Does Social Media Makes All Of Us Phenomenologists?

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It is every designer’s dream to design a chair. I have yet to meet an industrial designer that doesn’t want to design a chair or a car. It is designer’s dream for those who study transportation design is to design a car and I get it. Chairs and tables? The reality is how often designers get a chance to design their own chairs? And every transportation designers ended up doing is styling a car that was designed by a computer. There are disproporationately large amount of chairs being designed than to other objects and products.

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Any object whether it is chair, a table, a smartphone, or a coffee maker does not exist…
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Wearables That Promiss To Make Us Smarter. What’s Next?

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Do you wonder how we measure brain activity? Our brains communicate through the cell sending tiny electric signals to each other and the more signals the more electricity it will produce. An EEG can measure the pattern of this electrical activity. There are some who believe that if we stimulate certain part of the brain (pre-frontal cortex) will improve certain functions. For years, there had been experiments of stimulating the brain using small electric currents and see if it can make us thinker better or smarter.

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Some believe the results are…
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Design Thinking Requires Storytelling. It Is Both An Insight Tool And An Organization Culture Building Tool.

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Stories inspire, motivate, and shift the way the people think and work. Many civilizations throughout history understood the power of storytelling. From ancient Egypt to modern China story- telling provided the foundation for nearly everything. For business, often there needs to socialize strategies within executive management, the board and senior staff and they include telling innovaiton, survival and hero/heroine stories. Most survival stories are around when organization had to overcome big challenges from disruptive business models that threatened its existence. It is an important piece of organization culture building.

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There are a few universities offering storytelling degrees. I believe Columbia University offers a BA in storytelling an mythology and East Tennessee State University offers MA Storytelling, one…
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Have You Noticed The Emerging of Professional Visual Anthropology? Now You Can Be An Anthropologist Even If You Can’t Read And Write!

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I carry my camera (Leica) for 2 reasons. One is to capture pictures that remind me of what I've experienced or just something for inspiration and two is to share with others what I am doing. A picture can often tell a story better than a thousand words. Photography can capture the pure spirit and beauty of life, to tell a story to tangiblize humanity or to create a real (or fake) personality and to communicate an idea. I called it the practice of visual anthropology. Does it mean I am now an anthropologist?

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Photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Dorothea Lange or Steve McCurry have made their names by using photography…
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Design Thinking, Business Transformation And The Creative Enterprise.

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It is time to take a look at the report card of our design for business organization, management and strategy. After half a century of quality movement, brand management, marketing and catefory management, globalization, customer service automation and organizational design fine-tuning, we should have a pretty good of idea of what is working and what is not. As a result of all suboptimization efforts over past decades, we begin to see the impact on the whole system.

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The idea is that optimizing the outcome for a subsystem will in general not optimize the outcome…
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Great M/I/S/C Launch Party Last Night! Post Party Radom Thoughts On Innovation, Organization Design And Design Thinking Cuture.

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Great party last night for my magazine M/I/S/C lunch party held at the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. And Karin Wall (editor-in-chief) from Innovation Management joined us all the way from Sweden to co-launch their hard copy of Innovation Management with M/I/S/C. Cool people and great venue and not to mention good food. Exhausted after talking to 200+ people and there were about 20 people whom I last talked to was 7 years ago and actually never met in person and then there were some friends whom I have not seen for years. Oh what a night! And the girs at the office did a great job. I am thinking we should add 'party planning' to our innovation offerings. Anyhow,…
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With The Emerging Of The New “Object-Culture” – Meanings Are Sought Through Social Identities, Visual Information and Interfaces / Interactions

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There are objects that I love for many different reasons. They range from my Leicas to my JBL speakers, LV bags, Prada shoes and Mac computers. Objects that are highly functional can also be highly personal … expressive, reliable and artistic. Designers, brand marketers and product development executives often have to deal with the philosophical dilemmas such as subject vs. object; humanity vs. nature; function vs. style; and simplicity vs. complexity. Every time we come up with an innovative product design or experience we need to consider all of these things.

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When does the…
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Experience Design Innovation Can Use Nostalgic Clues To Create Emotive Connections. Don’t Under Estimate The Power Of Nostalgia.

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As technology pushes forward and sometimes it is easy for us to forget about the past. I think marketers and product designers could benefit more from looking to the past. I am not ready to claim that many of the classic design whether it is product or interfaces will stand the test of being both functional and timeless, but I can comfortably say that many brands/ products /interfaces carry a lot of sentimental value for many people. And many of these deign will not only survive this lifetime and well into the next generation. 

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Ursula Burns, CEO Of Xerox Talked About Printing The Future For Xerox At The World Innovation Forum.

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Also speaking at the World Innovation Forum in NYC is Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox. Xerox is a company that was on a roller coaster ride the last 10 years and currently in a stabilized state with sales of over $22B (included the newly acquired company). But the future is still uncertain. Burns was made CEO last year after serving two years as President. With more than 80 products launched in the last 3 years, the company has increased the portfolio of document management systems and software in an unprecedented way, but it is an ultra competitive space as digitization of document blurs the boundaries of their business.

Burns believes a company needs to sustain itself into the future. Invest…
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iTouch Jumbo, Large Soda and Magnum Condom. What Do They Have In Common? It Is All About Size.

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Size is always a big factor in product design and marketing. The iPad essential becomes an iTouch for the tallest man in the world. I always have a problem with oversized drinks in this part of the world, but I also have a problem with the undersized drinks in Europe and Japan. A cup of tea in London is really too small for me and I almost needed to order two. A cup of tea in New York is usually way too big and I have to pour away 30% of it right away.

Oversized cold beverage sales is maxing out at 32 oz., in the eyes of the marketers they generally views "bigger" as "better," field data us telling us that gigunda 44 oz. size fountain…
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