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Weekly Inspirations: November 13th, 2015

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

Snoop Dogg Taps Pentagram To Brand His New Line Of Weed

Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion, aka Snoop Doggy Dog, doesn’t make any bones about it. He loves pot. The rap icon has just launched Leafs by Snoop, a brand of cannabis-based products including custom flavors of buds, edibles, and concentrates, and he has tapped Pentagram’s Emily Oberman to craft its visual identity.
Read the article here.

Idea Sex: How New Yorker Cartoonists Generate 500 Ideas a Week

Every Tuesday the 50 or so freelance cartoonists for the “New Yorker” submit their weekly batch of drawings for publication consideration. All of the cartoonists have one thing in common: They’re facing terrible odds of success. Each cartoonist submits up to 10 sketches, so there can be 500 entries competing for approximately 12 spots in the magazine. This is the same problem every creative faces—on steroids: tight deadlines, a crazy competitive environment, a discerning audience, and uncertain pay. If a cartoonist fails to impress, he will miss out on a high three- to low four-figure payday. So why do they do it? And how do they generate their ideas week after week? New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff and a handful of contributors share how they dream humorous concepts, even when they don’t feel particularly funny.
Read the article here.

We’ve Changed Our Product Team Structure 4 Times: Here’s Where We Are Today

How do people work best together? It’s fun to think about. You may know some things about your own work styleand productivity preferences—for example, do you prefer solo or team projects? Being in the middle of many tasks or finishing one before going on to the next? Now, take all those unique factors about how you work and multiply them by 50, 100 or 1,000. Figuring out how to get teams working together optimally is an insanely big job. It’s one we’ve been working on recently at a company called Buffer as they’ve grown quite a bit larger and faster than ever before. This article looks at how they have evolved one of their teams and creating a blueprint for the future of teams at Buffer.
Read the article here.

The Nine States of Design

Modern UI teams are designing components first; Interfaces are merely the thoughtful composition of components. This leaves an often glaring hole for users on “the unhappy path” — The places where users may, intentionally or not, stray from your idealized flow. As we learn to craft systems rather than pages, we must invest effort into shaping these often missed states of design and create with a component life cycle that can support everyone. This article is an interesting perspective on the nine states of design across this life cycle.
Read the article here.

Screw Finding Your Passion

I thought this was a great article looking at a problem I have all the time of person telling me that they don’t know what to do with their life. And like all of the others, this person asked me if I had any ideas of what they could do, where they could start, where to “find their passion.” It is a hard question to answer and this article is a quick and funny read at one take at how to tackle the problem.
Read the article here.

6 Key Insights on UX Design

I’m constantly amazed at how often I seem to need to teach and remind people about the basics of design. You would think it would be something people would be in tune with but a refresher is never a bad thing. This short article is a great foundation you can pass on to anyone to help them be sure that they understand the basics and following them for all the work they are creating.
Read the article here.

20 top web design books for Christmas

Looking for the perfect present for the web developer in your life who has it all? Or perhaps you need to drop some not so subtle hints about what you want for Christmas? Either way, this list of top books will keep web designers and developers happy over the holidays.
Read the article here.

Are Augmented Reality Car Manuals the Future?

Hyundai is stepping into augmented reality, but not the way Mini Cooper has with AR glasses. Rather, the Korean car company wants to put AR car manuals in your hands. Hyundai will release a free app called the Hyundai Virtual Guide that will be available later this year on iOS and Android devices. At launch, the Hyundai Virtual Guide will be able to recognize more than 45 features of the 2015 Sonata. The guide uses two- and three-dimensional tracking technology, allowing you to position your phone or tablet’s camera over various parts of the car to get more information. The Hyundai Virtual Guide can virtually identify and provide how-to information about the air filter, Smart Cruise Control, Bluetooth phone pairing, warning indicators, engine oil, brake fluid, clock, fuse box and smart trunk.
Read the article here.

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