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Stop Apologizing for Wanting Work/Life Balance

Stop Apologizing for Wanting Work/Life Balance | Innovation | Scoop.it
What if we treated our career like a client project? The story of one artist's quest to design the life that was right for her.
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15 Creative and Unique Business Cards Design (Print Ready)

15 Creative and Unique Business Cards Design (Print Ready) | Innovation | Scoop.it
Today we present Unique Business Cards Design .Business cards are cards representing company or individual bearing business information like company’s or individual’s name, address, e-mail, telephone number etc.

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5 Ways to Become More Self-Aware

5 Ways to Become More Self-Aware | Innovation | Scoop.it
To be a good leader, you have to know yourself.
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The People’s Platform: An Essential Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Cultural Commons in the Age of Commerce

The People’s Platform: An Essential Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Cultural Commons in the Age of Commerce | Innovation | Scoop.it
"We are embedded beings who create work in a social context, toiling shared soil in the hopes that our labor bears fruit. It is up to all of
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11 Questions For Richard Branson In A Place Called "The Shag Room"

11 Questions For Richard Branson In A Place Called "The Shag Room" | Innovation | Scoop.it
Branson dishes on Virgin's design philosophy, $12 bottles of water, and why catering hotels to women isn't as silly as it sounds.
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Hit the Ground Running

Hit the Ground Running | Innovation | Scoop.it
Not Your Typical Tired Startup Advice. From Surprising Ways To Make Your Big Ideas Actually Work To Inspiring Ideas From The Founders You Admire About...
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Where Millennials Learn About Money Over Plates Of Chocolate Mousse With Ginger Cream

Where Millennials Learn About Money Over Plates Of Chocolate Mousse With Ginger Cream | Innovation | Scoop.it
With IDEO's help, the Society of Grownups wants to teach young professionals how to handle their cash. But first: the braised beef course.
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Interview: Fast Company Co.Design Editor Suzanne LaBarre | Svbscription

Interview: Fast Company Co.Design Editor Suzanne LaBarre | Svbscription | Innovation | Scoop.it
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Why Design Is The Most Underutilized Business Tool | Companies | Interior Design

Why Design Is The Most Underutilized Business Tool | Companies | Interior Design | Innovation | Scoop.it
BIFMA’s report includes a case study on Red Hat in by IA Interior Architects. Photo by Eric Laignel.

"The smartest players in corporate America are parlaying their work spaces into a competitive advantage. Here's How." So begins a special report by Design Leveraged, a new collaborative tapped by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) to deliver a series of studies on why design may be the single most underutilized business tool. Packaged as case studies, the first report was released this year during NeoCon in Chicago, where Interior Design spoke with former Wall Street Journal reporter Kevin Salwen, one third of Design Leveraged alongside fellow WSJ alum Paulette Thomas and Pencilbox founder Martin Flaherty.
From left: Kevin Salwen, Martin Flaherty, and Paulette Thomas.

The study begins by establishing why design is so critical, not just for the likes of Google and Facebook, but for all smart businesses with eyes on their bottom lines. "Real estate costs are rising roughly 10 percent a year, a scorching war for talent is underway (and expected to worsen) and the demand for innovation amid global competition is acute," the report states. Salwen argues that the solution for these struggles lies in the workplace, where there too often exists a strong disconnect between between the aesthetics of designers and how smart businesses operate. And that's extra problematic when you consider the report's mandate that designers and clients be close partners.
To bridge the divide between design and business, Salwen says he aimed for "...immersion and a deep understanding of the culture of the company. You have to understand it in a way that is a little backdoor," he says. The results include the success stories of Pirch, 3M, Zappos, ThoughtForm, Coca-Cola, Red Hat, and Quicken Loans—largely approached from the client's perspective, which revealed three "universal truths":


1. The most powerful designs reflect your organization's culture.
2. Today's knowledge workers require variety and agility to get the job done.
3. Savvy design can reduce real estate costs.

