Weekly inspirations: October 17, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Transform Your Smartphone Into Your Smartest Tool It is really interesting to watch and see how different brands and different industries embrace mobile technologies.  Once of the more interesting ones recently has been the tool-maker Ryobi which launched a new line called Phone Works that uses your smartphone as the brains of its tools. I think this is a smart move because it is cost-effective for the company who doesn’t have to engineer the additional electronics into their tools and it embraces the diversity of mobile technology usage. See the tools here. You Can Customize This E-Ink Watch Down to the Strap If there’s one group that will surely embrace smart watches, it’s those who like to change their background image and the look and feel of their devices every day. But the FES...

Watch my Adobe MAX 2014 session online

If you didn’t get a chance to make it Adobe MAX in Los Angeles this year you can now watch the presentation I gave with my Digital Creative Director Trina Cintron online. The session was called ‘The Crazy Ones: How to Be a Leader Who Inspires Creativity and Innovation’  and like the title says it was about what we have learned trying to lead and inspire creative teams. It was a session we worked on for a long time that grew out of one of the most popular article I’ve written for my blog. You can watch the entire session on the Adobe MAX site here.  ...

Weekly inspirations: October 10, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   The Modern Craftsman’s Guide: Work with Dignity Over the years I have seen a lot of people an even myself romanticize a fancy title, high salary, or great benefits. All these things are important, but the best work and the best teams also make sure that all of those things come with dignity. I have seen a lack of dignity and respect in leaders destroy entire teams because they place their ego before everyone else. To work with dignity is to take responsibility for its results, it is the pinnacle of what we can do as creative professionals in a complex, shifting, and interdependent world. This article from Bechance is one of the best I have read on the subject in a long time. Read the article here. 6 Reasons Why Surrounding Yourself Around Better People Will Increase Your Success Rate I hear...

RE Thinking the Smartphone Camera

HTC unveiled something really interesting at their media event yesterday in New York City – a small camera call the RE Camera. It might look like a tiny periscope but the Re Camera is actually a capable shooter that challenges you to rethink the way you use cameras. The housing is waterproof with an easy to grip and features a built-in sensor that automatically turns on the camera when you pick it up. When you press its single large button on the neck of the camera it will take a photo with the 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, while a long press starts recording full HD video through the 146 degree wide-angle lens. When you are done you can connect the camera to your smartphone or computer through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi or even use your phone as a remote viewfinder for advanced features like slow-motion and time-lapse recordings. They have also done a really nice job creating an entire eco...

Weekly inspirations: October 3, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   A Rare Look at Design Genius Jony Ive: The Man Behind the Apple Watch This week Vogue published a rare and surprisingly in-depth interview with Jony Ive on his life, his time at Apple and the making of Apple Watch. It is one of the rare time you can hear from Jony directly, get a glimpse behind the walls at Apple and get some insights into how Apple Watch came into being. Read the article here. The Wisdom Of Woz I am still impressed and effected by my chance to meet Steve Wozniak earlier this year at INTERACTIONS 2014. In this article Woz shares nine tips for starting companies, solving problems and finding happiness. Read the article here. The Most Important Skill for Great Leaders? Trustworthiness. What makes a great leader? You are probably thinking it’s something buzzword-worthy like confidence. ...

Your Next Innovative Idea Could Be A Restaurant Visit Away

I was honored to have been asked to sit down with Fast Company for an interview that is the latest installment in their My Creative Life series. The interview covers a range of topics from my thoughts on creative leadership to the ongoing inspiration I take away from talking with chefs all over the world. You can read the full interview on FastCompany.com here.

Weekly inspirations: September 26, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   This New Parking App Can Find Empty Spaces, No Sensors Required Parking sucks, and that’s why there are plenty of apps to help your car find a vacant spot. Trouble is, those solutions tend to require expensive sensors to be installed in each and every one of those potentially open spots. A new app called PocketParker instead leverages the power of passive, portable sensors—the ones already installed your smartphone. Read the article here. You can make game controllers out of Ikea products Open Controllers is a project developed by artist Marc Dubois, with help from others at the ECAL university of art and design in Switzerland, that pairs the sensors of your average smartphone with common items found at IKEA. With a pair of bowls and some wooden trivets, you can make a wooden ball that...

Form – the mobile prototyping tool we’ve been waiting for?

If you have been reading my blog for the past 6 months then you know that I have been searching for a good mobile prototyping for some time. First there was Origami that was a library for Apple’s Quartz Composer from the design team at Facebook (read previous article) which is a free toolkit for Apple’s free Quartz Composer application that which let designers create and test user interfaces without any coding. Then, Ideo has released a free sequel they call Avocado and that built on the functionality of Origami to create an even faster UX prototyping tool (read previous article). The problem I found with both of those tools is that they were created by companies who focused on other things than creating this software so there was a serious lack of documentation, tutorials and a really steep learning curve which made them really prohibitive for most designers to learn how to use....

Weekly inspirations: September 19, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Dancing Traffic Light Helps Pedestrians Moonwalk Safely Cities can be dangerous places if you don’t have the right directions. Smart, the company behind the original smart car, has devised a clever way to help pedestrians wait for the walk signal and keep the streets safer — a dancing traffic light. By projecting real movements from people nearby, the dancing traffic light entertains people at the intersection until it’s a safe time to cross the street. Read the article and watch the video here. Watch Your Designs Strut Down The First Ever Crowdsourced, Virtual Runway Show In the midst of fashion week, a new project launches that could possibly change how designers visualize their clothing lines and experiment with runway shows without spending a dime on samples. In a collaboration between...

MIT Combines All Your Screens Into One Experience

MIT continues to push a lot of really interesting digital innovation out of their Media Lab over the past few years. Their latest creation is called THAW which lets you use your smart phone as a tool to interaction with content on other screens like the one on your computer. The video above does the best job of showing off this technology but basically you put your phone over the screen to look “through” it so you can interact with, pick up or modify the content being displayed.  The most compelling examples are for video games and creative manipulation of images and content. The work is a result of an internal collaboration between Philipp Schoessler of MIT’s Tangible Media Group, which also birthed a revolutionary, shape shifting display you can reach through and touch, and Sang-won Leigh of the Fluid Interface Group. Tangible Media Group spends its time trying to...