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Breville toaster

Title: Why a Toaster Is a Design Triumph Context: Instead of trying to always change the world, maybe we should simply spend more time delivering a better piece of toasted bread. Synopsis: How does one wax philosophical about the design

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Title: How Today’s Designers are Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Principles Context: Happy birthday Frank! Synopsis: In honor of Mr. Wright’s 150th birthday, this seems like an opportune time to gauge not only his influence on architecture, but on design

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AI UX design

Title: How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Fill Gaps In UX Design Context: You can’t please all your users all the time. Unless you have the help of an artificially intelligent UX design assistant. Synopsis: Of course, the inevitable, dystopian hellscape

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Title: The Future Agency Context: Any prediction about the future is pure fiction. Until it isn’t. Synopsis: If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans. If you want to have him (or her!) ROTFL, tell him

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Alan Kay from Xerox PARC

Title: 5 Steps To Re-create Xerox PARC’s Design Magic (From The Guy Who Helped Make It) Context: Want good ideas? Most companies can’t handle what it takes to have good ideas. Synopsis: Innovation. There is no substitute. All of our

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IDEO's Lolzzz alarm clock wakes you up to the sound of a child's laughter.

Title: How Ideo Redesigned Monday to Be Less Awful Context: Hating Monday’s days are numbered thanks to design. Synopsis: Your alarm goes off in a shriek of canned, looping banality. Your calendar overflows with other miserable souls who too have

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Title: The Reinvention Of Normal Context: We tend to, as a species, equate normal with good for some unfathomable reason. Synopsis: We are all in need of inspiration on pretty much a rolling basis, but it’s what you do with

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Evolution of the iPod

Title: Deliver the Future, Gradually Context: Everybody wants to design the next shiny new toy, just be sure that your customers are going to want to play with it first. Synopsis: The old(ish) saying tells us that the future is

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Title: 11 Movements to Replace Common Things Context: Designers are problem solvers. We sometimes even solve problems that don’t really exist. Synopsis: Don’t you hate calendars? And fire hydrants? And door knobs? And child proof pill bottles? Especially child proof

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Isaac Asimov

Title: Isaac Asimov Mulls “How Do People Get New Ideas?” Context: Might be a good idea to take advice on good ideas from a guy who had more good ideas than most people have had ideas. Synopsis: The best kinds

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Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones

Title: Bose Headphones and the Internet of Broken Things Context: All things must come to an end. But does the end really have to come so damn quickly? Synopsis: As technology rapidly replaces the mechanical in our increasingly noisy lives,

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Old school LEGO ad.

Title: Learning More About Creativity And Innovation From LEGO Context: You can design. And you can innovate. But if you don’t link these processes to business outcomes you’re just wasting everyone’s time. Synopsis: See those guys over there? They design

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Title: How Design Thinking Transformed Airbnb from a Failing Startup to a Billion Dollar Business Context: The key word in central phrase is actually “thinking”, not “design”. Synopsis: There are blueprints for success that, if followed, inevitably lead to the

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Image credit: Mark Faviell, “I’m With Stupid”, April 14, 2010, Flickr

Title: Spotify’s Design Lead on Why Side Projects Should Be Stupid Context: There are no stupid ideas. Only stupid people too stupid to turn a stupid idea into something great. Synopsis: There are 2 types of great idea. The first

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Title: Bras in Space: The Incredible True Story Behind Upcoming Film Spacesuit Context: How a brassiere company that knew what they were doing beat the literal pants off lots of military contractors with no expertise in the race to design

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