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Weekly Inspirations: October 14th, 2016

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

Jeff Goodby: Work for Bosses Who Can Take a Joke

When you get the job as creative director, your first inclination is to agree with everything people present to you, because you want them to like you. But then when it doesn’t come out well, then you actually have to think, inform the discussion and get the person to come back again with something slightly different and feel good about that. And they may have to change it again. I try to see the work through the eyes of the people who did it because I don’t want to demoralize them. Why are they excited about their approach? Then I judge it from the best part of it. Sometimes there isn’t a lot there, and so I’ll say, “You guys are doing a good job of thinking about it because this problem is not easy.” So I give them some credit for the time that they’ve put in and for the perspective that they’ve got on it.
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The Whiteboard Gets A Vibrant Redesign

Ever been confounded when you walk into a meeting and find the room doesn’t have a whiteboard? Japanese design firm Nendo has an answer to that: a giant, circular whiteboard that you can wheel into any room you want when it’s time to brainstorm (or brainwrite). As part of the “Rolling Workspaces” installation at the Orgatec 2016 furniture fair in Cologne, Germany, Nendo decided to take a look at redesigning the whiteboard. The decor of any two offices are often radically different, but Nendo noticed that no matter how weird an office got with its furniture, the whiteboards remained the same.
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21 signs you’re mentally stronger than average

Mental strength takes a long time to develop. It is the daily practice of pushing yourself to grow stronger, maintaining realistic optimism, and setting healthy boundaries. Mentally strong people don’t do things like waste time feeling sorry for themselves or give away their power to other people. How do you know where you fall on the spectrum? We asked psychotherapist Amy Morin, the author of “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.”
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APPLE, SAMSUNG, AND GOOD DESIGN—INSIDE AND OUT

Apple’s design prowess, long celebrated—even venerated—has taken some nasty hits since the release of the iPhone 7. Technology watchers have been dismissive. “Apple has squandered its once-commanding lead in hardware and software design,” Farhad Manjoo, of the New York Times, wrote. He added, “As competitors have borrowed and even begun to surpass Apple’s best designs, what was iconic about the company’s phones, computers, tablets and other products has come to seem generic.” This is a conundrum for Apple. Its design is iconic—and pleasing—enough for others to blatantly imitate, making it hard to escape the ubiquity of its own design.
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