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Weekly Inspirations: May 27th, 2016

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

Creating a Product Design Hiring Guide

A full-blown Post-it note art war had erupted on Canal Street in New York City, with a number of agencies participating—including Havas Worldwide, Horizon Media, Cake Group, Biolumina and Harrison and Star. (Update: Getty Images has also been involved.) On social media, the posts have been tagged #canalnotes and #postitwars and have been flooding in. It’s a wonder any client work was getting done at these shops last week. This war seems destined only to get bigger, both on Canal Street and elsewhere after agencies hear about it. In fact, we have word that at least one of the Canal Street agencies is planning the next big step in the #postitwar.
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How To Build A Strong Brand Without Constantly Thinking About Branding

Chef and restaurateur José Andrés knows what you want to eat today. And he knows how you like to dine. He should: Andrés’ company, ThinkFoodGroup, manages a vast and growing empire of restaurants, food trucks, and catering across more types of cuisine than you can count on your hands. Our Secret Sauce hosts, Meatball Shop machers Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman, spoke with Andrés recently to find out how he sustains quality, while employing close to 2,000 people. “It’s all about the people,” Andrés says. “Every one of them has a name, a story, and something to share.” Watch the video above for more tips on how to build a strong brand—without trying to. And then let us know how your company has navigated the choppy waters of expansion with #SecretSauce.
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8 of the Best Keyboard Apps for Your iPhone or iPad

Third-party keyboards became a thing for iPhone and iPad with the release of iOS 8 back in 2014. With the App Store currently brimming with options, we’ve rounded up several attention-worthy picks.
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Google’s Project Ara Is Challenging The Very Notion Of What A Smartphone Can Be

Google’s Project Ara has had an arduous road to market. It began in 2013 as a pie-in-the-sky concept: a Lego-like system for building smartphones called called Phonebloks. Phonebloks went viral, and soon, Google-owned Motorola announced that it was going to try to turn the project into a reality—under the codename Project Ara.
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Amazing Legoland Model Shop

Robbie McCarthy and Bill Gowdy, two teachers who xxcel in the art of construction of Lego minifigures, let us explore Legoland, who bring together nearly 3 million Lego and they show also an exclusive 3D modeling software.
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“The Simpsons” Hank Azaria Gave The Best. Commencement Speech. Ever.

The totality of Azaria’s commencement speech was probably wise, witty, and worth hearing, but the part the students will remember best is the final five minutes. Like Springsteen saving “Thunder Road” for an encore, it was at this point that the talented voice actor played the hits, delivering advice in character as Moe Szyslak, Comic Book Guy, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, and more. Bill Gates or Sheryl Sandberg may give the kind of speeches that spur students to aggressively pursue their dreams following graduation, but nothing is quite as inspirational as hearing tips from Chief Wiggum on how not to get arrested. The only misjudgment Azaria might have made was to close his speech with the voice of Agador Spartacus, the character he played in the 1996 comedy, The Birdcage, which was released when these students were two years old.
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Why Excessive Consumption Limits your Creativity

If most of us, myself included, were completely honest about our balance between consumption and creation, we’d see that it’s pretty out of whack. We consume far more than we create when it should be the opposite. Excessive consumption and inflow inhibit creativity, negatively impacts our ability to do deep work and reduces our cumulative output. So let’s look at how and why this happens.
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The Rules of Randomness & How You Can Stand Apart

The world is an unpredictable place. Everyone seems to agree with this statement. We all recognize that unpredictable things happen every day, from a chance conversation to an unexpected meeting; from the rapid rise of an Instagram to the dramatic fall of a Lehman Brothers. We don’t question random forces in our personal lives or the world around us. But what about in our careers or in business? Why don’t we account for unpredictability in these areas?
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