Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people or find a different room.

Michael Dell

startupquote:

I want to do one thing, and do it well.
- Jan Koum

startupquote:

I want to do one thing, and do it well.

- Jan Koum

I’m not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.

Lord Acton

As the complexity of our ecosystems grows, we will need plans and prototypes more than ever before. To wrangle strategy, structure, and schedule in our heads is absurd. We must put ideas into the world, so we can see them. Maps, sketches, words, and wireframes are essential, but we must also use the medium of construction for architecture and design.

Medium - Information Architecture

Big data is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it…

Dan Ariely

Linked data helps us make sense of information.

@mikeatherton

Your resume is like your life - it is your golden ticket to the chocolate factory.

Samantha, international business major

designandventure:

From Design to “DE$IGN” … or “D€SIGN” works too (smile).

Earlier this week I spoke at TED on a few observations I’ve been making about the business value of design as my design adventure progresses into its third month. I’ve been asked when the TED talk will be available online — I do not know that information unfortunately. In any case, it was nice to get a chance to speak to my love of donuts, the Bauhaus, and a few challenges in moving industry perceptions and attitudes towards design as about being just a pretty face, and instead seeing the strategic value of design that leads to higher performance in a product, service, and idea. The primary driving thesis was an article I wrote for the WSJ on "Three Principles for Using Design Successfully."

     My talk was primarily centered around the W Coast, but there’s tons and tons of great design and venture work all across the US, including the fine leadership work in NY by Ben, Tina, and Craig. When the TED talk finally posts, I’ll make sure to put it up on this blog. A couple of the slides I made are attached above. -JM

Like Yahoo!, which successfully revised its corporate culture by prioritizing creativity over productivity, I believe that the true essence of a company lies in its culture. To design corporate culture; this is truly what Lean UX aims to achieve in the world.

Designing Culture with Lean UX

米国人は、日本の学校や会社はとても階級的で厳しいという印象を持っています。
日本では年長者からの指示に従い、長時間働くことが大切で、「失敗」は恥ずかしいことであると聞いています。
目新しく前向きな結果を生むような創造性には、果敢に挑戦する自由や、あえて失敗する自由が必要だと思います。
もちろん、限度はあるのですが、失敗を共有することで、改善のために何が必要かを学ぶことができます。
これがまさに「デザインと創造的プロセスの本質」なのです。

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