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...

Apple Watch App Design Primer

If you saw any of my social media channels earlier this week then you know that I was extremely honored and humbled to have one of an incredible small number of designers who was asked by Apple to work to bringing their iOS app to the new Apple Watch.  I also loved it because it was an incredible opportunity to highlight the incredible work that the amazing digital team at Starwood has been doing on a truly global stage. As expected with any new Apple product or form factor, within hours of the keynote I started seeing designs from people who wanted to bring their app to Apple Watch. The problem is that they really didn’t pay attention to the screens that were shown to really understand how to design for Apple Watch so they were designing notifications thinking they were apps and all sorts of other problems. So I wanted to create a quick primer to distill what was shown in the...

Weekly inspirations: September 5, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Facebook-Connected Magazine Lets Readers Like Favorite Outfits C&A, the largest fast fashion store in Brazil, in partnership with Microsoft and electronics maker Tim for the “Like Ad” project. The print and digital advertising allows people to interact, enjoying the favorite look, without having to activate any device. All magazines have a electronic board with specific components and a chip from Tim, who stored the information of registered persons so each ‘like’ resulting in a publication in the timeline of the person who interacted with the ad. The campaign was created by DM9DDB and will run in some copies of Contigo magazine.Read the article here. Work/Life Separation Is Impossible. Here’s How to Deal with It. The ideal of compartmentalizing our work and home lives sounds appealing in a...

Destiny – Bungie’s 10 year long video game

Bungie is a game development studio made famous by creating the Halo series for Xbox. It surprised a lot of people when they have left that extremely lucrative franchise behind and wanted to create something new. Their new game is called Destiny and it has me really intrigued. I have been lucky enough to get early access to the game on two different occasions and noticed a few really interesting things about what they are doing with this new franchise that draw strong parallels to what I see happening in other forms of digital design and storytelling. The 10 year story – gaming as branding The first thing that got my attention was that the designers at Bungie talked about how they want the story in Destiny to play out over a 10 year span. That was a staggering goal to me as I have never heard any game set out to tell a story across that kind of scale and time span. But then it...

Weekly inspirations: August 29, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   This New Moleskine Is Like An iPad Made Of Paper Moleskine has presented the vision of another possible future with its new Livescribe Notebook ($30) and the $150 Livescribe smartpen (a pen known for turning written, paper notes into typed, digital transcripts). When you combine the two your drawings and brainstorms are not only automatically backed up to an app, they’re also infused with the conveniences of digital-native technologies. It isn’t the first time something like this has been created but this one looks to the most promising one I’ve seen. Read the article here. Is Your Responsive Design Working? Google Analytics Will Tell You Responsive web design has become the dominant method of developing and designing websites. It makes it easier to think “mobile first” and to create a...

Adding another time for my sold out Adobe MAX 2014 session

I was blown away to hear that my Adobe MAX session ‘The Crazy Ones: How to Be a Leader Who Inspires Creativity and Innovation’ has sold out for a second time. The problem this time is that there aren’t any bigger rooms in the LA convention center to fit more people into my Tuesday session so I will be adding a second session right after the opening keynote on Monday at 2pm. If you haven’t already registered for MAX it isn’t too late – click here to register now.