“I’ve worked with people who have idolized Steve Jobs in an almost perverted way I guess,” says Mr. Bleikamp, who is careful to stress that the blog wasn’t about his current or prior employer. “People see a super-picky, design-focused guy and think if they emulate that they can do something similar.”
“If we came to grips with the concept, if we agreed on whatever it was we were trying to achieve, he would trust that we’d pick the right typefaces and colors, but we didn’t waste too much time talking about those things. I think that part of his ‘thinking wrong’ was that he was just thinking, period.”—Douglas Riccardi on Tibor Kalman.
“I hate all those expressions like ‘Think outside the box, because I think the notion of accepting the fact that there’s a box in the first place is a big problem people have in general. And what you’re talking about with M&Co. is people who didn’t recognize—or care—that that box existed.”—
Scott Stowell talking about M&Co. where he was a designer from 1990 to 1993
“The MBA became a degree in methodology. We produced masters of financial engineering, people who didn’t have heart and soul. I’ve been thinking for years that we were headed in the wrong direction.”—Yash Gupta, former dean of The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School commenting on MBA programs in general.
This is the opportunity Apple has missed. As with the iPod line, there needs to be a “simple” (and cheaper) model of the iPhone. Apps are useful but there needs to be a line of widget like apps. Simple apps that don’t take up much memory. Combine those on a simple (thiner) iPhone line. Price it at $100 and offer a pay as you go version. Make sure it has wi-fi in it though…
“Despite this categorization, the subject matter transcends graphic design and can be universally applied to any of the design trades and professions including product and environmental design.
The book description will sound familiar to anyone working in architecture and related design professions:
As designers look for ways to stay competitive in the conceptual economy and address the increasing complexity of design problems, they are seeing that they must not only be experts in form, but must also have the ability to collaborate, to design in context and be accountable through measurement.
By adopting a process that considers collaboration, context and accountability, designers move from makers of things to strategists.
The book focuses on the designer’s workflow, ideation techniques, client relationships and methods for measuring the success of their projects.”
I was recently searching for something and ran across this incredible Maryland transit map. What makes it so crazy is that it uses a grid like system similar to the Beck London underground map used by almost all subway systems but; This map applies it to a massive region and mixture of transit systems.
If you click on this, it will load in a PDF and you can see much more detail.
From the edge of DC to the North past Aberdeen and down to Annapolis, it shows a very complex number of systems. Strangely, the smaller downtown insert map is a geographical transit map. I guess so you can use it to walk. But it is probably the one map that actually needs to be simplified like a Beck map.
For a single transit method, a subway, bus routes, this idea could work for the region. But combining them all at this scale is incredible and, does not work. The Marc, light rail, and subway could be one version of this with busses being a second. Strangely, it and other maps show water taxi points but, not routes.
What this map shows is that, a big map like this cannot work. The time and money invested in this should have been dedicated to route finder smart phone app and web site. I should be able to enter two points in this transit space and it should be able to show me the four or so options I would have to get between points.
“A growing number of large food and beverage companies in the United States are assuming the costs of recycling their packaging after consumers are finished with it, a responsibility long imposed on packaged goods companies in Europe and more recently in parts of Asia, Latin America and Canada.
Several factors are converging to make what is known as “extended producer responsibility” more attractive and, perhaps, more commonplace in the United States.”
“It alarms because I know what we can do… and we can’t believe we are the only one in the world with the capability and intellect to know what is possible in cyber (warfare).”—Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey on “cyber warfare” threats speaking on Charlie Rose, March 2012
Some excellent advice from Tony Schwartz - Harvard Business Review
“If you’re a manager, here are three policies worth promoting:
1. Maintain meeting discipline. Schedule meetings for 45 minutes, rather than an hour or longer, so participants can stay focused, take time afterward to reflect on what’s been discussed, and recover before the next obligation. Start all meetings at a precise time, end at a precise time, and insist that all digital devices be turned off throughout the meeting.
2. Stop demanding or expecting instant responsiveness at every moment of the day. It forces your people into reactive mode, fractures their attention, and makes it difficult for them to sustain attention on their priorities. Let them turn off their email at certain times. If it’s urgent, you can call them — but that won’t happen very often.
3. Encourage renewal. Create at least one time during the day when you encourage your people to stop working and take a break. Offer a midafternoon class in yoga, or meditation, organize a group walk or workout, or consider creating a renewal room where people can relax, or take a nap.”
“Today, startup investing is reserved for the 1%. Less than 1% of Americans are ‘angel’ investors and less than 1% of all small businesses receive outside equity investment. (This despite significant investor returns, according to the Angel Investment Performance Project). Within this narrow band, the distribution tightens further – a majority of all angel investments go to technology driven industries. And, 80% of angel investors are men. As a result, a vast majority of the economy – entrepreneurs, investors, and whole industries – are left out of this virtuous cycle.”