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.

Weekly inspirations: August 18, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Uber launches ‘Corner Store’ delivery service in Washington DC Uber has branched out from providing on-demand rides for passengers to offer on-demand product deliveries for people living in Washington DC as part of an experimental service. They continue to impress with new ideas like this and adding other like their recent API for other apps. Read the article here. Myo integrates its gesture-tracking armband with Google Glass and other smartglasses The area of gestured based controllers continues to really interest me but I still haven’t seen that killer product that I think will break into the main stream. One of the most promising is from Thalmic Labs who this week added support for smartglasses to its Myo gesture control armband. Supported headsets include Google Glass, Recon Jet and Epson...

My Design Ethos – The 8 Principles I Create By

A few years ago I started to write my “design ethos” which I wanted to be a set of 8 principles that really defined that I believed and set the standard I wanted my group and myself to always aspire to. They are simple statements but here again the simplicity is deceiving as each purposely challenging and aspirational. Over time I’ve also found it to be important because if you ever want to do anything new or innovative you are going to have to bring those ideas to life against a lot of opposition. It wasn’t until I started working with Apple that I really embraced that fact that you have to be crazy with an almost radical dedication to getting the best ideas and not compromising your vision to do it. It can be disheartening when people dot share your vision but you have to be the person who is crazy enough to push through to get those ideas to come to life. I’ve also...

Weekly inspirations: August 11, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Why Self-Awareness Is the Secret Weapon for Habit Change Over the course of my career I have found that one of the biggest traits that separates good creatives from great creatives is self-awareness. Some people have it naturally but many don’t so this article lays out 3 things you can do to help improve your self-awareness and help your career and creativity. Read the article here. Simplifying the Bull: How Picasso Helps to Teach Apple’s Style Steven Jobs established Apple University as a way to inculcate employees into Apple’s business culture and educate them about its history, particularly as the company grew and the tech business changed. Courses are not required, only recommended, but getting new employees to enroll is rarely a problem. This article explains how Apple uses 11 lithographs...

Why ‘Move Fast and Break Stuff’ became ‘Slow Down and Fix Your Shit’

It is no secret that digital channels continue to become an ever-increasing part of everyday life and as a result brands are trying to figure out how to become more digitally savvy so they can play a larger role in people’s lives. Many of those companies have been looking to Facebook as the poster child they want to emulate and so I’ve seen their marketing started to be filled with phrases like ‘agile’, start-up’ and references to the posters that adorn every Facebook office like ‘Move fast and break things’, ‘Done is better than perfect’ and ‘Fail harder’. I then see them adopting an agile methodology to their projects in order to act more like a start-up and to be more digitally minded. I think it is a great that companies are trying to become more digital, more agile but I see companies misunderstand ‘Move fast...

Weekly inspirations: August 4, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Mark Ecko: Embrace the Mess I have been a fan of Mark Ecko for a long time. I have followed him starting with his work as a street artist though his worldwide Ecko brand. The is a video of his recent talk at the 99u Conference where he talks about whether it’s due to exclusive communities in your industry or a slavish devotion to page views, tweets, and awards, it’s easy to get caught up in pleasing others. If we’re not careful, we can let others label us and define our career, robbing us of our natural potential. The solution? Stand up for yourself. What the gatekeepers may cite as a reason for your exclusion may very well lead to your success. Read the article here. The World’s First and Only Completely Honest Resume of a Graphic Designer. Thought this was a funny diversion for any who has to...

Weekly inspirations: July 28, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Forget Bitcoin, this Nike vending machine makes hard-earned sweat the newest currency On the streets of New York City, there’s a vending machine full of Nike gear–socks, T-shirts, hats–so you can get some fresh workout clothes on the go. The only catch is, it doesn’t take cash, debit, or credit. It only takes your hard-earned sweat through NIKE Fuel Brand points. I first saw this idea a few months ago in the Retail Lab at R/GA and was really intrigued.  I think it is interesting to see brands like Nike and MasterCard working to create these instant gratification rewards programs for using their products and services. Read the article here. David Kwong TED Talk: Two nerdy obsessions meet — and it’s magic David Kwong is the really interesting mix of a magician and also...

Points: the world’s most advanced wayfinding sign

The more I travel the world the more I see digital signage appearing everywhere. This trend is being powered by the spread of digital devices and a society that is more comfortable with technology but the only problem is that I have found 99% of the user experience are clumsy, static and just not helpful. So I was intrigued when I saw the new Points wayfinding system which does a really nice job of combining digital and physical signage into a flexible system that can give directions to points of interest, current events, news, advertisements or show social media. Each of those categories can then change depending on the time of day and other factors. It is all controlled through a simple button interface that lets the user choose from options like lunch, events, shopping or sights. You can see it in action in the video above which was shot with the prototype sign in Brooklyn. It is...

Weekly inspirations: July 21, 2014

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks at TED. He is their UX Lead  who creates the kind of presentations that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. TED asked Aaron to bottle his Keynote wisdom so that others could benefit from it. I really like and agree with his 10 tips for making an effective slide deck, split into two parts: the big, overarching goals, and the little tips and tricks that make your presentation sing. Read the article here. You May Be Losing Users If Responsive Web Design Is Your Only Mobile Strategy This article look at the relationship between the mobile web and responsive design, starting with how to apply...

Google explains why no one uses your apps

I put this video in my weekly inspirations last week but through it was worth calling out on its own after I’ve watched it a few more times and realized just how dead on this talk really is. The video is of a session at the most recent Google’s I/O conference by Tomer Sharon who is a Google Search User Experience Researcher who broke down the age-old question: “Why is nobody using my app?”. I see so many apps and so many designers fall into these traps and have no idea how to get out of them. If you dow any design work for mobile you need to watch this video.