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My weekly inspirations: August 27, 2012

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

Jot Touch

I have written before that I suffer from a problem where I’m rarely able to make it through a meeting where I don’t have to describe an idea by drawing some part of it. This historically meant that I carried a velum tablet and Sharpie everywhere I went and the desks of my designers were littered with the resulting sketches. Then I got an iPad and I wanted to evolve this process into the digital age but I’ve really had a hard time finding a stylus I actually like and can use on a regular basis. After a lot of searching I finally found and love the Jot Pro. They have now released a new version called Jot Touch which add a Bluetooth connection to your tablet so the stylus is actually pressure sensitive. You can buy one here.

Optimizing The Design Workflow With Extensions

Thought this article was a nice continuation of the article I wrote on the best tools for mobile design. This article by Ashish Bogawat look at how you can optimize your workflow in Fireworks using extensions to get a more productive workflow. Read the article here.

How To Be a Genius: This Is Apple’s Secret Employee Training Manual

This article is a look inside the Genius Training Student Workbook that shows that for Apple psychological mastery, banned words and roleplaying that make up this manual that could easily double as the Humanity 101 textbook. For Apple, it’s an exhaustive manual to understanding customers and making them happy emphasizing empathizing, consoling, cheering up, and correcting various Genius Bar confrontations. Read the article here.

Neil Armstrong Saluted in Denver Science Museum’s Tribute Ad

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science put together this nice tribute ad this week to Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, who died Saturday at age 82. Simple, great print work by Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis. See the ad here.

Las Vegas Ads Salute Prince Harry, Denounce the Traitors in His Midst

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has released a flood of advertising in the past week pretending to be angry about the Prince Harry scandal—not over his behavior but over the behavior of bystanders who took photos of Harry’s naked, ignoring the rule that what happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas. See the ad campaign here.


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