Dave Sonders

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Dave Sonders

106 days ago

Coming in hot: a scathing indictment of our generation of designers. A fiery and thought provoking article about the state of design and our responsibility as people who make stuff. “Design’s Lost Generation”

Design’s Lost Generation

medium.com

Dave Sonders

137 days ago

I’ve heard the claim that America is looking more and more like a developing nation but this economic analysis finally drives it home for me. We really are two Americas.

America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People

ineteconomics.org

Dave Sonders

156 days ago

Surprised to see this coming from McKinsey, but this article is a really nice summary of what it takes to build a design-led company (and use design to deliver major business value).

More than a feeling: Ten design practices to deliver business value

mckinsey.com

Dave Sonders

184 days ago

This is terrifying. Straight out of Black Mirror.

Inside China's Vast New Experiment in Social Ranking

wired.com

Dave Sonders

188 days ago

Great advice about what you can do to build your personal innovation and creativity muscles.

The Innovator’s DNA

hbr.org

Dave Sonders

188 days ago

This stat caught me: “in the past 15 years, half of the Fortune 500 has gone extinct”

Continuous Innovation

blog.leanstack.com

Dave Sonders

239 days ago

Interesting on 2 fronts: as a snapshot of the scale of division in America today, and as a cautionary tale for researchers trying to be objective. #confirmationbias #longread

On Safari in Trump's America

theatlantic.com

Dave Sonders

241 days ago

A great argument for American manufacturing. All about innovation, not politics.

Inside Tesla's Secret Second Floor : Backchannel

wired.com

Dave Sonders

248 days ago

There’s some genuinely scary stuff in here. I for one don’t think it’s too late, but I’m pretty damn sure it won’t be my generation who figures out a way forward.

20 of America's top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy. They're scared.

vox.com

Dave Sonders

254 days ago

Really interesting thought piece about the impact of AI and “artificial empathy” on design research.

Artificial Empathy Systems and Design Research at Scale

medium.com

Dave Sonders

254 days ago

Some interesting trends around workplace design. Big companies realizing that people need different kinds of spaces for different modes of work.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable at That Desk

nytimes.com

Dave Sonders

284 days ago

An in-depth look at the desperate state of the school system in MI. Flipped my perspective on charter schools. #longread

Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost.

nytimes.com

Dave Sonders

344 days ago

Now that I've seen this it feels obvious. Also, explains a lot about the insecurity (angst maybe) we constantly feel in the design community.

Design as a Third Area of General Education

designobserver.com

Dave Sonders

417 days ago

“You do X and Y happens.” X is the input and Y is the output. This input-output pair matches our intuition about how software works. Simplifying the product as a straightforward input and desirable output creates the sense that it’s an ingenious idea 

The Art of Writing One-Sentence Product Descriptions

medium.dave-bailey.com

Dave Sonders

429 days ago

Really good analysis of the state of retail.

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

theatlantic.com

Dave Sonders

431 days ago

Long but very worth it. I'd love to know just how much of the mammoth I've tamed and where else it's hiding out in my thoughts and motivations.

Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think

waitbutwhy.com

Dave Sonders

442 days ago

What is culture worth?

How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation

hbr.org

Dave Sonders

471 days ago

I ❤️ Satya Nadella. He's 180 deg flip from Ballmer. Amazing how much he's changed the culture at MSFT in just a few years.

Microsoft's Satya Nadella is counting on culture shock to drive growth

usatoday.com

Dave Sonders

478 days ago

Some nice clear frameworks in here. Not really a takedown of design thinking so much as pointing out that doing a workshop and making some prototypes is not enough. Yes, you still need to do the grunt work of making real(ish) stuff and putting it into the world.

How To Make Design Thinking Deliver on Its Promise of Creating Better Product

uxdesign.cc

Dave Sonders

480 days ago

"Research is not optional to a design process because working collaboratively and making good decisions are not optional."

The Secret Cost of Research

deardesignstudent.com

Dave Sonders

486 days ago

This guy from Frog Design nails the difference between a *design strategy* and *business strategy approach*.

frog

designmind.frogdesign.com

Dave Sonders

506 days ago

Don’t kick off a sales presentation by talking about your product, your headquarters locations, your investors, your clients, or anything about yourself. Instead, name the undeniable shift in the world that creates both (a) big stakes and (b) huge urgency for your prospect.

