Jon Alling

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Stay in the building. • Ninjas and Robots

If you want to create something that truly makes a dent in the universe, you need to have a thorough understanding of a problem. When you’re building …

Customers

Why Craftsmanship Still Matters

02<p>Jul<p>Craftsmanship seems to have skipped a whole generation.<p>Especially in a Lean Startup hyped world, where throwing code against the wall and …

Lean Startups

Understanding human behaviour: taking a more complex approach

Recent advances in behavioural economics, cognitive neuroscience, network theory and social psychology more generally have overturned our common …

A Working Definition of Product Design

<i>photo by Alexey Bednij</i><p>For the past ~18 months, I’ve been working as a product designer. And I’ve spent that same 18 months trying to understand what …

Does Your Business Need Free Radicals?

In chemistry, the term “free radical” is used to describe molecules with unpaired electrons, those that may have a positive, negative, or zero …

In Big Companies, Lean Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle

In 2010, one of us was sitting in a room at the Harvard Business School with Eric Ries and a number of budding entrepreneurs. They were pitching their ideas and plans to Eric and their peers; once the pitch was complete, the group would then brainstorm. One of these young entrepreneurs in …

One Hundred Days

Day 100<p>Kern and Burn<p>We have reached 100. A look back on the past months, and a huge thank you to you all!<p>Day 99<p>Ben Pieratt<p>Ben Pieratt says we should …

Warby Parker

Dear Graphic and Web Designers, please understand...

Dear Graphic and Web Designers, please understand that there are greater opportunities available to you.<p>You have an inherent need to solve problems, …

UX Design

Rilla Alexander: Without the Doing, Dreaming Is Useless

Good design is good business. But how do the strengths of a designer-founded business actually play out in the office and with the client? And what …

The tyranny of digital advertising

I don’t come from advertising. I have an eclectic, unusual background that includes training as a lawyer, joining a startup,getting a masters in …

by Dave Gray

The future of work is already here.<p>Customers are adopting disruptive technologies faster than your company can adapt.<p>To keep pace with today’s …

For Successful Social Innovation, Start With The Problem, Not The Solution

Walji also lays out three simple points for creating the most powerful social innovations:<p>Start with the problem, not the solution. If you start with …

Innovation

Why Everyone In Your Company Should Be A Product Manager

The definition of “product” should be expanded to include everything a company puts out into the world, from its website to its marketing materials, argue Jens Martin Skibsted and Rasmus Bech Hansen.<p>Recently, Ikea made headlines for something other than its affordable-chic furniture. It bowed to …

How We’re All Haunted By The “Feature Creep”

The creepiest creep of all this Halloween may just be the Feature Creep, the evil purveyor of unnecessary and confusing features on electronic hardware and software, rendering users with dreaded feature exhaustion.<p>Flooding our Co.Design headquarters this Halloween morning are hundreds of reports …

Life Hacks and Advice from an Everyday Woman

After college and going out into the real world, I have met so many different people from all walks of life. Through conversations and various social …

Lifehacks

How to Get Startup Ideas

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>November 2012<p>The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It's to look …

Startups

Steelcase’s Anthropologist On Remaking Offices To Create Happier Workers

Human nature changes slowly, but the way we work and the idea of the “office” changes fast. Here’s how to harness those opposing forces for a happier work force.<p>You text, you Gchat, you hop on Facebook–why? To communicate. Soon you find yourself turning the phone off, going invisible, and signing …

How To Think About Turning Your Products Into Services

Services already make up 75% of the global economy. Here’s how you can tap into the growing market.<p>Eking out profits from products alone isn’t what it used to be. Thanks to the Internet and global distribution, consumers have access to lots of choices. That’s good for them but not so good for the …

Collaborative Diversity

Smarties hailing from different backgrounds (and/or with different ways of thinking) working together is much more effective than separated, …

The Workplace

Creative Leadership

At WEF Dubai, a design leader of a major company spoke of the two kinds of briefs his team usually received from internal clients:<p>1/ A brief that is …

How to innovate. Focus on jobs to be done. • Ninjas and Robots

My wife and I make coffee with a set of steps. One interesting bit is that we’ll take the coffee pot and gently jam the pot into the area of the …

Service Design: From Insight to Implementation - Exclusive Excerpt, Part 2

<i>The following is an exclusive excerpt from</i> Service Design: From Insight to Implementation<i>, a new book by Andy Polaine, Lavrans Løvlie and Ben Reason.</i> …

Simple Is Smart

There’s nothing simple about simplicity. It is a concept with many nuances and lines. A second pass suggests that clarity makes for …

The Future of Sustainability Is Design, Not Communication

The growth of the collaborative consumption movement, as seen in the popularity of services such as Airbnb, speaks to the shift in consumer …

Innovation

What a stupid idea • Dustin Curtis

For some cruel reason, I keep finding myself in the position of being introduced to things in their infancy (often before they are even launched), …

Mountain • Ninjas and Robots

What if you wanted to start a business with too much competition? What if the competition was as popular as Starbucks?<p>There’s a countless number of …

Living Rooms