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...

Weekly inspirations: May 15th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   The Connected Chef While services like Maple, Munchery, and SpoonRocket offer on-demand meals, and Instacart and FreshDirect take the hassle out of grocery shopping, what about actually cooking a meal? Thanks to a variety of mobile apps, step-by-step cooking instructions are easier than ever to follow along with in the kitchen. But, thanks to the internet of things, our appliances are also syncing up with recipes—helping users cook the perfect meal. Mirroring much of the innovation we see outside of the kitchen, our devices are collecting precise measurements (aka analytics), and providing timely notifications and one-on-one support. This article is a great summary of some of the best new apps and devices for the connected chef. Read the article here.   Taking Net-a-Porter’s New Social Network...

What’s your creative superpower?

I spent the end of last week at the Behance 99u conference in New York City which is my favorite conference of the year. On the first day I had the opportunity to  do a studio session where I could choose a company to go visit and learn from. I chose SY/Partners which has long been a fascinating agency to me with a very strong creative culture and clients like Apple, Starbucks AT&T and IBM. I have seen their founder speak before and really wanted to learn more about them and understand why their culture is so strong. I got to do three exercises with their team during our time there but the most interesting to me was one where you use a deck of cards that SY/Partners created to find your creative superpower. While I know this might have a ComicCon sound to it was far more insightful. The process was simple as you were given a deck of custom cards which had the name of the superpower...

Weekly inspirations: May 8th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Pinterest Founder Talks Managing Design Talent I thought this was a really interesting interview with Pinterest founder Even Sharp on how to manage design talent like a soccer team. It’s a short but good read with my favorite quote “If you hire designers who think they’re the shit, it’s just not going to work.” Read the article here.   20 Steps For Creating A Brand This SlideShare presentation from Bloom Consulting is a great and concise 38 page document that lays out everything you need to think about to when trying to create a great brand. Each section is deceptively simple but I think it is a great roadmap for those brands who are trying to figure out how to do it right. Read the article here.   Lowe’s Introduces In-Store 3D Printing From a virtual...

Weekly inspirations: May 1st, 2015

Sorry but due to some residual craziness from the launch of the SPG App for Apple Watch and attending the Behance 99U conference this week I only have the weekly inspirations ready. Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week: Google Ventures On How To Design A Killer Website What do buying coffee beans, making an investment, and choosing a doctor have in common? They’re all forms of shopping. In each case, customers follow predictable processes for finding, evaluating, and narrowing options. If you understand your customer’s shopping journey, you can design your product with the right messages in the right place. And that can guide customers towards selecting your product over competitors, and more importantly, guide you to building a product that’s a perfect fit for your customer. At Google Ventures, shopping funnels have become a secret weapon...

Weekly inspirations: April 24th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Adobe unleashes 3 new apps to make the Apple Watch relevant to designers Wondering why anyone would bother buying an Apple Watch? Well today Adobe has updated three of its Creative Cloud apps in an attempt to answer that question for creatives and designers. The Behance, Adobe Color CC, and Creative Cloud apps have been gifted new functionality to “stretch the mobile canvas and inspire creatives” with Apple Watches, as Adobe puts it. See everything the new apps can do in this article. Read the article here.   How To Become A UX Leader Let’s say you run a UX team. Better yet, let’s say you don’t. Let’s say you just want to do great work. You’re a consultant. You’re a newbie. You’re an intern. Your position is irrelevant. So is your title. What’s important here is that you want great UX...

A Creative Director’s 5 biggest portfolio warning signs

Every year I look at hundreds of portfolios for designers, writers and creatives of all level of experience across a wide variety of disciplines. After seeing the work of that many people you start to see patterns emerge as resumes and portfolios become a crystal ball to tell a lot about someones creativity, confidence and leadership style before I have ever met them. I decided to compile a list of the 5 biggest mistakes I see happen all the time in creative portfolios and explain a creative directors point of view how we view them in the hopes that people will understand them and stop making them.   1.) Quoting someone else I see portfolios all the time with a quote from a famous person as the first thing you see on a resume or portfolio. It sounds innocent enough but the entire purpose of portfolio process is to show someone your creativity, your body of work and your thought...

Weekly inspirations: April 17th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   MINI’s Google Glass-style Eyewear Meets Driver Needs Think of MINI’s Augmented Vision eyewear as the twenty-first century version of classic driving goggles. The automaker will unveil the one off eyewear at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. The project is a collaboration with several Qualcomm companies to create an augmented reality experience specific to the needs of a driver. I have no idea why anyone would want it and doubt anyone will buy it but it is an interesting partnership. Read the article here.   NIXON E-commerce case study I’ve worn NIXON watches for a really long time and this is an interesting look behind the scenes of their recent site re-design by the agency BASIC. Read the article here.   Apple Watch GUI for Sketch One of the best things about designing in Sketch is the...

Why I’ve change my UI / UX design process to Sketch 3

A whole new world I’m as old school as it gets when it comes to Adobe Photoshop since I’ve been using it constantly since version 1.0 was released. If I think back there hasn’t been a project or even a day a day in my career when I didn’t have it open and when it wasn’t the center of my design process. Then a funny thing happened a few months ago and everything changed – I was convinced to try Sketch from Bohemian Coding. I had been aware of the app for a while, had downloaded the demo, tinkered around with it and never really gave it much thought again. But I started to hear more and more designer talking about Sketch. I saw Apple start to release design templates in Photoshop and Sketch formats. And finally a friend sat me down and showed me how the application worked and from then on I was hooked because Sketch does an amazing job of solving a lot...

Weekly inspirations: April 10th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   7 Powerful Public Speaking Tips From One of the Most-Watched TED Talks Speakers You’d never know it, but Simon Sinek is naturally shy and doesn’t like speaking to crowds. At parties, he says he hides alone in the corner or doesn’t even show up in the first place. He prefers the latter. Yet, with some 22 million video views under his belt, the optimistic ethnographer also happens to be the third most-watched TED Talks presenter of all time. Ironic for an introvert, isn’t it? Sinek’s unlikely success as both an inspirational speaker and a bestselling author isn’t just dumb luck. This article looks at the 7 really good tips to become a great public speaker. Read the article here.   12 Things You Should Expect From a Creative Director This article is short and sweet but does a nice job out lining...