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Weekly inspirations: January 6, 2014

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


The Lean UX Manifesto: Principle-Driven Design

I have long been believer in designing though a lean UX process because it lets you focus on the actual experience being designed, rather than deliverables. This article takes the long-standing agile manifesto and creates a version for the lean UX process. I think this is something that all designers should read, think about and try adopting in their studios. Read the article here.

The Pebble Steel could change your mind about smartwatches

CES 2013 was the big coming-out party for the original Pebble smartwatch and now, a year later, CES 2014 is hosting the launch of the startup’s second device, the Pebble Steel. The new version of this smart watch brings a lot more style and some more functionality to the smart watch category. Mercedes Benz has already announced that they will be collaborating with Pebble on a version of the watch that will work with their cars. Until Apple releases their mystical iWatch this looks to be the most interesting smart watch so far. Read the article and see the watch here.

Jeff Koons on the Balloon Dog

I have a long fascination and love of modern art and few artists are more iconic modern art than Jeff Koons. I thought this video was interesting because it looks into his New York studio as he discusses his career-long fascination with inflatables and the origins of his iconic Balloon Dog. Watch the video here.

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How baby boomers screwed their kids and created millennial impatience

I have posted on several occasions in the past about how much I like Simon Sinek’s work.  His latest article for is a great look at why the ambitious but easily distracted Gen Y wants to be good but can’t stick to anything. And it’s their parents’ fault. Read the article here.

Scientists Studied Why Internet Stories Go Viral. You Won’t Believe What They Found

Everyone is always trying to figure out what is going to be the next big viral video hit. Recent research suggests that emotions hold the secret to viral web content. Articles, posts, or videos that evoke positive emotions have greater viral potential than something that evokes negative feelings, but both do a better job recruiting clicks than neutral content. The finer details tell a similar story: triggering high-arousal emotions, such as anger or humor, is a surer path to click gold than triggering low-arousal ones, such as contentment or sadness. This article takes a detailed look at how to create and leverage those emotions in your work. Read the article here.

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