Weekly inspirations: June 26th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Rethinking the digital newspaper Thought this was a really nice, thought out and document project to re-design the digital newspaper. They use the New York Times as paper to re-design and I think the resulting designs do a fantastic job of combing great thinking and with great design to create a fantastic experience. See the work here. “Safety Truck” Lets Drivers See Through It This week Samsung’s newest innovation caught the imagination of the media as they tackled the tricky problem of passing a truck. The Samsung Safety Truck has a wireless camera in the front and four monitors on the back displaying what is ahead of the truck in real-time. Drivers will be able to see when it’s safe to pass by just glancing at the display, which isn’t affected by the sun’s glare and works day and night.  The...

‘Investing in design’ on the Adobe Creative Cloud Blog

Yesterday the Adobe Creative Cloud Blog published the latest article I wrote for them on the importance of companies seeing the value in investing in design. This is the number one topic I am asked about when I speak at events and I thought it was important to share some of the reasons why I think it is so important. You can read the article here.

The last days of WD-50

WD-50 was a playful, challenging and wildly creative restaurant on the Lower East Side of New York created by chef Wylie Dufresne. For me it was a huge source of inspiration as I loved the incredible creativity of the food, the way that Wylie ran his team and everything the restaurant stood for. I had many mind-blowing meals including one where we went with an old friend, his wife and their 5-year-old son. Most restaurants would treat a table like with disdain but Wylie instead made an incredible meal for the adults but also made a custom meals for my friends 5-year-old son. The funniest part was I have never seen 4 adults fight a child for what was easily the best macaroni and cheese I have ever tried. Many times I would send creatives from my team to have dinner at WD-50 because I thought it was creativity at its best and it was what we needed to replicate with our team. They...

Weekly inspirations: June 19th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week: Google’s Guide To Designing With Empathy According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion people worldwide have a disability. To Astrid Weber and Jen Devins, Google’s resident accessibility experts, that stat should be stamped on the back of every designer’s hand, because it means that one out of every seven people on the planet is potentially left behind by thoughtless design decisions. At this year’s Google I/O conference in San Francisco two UX experts outlined what designers could do to make their apps more accessible. Read the article here.   Uber Launches a Video Game Uber has tried its hand with deliveries of Christmas tree, puppies, and people’s lunch, but the company’s latest effort–a video game– goes in a completely new direction. The...

Weekly inspirations: June 12th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   The Undeniable Benefits of Being Weird It has become easy to buy into the “be like us” mentality and lead a life handed down, blindly accepting the cost of unfulfilled dreams and a continually shrinking comfort zone. We wake up down the road frustrated that we’ve lived our life according to someone else’s order. It is something I have really struggled with over my career and this article and video do a nice job of laying out why you have to embrace being weird. Read the article here. Fiat’s Interactive Billboard Helps Drivers Parallel Park To demonstrate how easy it is to parallel park with the technology in the Fiat 500, Fiat created a “Human Parking Aid billboard” in a German town.  The billboard used ultrasonic sensors and a real-time video of people showing how much space the driver had left...

Not everyone loves a leader

I’m obsessed with trying to find the best ways to lead creative teams because I realized early on in my career that only being a good designer wasn’t going to take me where I wanted to go in my career. To become a creative director or a leader meant that I was going to need to develop a whole new set of skills I didn’t possess. It has been a road riddled with ups, downs, insights and hard realizations that were all necessary to help me get to where I wanted to go. One of the biggest realizations that came to me out of that process has been that not everyone loves a leader. It is a hard thing to accept because so much of what we read and see leads us to believe that if you stand up, try to do something new and try to lead a team that we will be celebrated for your effort. It’s not all gloom and doom by any means as there are...

Weekly inspirations: June 5th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   How Google Finally Got Design Putting Google and design in the same sentence up until a year ago was something that only happen on the way to the punchline of a joke. Now they are taking it much more seriously as you can see from the work they have been doing on Material Design. This article in a detailed look at how this all happened. Read the article here.   Stay In Your Overlaps Aspiring entrepreneurs wonder, “how do you decide which idea is worth committing 5–10 years of your life to build?” Similarly, investors ask, “among all the pitches you get, how do you decide where to invest your energy and money?” In 2005, Scott Belsky asked himself this question as an entrepreneur when founding Behance and 99U. And starting with his first angel investments in 2010, he have pondered the same question...

Why is client-side creativity too often a self-defeating process?

In the lead up to a keynote I did a few weeks ago I had been doing a lot of thinking comparing and constructing agency and client side creative teams. I have found my biggest career successes working client-side at Starwood Hotels but I know that talking with other client-side creatives that is a very rare thing. Most internal creative teams are relegated to glorified production resources while agencies are revered as innovators and original thinkers. So why does it keep happening? What goes wrong inside the creative process of a corporate structure that creates such dysfunction, lack of respect and lack of innovation? Here are a few of the common things I have seen time and time again. Short term memory loss in the ivory tower I think the first part of the problem is a matter of perspective and being able to look at a project with fresh eyes. When a team starts working on a project...

Weekly inspirations: May 29nd, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   The science behind Netflix’s first major redesign in four years This is a really interesting article looking at the science and thinking behind the new design of the Netflix browsing experience which has been badly in need of a redesign for a long time. It is also really interesting because on the surface the new design doesn’t look that different but as with most things like this the real story is what is going on behind the scenes to bring the new experience to life. Read the article here.   Why White Space Is Crucial To UX Design All good visual artists understand the importance of negative space, the empty area that draws attention to, and accentuates, the actual subject. Negative space (the artistic equivalent of a designer’s white space) is like the supporting cast whose duty is to...

Weekly inspirations: May 22nd, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:     The Remarkable Ambition and Chaos of Ferran Adrià’s ElBulli Lab If you have read my blog for any amount of time then you know my love of chef Ferran Adria. He is a huge inspiration and being able to visit his private workshop in Barcelona was absolutely one of the highlights of my career. This article is a really interesting look inside of his new Dom Pérignon Lab in Barcelona. As usual he never fails to disappoint with fascinating new work and a lab that we all can learn from how they approach creativity. Read the article here.   KFC’s “Tray Typer” Makes Texting Grease-Proof Im not sure if this is a bigger statement on the state of cuisine in America or on how important our device are to us no matter what the situation is. But this new invention was created so when you’ve delved...