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Weekly inspirations: March 20th, 2015

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

Why iPod and Nest Creator Tony Fadell Thinks Like a Child

As a product designer, Fadell’s constantly fighting the inclination to habituate, and he’s come up with three basic ways to avoid its trappings and manage to find and solve invisible problems. Habituation is the idea that the more we experience something, the more we get used to its quirks and inconveniences, and the less we question it. In many ways habituation is the opposite of disruption and a barricade to brainstorming new, innovative ideas. This article looks at how Google design chief Tony Fadell is constantly fighting the inclination to habituate, and he’s come up with three basic ways to avoid its trappings and manage to find and solve invisible problems.
Read the article here.

Why We Need A Haptic Design Language For Wearables

Haptic feedback is the physical feedback you can get from digital devices like vibrating or for devices like smartwatches tapping you on the wrist. There’s a disconnect between what wearables can be and what they currently are, says Chris Ullrich, who heads up user experience at Immersion, a firm known for its haptic feedback innovations. Right now, even the most advanced smartwatch is really just a mirror of the smartwatch in your pocket. Your phone receives alerts from the world, and instead of pulling it out the screen in your pocket, you look down at the screen on your wrist. This is why at last month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Immersion introduced  TouchSense Core platform hopes of creating a common haptic language that can be used by devices. This article explores how that language can be created and used on devices.
Read the article here.

Chef Thomas Keller: Bouncing Back from Setbacks

If yo have followed my blog for any amount of time you will know that Thomas Keller is a successful chef, restaurateur, cookbook writer and one of my biggest inspiration when it comes to creativity and creating a strong culture. Chef Keller shared with a packed auditorium of Stanford GSB students how he got his start as a dishwasher, how he overcame a setback, and what drives his decision to open new restaurants and expand his business. The video is about an hour but really worth watching to get these insights from one f the worlds best creative minds.
Read the article here.

Tim Cook on Apple’s Future: Everything Can Change Except Values

I find it interesting how so much of the media finds it in vogue to bash Apple yet they can’t stop covering them. In an exclusive interview with Fast Company Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the Watch, how Steve Jobs informs Apple’s future, and how Apple lives “outside the box.”
Read the article here.

4 Reasons Why Design Is Taking Over Silicon Valley

Are the fortunes of design on the rise in Silicon Valley? A resounding yes, says John Maeda, design partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. During a presentation at South By Southwest 2015 on Sunday, Maeda argued that not only is Silicon Valley taking design more seriously; design is actually taking over. This article goes over the four key reasons why the most successful tech companies of the future will really be design companies.
Read the article here.

Toy Story, 20 Years Later: How Pixar Made its First Blockbuster

Pete Docter took the stage at Pixar’s SXSW panel to rapturous applause, the kind of reception you’d expect for a movie star or rock god. But here at SXSW, where movies, technology, and music swirl together in a multimedia stew, he’s pretty much the same thing. He and his colleagues were gathered to look back on Toy Story, the first computer-animated feature that Pixar made 20 years ago. This article is has some of the highlights from that SXSW panel.
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