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Weekly Inspirations: June 30th, 2017

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

Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement, Not a Mandate

Culture is like the wind. It is invisible, yet its effect can be seen and felt. When it is blowing in your direction, it makes for smooth sailing. When it is blowing against you, everything is more difficult. For organizations seeking to become more adaptive and innovative, culture change is often the most challenging part of the transformation. Innovation demands new behaviors from leaders and employees that are often antithetical to corporate cultures, which are historically focused on operational excellence and efficiency. But culture change can’t be achieved through top-down mandate. It lives in the collective hearts and habits of people and their shared perception of “how things are done around here.” Someone with authority can demand compliance, but they can’t dictate optimism, trust, conviction, or creativity.
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Artistry Matters, Even for a Name Tag

During every project, there’s a moment when it can either become a ton of work, or a little bit of work. That’s the moment I live for—it’s the part where you choose whether to sacrifice some of your time to practice your craft, or just bang something out. (More on this at IDEO’s blog.) For IDEO CoLab’s Perspectives event, I wanted to create name tags as unique as the people wearing them. Here’s how I did it—in six steps.
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Graphic Design’s Next Great Challenge: Branding AI

James Cameron did the world a terrible disservice with The Terminator. Even today, society defines cutting-edge technology by steel and glowing red LEDs. And so most of us cannot distinguish the logic of machine learning from the world-ending singularity. “It’s super dystopian,” says Jody Hudson-Powell, partner at Pentagram. “It’s dark sci-fi stuff. Machine learning isn’t dark sci-fi stuff. It’s technology that’s really going to [positively] impact people’s lives.”
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What’s the Difference Between UI and UX? What to Tell Your Client if They Ask You This

We really shouldn’t be surprised that UX and UI seem very similar in principle. They both come up in basically the same places and conversations. Both are crucial for every web project, app design, product design, web service, and loads of other related projects. Add to that, people tend to use these terms interchangeably, not even trying to distinguish them in any way (and especially in job listings). Kind of like peanut butter and jelly. What you want is both, right? Just like UX and UI. There’s clearly some overlap between the two, but the key question is where that overlap happens? Unfortunately, not a black-and-white thing this. Most people have their own definitions of UX vs UI, and it’s impossible to tell anyone that theirs is wrong. Mainly because it isn’t. And, personally, I’m kind of annoyed by some designers being offended by the very nature of the question itself. “Those two are impossible to compare!” – they say – “They are two completely different things!”
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Live keyless, cardless & free of passwords with the Token wearable ring.

As consumers of the internet, we’ve become fatigued by the constant fear that our data and digital identity will be compromised by cybercriminals. And unfortunately, the problem is only getting worse. So many of the physical things we use to identify ourselves are being replaced by digital versions, which piles more credentials on top of the accounts we’re already struggling to keep secure. The advice we get when we’ve been hacked is “reset your password, turn on two-factor authentication” but that solution is complicated and more importantly – it costs us time. Simply put, we resist change when it requires us to compromise on convenience. The internet is an amazing place that many people fight to ensure we all have free access to it. But access isn’t enough. It should also be safe, so we’re free to enjoy and use the internet as we choose. Otherwise, the internet can be a place of incredible risk, which limits how comfortable we feel connecting more of our lives to the internet.
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14 tips and tricks to master Slack, one of the most popular work apps in the world

If you work in an office, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Slack. Even if you don’t use it yourself, you’ve surely heard from a friend how great the business-chat platform is. By offering companies an alternative to endless email chains and time-consuming meetings, Slack helped usher in an era of casual workplace interaction. As great as Slack may be, though, there’s a good chance that you aren’t making the most of everything the platform has to offer. From handy keyboard shortcuts to useful software integrations, there’s a lot Slack can do that you probably aren’t taking advantage of.  Here’s what you need to know in order to use Slack like a pro.
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New ‘responsive’ Google Font can shapeshift to match any design

Google Fonts is getting more customizable and interactive. The company has updated its collection with its very first ‘parametric’ font – a new typographic technology that makes it easy for designers to tweak and modify the format of virtually any typeface. Developed in collaboration between Prototypo and Production Type, Spectral follows the principles of responsive design, which means the font retains the capacity to alter its form in order to seamlessly fit in with the overall layout of your page.
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Blade Runner’s Designer on Creating the Future

Syd Mead is an iconic name in “future design‚” so celebrated that he has transcended designer status to be considered a visionary. Throughout his career he has demonstrated a mastery of the balance between fantastical creativity and real-world pragmatism: he has been involved with plotting the look and feel of the next generation of pretty much everything‚ from toasters to luxury yachts to presidential airplanes to theme parks‚ and even entire worlds for some of the biggest sci-fi movies of all time‚ most notably Blade Runner. In 2014 Syd was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. His exhibition Progressions opened at the Forest Lawn Museum‚ California‚ in 2012 and featured a range of 49 gouache works from his schooldays up to the present. It included the work Shoulder of Orion‚ inspired by the character Batty’s elegiac monologue in the closing minutes of Blade Runner. The exhibition continues to travel extensively around the US and is currently being expanded to include a VR component. Mead’s latest project is the visual theme for the 2017 EyesOn Design classic car show‚ which takes place in Michigan this June.
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