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From Mr Steven Heller, More de Harak Greatest Hits. Makes me fall is love with graphic design all over again.

From Ms Ashman, a lively talk on Designing the Brands of 2050.

How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive.

Life in the Big City captured in  Workfront report saying workers are too swamped to innovate.

Next in line after Mr Walker’s piece on How to Pay Attention, the flip side: The Perils of Peak Attention.

Old guys rule: The World’s Premier Alternative Icon: How Nick Cave Became an Arena Act in North America.  At age 61, underground rock icon Nick Cave and his band The Bad Seeds are about to embark upon the biggest tour of their career.

Made in S.A. on the road: Shiner Beer.

A tragic loss this week with the passing of Stan Lee. I’ve spent a fair amount of time this week reflecting on what a powerful influence he has had on my life. Of course, there are eulogies and countless other sources of praise for him elsewhere on the web, but HBR’s What Stan Lee Knew About Managing Creative People really struck home with me, because I manage creative folks in a similar manner. God bless you Mr Lieber.

Seen & Noted

The Menil as always been one of my favorite places in the city, and A museum grows in Houston by Alexandra Lange only makes me love it more.

Although I find some disagreement with the DNA of a Designer, there are some interesting thoughts.

A problem I am currently dealing with at Sysco is incorporating the use of a creative brief into our workflow. Real magic happens when a creative brief doesn’t (necessarily) result in an ad offers some solid insight:

Conceived in the 1960s, the creative brief aims to save time and establish complete alignment between client services, creative teams, media, and the client itself. Essentially, creative briefs detail the campaign objectives, target audience, critical messaging, reasons to believe, and deliverables. It’s easy to see how the standard creative brief, still widely used today, is built to inspire creative advertising, not creative business solutions.

Apparently, The Drum agrees with my thoughts on a more collaborative approach to briefs.

CNN posting Good design is good for business, new study finds makes me wonder whether or not the research is good or not. I subscribed to the McKinsey Design Index, we’ll see how this continues to develop.

Sister Corita knew this, but Inc. caught up to her in Drawing Is the Fastest, Most Effective Way to Learn, According to New Research.

Seen & Noted

A two or three minute read, but worth every second. In fact, reread Experts from Mr Trott.

Alan Fletcher’s The Art of Looking Sideways is an endless source of inspiration. The Strategy & Planning Scrapbook offers another pool to drink from.

We can all agree: Design is good for business, but just in case you need further convincing, McKinsey makes a lengthy argument.

The internet os much like hiking the Grand Canyon … seemingly endless wonder and something amazing around any given corner. I stumbled onto this article at The Believer this week.

ArtCenter published a quick article on Lou Danziger, the influencer to one of my life’s biggest influencer.

Noted for the week of October 8th


Arguably the greatest ad ever.


Why Business Design is the Most Important Skill of the Future
The times of pure Design Thinking are over: Certainly, the last years have seen the rise of Design Thinking and similar processes (most lately design sprints) that help entrepreneurs and managers to create more user-centered products and services. They are great tools to spawn desirability in customers. Nevertheless, they often fall short in creating a sustainable business model. Business Design is the remedy to this problem.

Advertising: The Rise of The Internet Class
… our industry is starting to have its own internet class. Now, I know, advertising has always been full of hustlers. But, the hustle, for creatives at least, has always been about trying to make things. The hustle, was the way, never the end goal.

Is “Hipster Design” Really a Thing?
According to Steven Heller and Seymour Chwast, yes

Five Ways to Improve Communication in Virtual Teams
As collaborative technologies proliferate, it is tempting to assume that more sophisticated tools will engender more effective virtual communication. However, our study of globally dispersed teams in a major multinational organization revealed that performance depends on how people use these technologies, not on the technologies themselves.

It’s Time to Embrace the Creativity Explosion Advertising Is Undergoing
The best times often appear most challenging


And more great TED Talks from our friends at InVision: The 7 TED Talks every designer should watch

Jeff Goodby’s 5 Vandalism Rules for Advertising Professionals
Go against the grain, and perhaps against your better judgment

The future creative department should be more Kraftwerk, less Nickelback
… creative workplace being forever beta, and I stand by that. It’s always changing.
And for more great stuff from Mr Haworth, check out The Modern Day Creative Director

See Mailchimp’s weird new branding
While other software giants are simplifying their branding, Mailchimp is keeping it quirky.

Found: An Ancient Roman Comic Strip With Speech Bubbles
Even the Romans loved comics!