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Weekly inspirations: July 17th, 2015

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

What Japanese Etiquette Can Tell Us About Good UX Design

The connections between hospitality and design are well known. Charles Eames once remarked to his contemporary and collaborator Eero Saarinen that “the role of the architect, or the designer, is that of a very good, thoughtful host, all of whose energy goes into trying to anticipate the needs of his guests.” But how can you operationalize this concept of “being a good host” in the constantly shifting context of mobile digital interfaces?
Read the article here.

5 ways to design for the future

In the run up to his talk at the Generate conference in London, Huge’s Josh Payton outlines five key design principles that will stand you in good stead – no matter what the future holds.
Read the article here.

Avoid these 5 things when building your design portfolio

Over the years I have reviewed A LOT of portfolios and this article does a nice job of laying the 5 most common mistakes designers make when designing their portfolios. Keep in mind, these things are always relative depending on what you want to achieve. Pick the ones that are relevant to you.
Read the article here.

6 Ways to Integrate Play Into the Workplace

Play has a PR problem. Some think of play as frivolous –- a distraction, or worse, a waste of time. In the office, play is often regarded as a break from “real work.” But what if the opposite of play isn’t work, it’s boredom? What if work could actually benefit from play? This article from Brendan Boyle who is a partner at IDEO talks about how he tries to instill a playful culture, not only in mindset, but also in their daily behaviors. I think it is a really good point since having play engrained in your culture makes it an incredibly satisfying place to work.
Read the article here.

Programmable Clothes Are Going Commercial

Clothes speak volumes about us, conveying messages about wealth, taste, and personal beliefs. So in this age of ubiquitous screens and social sharing, it’s no surprise that textiles have become another platform for electronic communication. This article looks at the some of the latest and largest players in this emerging clothing space.
Read the article here.

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