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Title: Design in Tech Report 2017 Context: If you’re a designer (and I’m assuming that you are) then good news: one day soon, business might actually start to perhaps appreciate what you bring to the table. Synopsis: The value of

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Not sure if technology getting smarter...or user getting dumber.

Title: The Filter Bubble Context: What is creativity when everyone is enabled to be creative? Synopsis: Everyone is a photographer. I know because Instagram tells me so. According to Medium (and, apparently, WordPress), we are all writers deserving to be

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Connected complexity

Title: The Internet of Things Needs Design, Not Just Technology Context: We’ve finally hit the point where we all agree that technology without design is bad, right? RIGHT?!?! Synopsis: A fully networked world is coming. Your toaster will talk to

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“BadlyImage credit: Simon Berry, "Badly designed cup", July 11, 2014, Flickr

Title: Why Airbnb’s New Head of Design Believes ‘Design-Led’ Companies Don’t Work Context: It’s not who’s leading the culture of your organization that matters, it’s who is being led that makes the difference. Synopsis: The engineers have had their shot

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Medical software (crappy) UI

Title: Our world is full of bad UX, and it’s costing us dearly Context: We don’t design things, we design for people and sometimes what we design just happen to be things. Synopsis: Design is not always a life and

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Designed button vs data driven button

Title: Should Tech Designers Go With Their Guts — Or the Data? Context: Can design efficacy be quantified by data alone? God, I hope not. Synopsis: Data is a mere tool, yet it is often mistaken for truth. It can

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Title: How Designers Are Building Careers in Silicon Valley Context: Designers aren’t just designers anymore. Synopsis: (Ignore the navel gazing “Silicon Valley” qualifier in the title of this post because it adds nothing to the dialog which, make no mistake

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the future soonImage credit: k rupp, “the future soon“, June 27, 2010, Flickr

Title: 25 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design Context: The future of design as imagined by today’s leaders of design. Not you guys…those other leaders of design. Synopsis: What does the future hold in store for the professional practice of

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Title: The Science of Happy Design Context: Rather than efficient, connected, and smarter what if we instead designed technology to make us happy? Synopsis: If you wrote down all of the values that we aspire to when working towards a

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Title: Design In Tech Report 2015 Context: Design no longer contributes to business success, it drives it. Synopsis: Let’s be frank: it’s a helluva good time to be a designer in tech. It’s not always easy, but it certainly is

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Title: At 90, She’s Designing Tech For Aging Boomers Context: Design isn’t always about what you can prove, sometimes it’s simply about what you know. Synopsis: This rapidly changing, tech obsessed, innovation-centric culture in which we live is unquestionably a

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Title: 6 Ideas That Define Design in 2014 Context: Hey design. What’s new with you? Oh these 6 things? OK then. Synopsis: Design is constantly evolving and while there are certainly inviolate articles of faith that maintain across its continuous

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Poster by François Caspar

Title: A Golden Age of Design Context: The New York Times says we are in the golden age of design. They can’t lie about these things, right? Synopsis: It’s all coming together. Technology, ideas, business—all of it—and the result is

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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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“SimpleImage credit: Emma Jane Hogbin Westby, "Simple & Obvious", June 14, 2008, Flickr

Title: Seams Context: The act of simplification is also the reduction of possibility. Use the power of design to simplify wisely. Synopsis: Sometimes we designers treat our customers like children. Oh, we do it with the best of intentions. All

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