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Prepare a Five Year Plan

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Many successful people achieve success because they set for themselves a few very clear goals and then strive to achieve them. Life goals provide a long-term focus. Nevertheless, they can be broken down into manageable steps—or small goals—which ar…

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Remove Idea-Blocking Obstacles with ‘Conducivity’

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Day in-and-out we spend a good amount of our time coming up with creative ideas, solving problems, and making decisions. With focus, concentration, and inspiration, we are better and faster at these applied thinking skills.

Your boss just let you know…

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Return on Influence, the New ROI

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Amy Jo Martin on measuring the “warm metrics” of social media — including engagement levels, viral factors and sentiment analysis.

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Is Siri Seriously Awesome or Seriously Flawed?

Monday, October 24th, 2011

This is a cross-post from Benzinga.com.

A bit of both.

There’s a good reason why Apple chose to demonstrate a handful of simple tasks when unveiling Siri, the voice-activated “intelligent assistant”. Those tasks just happen to be the very t…

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Reasons the iPhone 4S is Selling Incredibly Fast

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

This is a cross-post from Benzinga.com.

Don’t let the critical disappointment fool you—millions of Americans can’t wait to get their hands on the latest iPhone.

Last week, Apple received an endless list of complaints for unveiling a rehashe…

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Designing for the World

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The relationship between globalization and design is a tricky one, and designers should take more than just aesthetics into consideration.

“A powerful force drives the world toward a converging commonality, and that force is technology… Almost ev…

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Relativity Has No Place In Creative Business

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Creative business owners tell me all the time, “It is not like what we are doing is brain surgery. We are just providing [a logo, flowers, pictures, lights, music, video, furniture].” Some go even further and say that their creative business gives …

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Strategies to Help You During Times of Transition

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Transition is the psychological process people must go through to come to terms with new situations. Change is situational: the new boss, new teams, new roles. It’s the psychological aspect that’s difficult to manage, and it is only after a psychol…

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Are You Undervaluing Your Talent and Knowledge?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

So often I see business owners who overflow with truly stunning ideas and who possess impressive skills and experience still struggling to make money. Usually this happens for three reasons:

They are undervaluing and downplaying the rich and vast stor…

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Why Legendary is Synonymous With Steve Jobs

Monday, October 17th, 2011

The passing of Steve Jobs. 13 hours later: 13,284 blog posts, 30,905 news mentions, and 2.5 million tweets—that’s more than 10,000 tweets per second (topping tweet records even the King of Pop couldn’t achieve). The numbers speak for themselves. …

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Post Rationalization is an Innovator’s Best Friend

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The logical, deductive approach to problem solving that we are all taught, is not always the best for trying to create breakthrough ideas. In fact, it can be positively counter-productive. You often need to be “illogical”, non-linear, and put the c…

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There Are No Bad Ideas: Just Ideas That Don’t Work

Friday, October 7th, 2011

If at first you don’t succeed, learn!

I have written at length about the value of ideas. Thus far, I have focused on successful ideas. But unsuccessful ideas are extremely important too; not least for the amount of damage they often cause. Damage n…

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Taxi Driver by Steve Schapiro

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

As analogue lovers, there’s no telling in how much we adore film photographs. Seeing one’s shots on actual prints and compiled in a book brings visual elation and self-gratification. ‘Photos on Pages’ is a new series that features photo-books b…

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To Win, Integrate Design And Business

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

In this excerpt from “The Method Method,” founders of the design- and eco-friendly brand explain the value of having creative leadership at the highest ranks of business.

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Designers Are The New Drivers Of American Entrepreneurialism

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Bruce Nussbaum: the “growing desire among designers to bring their user focus, strategic vision, iterative methodologies, and propositional thinking to the still-geeky, tech/engineering-centric world of startups promises to be transformative and explos…

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Design Anthropology: A Coming of Age

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

When designing for humans, understanding them is key.

In the protean world of design, one subject in particular looks set to outlast all the other apparitional trends: Design Anthropology. Its seemingly simplistic portmanteau of a name is, however, n…

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Taxi Films and Cinema Cabbies

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Taxi drivers are interesting characters. They come in a variety of quirks and personalities. With that said, here’s a short list of some memorable films that featured taxis and their cabbies:

Esmarelda Villalobos: Pulp Fiction (1994)

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Patience To Live In Yourself

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

We are all busy trying to master the ‘new new’ things. Be it all things social media, business offerings, employees, vendors, markets, even clothes—we just do not want to be left behind. Staying the course so often is interpreted as sitting stil…

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Has Thinking Small Got You Stalled?

