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Weekly Inspirations: June 22nd, 2018

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

Meriah Garrett: scaling design with empathy and intention

Rapid growth doesn’t guarantee rapid success. When companies build out a more robust design practice, the emphasis is often on filling seats and getting things shipped—but what if the first deliverable was a balanced design team instead of a new feature? In this episode, USAA’s Chief Design Officer Meriah Garrett talks about the company’s unique team balance. She also discusses her role in the C-suite, how being mission-driven affects product development across multiple offices, and the higher purpose of being a designer. Listen as Eli and Aarron chat with Meriah about scaling with intention and ensuring that customer experience and a human-centered approach are always at the heart of design.
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The Weather Channel’s new storm graphics are totally insane

This week, the Weather Channel launched a new broadcast technology dubbed Immersive Mixed Reality. “Using the power of advanced, real-time graphic renderings and visual effects . . . TWC is pioneering new methods of broadcast presentation for real-time immersive storytelling,” the company explained. But what does that really mean? In its debut, the Weather Channel simulated a full-fledged tornado quite literally ripping the walls off its own studio. A power line and car fell from the sky as its anchorman ran for safety. Things only escalated from there. The technology ups the ante for an industry that’s already known for dramatizing the weather with XTREME graphics. It played out like a Universal Studios ride on the eights.
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THE BOOKS, PODCASTS, AND TV SHOWS THAT INSPIRE DESIGN LEADERS

Inspiring people come in all shapes and sizes. Some are unassuming while others walk into a room and fill it with a big personality. All of them share something in common: the ability to move others. I often wonder, what inspires the inspirational? I’ve had the opportunity to dive into this question with high-performing design leaders all year. There have been over a dozen Design Leadership Forum dinners and retreats where hundreds of leaders have gathered to connect and talk shop. Each event features conversations surrounding a major challenge that most design leaders face in their roles. We’ve discussed hiring, collaborating with the c-suite, scaling design teams, and more.
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Introducing Anchor for iPad: a bigger, better way to make your podcast

Today we’re incredibly excited to unveil the world’s first-ever end-to-end podcasting solution for iPad, complete with a full set of intuitive tools that are perfect for both experienced podcasters and beginners, alike. Not only does this new update let you record on the go, but you can also edit your audio, host all of your files, and distribute your podcast to all major platforms with a single tap (it’s the easiest way to get your podcast on Apple Podcasts). Like Anchor’s mobile apps for iOS and Android, Anchor for iPad is completely free and available right now on the App Store.
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Smarter, Not Harder: How to Succeed at Work

We each have 96 energy blocks each day to spend however we’d like. Using this energy blocking system will ensure you’re spending each block wisely to make the most progress on your most important goals. Warren Buffett “ruled out paying attention to almost anything but business—art, literature, science, travel, architecture—so that he could focus on his passion,” wrote Alice Schroder in her book The Snowball. This isn’t unique to Warren Buffett. Almost all of the successful people I know follow a similar approach to focusing their efforts. The key to better outcomes is not working harder. Most of us already work long hours. We take work home, we’re always on, we tackle anything we’re asked to do, and we do it to the best of our ability. It doesn’t seem to matter how many things we check off our to-do lists or how many hours we work, though; our performance doesn’t seem to improve.
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