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Weekly Inspirations: November 10th, 2017

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

YOUR GUIDE TO DESIGN SYSTEMS FROM THE WORLD’S LEADING BRANDS

Many of the world’s leading brands have made their design systems public, contributing their ideas and processes to the design community at large. Their design systems bring together branding, color, tone of voice, typography, animation, data visualization, and more to form the design language that power some of the biggest brands. With unique approaches to design, some systems are named after food, and some are inspired by their users’ momentous drive to scale companies.
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Kill The Elephants In The Room Before They Kill You.

Earlier this year I wrote about the need to tackle organizational debt, which I described as “the accumulation of changes that leaders should have made but didn’t.” But why do leaders shy away from pushing for the most important changes? Why do people sitting around a table keep their doubts to themselves? Much of the hesitation boils down to conflict avoidance and always trying to keep everyone happy.
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IBM’s Quest To Design The “New Helvetica”

IBM is no stranger to icons. Over the years, it’s created quite a few: the mainframe computer, the ThinkPad laptop, the Selectric typewriter, the Eye-Bee-M logo. The company hopes its new bespoke typeface IBM Plex, which launched in beta this week (though the official version won’t be released until early 2018), could become just as iconic–a kind of Helvetica for this century.
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Behind the Art Direction & Brand Identity of Blade Runner 2049

Seriously bummed that the movie Blade Runner 2049 didn’t perform well as expected. With a settlement of a high score from most well-known movie blogs and critics out there but still wasn’t enough. On the other hand, I was always intrigued by the team who collaborated on the art direction & whole brand identity; behind such a great movie and at this scale as well. We are taking a look at Stanley Sun and his team over at Concept Arts Studios. Stanley Sun is working at Concept Arts Studios as their Senior Art Director. You should definitely check out his Behance for more movie projects like Dunkirk, Kong: Skull Island and more.
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Is this Japanese concept the secret to a long, happy, meaningful life?

What’s your reason for getting up in the morning? Just trying to answer such a big question might make you want to crawl back into bed. If it does, the Japanese concept of ikigai could help. Originating from a country with one of the world’s oldest populations, the idea is becoming popular outside of Japan as a way to live longer and better. While there is no direct English translation, ikigai is thought to combine the Japanese words ikiru, meaning “to live”, and kai, meaning “the realization of what one hopes for”. Together these definitions create the concept of “a reason to live” or the idea of having a purpose in life.
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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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