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Weekly Inspirations: August 18th, 2017

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

INSIDE DESIGN: INTUIT

Leslie Witt is Head of Design for Intuit’s Small Business Design Group, a global team of 180 designers, researchers, developers, and writers whose goal is to make it faster, easier, and just plain better for people to run their businesses. Keeping this huge team on the same page is all about over-communication, mutual respect, and, of course, phenomenal leadership. Read on for our interview with Leslie as well as photos of her team at work, by Peter Prato.
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How to stop the same song from autoplaying every time you plug your phone into a car

It’s happened to everyone: you plug your smartphone into your car, and then cringe when that song — the same song every time — begins to play. For some reason, iPhones will automatically play whatever song is listed first alphabetically in your iTunes. It doesn’t matter if you’re connecting through Bluetooth or a USB port, it happens… every… time. As automakers and Apple have progressed to make your car as smart as possible, it’s understandably annoying when non-smart things happen. There’s no real obvious way to turn off the autoplay function on your smartphone, but there are a few things you can do to lessen the annoyance.
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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. “We go to the mall,” she said. “Do your parents drop you off?,” I asked, recalling my own middle-school days, in the 1980s, when I’d enjoy a few parent-free hours shopping with my friends. “No—I go with my family,” she replied. “We’ll go with my mom and brothers and walk a little behind them. I just have to tell my mom where we’re going. I have to check in every hour or every 30 minutes.”
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{fear}less with Tim Ferriss

Fearless spotlights in-depth, long-form conversations between Ferriss and world-class performers, focusing on how they’ve overcome fears, made hard decisions, and won at the highest levels imaginable. From icons to lesser- known phenoms, the show will uncover tactics and strategies that work in the real world. Ferriss himself is no stranger to achievement, with millions of devoted followers of his podcast and books. Filmed in front of a live audience, “Fearless with Tim Ferriss” will inspire viewers around the world, focusing on embracing discomfort, thinking big, and carving your own unique path.
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“Fail Fast” In Software Design Is A Myth

Have you ever bought a lottery ticket? I admit, I’ve played a few times. You won’t be surprised to learn I never did win the big jackpot. Seeing winners on the evening news gives the false impression that anyone could win, but the odds of winning are long—very long. Rod Wolfe knows a thing or two about long odds. His friends call him “Lightning Rod” because he’s been struck by lightning not once, but twice. What are the chances? Well, you’re more likely to be the next Rod Wolfe than you are the next lottery winner. The software industry has a lot in common with the lottery. We see big winners in the news everyday—Facebook, Uber, Airbnb. Their success bolsters our ambitions of making the next big product. Our ambitions are big and we act fast hoping to beat competitors to the market.
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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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