An interview with Melora Zaner

Head of Mobile Design & UX, Digital; Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase This post originally appeared on the marcus evans website. Ahead of the 3rd Edition: Design Thinking for Banks & Financial Services Conference, marcus evans spoke with Melora Zaner, Head of Mobile Design & UX, Digital; Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase about the main challenges in integrating innovation into…

Designing Your Personal Brand

I recently told a friend that I was writing a piece about designing personal brands. “Sounds pretty gimmicky to me,” he replied. My friend’s response is not unusual; personal branding is often misunderstood and consequentially gets a bum rap. For many, it means a logo on your business card or designing a website. Others, like…

The Creative Conflict: Our relationship with creativity and how to handle it

Our relationship status with creativity is complicated. To the outsider, we appear to be in a strong, loving relationship. Creativity was identified as the single most important leadership trait for success by a 2010 IBM poll of CEOs worldwide. We celebrate the accomplishments of inventors and strive to be like them by copying their habits…

The Impact of Clarity – Interview with Lee Steffen

This post originally appeared on DesignThinkers, an annual conference hosted by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers.  Lee Steffen will be speaking at DesignThinkers 2016 where he will be talking about The Spark. An award-winning creative director, photographer, composer and popular speaker, Lee Steffen strives to find the beating heart of every creative venture and inspire others…

Raden: A Case For Better Travel

Forget dead devices, excess baggage charges, and lost belongings, Raden is the new, efficient, and fashionable way to travel. Their slogan rings true: Raden’s smart luggage is the case for better travel. While traveling can sometimes be anxiety inducing and stressful, Raden’s bags make globetrotting seamless and enjoyable – whether you’re embarking on a short,…

Designers in the Hands of a Passionate Leader

Lee Fain, a senior design strategist at Idea Couture, shares his insights into the world of design management in the most recent issue of Design Management Review. In a piece called “Designers in the Hands of a Passionate Leader,” Lee offers tips of the trade for those who are new to the world of managing…

Justina Blakeney: The New Bohemian

How do you integrate your love for plants and nature with your passion for design and textiles? I use both plants and textiles very liberally in my design work. They are the easiest things to use quickly and totally transform a space, even on a budget. Plus, plants carry good energy, so bringing them into…

Designing Products for the Most Important Decision Makers: Women

It’s becoming a well-known fact: women are the world’s most powerful consumers, controlling 85% of all purchases. Not only do they buy for themselves, but also for their children, parents, extended family, and friends. Even if they aren’t spending the money directly, they often still have influence or veto power over what enters the household.…

Tackling
 the Crisis of Political Faith with Citizen-Centered Design

Despite today’s age of connectivity, participatory digital communities, and online knowledge sharing, political dialogue and engagement remain bleak. As populations of individuals witness the introduction of radical anti-terrorism bills, the passing of detrimental environmental policies,
 or continual human rights violations, yet choose not to engage directly with politicians and political structures, a deeper challenge emerges.…

Criticus Among Us

Having been witness to, and part of, the evolution of the pharmaceutical industry over the past three decades, my foremost thought is of our remarkable contribution to public health. This was achieved through leading science, an exemplary evolution of translational medicine, and a business model anchored in measured milestones, envious interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative scientific…

Workday Infinite: Talking to Ash Thorp, Director and Designer

Designer, creative director, illustrator, filmmaker: Ash Thorp is a storytelling polymath. In addition to contributing to Hollywood’s most ambitious sci-fi films in recent years, he’s also known for his “year of complete potential,” enduring a daily seven-hour commute from San Diego to Los Angeles studio Prologue to learn from the industry’s best. Between juggling several…

Mistaking Process For Purpose and Tinkering for Thinking Pt. 1

Process and method are both necessary aids and major obstacles to innovation. Process is clearly necessary for organizing thought and action, planning rigorous research, and aligning groups of people towards a common goal. However, people have a tendency to elevate process so that it becomes the end in itself and not a means to the…