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Weekly Inspirations: December 8th, 2017

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

Jony Ive Dishes On Apple Rumors And His Design Team In Rare Interview

Jony Ive helms the most secretive design lab in the world at Apple. But aside from the top-secret mystique, the soft-spoken Ive is notoriously private, often giving just one interview a year. Last week at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Fast Company alum Rick Tetzeli performed that interview. The topics covered ranged from how Apple really designs its next iPhone to what it’s like building the future while the blogosphere shares Apple rumors and rants. You can listen to the complete interview on SoundCloud, but, in the meantime, we’ve collected some of Ive’s most notable thoughts–and hottest takes–below.
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Mentoring the 2.0

I love mentoring. There’s nothing that sharpens your mind more than listening to others, helping unblock their thoughts, unlock new ideas and unleash their creativity. I’m lucky enough to mentor at the School of Communication Arts 2.0; headed up by the irrepressible and brilliant Marc Lewis, each year it lights the fire inside a group of young, hungry creatives ready to unleash their problem solving for big clients. What’s clear is that as our world changes to reflect the dynamic thirst for new consumer experiences, so too the thinking required to solve these challenges needs to surface…quickly. Enter SCA 2.0.
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More and more companies are seeing the benefits of remote work for productivity in the workplace. As Director of Design at Zapier, I frequently get asked the question of how the design process works for an all-remote team. With design processes, there is an inherently added pressure in the design industry to do our work in person, with “being in office” as a frequent job requirement. In-person activities using whiteboards, sticky notes, and other office supplies are often seen as a necessity to design thinking and processes.
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Most people never get training in negotiation, yet it is one of the most essential skills in business and in life. We are constantly negotiating – to get bigger, better deals in our favor. In How I Do Business, I took the years of studying and having direct experience in negotiation and translated it into some base components, breaking down what it takes to become a great negotiator and the pitfalls to avoid. *Even accomplished negotiators can pick up some tips to augment their skills and learn more techniques to take their business to the next level.
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There comes a point in every designer’s life when it’s time to look for a new gig

That new position may be a promotion. It may be a hop to another company. It could be due to a downsize and a layoff. Or your role may have shifted into something you’re not passionate about, or that isn’t giving you the opportunity to grow professionally. Regardless of the reason, you can’t stay in the same role your entire life. (Well I guess you could, but where’s the fun in that?!) When the time to jump strikes, and you’re ready to start searching, the job application process can be completely paralyzing.
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