Design’s Lost Generation
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”
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.
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).
This is terrifying. Straight out of Black Mirror.
Great advice about what you can do to build your personal innovation and creativity muscles.
This stat caught me: “in the past 15 years, half of the Fortune 500 has gone extinct”
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
A great argument for American manufacturing. All about innovation, not politics.
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.
Really interesting thought piece about the impact of AI and “artificial empathy” on design research.
Some interesting trends around workplace design. Big companies realizing that people need different kinds of spaces for different modes of work.
An in-depth look at the desperate state of the school system in MI. Flipped my perspective on charter schools. #longread
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.
“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
Really good analysis of the state of retail.
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.
What is culture worth?
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.
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.
"Research is not optional to a design process because working collaboratively and making good decisions are not optional."
This guy from Frog Design nails the difference between a *design strategy* and *business strategy approach*.
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.
Great advice: focus more on the pain you're willing to accept, not the end state of the struggle.
Strategy is a CREATIVE act. Analysis plays a role, but but it needs to follow, not lead, if you want real change.
This article is amazing. At the same time it feels like science fiction and non-fiction.
Reminds me not to take racial prejudice for granted as a barrier to economic opportunity.
Regardless of your political leanings, this story is a must read. Can we blame design for the way we choose our leaders? Maybe.
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?
This articulates so clearly my sadness about Apple.
"Personally, I reject the notion that the freedom to die a fiery death is a valid reason to defend driving."
I <3 the optimism and sheer nerdiness of Obama.
I aspire to this level of "active calendar management"
If you were going to design a house, who would you want to be the lead, the builder or the architect?
Great POV about the "mechanics and magic" of design, and how to integrate design into a young, growing company.
Long but worth the read...
"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."
Interview with the incomparable Kim Erwin #badasslady #design @IITDesign
CPG exec: "We are kind of fucked."
I'm in awe of the boldness and simplicity of the Tesla "master plan"
Great analysis of company culture and it's inherent relationship with success, failure, and leadership. #longread
There some genius in these tips.
Awesome case about the link between org structure and making great products vs great services.
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.
This is where healthcare is going. All summed up nicely in one app.