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Archive for the ‘Design Industry News’ Category

Release Your Inner Creativity: An Adult’s Manual

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

“There’s no secret. Only you and your environment. That really is the whole trick. To allow yourself the time, patience and desire to revel in your own creative energy field.”

Creativity. What exactly is it? Where does it come from? Is it diving…

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Personality Traits Freelancers Should Demonstrate

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

“…you must be able to confidently market yourself and your skills to higher power employers on a regular basis.”

Without question, maintaining a freelance career requires a specific type of person and quality compared to traditional nine-to-fiv…

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Beyond the Rational

Friday, December 30th, 2011

“Only after pushing yourself and stretching the boundaries of your own reality, can you truly create design solutions for the real world.“

A few weekends ago, during Oakland’s Art Murmur, my friend and I swung by a rather small gallery to check…

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Students Give Kimberly-Clark a Lesson in Design Thinking

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Inspiring read about RISD students who identified sustainable new concepts and scalable designs for the excessive waste produced by the most widely used sterilization wrap on the market.

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Sandbox Grains of Wisdom

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Small bits of meaningful advice can be helpful.

A few years ago, I was in the town of my alma mater, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. I arranged with my favorite professor to speak with students finishing up their studies in the public re…

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What Designers Can Learn From Biggie Smalls

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

[Click here to view the video in this article] When I first introduced this rather unorthodox topic to my co-workers in the Milan studio, one of the frog technologists with a life long passion for hip-hop asked, smiling, whether I was referring to

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Innovation vs. Vision

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

“… Innovation is focused on achieving unique strategic aims, rather than innovation for innovation’s sake.”

Take a look at the “Home” and “About” web pages of the world’s most innovative companies, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter…

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Three Ways to Get In Touch With Your Creative Side

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

“… Some people find it a challenge to get in touch with their creative side because they are conditioned to remain on a path which is conventional and proven.”

Although everyone has a creative side (known as your ‘right brain’), and a logical s…

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Rule Of Thumb: Measure Twice, Cut Once

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

“The whole purpose of these proverbs and pithy sayings is to use them as reminders: a reminder to take the extra time now, to avoid potential disappointment or disaster later.”

”Measure twice, cut once,” is one of my favorite proverbs. Obviou…

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Book Review: Design by Nature

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

“In emptiness, forms are born. When one becomes empty of the assumptions, inferences, and judgments he has acquired over the years, he comes close to his original nature and is capable of conceiving original ideas and reacting freshly.”—Stewart W…

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Seven People You Need To Involve In Meetings

Monday, December 12th, 2011

“It is less about the number of participants, all about ‘why’ they are there.”

Meetings. We have too many of them. Many Most aren’t productive. They are a necessary evil. But they don’t necessarily have to be evil…

There are all sorts o…

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How to Increase Your Focus

Monday, December 12th, 2011

I confess to being as prone to the distractions of the Internet as anyone else: I will start reading about something that interests me and disappear down the rabbit hole for hours (even days) at a time. But my ability to focus on a single task has dram…

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The Cult of Ideas

Friday, December 9th, 2011

“Innovation is not about ideas—it is about being productive with those ideas. It is about implementing them and generating value.”

The Cult of Ideas is a dangerous cult lurking within the field of corporate innovation. It is a disturbing cult i…

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Will Google Use Indoor Maps to Stalk You?

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

This is a cross-post from Benzinga.com.

Google’s ad business may get a lot stronger, and it’s all thanks to you, the willful consumer.

Earlier this year, Apple got into trouble for recording users’ location data in their iOS devices. A few …

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Making Change Happen in Your Creative Work

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

“…Knowing better is never enough. You have to be convicted to do better regardless of what better feels like.”

I evaluate creative businesses and suggest change for a living. Usually, there is a disconnection amongst: what the creative busine…

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Do You Feel Trapped by a Lack of Time?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

“Shift away from asking the question ‘how do I get through’ the commute or day, and ask a better question: ‘What can I get from’.”

Are you feeling like you are stuck in a pinball machine, where you are juggling the demands of your curren…

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How To Manage Problems You Can’t Fix

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Problems. Challenges. Opportunities.

Whatever you call them at your company, we want them fixed. Our gut reaction is—come hell or high water—to find a solution. However, there are times when there is no fix… You’re stuck with it.

For example,…

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Getting Out of the Creative Rut

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

You’re in a rut, and you can’t get unstuck.

Motivation is a resource that seems harder and harder to come by these days. You’re mired in malaise, you’re unexcited after a slump or a break, you’re in a dull 9-to-5 routine.

Any of these sound…

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The Secret to Creativity

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

The secret to creative thinking is to start with good problems. Then you need to turn those problems into thought provoking challenges. After that, great ideas will almost invent themselves.

Almost every creative idea is a potential solution to a prob…

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Defend Your Creative Choices

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Circumstance may grace us or befall us, sure, but how we receive the circumstance is up to us.

Everything we do is a choice. Whether we: act or not, play the victim or the martyr, underwhelm or overwhelm, accept or reject, feel or ignore; we choose. …

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Besides Your Job, Find a Life-Transforming Passion

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.”—Arnold Toynbee

Following your passion can be a tough thing. But figuring out what that passion is can be even more elusive.