The Greatest Sales Deck I’ve Ever Seen

medium.com

Dave Sonders

506 days ago

Great advice: focus more on the pain you're willing to accept, not the end state of the struggle.

entrepreneur

You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” Here’s a way better question

qz.com

Dave Sonders

518 days ago

Strategy is a CREATIVE act. Analysis plays a role, but but it needs to follow, not lead, if you want real change.

frog

designmind.frogdesign.com

Dave Sonders

568 days ago

This article is amazing. At the same time it feels like science fiction and non-fiction.

Fuck work

aeon.co

Dave Sonders

571 days ago

Reminds me not to take racial prejudice for granted as a barrier to economic opportunity.

The real secret to Asian American success was not education

washingtonpost.com

Dave Sonders

585 days ago

Regardless of your political leanings, this story is a must read. Can we blame design for the way we choose our leaders? Maybe.

Trump Exposes A Fatal Flaw In User-Friendly Design

fastcodesign.com

Dave Sonders

591 days ago

Fascinating read about the future of the Republican Party. With all the doom and gloom, would you believe I'm sad about where they seem to be headed?

‘We Are in for a Pretty Long Civil War’

politico.com

Dave Sonders

592 days ago

Speed kills.

Speed as a Habit

firstround.com

Dave Sonders

596 days ago

This articulates so clearly my sadness about Apple.

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer

venturebeat.com

Dave Sonders

606 days ago

"Personally, I reject the notion that the freedom to die a fiery death is a valid reason to defend driving."

Is the Self-Driving Car Un-American?

nymag.com

Dave Sonders

616 days ago

I <3 the optimism and sheer nerdiness of Obama.

Barack Obama: Now Is the Greatest Time to Be Alive

wired.com

Dave Sonders

618 days ago

I aspire to this level of "active calendar management"

The Sanctity of Your Calendar

medium.com

Dave Sonders

640 days ago

If you were going to design a house, who would you want to be the lead, the builder or the architect?

Design Just Ate My Software

zurb.com

Dave Sonders

667 days ago

Great POV about the "mechanics and magic" of design, and how to integrate design into a young, growing company.

Defining Product Design: A Dispatch from Airbnb&#039;s Design Chief

firstround.com

Dave Sonders

674 days ago

Long but worth the read...

A Guide to Demo Day Presentations

themacro.com

Dave Sonders

687 days ago

"This is listening as a martial art, balancing the subtle behaviors of emotional intelligence and the assertive skills of influence, to gain access to the mind of another person."

To Be a Better Leader, Learn This FBI Hostage Negotiation Tactic

medium.com

Dave Sonders

695 days ago

Interview with the incomparable Kim Erwin #badasslady #design @IITDesign

Why More Women Should Tackle Technology&#039;s Design Problems

fastcodesign.com

Dave Sonders

697 days ago

CPG exec: "We are kind of fucked."

Invasion of the bottle snatchers

economist.com

Dave Sonders

700 days ago

I'm in awe of the boldness and simplicity of the Tesla "master plan"

Master Plan, Part Deux

tesla.com

Dave Sonders

701 days ago

Apps put on notice as new study suggests teens love chatbots

venturebeat.com

Dave Sonders

716 days ago

Mercedes’s New E-Class Kinda Drives Itself—And It’s Kinda Confusing

wired.com

Dave Sonders

744 days ago

Great analysis of company culture and it's inherent relationship with success, failure, and leadership. #longread

The Curse of Culture

stratechery.com

Dave Sonders

752 days ago

So spot on

State of the Digital Nation 2016

blog.marvelapp.com

Dave Sonders

764 days ago

There some genius in these tips.

How To Be Persuasive: 7 New Secrets From Hostage Negotiation

bakadesuyo.com

Dave Sonders

767 days ago

The Six Qualities of Good Feedback

lifehacker.com

Dave Sonders

771 days ago

Awesome case about the link between org structure and making great products vs great services.

Apple’s Organizational Crossroads

stratechery.com

Dave Sonders

774 days ago

So many parallels to building new products!

even if you’re really good, your first pass or guess at what the film should be will only get you to the B level. You can inexpensively make a B-level film. In fact, because the barriers to entry into this field now are quite low, you can get to B easily.

If you want to get to A, then you have to make changes in response to the problems revealed in your first attempt and then the second attempt, et cetera.

Staying one step ahead at Pixar: An interview with Ed Catmull

mckinsey.com

Dave Sonders

785 days ago

This is where healthcare is going. All summed up nicely in one app.

Could This App Replace Your Doctor?

smithsonianmag.com

Dave Sonders

786 days ago

Lots of great insight in here for old line companies.

Why digital is the engine of the disruption economy and what you can do about it

workdifferently.gravitytank.com

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