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Weekly Inspirations: July 22nd, 2016

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

How Good Habits Become Destructive Ruts

Brilliant performers in any field often have rituals or practices that they fall back on to help them perform consistently at their peak. When you are charged with doing complex work every day, rituals can bring order to your world and help you focus more effectively. If you want to deliver a result consistently, you must systemize it, and that’s precisely what a ritual does. However, the danger of rituals is that they can remain in your schedule long after they have stopped serving their original purpose. Worse, they can begin to work against your ability to be effective. While I believe that high-performing people and teams must have strong rituals in their life to support their goals, I also know that these rituals must be examined on a regular basis to ensure that they aren’t becoming fossilized ruts. Here are a few suggestions for shaking up your rituals before they stall your progress.
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The UX Of HIRING FOR UX POSITIONS

“If I were to just see you blind, I’d think, ‘Cute kid. Next.’” That’s how Emily Rees, Director of Talent at The Stem, described how she normally would have reacted to Dan as a candidate for an information architect position when his resume landed on her desk in May of 1999. On paper, Dan had zero professional design training or experience and neither his B.A. in English and performing arts nor his M.S. in journalism stood out as typical qualifications for what she looked for to fill that role. “But you were referred by someone high up in the organization, so that’s what got you the interview,” says Rees. “Otherwise, you didn’t fit what I was looking for. You got the job because of the interview.”
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Designing Airbnb’s Website: An Interactive Mockup Exercise

When you think of a good website design, what comes to mind? For me, it’s Airbnb. I like its design not just because it has a pretty color palette or an eye-catching video on the front page, but because it was built with good user experience in mind. But how do you define good user experience for a website? For one, it has to be both easy to navigate and easy to search. Websites for businesses, by and large, provide information for customers and potential customers. If your customers don’t understand the information or can’t find the information that they’re looking for, then your website will have failed.
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Use These 100 Design Websites To Jumpstart Your Creativity

The web is an incredible place. In less than 30 years it completely changed the world connecting and empowering people. One of the biggest benefits it brings is an endless inspiration for any field you can imagine. As a creative entrepreneur, I am constantly looking for inspiration. I love reading books, watching movies, listening to podcasts and reading good old blogs. Earlier this year I listed what I believe to be 25 promising digital design blogs to follow this year. Today I’d like to share with you my personal mega list of 100 brilliant websites for creative inspiration. The list in no particular order contains various publications from creative fields.
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A designer will grow Alexander McQueen’s skin in a lab to use for leather bags and jackets

Alexander McQueen, the celebrated fashion designer who committed suicide in 2010, liked to provoke. His 2001 asylum-themed collection, for example, culminated with a fleshy, nude woman reclining in a glass cube, breathing through tubes connected to a face mask as large live moths fluttered around her. So it’s reasonable to think he would have approved of a new project based, literally, on his life. Tina Gorjanc, who is just finishing the material futures program at McQueen’s alma mater, London’s famous fashion school Central Saint Martins, is working on a project that will use McQueen’s DNA to grow skin, which she plans to tan and turn into leather jackets and bags. The skin will even bear tattoos based on the exact “locations, size, and design,” of McQueen’s, she says.
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