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Weekly Inspirations: May 25th, 2018

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

This summer’s most inspiring design books

Summer is a time for creative renewal, and for many of us, that means new books. 2018’s most exciting new design books have something for everyone, whether you just want to peruse coffee table eye candy or you finally have time to pore over the essays you didn’t have a chance to read during the winter. We’ve compiled some of the most compelling new and forthcoming releases, from significant design research to pure, unadulterated fun. Find the first 10 titles below, and stay tuned for part two.
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GETTING EXECUTIVE BUY-IN FOR YOUR DESIGN SYSTEM

Designers, you’re likely familiar with the challenge of explaining inside your company what exactly a design system is and what value it provides. Something else that’s pretty common for us designers: getting executive buy-in without having analyzed the specific circumstances of our company, assuming that executives have to understand the advantages without any previous explanation. My team at Solera Global Data & Content (GD&C) recently went through the process of getting executive buy-in for our design system, and I’d love to share what we learned along the way.
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Creative leadership

I’m a Creative Leader, it’s my job title and it comes with a set of objectives and responsibilities which tell me what’s required for the position. In short, my role is to provide strategic and creative insight, challenge expectations and deliver effective solutions. Working across different types of sector, client and project. I often wonder how different it is for other kinds of leadership. What is peculiar about leading creativity compared to other managerial, consulting or coaching roles? Surely leadership has to be earnt, you need to prove your value and warrant the trust that a team gives you. It’s not about rank but it might be about ownership. If you’ve started a business or built an offer then you feel protective, people respect that it’s your baby.
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Focus on what you can control and you will win every time

In the summer of 2016, the Rio Olympics men’s 200m butterfly final provided us with one of the most vivid examples of what it means to “do you” and run your own race. The greatest men’s swimmer to ever live was going for another gold medal, and this time he’d be tested more than ever by one of his chief rivals, Chad le Clos. Phelps knew if he ran his own race that he’d win. But nothing was guaranteed. le Clos had emerged as one of the best butterfly swimmers in the world, even besting Phelps for the gold at the 2012 London Olympics. The competition was on. What it would come down to was, who was most focused and immersed in swimming their best race with complete concentration on themselves and no one else.
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RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL POST-MORTEM

Post-mortem meetings, which are also called debriefs or retros[pectives], are an essential key to the success of present and future projects. At their best, they can help uncover insights that allow your team to improve your internal processes, streamline your workflows, and find ways to increase your production and the likelihood of your success. A post-mortem meeting is a review held after the completion of a project in order to determine what went well and what could use some reflection before the next project commences. According to Simon Heaton, Growth Marketing Manager at Shopify, “When running your own post-mortem, you should always try to answer the following questions:
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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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