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    • I have come to believe that doing “Good” as a creative or company not only attracts the right people to work for you and with you, but also generates opportunities to engage with great clients. From what I have found, if “good” is part of your internal DNA, it is reflected and manifest in how…

    • Processing Life with Bruce Mau

      Life Style is the first book by Bruce Mau that collectively captures and documents his creative process. The book illustrates Mau’s intellectual approach on design and the implementation of his idea in detail as it relates to a collaborative working environment – in particular his studio.  Life Style was published three years after S, M,…

    • Designing A Resolution A World Apart

      When we hear about the ever-increasing violence in our world, many of us naturally ask: “What can be done to stop this?” “Is there anything I can do?” I know these are questions I’ve pondered when it comes to the challenges that have ensued from the violence impacting the great city of Chicago. In many…

    • 5 Things That Help Grow Your Design Business

      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…

    • What is your “Africa”?

      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…

    • Design for Good: Is It Too Much?

      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

      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…

    • The Importance of Understanding Culture

      We can get inspired; we can learn how to upgrade our skills—but if we are not in the right culture, or helping to create the right culture, we are missing out on our best work opportunities. Culture is an important component of any company; in fact, I would argue that it may be the most…

    • Take Time to Celebrate & Dream

      No matter what position you hold at the company you’re with, taking time to celebrate the past and dream about the future should be a yearly ritual for your career. Due to life, deadlines, and the pace of our days, many of us often fall into the routine of looking forward to the next holiday…

    • Design Can Make or Break a Startup

      I’m a firm believer that design can be a game changer for businesses. This is especially true for startups. Great strategic design can be the difference between a startup’s success and failure in the early days of hitting the market. I have seen great ideas struggle and fail initially because they missed the connection from…