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Weekly inspirations: May 22nd, 2015

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

The Remarkable Ambition and Chaos of Ferran Adrià’s ElBulli Lab

If you have read my blog for any amount of time then you know my love of chef Ferran Adria. He is a huge inspiration and being able to visit his private workshop in Barcelona was absolutely one of the highlights of my career. This article is a really interesting look inside of his new Dom Pérignon Lab in Barcelona. As usual he never fails to disappoint with fascinating new work and a lab that we all can learn from how they approach creativity.
Read the article here.

KFC’s “Tray Typer” Makes Texting Grease-Proof

Im not sure if this is a bigger statement on the state of cuisine in America or on how important our device are to us no matter what the situation is. But this new invention was created so when you’ve delved into your Colonel Sander’s fried chicken family bucket and then you receive a text message. A greasy, deep-fried film layers your fingers. Now, thanks to fast food chain KFC, your ultimate catch 22 can be resolved. As part of KFC’s latest venture, a reusable paper-thin insert, known as the “Tray Typer” connects to a phone via Bluetooth and allows you to continue using your mobile device after your fingers have been sullied with chicken renderings.
Read the article here.

Dior Launches Virtual Reality to Give You Backstage Access

Ever wonder what it’s like to be backstage during one of Dior’s fashion shows? Well, thanks to Dior Eyes, the French brand’s new virtual reality technology, you can experience without actually being there. Beginning this June, select Dior boutiques around the globe will be housing the innovative VR tech, allowing you to take in the hustle and bustle of models, makeup artists, stylists and more running around backstage getting ready to make appearances on the runway.
Read the article here.

My Icon Design Workflow

Designing gret icons is quickly becoming a lost art but this article is the best I’ve seen in laying out how you can create great icons for everything from a simple picogram to a complex app icon.
Read the article here.

How Facebook Unified Its Brand

Remember when Facebook was ugly? Truly ugly? Then they started hiring designers, like Ben Barry, who in addition to serving as one of the company’s propaganda czars, helped guide the fledgling startup to the largely improved visual brand you know today. In a post on his site, Barry outlines how, between 2012 and 2013, he led the shape-up of Facebook’s brand identity.
Read the article here.

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Creative Director, Designer, Brand Builder, Speaker, Podcaster, Crazy One. As a designer, I have 20+ years experience creating the strategy, concepts, and designs for award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, building multiple global Fortune 500 brands and creating innovative digital experiences. As a leader, I have 15+ years transforming agency and client-side teams using a mix of creativity, business strategy, process and political skill to create innovative, world-class work and cultures that change industries and companies. My clients have included American Airlines, W Hotels, Disney, Citi, ExxonMobil, Acura, Old Navy, Nationwide Insurance, Verizon, Subaru and many others. My work has received over 150 international awards, my app designs have been named as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Apps, Apple has featured my work in 9 keynotes, 4 TV commercials and more.

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