Ten great tips for advertising planners. Generally useful for anyone in a creative profession. My favourites:
1. See the world differently to everyone else
2. Try to be interesting first and right second
4. Read weird shit it always comes in handy
8. Always think and communicate clearly – radical doesn’t mean complicated
The WSJ says that CEOs are going back to the idea of offices because open plan is terrible.
Lella Vignelli died on 22 December 2016. Vignelli Associates released a beautiful tribute book (pdf) showing many of the amazing things, interiors, products and clothing, she designed over her life.
Julie Zhou’s post looking back on what she learned in 2016 was widely shared in my social media designery bubble. I thought this was a good insight:
you will always be treated as a service if you assume your role is to wait around for others to come to you with some specific problem to solve. The path to getting out of being a service is to have an opinion about which problems are worth solving and convincing other people of that.
This was good too:
Being a designer is like having a superpower that allows you to show other people the future.
With great power comes great responsibility, of course.
This is a great analysis of meetings and email by Jason Downs.
I used to think that most work arrived by email, but after looking closely at it, it’s clear to me now that the critical point at which work gets created is in meetings. Email, as painful as it is, is really about people requesting a response to the fact that work needs to get done; students asking for extensions, colleagues asking about that project you are working on together, program managers asking about that new course design…
Good advice on how to take charge of the meeting/email cycle later in JD’s post, too.
Academia runs on free labour, all the way up the hierarchy.
If the academic gift economy – whereby we offer each other intangibles and are tied to each other through vague debts of gratitude – should be phased out entirely, the result would be a disaster for the development of knowledge.
A great post by Pat Thomson on interviewing and the importance of asking how not why.
Michael Beirut on Lella Vignelli:
I learned an enormous amount from Massimo about how to be a good designer. But I learned how to be a successful designer from Lella.
The brief period of time when a self-driving car hands back control to the human driver is just a little bit disorienting.