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Weekly Inspirations: September 9th, 2016

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

7 Problems Growing Design Teams Face

Design is hard—that’s what I hear from design leaders at every company I visit. What makes it so difficult? There are organizational challenges, people challenges, and process challenges. Each seems monolithic in its own right, but when you stack them up they feel daunting. I once thought that the challenges I faced as a design leader were unique to my situation, but I know now after interviewing many design leaders they’re common to almost every team. I find it comforting to know I’m not the only one who has struggled, and not because misery loves company (though it does). If these problems are common, then chances are we can find solutions. Design leaders far and wide are struggling to find solutions to these 7 problems:
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Why Aren’t You Asking Questions?

It’s the kickoff meeting. You are the lead designer on the project, and this is the first meeting with everyone in the room. Your client is reciting her wish list, and you’re taking diligent notes—probably with cute, relatable doodles. An hour passes, and you’ve barely said a sentence. You’re nodding your head, scarcely making eye contact. You have some thoughts, but you aren’t speaking up. Why aren’t you speaking up? You’ve likely been burned in the past. Perhaps you’ve shared some ideas and they were turned down. You have felt embarrassed in meetings. Projects that you put your heart and soul into were changed at the last minute without your consultation or discarded, apparently without a second thought. Now, while it’s admirable to be an agreeable, easy-to-work-with colleague, being quiet and keeping your head down isn’t the answer because this is not a production line. You are a designer, and part of your job is contributing to the conversation.
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5 Surprising Things That Block Your Creativity (Without Your Knowing)

If you are ever faced with the feeling that all your creative juices have dried up, there is one question and one question only you need to ask yourself: Who are you studying? I am such a believer of input and its role in staying creative over long periods of time. Do you know why you feel so inspired after seeing live music? Or going to the theater? Or watching a really great movie? It’s because you are allowing yourself to “take in,” instead of being in output mode. And if you stay in output mode too long, that’s when the infamous “writer’s block” appears. Pay attention to these signs if you feel yourself creatively blocked. They have more of an effect on you and your process than you might think.
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Watson helped make a trailer for a horror movie about AI

IBM Watson can add yet another skill to its resume: the ability to make movie trailers. 20th Century Fox has tapped into the supercomputer’s powers to create the first AI-made trailer for its upcoming thriller film Morgan. It’s a fitting start for Watson’s trailer-making career. Morgan is, after all, a sci-fi flick about a group of scientists who created a humanoid machine that rapidly gained capabilities and went out of control.Now, the big question is: is the trailer any good? You can decide for yourself after watching it in this article.
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The Psychological Benefits of Writing Regularly

When you attempt to envision a writer, I imagine many of you see a quirky recluse, hunched over a desk in some cabin, crumpled paper strewn about as they obsessively work on the next great American novel. But writing is so much more. Prose is thought put to page, which makes all of us writers—even if we don’t have the chops to tangle with Faulkner. In most cases, writing is most useful as a tool for thinking, expression, and creativity; cabin-dwelling novelists be damned. Let’s look at some of the benefits of making writing a regular habit.
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Creative Director, Designer, Brand Builder, Speaker, Podcaster, Crazy One. As a designer, I have 20+ years experience creating the strategy, concepts, and designs for award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, building multiple global Fortune 500 brands and creating innovative digital experiences. As a leader, I have 15+ years transforming agency and client-side teams using a mix of creativity, business strategy, process and political skill to create innovative, world-class work and cultures that change industries and companies. My clients have included American Airlines, W Hotels, Disney, Citi, ExxonMobil, Acura, Old Navy, Nationwide Insurance, Verizon, Subaru and many others. My work has received over 150 international awards, my app designs have been named as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Apps, Apple has featured my work in 9 keynotes, 4 TV commercials and more.

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