Last year at this time, I was at my in-laws with little to do so I read like a madman, posting all my favorites. It was a lengthy list. This year, not so much – just a few things that came across my feed over the past week, some of which were originally published earlier in the year:
Never heard of Fold before, but To Be An Underdog, Interview with Dave Trott will bring me back to their site again for further investigation.
Late in the Fall, Ideo broke its silence on design thinking’s critics. It’s still bullshit.
In the spirit of the holidays, read Nakatomi Space, about the building where my favorite Christmas movie, Die Hard, took place. I referred to Die Hard as my favorite Christmas movie long before it was the popular thing to do.
Design Observer’s Chain Letters series is fantastic, especially this posting late in the year with Celene Aubry of the Hatch Print Show.
2018 was not a banner year of rebranding, and 5 Brand Logo Redesigns That Pissed People Off proves it.
A mixed bag of links to share this week, starting off with a favorite piece of music:
Simon Sinek Explains What Almost Every Leader Gets Wrong
With a daughter considering studying architecture in college, Where Are All the Female Architects? resonated with me.
No matter what stage you are at in your career, Weighing the Risk: What’s the Cost of Not Making a Life-Changing Career Choice? offers some good food for thought.
I don’t know a single person who focuses their attention on just one thing. Marketers need to be polymaths: the modern-day marketing challenges confirms my findings.
Perhaps the single most important thing you will read this week is The Scientific Case for Eating Bread.
Promise yourself you will read Living up to Your Brand Promise from my pals at R+M.
Design Debate: Should You Work In-House or Freelance? has been on my mind a lot lately.
HBR is right. In Set the Conditions for Anyone on Your Team to Be Creative anyone can be creative, givven the right culture.
Design leaders at Microsoft, Google, Ideo, Pentagram, Gensler, and more weigh in on The 9 big design trends of 2019.
Jim Steranko may be one of the greatest unsung influencers of the latter half of the twentieth century.
New logos, new typefaces and even new names abound.
The future of advertising is not just martech but a re-emphasis on branding
This re-emphasis on branding will not be about the logo or brand colours. Those will be there but businesses will realise that these are details in the larger scheme of things.
Brainstorming — Why It Doesn’t (Always) Work
There is an ongoing debate between die-hard believers in the power of brainstorming and those who think that it is a bunch of nonsense. After decades of brainstorming sessions in every conceivable setting, you’d think that there would be a consensus about the value of this approach to generating breakthrough ideas. But, there isn’t.
The Most Valuable And Timeless Skills You Need to Thrive in The 21st Century
We live in a world of constant change, where skill sets can become obsolete in just a few years, you have consistently upgrade and reinvent yourself.
What Digital Creative Agencies Can Expect in 2019
One industry veteran says it’s a race to the middle, but there are opportunities to break away from the pack.
Transferable Lessons from the Geniuses of the Renaissance
The Renaissance Holds the Simple Key to Thriving in the 21st Century
Beyond the idea – does your creative process stop too short?
As such, a great many creatives have trouble determining the right time to put the pencil down. Too early, and your metaphorical hedge animal is ragged and indistinct. Too late and you’ve inadvertently lopped off a flipper.
WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA?
The Art of Noticing Newsletter No. 1: Thank Somebody, from Rob Walker
The act of drawing something has a “massive” benefit for memory compared with writing it down
Six of the biggest graphic design trends for 2019
What’s been happening in design this year, and where are we heading?
The 2019 Outlook for Agencies: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Continued leadership changes and in-housing, but also unprecedented opportunity