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Weekly inspirations: October 28, 2013

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


6 Branding Lessons From Eurostar’s First-Ever Creative Director

I thought this was a really interesting interview with Christopher Jenner who is the first ever Creative Director for the Eurostar which is the high-speed rail service linking London to Paris. The company had previously used consultants like Philippe Starck but Christopher is the first employee to hold the position. I strongly agree with everything he has to say about creating a modern luxury travel brand. Read the article here.

A Coffee Table Book About Apple As Thoughtfully Designed As Any iPhone

Over the years I have seen a lot of different books that try to document or dissect that has made Apple’s product design so successful over the years.  I found most of those lacking the book design that would make it worthy of documenting this subject or lacking the insights that would help people understand how they tap into human behavior to create their designs. But a little while ago I cam across a new book called Iconic which attempts to chart Apple’s future by taking a look at their past. The book design and slip cover are striking and the it also comes with the implied endorsement of a foreword by Steve Wozniak. Learn more about the book and see photos of its design here.

Smart Transitions In User Experience Design

I know that difference between a good user experience design and a great design is in the details.  It is in the details of you think through the usability, the details of the design and the animations and transitions that bring an interface to life. I find that those animations and transitions are the most neglected because it takes extra time and it takes a great relationship between the creative and development teams to bring it to life.  I think this article does a great job of making the case for why it is important and providing visual examples that show the difference between the experience with and without those little touches. Read the article and see the examples here.

Goodbye Sticky. Hello Ara.

Over the last six months, Motorola’s MAKEwithMOTO team took Sticky, a truck wrapped entirely in velcro and filled with rooted, hackable Motorola smartphones and high-end 3D printing equipment, across the country for a series of make-a-thons. Coming out of the project and led by Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara was created to develop a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. They want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines. I thin it is a really interesting concept for product design and for the future of mobile.  See the concept and read more about it here.

Instagram: A business opportunity

I thought this was a great concept from Behance for managing brand profiles with a new Instagram web application called Instagram Business. Brands can use this tool not only for building their image but to improve popularity and visibility amongst their followers. See the concept here.

9 Questions for Scott Belsky

I thought was a brief but good interview with Behance founder Scott Belsky about what are his greatest strength as a leader. The Blue Steel interview photo is just a bonus. Read the article here.

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Creative Director, Designer, Brand Builder, Speaker, Podcaster, Crazy One. As a designer, I have 20+ years experience creating the strategy, concepts, and designs for award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, building multiple global Fortune 500 brands and creating innovative digital experiences. As a leader, I have 15+ years transforming agency and client-side teams using a mix of creativity, business strategy, process and political skill to create innovative, world-class work and cultures that change industries and companies. My clients have included American Airlines, W Hotels, Disney, Citi, ExxonMobil, Acura, Old Navy, Nationwide Insurance, Verizon, Subaru and many others. My work has received over 150 international awards, my app designs have been named as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Apps, Apple has featured my work in 9 keynotes, 4 TV commercials and more.

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 HUGE thank you to master illustrator and vector art monster @rob_zilla_iii for this amazing drawing all done on his iPad Pro. Go follow him because he usually draws way cooler people than me. #illustrator #vector #ipadpro #adobe #adobesketch  Extremely honored to have been chosen by @ghoshal and @erondu to join 25 design leaders from AirBnB, Uber, Facebook, Slack, Google Ventures, IDEO and more for High Resolution, a 25 episode video series on design. Look for my episode focusing on creativity and leadership coming soon. @highrespodcast #creativity #leadership #design #podcast  Spent the morning with @the_chris_buck new book Uneasy which is a fantastic look at the work of one of the most creative people I know. Get your copy at #chrisbuck #photography #photographer #portraitphotography #portrait #portraits  Some days I feel like I should wear this @huckgee armor to work. #huckgee #urbanvinyl #mech #armor #toy #kidrobot #dunny  If you listen to The #CrazyOne podcast you have @lukewessman to thank for it. He gave me the push to finally launch it and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. He is a constant inspiration, someone who makes me want to be a better man and I always feel lucky to count him as one of my friends. Thanks for the support brother. #crazyones #lukewessman #tattooartist #lag #crazyone
 I think the @supremenewyork X @mtanyctransit mash up is pretty genius. Finally got my hands on one today but after seeing the prices on eBay I may flip it before long. #supreme #supremenewyork #mta  A pile of pugs and a @steelers blanket - what else do you need on a day off? #pug #pugs #pugsofinstagram #steelers #yinz #burghproud #herewegosteelers  FYI - it's pronounced 'art' not 'toy'. These @huckgee pieces are hand made and can take up to a year to produce. #huckgee #robotech #mech #robot #urbanvinyl  Happy Valentines Day to @thechiclibrary - love of my life fierce and true. #chic #nyfw #fashion #love  Because of Snowmaggeddon in NYC I'm having to do my meetings from home today and apparently everyone thinks they are a Creative Director in this house. #pug #pugsofinstagram #design #creativedirector #puglife #designer #dogismycopilot
 Thanks to @the_villainess for an amazing work in progress shot of the soon to be crown jewel of our collection - a huge (8' wide) commission from @tristaneaton based on the lives of @thechiclibrary and I. Can't thank him enough knowing how busy he is and I'm SO F*CKING EXCITED!!! #streetart #streetartist #streetartnyc #streetartofficial #tristaneaton #tristaneatonart #tristaneatonmural  @visionaireworld X @louisvuitton from back in the day when Kidrobot actually made art toys #louisvuitton #lv #kidrobot #visionaire #visionaireworld #monogram #louisvuittonmonogram #murakami #takashimurakami  Got a vintage @huckgee Skullleader as a new addition to the collection #urbanvinyl #huckgee #mech #robotech #robot  @thechiclibrary in full effect at New York Fashion week for the photographers tonight in @ika_editions @blackscale and @tomford #nyfw #newyorkfashionweek  Forgot to mention I got to see @huckgee new Skullhead mech work in progress which I think is one of the best pieces he has ever done. I already put in dibs on at least one. #huckgee #huckgeeskullhead #urbanvinyl

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