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A Designer’s Guide to Working in Tech

What’s Inside:<p><b>·</b> <b>A Shift in How We Work</b><b><br>·</b> <b>Big Companies</b><b><br>·</b> <b>Mid-Stage Startups</b><b><br>·</b> <b>Early Stage Startups</b><b><br>·</b> <b>Closing</b><p>A Shift In How We Work<p>Many of us who trained as …

What So Many Strategists Get Wrong About Digital Disruption

“Digital is coming and it’s coming fast”; “No industry sector is immune to disruption”; “One thing is certain about digital transformation: It will be a big change for your entire organization”; “Digital <i>will</i> disrupt your industry.”<p>Judging by the headlines and opening lines of recent articles and …

The Difference Between Tactics and Strategy in Marketing

The internet is full of tips, tricks and tactics for how to get ahead with your online business.<p>"Have you tried a welcome mat? Those can 10x your subscribers!"<br>• "Did you add social media buttons before and after your content? Those can double your shares!"<br>• "Are you using embedded tweets for your …

Digital Marketing

The next-generation operating model for the digital world

Companies need to increase revenues, lower costs, and delight customers. Doing that requires reinventing the operating model.<p><b>Companies know</b> where …

Customer Experience

The Digital Designer of the Future - Bridge

<i>Diogenes Brito is a Bridge 4 alum and Product Designer at Slack. If you’re interested in joining our community, including some of the most</i> …

The Biggest UX Challenges Of 2017

UX is no longer just about user experience. It’s about social justice.<p>2016 raised the stakes, didn’t it? Just a year ago, it seemed like a big deal that iOS is always bugging us about our iCloud storage. Now, designers are asking themselves questions like, “wait, did my UI just give rise to a …

The Designer Conundrum: Where Does Blue Sky Thinking Meet with Reality?

Product designer Bryan Le works for a real estate agency, which ranks slightly ahead of insurance and health care on the list of the least creative …

UX Design

Tackling the Top Challenges for Creative Teams

Agile can protect creative minds from tedium while building results-driven marketing organizations<p>37.2% of Marketers say their biggest challenge is …

Experience Design: The Next Evolution Of Brand Development

Online expressions are influencing impressions. This is setting the stage for shared experiences to collectively shape how people view your brand, …

6 Visual Storytelling Trends That Will Forever Change The Way You Do Digital Marketing

Storytelling has been a buzzword in the marketing world since the origin of advertising.<p>From John Deere’s first edition of “The Furrow” published in …

The Most Important Design Jobs Of The Future

Designers at Google, Microsoft, Autodesk, Ideo, Artefact, Teague, Lunar, Huge, New Deal, and fuseproject predict 18 new design jobs.<p>Yesterday’s graphic designers are today’s UX designers. Will tomorrow’s UX designers be avatar programmers, fusionists, and artificial organ designers? Yes, according …

I’m having a ‘Digital Transformation’ right now

Over a relatively short space of time, digital technology has contributed so much to homo sapiens’ long history of hyperbolic over-claim.<p>If, like me, …

Three Practical Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Research and Design

Three Practical Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Research and Design<br>By Monica Weiler / August 29, 2016<p>Does your organization have challenges bridging …

Adopt New Tech Before Everyone Else

One glaring constant in your career is that the technology you’ll use for your craft will regularly change. When this happens you have a choice: Hold …

Filmmaking

It's a new day: the blurring of disciplines put everyone into competition

In the superhero inspired procedural drama <i>Gotham</i>, there’s a leitmotif where different characters say "It’s a new day" when they believe themselves to …

This is the age of the audience

For a good while now, the interruptive advertising model, designed to puncture and punctuate popular culture, has been approaching a "mass extinction …

Why Business Strategy and Design Need To Work in Tandem.

Many companies treat business strategy and design like the baton handoff in a relay. Instead, it should be a sustained collaboration.

Business Strategy

Should designers be generalists or specialists?

Chris Thelwell and Ujay Gajendar sound off on this week's design leadership prompt.The post Should designers be generalists or specialists? appeared …

UX Design

How digital design is evolving, and why we should value research over the big reveal

As digital design matures, <i>says Tom Bradley</i>, a different skillset required from designers is beginning to emerge. At Code Computerlove, we have …

UX Design

The New Normal: Digital Agencies in the Emerging Age of Giants

The SoDA Session in New York City explored how leaders across disciplines — Finance, Project Management, Strategy, etc. — define and measure project …

Marketing

Create an Evolutionary Web Strategy with a Digital MRO Plan

Many organizations, large and small, approach creating their web presence as if it’s a one-time project. They invest an enormous amount of time and …

Web Design

Know & understand the bloody brief

As one of the first assignments in «Creativity and Design» at Hyper Island’s master program we are to document our process through the entire course …

The Future Of Branding Is Debranding

Branded content camouflages what companies have been trying to do since time immemorial: Sell you stuff. Here’s a better idea.<p>As digital media blunts the impact of advertising, brands are looking for new ways to lure consumers. The latest, buzziest effort has been to publish stories that look and …

Applying Inspirational Design Thinking to Tackle Breakthrough Innovation

A society's progress depends upon the quality of the questions it asks itself and to know what questions to ask today in order to secure a sustainable future.<p>One question could be: "Why design something at all?" Our society obsesses over entrepreneurship, innovation and design for creating growth, …

Design Thinking

Frog Will Have No More Chief Creative Officers

A shakeup at Frog, one of the most storied design consultancies, signals the shifting business of design.<p>Hans Neubert, Frog’s chief creative officer who broadened the consultancy’s mission from “Design” to “Advancing the Human Experience,” has departed for the digital agency Huge. The surprise …

Spotlight: Creative Director Adrian Veliche

<b>My name is</b> Adrian Veliche and <b>I’m a</b> Group Creative Director at PwC Experience Center, currently living and working in Hong Kong.<p><b>My work specializes in</b> using creativity and technology to help solve today’s complex business problems and to drive digital transformation within organizations.<p><b>Creative</b> …

How to Stop the Infighting and Actually Conduct a Creative Ideation Session

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Your team is sitting around a conference table. They’re all staring at each other with a hint of angst in the air. …

Design as Participation

This publication can be found online at http://jods.mitpress.mit.edu/pub/design-as-participation.<p>If you didn’t come here through the MIT Media Lab’s …