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Weekly inspirations: May 19, 2014

Due to a hectic travel schedule and big speaking engagement this week I only had time to do the weekly inspirations. I’ll be beck with more new content next week but till then here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer

Apple is synonymous with upper echelon design, but very little is known about the company’s design process. Most of Apple’s own employees aren’t allowed inside Apple’s fabled design studios. So we’re left piecing together interviews, or outright speculating about how Apple does it and what it’s really like to be a designer at the company. This article pieces together some of those interviews to give you a look inside their process.

Read the article here.

Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

I have been a long time fan of management theorist Simon Sinek’s talks and books. So with his new TED Talk he asks ‘What makes a great leader?’ It’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility. It’s another great talk that I think is a must watch.

Watch his new TED talk here.

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What Brands Can Learn from the NY Times Report

This week, an internal report on the digital health of the New York Times was leaked. While many may write this off as an analysis of modern journalism or media companies, there are themes that may be more broadly applicable than scanning the headlines might make you believe. Put another way, how much of the New York Times internal digital report could apply to communications and marketing professionals within companies?

Read the article here.

Bentley Shoots and Edits New Short Film Entirely on an iPhone

Intelligent Details is a short documentary film commissioned by Bentley Motors and introduces Luc Donckerwolke, Director of Design, and SangYup Lee, Head of Exterior Design. It focuses on what inspires Luc and SangYup in their roles as design leaders for Bentley Motors and highlights the fusion of luxury, performance and technology within the Bentley Mulsanne. But of even more interest is the end of the film that reveals the manner in which Intelligent Details was filmed, assembled and edited on an iPhone using the in-car connectivity and entertainment platform.

Watch the video here.

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