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Weekly inspirations: October 3, 2014

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

A Rare Look at Design Genius Jony Ive: The Man Behind the Apple Watch

This week Vogue published a rare and surprisingly in-depth interview with Jony Ive on his life, his time at Apple and the making of Apple Watch. It is one of the rare time you can hear from Jony directly, get a glimpse behind the walls at Apple and get some insights into how Apple Watch came into being.

Read the article here.

The Wisdom Of Woz

I am still impressed and effected by my chance to meet Steve Wozniak earlier this year at INTERACTIONS 2014. In this article Woz shares nine tips for starting companies, solving problems and finding happiness.

Read the article here.

The Most Important Skill for Great Leaders? Trustworthiness.

What makes a great leader? You are probably thinking it’s something buzzword-worthy like confidence.  Or maybe vision.  Or emotional intelligence—you hear about that one all the time.  For sure, those are all good qualities for a leader to have, but the answer is actually trustworthiness. Technically, it’s not just being trustworthy that is key, but being seen as trustworthy.

Read the article here.

The Problem With Wearable Technology, According To “Blade Runner” Designer Syd Mead

If anyone can call himself a “visual futurist” it’s Syd Mead who has designed some of the most iconic visions of the future as the legendary concept artist behind Blade RunnerTron, and Aliens. So I found this article really interesting when Fast Company asked him his thoughts on Apple Watch, Google Glass and other wearables.

Read the article here.

Creativity Drives Business Success

For years, business leaders have focused on things like employee productivity, process efficiency and workforce planning as the key success drivers for their companies. But over the past few years, the mindset has shifted. Leading companies recognize the importance of another key success driver – the need to infuse creativity into all aspects of business– from strategy and culture, to innovation and customer engagement. Adobe and Forrester recently conducted a study that found that creative companies – those that encourage creative perspective, practices, and culture – outperform in both revenue growth and market share.

Read the article here.

How Ammunition Helped Polaroid Design An Action Cam For Everyone

Over the past decade we have seen a lot of photography brands like Kodak and Polaroid fall by the wayside as they could not make the change from film to digital. Polaroid has been working to try to reinvent itself and their latest camera, the Cube, might be the most important camera Polaroid has released in decades. It’s certainly the one that has the broadest appeal. As designed by San Francisco-based design studio Ammunition, the Polaroid Cube is an action cam that wants to be for kids and parents what GoPro is for people who fling themselves off of skyscrapers . . . all while returning to the ideals that made Polaroid great to begin with: simplicity, instant gratification, socialization, and fun.

Read the article here.

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