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Weekly Inspirations: March 9th, 2018

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

Stop complaining about it; redesign it

In our State of UX report we wrote about how the architectural thinking UX Designers develop over the course of their careers can be used in ways that go beyond creating sitemaps or running card-sorting exercises. Well, let’s start from the source of all that discontent. I honestly don’t know if this is something unique to our industry, or simply a generational truth — but designers complain a lot. Over the course of my career, I have heard people complain about their bosses, the lack of vision of their company’s leadership, the lack of process, their co-workers, tools, slow computers, and even the types of snacks (provided for free) by the company they work for.
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Do We Need to Rethink the Meaning of Design Thinking?

Can design thinking work across all organizations? Can it solve all problems? Can and should everyone be a designer? Four design experts—Harry West of Frog, Ernesto Quinteros of Johnson & Johnson , Gadi Amit of NewDealDesign, and Natasha Jen of Pentagram—weighed in for a spirited and interactive townhall debate about the definition of design thinking on Wednesday at the inaugural Fortune, Time and Wallpaper* Brainstorm Design conference held in Singapore. Moderator Clay Chandler, chair of Brainstorm Design, kicked off the panel by directing the question of design thinking to Jen, who is particularly skeptical of all the hype around the concept of design thinking.
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New iOS 12 concept offers up refreshed Lock screen, App Bar, Guest Mode, Face ID tricks, and more

After seeing a beautiful macOS 11 concept yesterday, today we’ve got a brand new iOS 12 concept from designer iOS News And More. Leading off with a nod to improved stability and bug fixes, the concept goes on to visualize some slick enhancements for a potential iOS 12 release. Starting out, the concept makes sure to address the fact that Apple is putting some features on hold to place more focus on stability and performance in iOS 12. But in the next breath, it presents the idea that all new features haven’t been abandoned.
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5 Top Designers On How To Create The Ultimate PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoints are awful. Long and uninteresting, they are the corporate drone of visual media–synonymous with endless meetings, academic conferences, and corporate retreats. For graphic designers, however, slide-based presentations like PowerPoint are synonymous with “client decks,” and they’re necessary for pitching a design to a client or potential client. These are not your typical boardroom slide show presentations. They can be impeccably designed and visually engaging because, if done right, they’ll persuade the client to go the direction the designer wants. Presentations can be a designer’s best tool for selling an idea. Admittedly, it’s not graphic designers’ favorite part of the job, but there is a lot that others can learn from how they do it. We asked five designers from four top studios and agencies for tips on creating slide-based presentations–whether on PowerPoint, Keynote, or some other program.
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Become a Public Speaking Phenom With These 8 Simple Tips

As a television anchor, I’m used to being in front of a camera. What I’m not used to is speaking to a room full of blinking, live human beings. It’s one thing to stare into a camera lens; it’s quite another to feel the collective breath and energy of a banquet hall and hope you don’t fall flat. You don’t have to be 6’7″ or run around with boundless energy to stand out to an audience (think the public speaking greats like Tony Robbins and Gary Vaynerchuk). What I believe helps me connect with an audience is authentic content. I like to know my audience, and then I spend hours researching topics that I think challenge and appeal to them. Being able to command a room from one point onstage means you have to know what your listeners are there to hear and to elicit emotions in them. The leaders below have given many great presentations in their time. Here are a few of their tips for captivating an audience:
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