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Weekly Inspirations: January 12th, 2018

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

What Tesla’s Model 3 UI Reveals About Its Vision for the Future

I’ve been following the saga of the Tesla Model 3 since the beginning. Having test driven a Model S last year, and fallen in love with how it drives and how keenly in-tune Tesla is of the overall customer experience, I found myself hooked on the prospect of an “affordable” version of that same experience. So, as many of you out there might have done, I watched each announcement of the 3 and peeled back the layers of the web searching for details on how the dang thing would look and feel. The first concepts were cool, but I don’t think I really believed that Tesla would ditch the dashboard when the car was ready for consumers. “That may be cool now, but the marketing people or consumers won’t let that fly. It’s just a concept” said I, knowingly slow-nodding in wisdom to myself. Well… my nods were wrong. They shipped the damn thing without a dashboard.
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How Can You Tell Someone Has True Leadership Skills? Look for This 1 Rare Sign

Ever been in an important meeting where a topic on the agenda causes tension that you can cut with a knife? Instead of colleagues speaking up to solve an issue, you get poker faces and eyes looking down to avert what nobody wants to deal with. The same is true when it comes to having those tough conversations to call someone to the carpet. We procrastinate or avoid the confrontation, because it’s never pleasant, for example, to tell someone she’s not cutting it. So when people ask me, “What’s the secret to great communication?” my usual response baffles some, because it can seem so counterintuitive: “Be radically transparent.” Radical transparency does not mean telling someone to his face in front of his peers that his polka-dotted tie is ugly. It’s having the emotional courage to stand up to someone or something when you feel violated, to speak from a deep place tugging at your heart, or to cut through healthy conflict now to avoid unhealthy conflict later.
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Designers Finally Have A Seat At The Table. Now What?

About 15 years ago when I started at my first tech company, design was seen by most as an afterthought. Even as a senior designer, I wasn’t invited to meetings to present my work and couldn’t imagine anyone asking me to weigh in on a product decision. Flash forward to today, and many designers hold the coveted seat at the table we’ve long been dreaming of. We’re making key strategic decisions and helping to shape the direction of companies. We got here because we proved design can solve big problems in a way that others cannot. This is a victory, one that we earned through a lot of hard work, and we should be proud of ourselves. But let’s not rush to pat ourselves on the back just yet. Over the past few years, I’ve seen a problem emerging. As we shoulder new responsibilities and take bigger design leadership roles, we are falling short. I see us paying too much attention to the “design” part of the role and not enough to “leadership” – defending our own interests without deeper understanding of the businesses and broader contexts we must operate in. I’m concerned that if we don’t step it up on the actual leadership part, we’re in danger of losing the seat at the table.
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The best UX and design conferences in 2018 – the definitive guide

A great way of learning more about User Experience and getting in touch with professionals who share the same passion as you is to attend UX Conferences and UX Events happening every year around the globe. Since our 2017 list has received a lot of positive feedback, we decided to bring it back in 2018. Make sure you charge your smartphone, bring some business cards in your pocket and consider including one of these design events before or after your next trip.
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Marco Bizzarri on How Gucci’s Company Culture Fuels Business Success

Marco Bizzarri is Gucci’s president and chief executive, who, after appointing Alessandro Michele as creative director in 2015, has led the Italian fashion house into the strongest period of financial growth and critical success it has seen in 20 years.
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Universal Principles Of User Experience Design

As designers working in an ever-changing field, it’s important that we develop an understanding of the timeless design principles that underpin everything we do. In the second article in my series for Adobe XD, I’ll explore the foundations that enable us to establish some universal principles of UX.
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