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Owning a small business is one of the best self growth paths I know—after parenting! Some people call this acquiring the entrepreneurial mindset. It pushes us toward examining the personal roadblocks, habits, or ways of thinking or doing that are kee…

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How Starbucks Transformed Coffee From A Commodity Into A $4 Splurge | Fast Company

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

An interview with Stanley Hainsworth, whose creative vision for Starbucks steered the brand to becoming a cultural icon.

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The Swiss Army Knife of Design

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

This five-part Design Culture series is presented by Swinburne Design. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Swinburne Design has a history of cutting-edge teaching and revolutionary programs from Degrees to PhDs.

Is the ‘T-shaped designer’ all but a my…

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The Innovation Complex

Monday, September 26th, 2011

This five-part Design Culture series is presented by Swinburne Design. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Swinburne Design has a history of cutting-edge teaching and revolutionary programs from Degrees to PhDs.

Innovation is in a designer’s blood, but wh…

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Embrace the Strain

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Fewer resources, limited time, slashed budgets, rising costs. These restrictions require we work faster/harder/smarter to deliver the same results as before the economy collapsed in 2008 and ever since, while it’s struggled to gain traction. Add to t…

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Creating and Fear

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

After working for ten years as an actor, Karen Moncrieff became a screenwriter. In a Writers Guild magazine article, she notes, “Writing felt so comfortable in a way that acting never really did. With writing, I was using all parts of myself, all of …

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The Ultimate Taxi Etiquette Guide

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

It’s an honest profession that no one should belittle or look down upon. Here are some tips and gentle reminders on the art of riding cabs!

You might not mind them much when you’re busy in transit but if you think about it, our taxi drivers lead har…

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Five Ways to Improve Your Social Media Skills

Friday, September 16th, 2011

What’s the first thing you do in the morning when you get on your computer? Most likely you check your email and catch up on the news from your favorite websites or blogs. With the continual aggregation of web content over the last few years, million…

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HTML5 Could Kill the App Store By 2015

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

This is a cross-post from View more at:http://www.designtaxi.com/article/101708/HTML5-Could-Kill-the-App-Store-By-2015/

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The Future of Education

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Creating the Future of Education and Work wants to help educators foster creativity and conceptual thinking in schools.

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When Willpower is Trumped by Bad Habits

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.”—Mae West

Many new ventures are foiled by the morning email habit, for example: when we want to exercise, write, or meditate, but we can’t resist checking our emails for just a minute… …

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In and Around: Cultures of Design and the Design of Cultures

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

From the Emigre archives, this essay by Andrew Blauvelt about designers as witnesses and participants in culture still rings true.

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Five Myths About Pro Bono Design | Co. Design

Monday, September 12th, 2011

John Cary contends that pro bono work is not work for free, but an opportunity to channel one’s skills into a rewarding project, from which the designer stands to benefit as much as the client and audience.

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The Ways of Designing

Monday, September 12th, 2011

This five-part Design Culture series is presented by Swinburne Design. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Swinburne Design has a history of cutting-edge teaching and revolutionary programs from Degrees to PhDs.

On design research, user-centric design and …

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Hop Aboard the DesignTAXI x Lomography Competition

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Taxis aren’t just a quintessential form of urban transportation; they’ve become cultural icons themselves. From New York’s checkered yellow cab to London’s dour black one, the taxi is every bit a part of a city’s makeup as the Empire State or…

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Steve Jobs is Not a Visionary

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

This is a cross-post from Benzinga.com.

Apple used to be a terrible company. I remember when I was in grade school and the only places to have Mac computers were schools. Not even high schools, just elementary and middle schools. Then all of a sudden,…

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The Decline of the Music Industry

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Each week, TAXI will curate a selection of new products and projects from Fast Company’s Co.Design, a web magazine that showcases the people, products and projects that are roiling the design world. This series will join other picks from technology to …

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IBM VP’s Three Essentials For Creating Innovative Products | Co. Design

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Lee Green provides a road map for generating disruptive technologies, objects, and experiences.

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A Tablet To Keep Seniors From Getting Lonely

Monday, July 25th, 2011

A new device from Intel and GE’s joint Care Innovations effort aims to bring social networking for the elderly to a simple digital tablet.

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Six Bit-Sized Innovation Lessons from EBay’s New Design Think Tank

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Ebay recently created its own internal design consultancy, to stir the creative juices of its product teams.

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Google Health’s Failure to Bring Meaning to Data

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Via frog: “Google Health failed on two primary dimensions: failure to create a connected and meaningful solution.”

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Survey: People Getting Smarter About Going Green

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

“Green household products and groceries have the highest adoption rates of all consumer-goods categories in six of the eight countries surveyed this year.”

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