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Designers: “Stop making crap!”

Three industry leaders agree: If you want to be an ethical designer, stop thrusting so much junk out into the world.<p>Take any bad thing you see across apps and websites. Maybe it’s a dark pattern in an e-commerce site, or a racially profiling algorithm behind a mortgage lender. Of course it’s easy …

The Role of a Manager Has to Change in 5 Key Ways

“First, let’s fire all the managers” said Gary Hamel almost seven years ago in <i>Harvard Business Review</i>. “Think of the countless hours that team leaders, department heads, and vice presidents devote to supervising the work of others.”<p>Today, we believe that the problem in most organizations isn’t …

Management

The Black Struggle for Technology Jobs

In Atlanta and other racially segregated cities, the education system is stacked against African Americans competing for STEM careers. If Amazon picks the city for its second headquarters, things could get even worse.<p>After Atlanta made the shortlist of cities vying for Amazon’s second global …

Every Self-Respecting Professional Should Know These 4 Business-Critical Calculations

Passion and mindset are important but never more important than cold, hard numbers.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In its simplest form, business is math. If the unit economics work in a business’s favor, then the business will succeed; otherwise, the business will fail …

Ask yourself these 7 questions when preparing for a negotiation

Being successful in a negotiation comes from preparation. Finding the answers to these questions will help you navigate anything that might happen.<p>“Like it or not, you are a negotiator…everyone negotiates something every day,” writes Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton in their book on …

The iPhone’s original UI designer on Apple’s greatest flaws

Imran Chaudhri discusses how we can regain control over our devices–and how Apple can do better.<p>It’s been a decade since the British designer Imran Chaudhri first imagined a user interface that would introduce millions of people to the smartphone. Chaudhri joined Apple in 1995, soon rising to …

Best C-Walking Video Ever!

Why Bill Gates Is Reading “Capitalism Without Capital”

The tech-mogul-turned philanthropist has just published a review of a dense 2017 book on how “intangible assets”–things like software and data–are changing the economy.<p>Mid-2018 might seem like a strange time for Bill Gates to review a largely academic book that came out in late 2017. But as Gates …

Does the universal symbol for disability need to be rethought?

Two designers suggest turning the symbol into a reconfigurable library of icons.<p>Ninety-three percent of people with disabilities don’t use a wheelchair, even though the universal symbol that identifies this group is a person in a wheelchair. Liam Riddler, a creative at London’s McCann office, …

How to Be a Great Business Leader and Cherished Manager at the Same Time

Every business executive and entrepreneur I know believes they are a good or even a great leader, but as an adviser I often hear a different story from their team.<p>You probably have a few stories of your own about a least-favorite boss who was always too busy to listen, gave nothing but critical …

Who Visits Cultural Organizations – And Who Is Interested in Visiting, But Doesn’t (DATA)

Here are the profiles that cultural organizations need to see.Did you know that US millennials who visit cultural organizations tend to be online …

Make “Fairness by Design” Part of Machine Learning

Machine learning is increasingly being used to predict individuals’ attitudes, behaviors, and preferences across an array of applications — from personalized marketing to precision medicine. Unsurprisingly, given the speed of change and ever-increasing complexity, there have been several recent …

Machine Learning

7 Ways Successful Moms and Dads Balance Work and Family During Summer Break

All working moms and dads (especially the moms) find work/life balance difficult throughout the year. Summer break, however, presents an extra challenge. The kids are at home and need extra supervision, parking them in front of a screen isn't a healthy option, and meanwhile, the demands of work …

How to Design Highly Effective Products Using This 1 Technique

If you're asking how to design a better chair, you're asking a product-focused question. If instead you ask, <i>How can I help someone who is tired of standing up?</i> you're asking a human-centered question.<p>Often, we find clients asking us product-focused questions. Design a better knife, car, bathroom, …

Washing Machines

Hip hop is an unusual path to architecture. So be it

The Hip Hop Architecture Camp is designed to get underrepresented kids interested in the industry.

What Is Strategy?The Three Levels of Strategy

You've probably heard the term "business strategy" used in the workplace.<p>But what <i>is</i> strategy, exactly? And are you aware that you need different …

Inclusive Symbols Archives

At StudioLR, We’ve been designing wayfinding signage to help people living with dementia live more independently.<p>[7 Minute Read]<p>With features such as …

This Video Counters Common Lies About Refugees With Real Stories

Refugees Are Us responds to the paranoia about refugees with facts and humanity.<p>When the refugee musicians in the Refugee Orchestra Project perform a concert, conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya–herself a refugee from Russia–invariably hears one reaction from some audience members: The performers “don’t …

16 mental models for founders and leaders

Think of mental models as the operating systems (OS) that run in the background of your brain. They’re always running—and you’ve put them together, either consciously or subconsciously, from your experiences and information.<p>Mental models give you a perspective or a frame of mind with which to view …

33 Smart Habits That Will Train Other People to Treat You With Respect

What do people want out of work? More than money, more than benefits, much more than job security, a recent survey says, they want to be treated with respect.<p>If that sounds like you, how can you increase the respect you get each day at work? It turns out that there are specific habits you can …

Want To Be A Great Designer? Ban Post-It Notes

Take a cue from Work & Co., the digital design agency that does work for Apple, Facebook, Google, and Nike.<p>To Ray Sison, Post-its are the enemy of good ideas. Sison is a design director at Work & Co, the digital product studio that designs for Facebook, Google, Apple, Virgin America, and Nike. And …

CVS Taps A Design Legend To Reinvent The Prescription Label. Next Stop: The Pharmacy

Inspired by service-design overhauls at companies such as Disney and Carnival, CVS is hoping to rethink the entire pharmacy experience.<p>Deborah Adler has had a story book career in design. In 2004, she was a grad student at SVA in New York, looking around for a thesis project when she saw her …

Taking Design Thinking Beyond Bullshit

<i>Design thinking is in its ‘bullshit’ phase, a time characterized by wild hype, popularity and little evidence of what it does, how it does it, or</i> …

Design Thinking

8 Design Principles To Live And Die By, According To Facebook, IBM, Pentagram, And More

Buck the trend and never be mediocre.<p>Most designers have a set of principles upon which they loosely base their work. Dieter Rams, famously, had 10. But how often do you satisfy all of these tenets of your practice at once? Once in a while, if you’re lucky.<p>So we asked eight prominent designers who …

Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? review – thrills, pills and big pharma

<b>Wellcome Collection, London</b> <br>This hard-hitting exhibition explores the impact of graphic design in health and pharmaceuticals as companies seek to educate, save lives, or simply sell us stuff<p>If graphic design can save your life, it is eminently capable of killing you, too. That’s the conflicted …

How Pentagram Helped Samsung Rethink Its Design Language

Samsung tapped the design powerhouse to overhaul the S8’s interface and establish a cohesive design language.<p>Samsung isn’t known for its UI design, but the company is now trying to change that, and boost its brand, with a signature interface style that debuted on its new S8 phone. To design it, …