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Weekly Inspirations: August 14th, 2015

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

From The Designers Of “Monument Valley,” An iPhone Journal To Improve Your Mood

Moodnotes is a new app designed by us two who are the makers of fantastic Monument Valley iOS game. The app uses a 2-minute mental tune up to overcome creative blocks using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) which is a well-studied psychological science that focuses on reframing your negative thinking to alleviate stress and anxiety.
Read the article here.

Six tips to create and innovate from Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO

Tim Brown the founder of IDEO is a well-known authority on design and innovation. This article for Google outlines his 6 tips for how to create ideas and innovation in your company. it is short and sweet but hits on a lot of really important themes.
Read the article here.

How a Rolls-Royce Is Perfectly Handmade

Some argue how handmade some of the world’s luxury cars really are. Rolls-Royce, now owned by BMW, stand firm by their handmade motto, with very little robotics involved in the production; the paintwork is still automated but only for consistency. The video above gives a fairly detailed tour of how their “craftsmen and women” assemble seemingly mundane parts like the radiator and “The Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornament, to the epic V12 engine and interior cabin that contains real wood, numerous cowhides and finely polished elements all over.
Read the article and watch the video here.

PepsiCo’s Chief Design Officer on Creating an Organization Where Design Can Thrive

Mauro Porcini is PepsiCo’s Chief Design Officer—the first to hold the position—where he oversees design-led innovation across all the company’s brands under CEO Indra Nooyi. This article is an edited version of an interview with Porcini on a variety of topics, from prototyping to the essential qualities of a great design organization.
Read the article here.

A Manager’s Manifesto

This simple 10 point managers manifesto from a designer at Facebook is a really nice expression of a lot of traits that make a strong manager. It is a great conversation starter for your managers on some of the things they will need to work on.
Read the article here.

How to Source Suggestions from a Reluctant Team Member

In environments where an individual feels they are not valued, they are thinking, but they are probably keeping their thoughts to themselves. They are thinking about what job might suit them better, or they might be thinking about that their effort does not matter. Often they are thinking about how things could be better, or more efficient, or easier if only we did this or that. Unleashing that creativity and initiative is the role of the leader. When people are comfortable telling you what they think about a situation or a challenge, or a process, and you value their thoughts, they will naturally progress to finding solutions. How refreshing would it be to have your people share with you what they thought about a challenge, and how they would address it? This article is a great guide to some ideas on how to get that to happen.
Read the article here.

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