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Weekly inspirations: May 12, 2014

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

J.Crew Very Personal Stylist’s Instore App Experience

J. Crew Very Personal Stylist offers twelve stories in all; six for men, and six for women told through a unique and playful series of interactions, inviting the user to slide, tap, swipe, and spin through each chapter of style tips. The menu bar empowers the customer to summon an expertly trained stylist immediately, or book an appointment for a later date. Alerted with a quick push notification on their own device, the Very Personal Stylist employee can offer advice, field questions, and provide a more intimate shopping experience overall. 

Watch the video here

11 Ways to Avoid Burnout

The latest Gallup poll revealed that 87 percent of employees are “not engaged” or are “actively disengaged” from their jobs worldwide. This means that, on average, burnt out employees outnumber the engaged employees 2 to 1. This article from 99U lays out 11 tips on how to avoid burnout for you and your team. 

Read the article here.

8 Tips From Apple’s Official Guide To App Design

Anyone who has spent $100 to register as an iOS app developer has access to Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines but now the 245-page design is free for anyone to download in the iBooks store. This article lays out 8 of the biggest app design guidelines that will help anyone create a great app. 

Read the article here.

Square Launches Food Ordering Service

Payment service Square has expanded its services by launching Square Order for restaurants and allows users to pay for food pickups and tabs directly from their smartphones. Users simply locate their purveyor of choice using the app, place an order, pay in advance and then the app will alert the user when the order is ready for pickup. Though similar to other “order ahead” services, Square Order has a huge advantage in that it already supplies merchants with payment systems – meaning that since there is no third-party involved, there are no additional fees associated with ordering food using the app. Square Order is now available to download from the App Store – as well as in beta form from Google Play – and is currently limited to San Francisco and New York City.

Uber Launches Private Jet Service for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

As Hollywood descends on the French Riviera this week, Uber will introduce its new private jet service for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Created in partnership with GOODWILL Private Jets and dubbed UberJET, the limited-time service will go the extra mile for the festival’s wealthiest attendees, allowing them to fly to and from Cannes simply by requesting a jet via Uber’s smartphone app. After completing a request, users will be picked up via a private driver and driven directly to a private plane at the Bourget airport. After touching down in either Nice or Cannes, a private driver will once again be present to ferry the passengers to their final destination.

Watch the video all about UberJet here.

Supreme Creative Director Brendon Babenzien Talks Style, Design and More

New York lifestyle magazine Bysuchandsuch recently conducted a video interview with Supreme‘s creative director Brendon Babenzien. In an intimate Q&A session, the creative discusses his influences growing up, working for Supreme, and the differences between style and fashion, amongst other things. Check the video out for a rare glimpse inside the world of the legendary New York skate brand. 

Watch the video here.

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