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Open, Closed, and Privacy Follow-Up; Facebook’s Earnings; Notes on Facebook’s Earnings

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Behind The Scenes At Nerf HQ And The Making Of The Slingfire Zombie Blaster

How do you design a Nerf blaster that’s appropriate for kids, but looks menacing enough to blow out a zombie’s brains? You get rid of the spiked knuckles for one.<p>When the dead walk the earth, the future of humanity will be fought with Nerf! That’s the idea behind Zombie Strike, Nerf’s line of foam …

Why good storytelling helps you design great products

One of the biggest flubs that product teams make is confusing designs that look great with designs that actually work well. It’s a simple mistake, …

9 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Design Thinking

How Lippincott, the branding and strategy firm behind Coca-Cola’s swirl, Starbucks’s logo, and Samsung’s global identity, fuses creativity and analytics.<p>I lead an unusual company. Lippincott, part of the highly analytical management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, is the creative force behind the …

Learning

Storytelling in 2014

The attention of the consumer has changed, so why hasn't the attention of the marketers? Learn to communicate with your consumers like the year that it actually is...

Gary Vaynerchuk

Learning from How Designers Think and Work

When I was in business school, Stanford’s d.school was just a glimmer of a thing living in a trailer across campus, barely known to most of us business students. Five years later, there is much discussion in the business world about design’s evolution from producing of objects to producing a broad …

They're Watching You at Work

What happens when Big Data meets human resources? The emerging practice of "people analytics" is already transforming how employers hire, fire, and promote.<p>In 2003, thanks to Michael Lewis and his best seller <i>Moneyball</i>, the general manager of the Oakland A’s, Billy Beane, became a star. The previous …

Inside iRobot's "business-driven" innovation strategy - Working With Startups

Inside iRobot’s “business-driven” innovation strategy<p>I stopped by to see some of the newest products at iRobot this week, and talk with chief …

Innovation

New 'invisibility cloak' type designed

<b>A new "broadband" invisibility cloak which hides objects over a wide range of frequencies has been devised.</b><p>Despite the hype about Harry Potter-style cloaks, our best current designs can only conceal objects at specific wavelengths of light or microwaves.<p>At other frequencies, invisibility cloaks …

This is not a game: Why gamification is becoming a multi-billion dollar way to motivate people

Is gamification the same as games? No, but I understand why people think so. When you interact with a gamified experience, you see things like …

Pharrell is the Future of Music. Again.

Music today is more scattered and segmented than ever, but this year one man came out of self-imposed pop exile to create two songs that everyone, everywhere, heard at least oncePart of Esquire's Best and Brightest<p><i>Published in the December 2013 issue</i><p><b>Pharrell Williams had gone cold.</b><p>Last year, when …

Suigeneric Watch Straps: Style for Your Wrist

The NYC brand is bringing waxed cotton to a whole new place: your wrist<p><b>Ah, waxed cotton.</b> It's hardy, weather-resistant, near-bulletproof (at least in a figurative sense). That's why we've been crafting jackets and bags from the stuff for centuries, with heavy usage starting back in the mid-1800s …

Active Child: 10 Icy Songs for Winter

From electronic musician Pat Grossi of Active Child<p><b>Pat Grossi has a far different</b> background than the average electronic music producer. He began his project Active Child in 2010 as a medium for combining experimental music, indie pop, and R&B, as well as his skills as a harpist, but after …

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GrabCAD Workbench just got a lot smarter...

Today was an exciting day. I’ve been following the development of grabcad.com over the past year or two and they keep impressing me.<p>I’ve always been …

Software