I’m lucky—I’ve found my passion, and I’m…

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Frame Your Problems to Create Better Solutions

Monday, November 28th, 2011

When you’re looking to innovate, take advantage of an opportunity, or solve a problem… one of your first steps should be to clearly define, or “frame”, that opportunity or problem. Your frame is how you narrow and pinpoint what you choose to so…

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Why Visual Trumps Verbal Brainstorming

Friday, November 25th, 2011

WHY VERBAL BRAINSTORMING FAILS

The ugly truth about brainstorming is that more often than not it leads to mediocre results. In fact, if you’ve been involved in brainstorming sessions, you’ve probably experienced more than your share of events in which…

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To Work Better, Be Independent of Clutter

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Clutter isn’t an easy problem to solve, no matter how many times I might tell you to toss it out, tell you that you don’t need it.

A book isn’t just an object with words on it. A jewelry box isn’t just a container. Clothes aren’t just prote…

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How To Find Creative Inspiration Easily and Fast

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

GO BACK IN TIME TO GET INSPIRED:

It’s often said that history is the best-known tool for inspiring people to greater heights of personal and group success. When you are feeling a bit out of it you need to delve back into the history of your creativi…

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White-Collar Worker by Day, Lomographer by Night

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Lomography user gocchin—who is more commonly-known as Yoshitaka Goto—has been a Lomographer for four years.

[Above] Winning image for the Lomography X DesignTAXI: Find + Shoot a Taxi! rumble

The 38-year-old Japan-based office worker’s interest…

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Don’t Set the Bar Low for Your Creative Business

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

If we refuse to work to improve, we will suffer our own ennui.

It is not megalomania to say you are going to be the next so and so. Why not you? Presuming talent, desire, fortitude, courage and a heavy dose of good fortune, making your vision a rea…

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Time Management and Healthy Sleeping Habits

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The whole concept of time-saving has backfired.

People are as busy, if not busier, in 2011 than they have ever been.

Work moves at the speed of communications. Waiting for news, orders and next steps has always been a part of the strategic navigation…

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10 Steps to Take Brainstorming from Good to Wicked

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

How many brainstorming sessions, filled with potentially brilliant ideas, have ended up as rolled up flip charts under someone’s desk?

Taking ideas to the next step post-brainstorming can be a challenge. When I get near the end of the brainstorming …

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Have Your Creative Business Take A Break

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

“You can no more force creativity as you can make a baby grow faster.”

My first job out of college in 1988 was as a paralegal for a big New York law firm. Not a fun job (read: mind-numbing busy work). One of my big tasks was comparing changes to …

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Would The Thailand Floods Kill Computer Companies?

Monday, November 14th, 2011

This is a cross-post from Benzinga.com.

Many people wait until the holidays to upgrade their home computer on the cheap. Between the pre-Christmas sales and the post-Christmas inventory sell-offs, good bargains can usually be found around the holid…

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Design-Business Success By Raising Your Confidence

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Your confidence level has a huge influence on the chances of you doing things that feel challenging, or on some days, of working on your business at all!

Whether there’s a business task looming that’s making you nervous, or you want to quiet an i…

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Become a God of Learning Your Trade

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

A lot of you are like me—trying to do what you love, and figuring out the best way to do that.

It’s not always easy to do what you love, because:
You aren’t sure you’re good at it. You don’t know if it will work. You don’t know if people w…

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Tired of Being Tired

Friday, November 4th, 2011

“A man grows most tired while standing still.”–Chinese proverb

It’s tough being tired all day. I’ve had days like this, when I’m struggling through the day and don’t have the energy to tackle anything that matters. Hell, I’ve had years…

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Fees vs Mark-ups

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

“If you cannot get to what you need to create your art, it is, by definition, unsustainable as a business.”

With apologies to Olivia Newton John, let’s get technical. Should you charge fees and not mark up any of goods or services your creativ…

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Framing a Creative Elevator Pitch

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

An “elevator pitch” is a short, self-promotional statement which you can deliver when time is limited. The term came to prominence during the dot-com boom when every other person seemed to be starting up an Internet company and looking for venture …

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Ways an Apple TV Could Change Things

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

This is a cross-post from Benzinga.com.

A revolutionary new TV could be coming to an Apple Store near you. Here are the seven ways that it could change everything.

Apple’s first venture into television manufacturing has been rumored for months….

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Exit the Wheel, Take the Escalator

Friday, October 28th, 2011

You know that swift glide-y feeling you get when you walk on an escalator. You’re moving faster than you normally would with the same effort. That’s the feeling we all want when we work. Instead, it often feels more like running in an exercise whee…

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Use Competition As An Opportunity

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Competition is neither good nor bad. It just is. There are creative businesses, large and small that do what you do on a macro scale. They take pictures, supply design of all kinds (event, interior, graphic), sell cakes, and even light your rooms. You …

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Debt Collections—How to Get Customers to Pay Up

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

If you want to make things happen the ability to motivate yourself and others is a crucial skill. Smart businesses use motivation to get results in their debt collecting. Motivation requires a delicate balance of communication, policy and incentives.

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