Chetan Mangat

84 Flips | 18 Magazines | 13 Likes | 10 Following | 20 Followers | @cmangat | Founder of Blank & Co. www.blankandco.com An experience design and digital strategy consultancy

We’ve been structuring brainstorm sessions all wrong

The traditional framework for brainstorms involves identifying a problem, listing solutions within a set of parameters, and then choosing the best.<p>But research on creativity and innovation suggests that truly innovative solutions result not from searching for a “correct answer,” but from the …

Design

How To Use Kanban To Become Insanely Productive: A Short Guide

Are you searching for the perfect productivity system?<p>First the bad news: It doesn’t exist. You’re going to have to do the work no matter what system you use.<p>Now the good news: Kanban is an easy-to-use and -learn system that can help avoid feeling overwhelmed by those endless To Do lists.<p>Let’s dive …

Project Management

Finally, a smarter alternative to lorem ipsum

Lorem ipsum. To most of us, it’s a passage of meaningless Latin that fills websites or brochure layouts with text while waiting on writers to fill it with real copy. And in fact, lorem ipsum was designed as nonsense from the beginning. Its use rose to prominence as early as the 1500s, when an …

The Resume Is Dead. Here's What Innovative Companies (Including Tesla) Are Using to Hire Instead

Need top talent? Then you need this.<p>In 1998, a study was done that found that previous work experience is actually one of the weakest indicators of future job success. So why do we still rely on it as the primary tool when it comes to hiring?<p>It makes no sense.<p>What does make sense is aggressively …

How to build a brand with purpose, according to 5 entrepreneurs who just won big money doing so

It’s no longer good enough to be in business for yourself alone — if it ever was in the first place.<p>Corporate social responsibility is more important than it’s ever been, and consumers — especially younger consumers— are much more cognizant of a corporation’s purpose than they’ve ever been. But …

20+ Websites for Incredible Free Stock Photos

Whether you're a blogger looking for the perfect photo to accompany your article or a designer in need of an image for a new T-shirt, there are innumerable reasons that free images come in handy. But, as you're searching for <b>stock photography</b>, it's important to know the right places to do so in …

Web Design

Have you noticed these web design trends in 2018?

As a space of ideas, fresh design and inspiration, the internet is a space which is constantly changing and evolving. As designers add new elements …

UI Design

The 15 Best Netflix Documentaries You Need To Stop Skipping Over

You always see them on Netflix, now it's time to watch them.

6 Great Business Books to Read in 2018

Want to know what to read in the new year? Here are six books that will help you gain new skills, build better teams... and become an even better you.<p>Want to know about some of the great business books coming out in 2018? I receive tons of advance copies from publishers and authors, and here are …

Awesome JavaScript Animation Libraries

by Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp.co — best technical writing tool<p>JavaScript libraries are incredibly useful tools for any designer or …

Learn to Code: Harvard's Free Online Computer Science Course

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C, SQL, PHP, and More<p>Harvard’s “Introduction to Computer Science” course is widely regarded as the best computer science …

The rules of brainstorming, according to top design firm IDEO

I work at home, alone for the most part, which means I rarely have the opportunity to be involved in a good brainstorming session. That's a shame …

Introduction to Neural Networks

Neural network basics<p>What are neural networks<p>Neural networks, commonly known as Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) are quite a simulation of human …

Carrie Fisher Had Cocaine, Heroin, Ecstasy in Her System, Autopsy Shows

Carrie Fisher had cocaine, methadone, heroin and ecstasy in her system when she died in December, according to an autopsy report released Monday.<p>The …

Harley Quinn

New 'responsive' Google Font can shapeshift to match any design

Google Fonts is getting more customizable and interactive. The company has updated its collection with its very first ‘parametric’ font – a new typographic technology that makes it easy for designers to tweak and modify the format of virtually any typeface.<p>Developed in collaboration between …

10 Free Wireframe Kits To Speed Up Your Design Workflow

The wireframing process is crucial to every new UI project. Before you get into the colors and typography you have to consider the user experience …

Wireframing

5 steps to develop a successful influencer marketing platform

With traditional advertising methods slowly dying out, everyone who is somehow involved in the marketing industry is looking at new ways of approaching their audiences.<p>All the surveys and statistics point towards the same things; the majority of marketers believe in influencer marketing and are …

Cat nomming on a fancy French pastry is as adorable as you think

There are many reasons to love cats.<p>Their cute faces. Their sassy attitudes. Their ability to make everyday acts more enjoyable.<p>Take Casper the cat …

Google launches animation tool so you can turn boring data into cool GIFs

Google wants to be the Giphy for turning boring data into awesome animated illustrations – sort of.<p>The search engine titan announced it has launched a handy animation tool that essentially lets you turn tedious number charts into slightly more entertaining GIF illustrations. The so-called Data GIF …

GIF Animations

Amazon's Jeff Bezos constantly reminds his workers about the biggest enemy: 'Irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline.'

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos knows a thing or two about building a successful business.<p>Several analysts have predicted that Amazon will be the world's first company with a trillion-dollar valuation, and Bezos recently became the second-richest person on earth.<p>In his latest letter to Amazon shareholders, …

Machine Learning

White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage Recipe on Food52

• Olive oil<br>• 2 shallots, chopped<br>• 2 minced cloves of garlic<br>• 1/2 cup chopped carrots<br>• 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms<br>• 1/2 cup white wine<br>• 3 cups vegetable stock<br>• One 15-ounce can white beans (like Great Northern), drained and rinsed<br>• 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary<br>• 2 to 3 cups chopped kale<br>• 1 pound sausage (like kielbasa or …

30 web design tools to speed up your workflow in 2018

The right web design tools can streamline your workflow, helping you work smarter – rather than harder – and more efficiently. After all, you want to …

The Best Places to Shop for Design-Savvy Men Photos

The term <i>bachelor pad</i> tends to conjure visions of unkempt lairs replete with stacks of dirty dishes and mismatched furniture. But plenty of guys of all ages take pride in their homes, and for good reason: There are many stylish design companies geared toward men determined to outfit their pads in …

64 Stunningly Scandinavian Interior Designs

It’s straightforward while remaining ultra-functional. It celebrates natural light in a place that can go many months with very little sun. It there …

Homepolish’s new online shop solves the mid-priced furniture dilemma

The interior design service has a go at multi-brand retail<p>Homepolish, the interior design service launched by Noa Santos in 2012, has opened its own furniture and decor e-shop, and it’s stocking a really decent range of statement pieces that don’t feel tired. H Marketplace, as it’s called, plans to …

The Most Expensive-Looking Ikea Hack We've Ever Seen

Custom built-ins are one of those design elements that can step your home up from nice to magazine worthy. Unfortunately, their high style is usually …

Light bulb moments

The sky wasn't the limit for annual design awards in lighting architecture<p>A pendant light that is a literal map to the stars. A lamp inspired by a region of space-time.<p>These are not part of the new set design for television's <i>Star Trek: Discovery</i> or even a NASA project. They're just a few of the …

“Design has nothing to do with art”: Design legend Milton Glaser dispels a universal misunderstanding

Design is not art. It’s a distinction understood by practicing designers, but it still eludes many. In an Oct. 29 talk at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the 87-year-old graphic design legend Milton Glaser gave the best definition of the practice of design.<p>“Design is the process of going …

Graphic Design