Daniel Pinkham: The Unpredictable-ness of What’s Coming Next


(A new profile on Dan Pinkham I wrote for the blog of The Kenwood Group)

“In college, I supported myself with a commissioned sales job at a prominent Westwood Village camera store. One day I sold a super-8 camera to Johnny Carson and had the pleasure of teaching him how to use it! That was a mind-blowing moment for a film school student, to be sure.”

Common knowledge about personality types: humans are either left-brained — analytical, detail-minded, mathematical, and logical — or right-brained — creative, thoughtful, artistic, and open-minded. It depends on which side of the brain is dominant, right?

Except new research released this month debunks the theory that we are each dominated by one side of our brains. Neuroscientists at the University of Utah, after examining brain scans from over a thousand individuals, have concluded that there’s no such thing as being right-brained or left-brained. In fact, our brains work in far more complicated ways.

“It’s absolutely true that some brain functions occur in one or the other side of the brain,” say the researchers. “But people don’t tend to have a stronger left- or right-sided brain network. It seems to be determined more connection by connection.”

Anyone who knows Daniel Pinkham knows this to be true. Dan, Kenwood’s Vice President and Senior Creative Director, has been on staff more than 25 years and combines creative flair with techno-geekdom in unique ways. President Christina Crowley wonders, “What in his childhood has helped him bring the right brain/left brain, creativity and technology interests together so seamlessly in his work? It’s unusual for a person with such a strong design sense to understand also the mechanics of a projector.”

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