Connect
To Top

Weekly Inspirations: July 14th, 2017

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

Presentations at Uber: The Gift of Giving

Interested in selling your ideas to a big room of cross-functional stakeholders? Wish you could give short, pithy presentations? Really love rhetorical questions? Great, this article is for you. A few weeks ago, I gave a five-minute presentation on how to give a five-minute presentation. It was very meta. But the reason for it wasn’t meta at all. At Uber Design, we use short presentations to share intrateam work and learnings at our monthly Design all-hands. It’s a great chance to see both the deep well of talent and the global breadth of projects that our Design team is tackling across 600+ cities on 6 continents.
Read the article

Preparing Organizations to Become Design-Infused

Imagine what it’s like to have every co-worker, in every meeting and discussion, keeping the conversation focused on how to make your product or service deliver the best experience possible. With every hard decision you face, your team encourages you to do what’s best for your customers and users. Where the executives seriously consider delaying a release because the design isn’t the best it could be. Sounds like an ideal world, but for a growing number of UX professionals, it’s becoming a reality. These folks work in design-infused organizations,where every individual contributor makes great design a priority in their work.
Read the article

How Power Influences Creativity

Having, or at the very least perceiving that you have power and control over your environment is important. Those who feel as though they have little control over their status, aspirations, and wealth are prone to depression. On the other hand, those who feel they have too much control are at risk of grandiosity, delusion, and greed. Nonetheless, the striving for control is a healthy human drive and power hierarchies are a fundamental feature of any social organization. The fact remains, however, that the more power one person has, the less power others have. The implications of this should not be understated, especially when it comes to fostering creativity and bringing out the best in everyone.
Read the article

Louis Vuitton just launched the most expensive Android smartwatches in the world, which start at $2,450

Louis Vuitton is getting into the smartwatch game. The French fashion house launched its first wearable on Tuesday, the Tambour Horizon. The watch runs Android Wear 2.0, Google’s smartwatch operating system, and retails for — prepare yourself — $2,450 and up. This is Louis Vuitton’s first wearable, but it’s not the first luxury smartwatch. Apple used to sell versions of the Apple Watch that cost anywhere between $10,000 and $19,000. Apple and French designer Hermès built a version that costs $1,399. The Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 (which also runs Android Wear) costs $1,700.
Read the article

Design Driven Development — Using Design as a Tool for Teamwork

Design driven development uses design as part of a process to learn and better define requirements in order to build better, more informed technology solutions. It can also be looked at as a process whereby design and user experience drives the development of a product or software application. This leads to products that people enjoy using and want to tell others about.
Read the article

Watch David Droga’s Emotional Rallying Cry to the Ad Industry at Cannes Lions

David Droga choked up several times during a heartfelt and surprisingly emotional speech at Cannes Lions last month—in the end, it was one of the highlights of the festival—as he accepted the Lion of St. Mark award for creative excellence across his storied career. The Droga5 founder used the moment to look back at his brilliant career so far, and to thank the people who’ve helped make it happen—a long list of work colleagues, of course, but also, most prominently, his mother and his wife. He also had words for the advertising industry, which he initially cast as advice for his four children in attendance—about the single most important thing, in his view, that helps make a person, and a career, successful.
Read the article

You can text SFMOMA and it will respond with art on demand

Here’s a cool trick for art fans. You can text San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art at 572-51 and it will respond with a piece of art from its collection. Send Me SFMOMA lets you send a keyword and get back a piece of art that matches that word. You can send colors, subjects, moods and even emojis. The service is powered by SFMOMA’s Collection API, which has data on all of the 35,000+ pieces of art in the collection. When it finds something that matches your request it responds with a picture of the piece, artist, title and date. If more than one piece match the keyword you sent, the number will send a random one each time you send that keyword.
Read the article

Want to improve collabortion? Make your meetings smarter.

Meetings can make or break a project. They can galvanise a team, making sure every job is assigned, discussed and ultimately done. Or they can demotivate, confuse and complicate matters, meaning the work heads downhill fast. This is common knowledge, however something that many team leaders fail to address. We recently conducted research which found that over a third (36 per cent) of meetings in the UK are deemed unproductive by the employees attending them. This means that we each spend over two and a half weeks every year in useless meetings on average. So, how can we re-claim control of our meetings and make sure they don’t descend into an unproductive, uninspiring mess?
Read the article

Google’s Rules For Designers Working With AI

How do we make sure we’re designing artificial intelligence that takes human behavior into account? How do you integrate machine learning into a product or service while ensuring that it doesn’t perpetuate bias, oversimplify nuance, or bombard everyone with fake news? To put it bluntly, how do we design algorithms that aren’t evil Google’s AI research division, Google Brain, says it’s on a mission to find out. On Monday, the company announced a new research program called the People + AI Research initiative (PAIR for short) that’s all about understanding how humans interact with machine learning. As part of that effort, the company has developed a set of best practices that its teams use to design experiences that include machine learning.
Read the article

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

More in Inspiration

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.

Follow me on Twitter

Copyright © 2015 Stephen Gates