75, and it has been illustrated in ways like these: http://tinyurl.com/997nlb.

OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS:

My target audience is pretty wide ranging, from CEOs and celebrities, to corporate executives and small business people, to entrepreneurs and university students.

WE LIKE THESE DESIGNS:

I've uploaded a PowerPoint file containing the four icons that I am currently using (which I designed myself). They're at least minimally functional,, but they look pretty amateurish and I just know that the CrowdSpring design family can do much, much better. In the file you can see them being used at large scale to introduce the four concepts, and then in small scale as a running 'bug' across the upper right hand corner. You'll also find the section title slides I'm currently using.

WE ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE (or we don't want to see) THIS IN OUR DESIGN:

In uploading your submissions, please include all four in one image, in the way they would be used as a 'bug' (I laid them out horizontally in my example, but that's not a requirement).

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