The Extreme Entrepreneur

By Sean Flaherty | Business ideas on the edge of disruption.

Can Artificial Intelligence Be Creative?

Before you read this post, I want you to do something for me. Take 10 seconds and think of 5 fields that best exhibit “creativity” as you think of it.<p>…

Intelligence

The Superbook - The smartphone-powered Android laptop

Laptops

The UI That Could Help Make E-Sports A $100 Billion Industry

Activision Blizzard wants to make e-sports mainstream. How? By focusing less on the video game and more on the players.<p>With 2.2 billion fans worldwide and $124 billion in revenue, professional sports is big business. But ask Mike Sepso, senior vice president of Activision Blizzard Media Networks, …

Activision Blizzard

The Foundation of Technical Leadership

I’m a front-end architect, but I’m also known as a technical leader, subject matter expert, and a number of other things. I came into my current …

Leadership

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

Breaking the habit: The art of noticing the world around us and making it better

Article image: A worker using a spectroscope to observe steel color and gauge temperature. (source: Kheel Center via Flickr).

O'Reilly Media

How to Create a Perfect Color Scheme [Infographic]

Nothing can make a project stand out or identify your brand or business like color. Just think: What would the “Golden Arches” of McDonald’s be …

Color Schemes

Accessibility Matters: Meet Our New Book, “Inclusive Design Patterns” (Pre-Release)

<b>We use ad-blockers as well, you know.</b> We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly …

Universal design

Bridging retail's digital divide at the point-of-sale

If you want proof that digital transformation is much more than a simple technology upgrade, look no further than your nearest shopping mall. The …

Digital divide

Are Branding Agencies Still Relevant?

The old way of designing brands is in desperate need of a rethink, writes Edenspiekermann's Paul Woods.<p>A couple years ago, I was interviewing for a job as digital design director at a (well-known) branding agency. After the usual pleasantries, we landed on the details of what the role would entail. …

Branding

Val Head on the challenges of web animation

<i>Val Head will be discussing motion in design systems at Generate Sydney on 5 September, while Sarah Drasner will demonstrate how to make intricate</i> …

Animation

Pull

As young children we learn, very early on, how to influence the people around us. It starts when we are trying to get our basic needs met. We learn …

Command and control

Use Simple Checklists for Acceptance Criteria

Throughout this article, I’m going to use “GWT” as shorthand for Given/When/Then. And, in places, I will use “AC” as shorthand for Acceptance …

Agile Development

How Google is Remaking Itself as a “Machine Learning First” Company — Backchannel

If you want to build artificial intelligence into every product, you better retrain your army of coders. Check.<p>Carson Holgate is training to become a …

Learning

How Brainstorming Questions, Not Ideas, Sparks Creativity

Want to challenge assumptions? Follow the lead of Microsoft, MIT, and others, and ask more questions, writes author Warren Berger.<p>Brainstorming has developed a fraught reputation, perhaps deservedly so. When groups of people are thrown together and expected to come up with original ideas, there is …

Creativity

Pipelines, Platforms, and the New Rules of Strategy

Back in 2007 the five major mobile-phone manufacturers—Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and LG—collectively controlled 90% of the industry’s global profits. That year, Apple’s iPhone burst onto the scene and began gobbling up market share.<p>By 2015 the iPhone <i>singlehandedly</i> generated 92% of …

Harvard Business Review

A behavioral approach to product design

Changing behavior is hard. We see it every day—New Year’s resolutions fall through, gym memberships remain unused, and well-intentioned plans to eat …

Industrial Design

As of today, Opower’s clients have saved their customers $1 billion on their energy bills

As of today, Opower’s clients have saved their customers $1 billion on their energy bills<p>Utilities turn to Opower when they want to deliver a higher …

Complete Beginner’s Guide to UX Research

In an industry devoted to the people who use our products, services, and applications, research is paramount. We ask questions. We take notes. We …

UX Design

A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama

When the Dalai Lama teams up with a top psychologist, who teams up a top data viz firm, you get the Atlas of Emotions.<p>The five circles slowly pulsing on my screen are meant to visualize the entire core of human emotion. Fear. Disgust. Anger. Sadness. Enjoyment.<p>Reductive? Yes. But that's exactly the …

Emotions

How to Fix a Broken Intranet

As a consultant in the UX business, I see a lot of different intranets. Most of them have one thing in common: They’re super messed up. They lack …

Usability

The biggest change in fast food isn't about food — and it should terrify chains that can't keep up

Whether in Starbucks or Pizza Hut, mobile ordering is taking over the fast-food industry.<p>Orders placed via smartphone will make up more than 10% of all quick-service restaurant sales by 2020, Business Insider Intelligence projects. At that point, mobile ordering is expected to be a $38 billion …

Fast Food

How a Nobel prize-winner thinks

Get an insight into the mind of leading scientist Andre Geim, in this interview covering the beauty of complexity, what makes humans unique, and more.<p>Nobel prize-winner Andre Geim at the University of Manchester is known for creating one of the most promising new materials of the 21st Century – …

Nobel Prize

Finding Product Market Fit

There’s a fine line between the “reality distortion field” founders create and just being a bit delusional. During our first year and half as a …

YCombinator

This Beautiful Mirror Is Really An Incredibly Accurate Scale

Understated industrial design meets high tech body scanning. God bless venture capital.<p>Farhad Farahbakhshian’s broad shoulders barely fit inside the chat window.<p>He's running me through a product demo for his new body-scanning scale on Skype. And to leave nothing to the imagination, he pulls out his …

Industrial Design

This website lets you book private jet rides that are cheaper than some commercial flights

A newly launched comparison site lets users search for and book private jet flights at a relatively low cost - sometimes cheaper than the cost of a commercial flight.<p>Stratajet bills itself as "the world's first online private jet marketplace," using technology to pull up real-time prices and …

Travel

Momentum

Organizational momentum follows Isaac Newton’s first law of motion, otherwise known as the law of inertia. Once it gets rolling, it’s hard to stop. …

Sun Tzu

Competition at the digital edge: ‘Hyperscale’ businesses

Digitization is giving rise to a new form of competition, with a scale and complexity that challenge managerial conventions. Learn about the new …