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A bi-weekly hand-picked grass-fed locally-sourced list of the industry articles our creative technologists are currently reading. Topics include customer experience, design, marketing, business, finance, technology, media, and storytelling.



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March 26, 2018

Broadening design to include systems, platforms, and product-service ecologies


Traditionally, design practice and design education have focused on giving form to physical things—apparel, buildings, messages, tools, and vehicles—the artifacts that constitute material culture.

Source: Dubberly Design Office

Modern Communication Zombies


We are living in a time of Armageddon and we have a serious problem with zombies. A communication virus is turning us into modern zombies, and we are losing chunks of our humanness.

Source: The RSA

Design for a Vision


We’ve all been there—reacting to micro feedback, responding to a VP request, making small tweaks for small gains. They all add up progressing your product / site / experience but it always detracts from holistically crafting a strategy, a north star, a vision.

Source: Google Design via Medium

Why Designers Need to Start Thinking About Blockchain


Blockchain. You’ve heard the word. Perhaps you’ve invested in a digital currency or two. But do you really know what the technology is and why it matters?

Source: IDEO

AVA: The Art and Science of Image Discovery at Netflix


At Netflix, the Content Platform Engineering and Global Product Creative teams know that imagery plays an incredibly important role in how viewers find new shows and movies to watch.

Source: The Netflix Tech Blog via Medium

How focusing on the customer (not the competition) brought us over 1 M new signups in a year


If we indulged our FOMO and imitated the competition, our product might not work for those users.

Source: The Startup via Medium

Don’t take design critique as an insult


Receiving feedback is a natural part of the design process, and in every round of feedback the design tends to get stronger and tighter. But how do you avoid taking feedback personally?

Source: UX Collective via Medium

Flow Patterns: Make Site Flows in Fine Visual Detail


How effective are your site flows? If your site flows aren’t visual, they aren’t that effective.

Source: UX Movement

The Next 3 Billion in Financial Services


VIDEO: Traditional banking services have fallen flat for an enormous segment of the population — whether because they’re “unbanked,” or because the state of those services makes it even more expensive to be poor.

Source: Andreessen Horowitz
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