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Weekly Inspirations: March 16th, 2018

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

THE 9 BEST ONLINE COLLABORATION TOOLS FOR REMOTE WORKERS

If you read the InVision Blog, chances are you already know that designers and developers prefer to work from home. Thankfully, many companies are now comfortable allowing their employees to work remotely, as the research continually points to remote employees being more productive and engaged (not to mention the cost savings for the company). Beyond hiring self-motivated and experienced employees who have strong communication skills and are comfortable working independently, it’s important to recruit tech-savvy team members who understand the importance of collaboration. The thing is, design is often a team sport. From whiteboarding to critiques, distributed design teams must be able to collaborate in real-time—something they can’t do without the aid of technology. With this in mind, we asked remote workers from companies like Treehouse, Help Scout, Zapier, Buffer, and Zest to share their favorite online collaboration tools. Here’s what they said.
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Full-stack UXers: Who They Are and How to Find Them

Within the user experience community, there’s been an increasing push toward finding individuals whose skill sets extend beyond those of a typical UX designer. Specifically, businesses are looking for leaders who can carry a project from initial design to front-end development. These leaders are called full-stack UXers. But when it comes to filling this in-demand position, there’s not a lot of clarity about what qualifications a full-stack UXer should bring to the table – or how to find them.
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Is H&M’s Graffiti Scandal Apology Too Little Too Late?

In the past year, H&M has been continuously rebuked for foul play, from allegedly copying designs from high-end labels such as Vetements, to sending the Internet ablaze over its “coolest monkey in the jungle” hoodie design. Now, the fast fashion giant has landed under fire for issuing a lawsuit against street artist Jason “REVOK” Williams. The lawsuit was a response to a cease and desist letter sent by Williams requesting H&M remove an ad campaign featuring his street art. On the grounds that the art was considered a product of criminal conduct, the lawsuit shot back, “Mr. Williams has no copyright rights to assert.”
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3 WAYS TO EMPOWER YOUR DESIGN TEAM

Empowering the design team is a big challenge that most design leaders still have to take on in many organizations. I’m currently going through the journey of making this possible myself. Empowering the design team requires a grand shift at the cultural level, and it can’t be achieved in one day—or by one mythical leader. However, I’ve been fortunate enough to see some progress here at Groupon, where I’ve been leading the consumer UX design team the past five years. In this article, I’d like to share a few principles that have helped our empowerment effort stay on course. Hopefully, this will be useful for design leaders and designers undergoing similar challenges.
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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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