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The New Designer: Customer Insights and Co-creation (Part 6 of 8)

January 25, 2012
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The New Designer: Customer Insights and Co-creation (Part 6 of 8)

Customers. Audiences. Users. People. However you describe them, they are the reason that businesses and organizations exist, and ultimately they determine whether an organization succeeds or fails in the marketplace. As more and more organizations look to design for strategic advantage, a greater emphasis is being put on understanding how design motivates audiences. When combined with business analysis,...

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Audience Participation

January 23, 2012
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Audience Participation

Banksy: I'm not going to argue about the validity, legality, or legitimacy of his work. What I'm going to comment on is the inclusion of the audience as an integral part of his work.

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Vernazza: From Disaster to Inspiration

January 19, 2012
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Vernazza: From Disaster to Inspiration

The small village of Vernazza in Cinque Terra, Italy experienced an apocalyptic combination of natural disasters on October 25, 2011. “Torrential rains, massive flooding and over 100 mud slides took the lives of 3 residents, terrorized locals and visitors, caused over 108 million Euro in damages and left the town buried in over 13 feet of mud...

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The Internet Reacts to SOPA

January 18, 2012
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The Internet Reacts to SOPA

Recent political events and uprisings have cemented the internet’s importance in communicating and coordinating such events. Today the internet is again finding itself at the forefront of a protest, only this time it is not just the scheduler but the “meeting ground.”

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Smartphones, Smarter Cars

January 17, 2012
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Smartphones, Smarter Cars

With CES 2012 come and gone, the tech industry is left in its wake of new devices, gadgets, gizmos, and software. Recently, the auto industry has become a major player in this biggest tech show of the year. And with laws tightening on the use of cell phones while driving and a continuing push for...

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Navigating the Wilderness

January 13, 2012
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Navigating the Wilderness

Senior graphic designer and NOD contributor Chris Costello talks about navigating and transcending crisis in his creative career. I love watching documentaries and reading books about famous artists. What inspires me most about the lives of creative personalities is that they have all gone through times of desperation and uncertainty along the path to greatness. Steve Jobs endured the most...

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Common Copyright Myths and Misconceptions, Part 3

January 11, 2012
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Common Copyright Myths and Misconceptions, Part 3

This is the last in a series of excerpts from our most recent white paper, Copyright Basics and Common Misconceptions Debunked, which covers a wide range of questions and answers related to copyright. We hope you have enjoyed some of the tips we’ve shared. The complete paper is available for download here.

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Tips, tricks, and crazy schemes to keep you creative and productive

January 9, 2012
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Tips, tricks, and crazy schemes to keep you creative and productive

Despite all this positive forward thinking, even the most creative design industry types can feel a bit stuck at times, particularly if we are working freelance. Today's post will include tips to keep you creative, engaged with your work, and producing interesting, fresh pieces.

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Tech Trends of 2012

January 5, 2012
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Tech Trends of 2012

What can we expect from technology in 2012, beyond tablets and smartphones? We searched the Net for the coolest tech trends to look forward to. Here are our favorite five trends to watch for

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Molly Ampersand: Part 2

December 28, 2011
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Molly Ampersand: Part 2

Welcome back! If you're just joining us now, we are talking with Molly Ampersand, a graphic designer and font designer in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. This is a continuation of Part 1.

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