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    • Discarding Old Habits

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      Self-Directed Learning and Its Unexpected Challenges Day 37 of working at Rule29. The days are growing shorter, the weather more bitter and I’m finally seeing my project come together in a valuable way. But structuring my own brand alignment research has been tougher than I expected. From defining objectives and creating interview questions to qualitative…

    • Unraveling Rule29

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      An Unofficial (and Working) Guide to Navigating Rule29, from an Experience Institute Fellow.    When you start working at a new place, you might feel lost or anxious during your first few days. And if you’re like me, you think about every possible thing that could happen the night before your first day and lose…

    • 5 Things That Help Grow Your Design Business

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      Let’s just start here…running a business can be hard. For those running a business, especially a creative one, there is no shortage of nuances that uniquely challenge us, not to mention the usual things to stay on top of, plan for, and promote. With today’s disruptive environment, you need to pay attention to the pillars…

    • You Won’t Find ______________ at Rule29

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      If you have stepped inside the R29 headquarters, you’ll notice a few things pretty quickly. You’ll hear music playing (sometimes blaring), you’ll be treated by brightly painted walls, and you’ll find crayons conveniently placed in the conference room. You may notice the electric guitar hoisted right by the entrance door or the numerous posters liberally…

    • How To Find an Apartment Without Losing Your Mind

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      My wife and I finally moved into our new place here in Chicago, but not after a stressful and seemingly endless journey of searching, visiting, falling in love with, falling out of love with, and falling in love again with apartments. And hallelujah, we finally found one. Like anyone who has gone through a similar experience, you…

    • What is your “Africa”?

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      No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. —Charles Dickens The first time I stepped off the plane in Ethiopia, I suddenly and dramatically realized the world was a lot different than I had thought during my first thirty-six years on this earth. That might sound obvious, but for me…

    • Our Favorite Music of All Time

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      Music is an integral part of our lives. We wake up to it. We exercise with it. We consume it on our commute. We hear it as we wait in line at lunch. It sits underneath our favorite shows. And for most of us, we listen to it in our workplace. Here, at Rule29, we…

    • Green in 2016

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      This is a post from one of our designers, Edwin Carter.    If you take a survey of our day to day work at Rule29, you’d be surprised to learn how we spend a few hours out of each week. One of the things that makes this place special is that each of us are…

    • Design for Good: Is It Too Much?

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      I recently attended a conference where a well-known speaker said he didn’t believe design could change the world. Although he thinks design has the potential for great influence, he suggested that perhaps the “design for good” believers should take a log off the fire. He said the expectation to feel responsible for changing the world…

    • Design as Persuasive Art

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      A friend much wiser and smarter than I once told me that design is a “persuasive art.” He explained that, while art inspires behavior, design intends to change it. Although my dear friend is probably not the first to make this assertion, his observation caught me by surprise. I couldn’t deny that it was true…