Surprising examples of these tenets include "Monkey Row" at Zappos, where the CEO occupies a 6-by-8-foot desk in the middle of a row, and the floor plan allows for three private offices only. At Pirch, corporate headquarters adopted a welcoming expresso bar from a nearly identical version found in its shops—an attraction that spoke to the company's culture and pleased shoppers, clients, and employees alike.
After six months spent researching, Salwen says he was surprised to find how open most businesses were in talking about their own challenges and the inner workings of their offices. "When people talk about how design fails, it's not personal. It's a structural failing," he says. He was also surprised that shrinking spaces can still make employees happy. He says, "It's like a Rosetta Stone: how do you put together design and business?"
Perhaps the report's biggest takeaway is the need for a closer relationship between businesses and designers: "Design can't move forward unless it has a business rational," Salwen says with gusto. "But manufacturers and designers can be successful if they focus on what the people in the corporate tower really need."
Salwen credits his team's outside perspective (despite the project's focus on office design, this year was his very first time at NeoCon) with the report's candid take on why office design is so rarely successful. Design Leveraged is already working on its next report, slated for NeoCon 2015.
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How 3D printing will change architecture and construction

How 3D printing will change architecture and construction | Innovation | Scoop.it
3D printing technology will change the future of architecture, with architects racing to build the first 3D printed house.
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Textiles that inspire: Fabrics enter the digital era - MiamiHerald.com

Textiles that inspire: Fabrics enter the digital era - MiamiHerald.com | Innovation | Scoop.it
Textiles that inspire: Fabrics enter the digital era MiamiHerald.com While color often gets top play in the news (Pantone's color of the year, in case you haven't heard, is radiant orchid), what's happening in textile design usually is celebrated...
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Has Technology Changed Us?: BBC Animations Answer the Question with the Help of Marshall McLuhan (Video)

Has Technology Changed Us?: BBC Animations Answer the Question with the Help of Marshall McLuhan (Video) | Innovation | Scoop.it
BBC Radio 4 addressing the question 'How Did Everything Begin?' In February, we featured its follow-up on an equally eternal question, 'What Makes Us Human?' Both came scripted by Philosophy Bites co-creator Nigel Warburton and narrated by X-Files co-star Gillian Anderson (in full British mode).

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How To Develop a Winning Social Media Management Strategy | Scoop.it Blog

How To Develop a Winning Social Media Management Strategy | Scoop.it Blog | Innovation | Scoop.it
How are you expected to out social-media half the U.S. teen population, and create a winning strategy you can be really proud of?
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Check In to Japan’s Creepy Robot Hotel

Check In to Japan’s Creepy Robot Hotel | Innovation | Scoop.it
Nagasaki’s Henn-na Hotel will feature ten robotic, but startlingly human-like, members of staff. Now scientists are working on them being able to sweat and have goose-bumps.
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20 Lessons Of Innovation For 2015

20 Lessons Of Innovation For 2015 | Innovation | Scoop.it
What building this year's Most Innovative Companies list taught us about the current state of play.
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Using Book Creator as an Assessment Tool

Using Book Creator as an Assessment Tool | Innovation | Scoop.it

Book creator has probably been the app I have used most, in my teaching, with pupils and in my training. The blank canvas aspect means it can be used across the whole curriculum and the addition of the pen tool in the last few weeks has added to that.

 

We use Showbie at school for pupils to share their work, including books made with Book Creator from the iPads and home to the teachers for assessment. Recently, we have used both the Pen Tool and Record feature to give feedback on the pupils' eBooks. The pupils send their books using Showbie and the teacher opens them up on his/her iPad. They can then annotate with their voice, pen and text. The book can then be sent back to the pupils using Showbie. The pupil can either change the original book and delete the annotated one or change the annotated book and delete the original.

 

The screenshot shows a book of a Science experiment. The teacher can annotate with arrows but also add audio feedback. All elements of Book Creator can be deleted so the pupil can restore any annotated book to the original.

 

This is obviously not a new idea but the pen tool has certainly made this quicker in a widely used app such as Book Creator.


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Hoffice Turns Your Apartment Into A Free--And Incredibly Productive--Coworking Space

Hoffice Turns Your Apartment Into A Free--And Incredibly Productive--Coworking Space | Innovation | Scoop.it
Tired of not seeing another face all day when you work at home? Then invite some company.
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What Himalayan Mountain Climbers Can Teach Us About Office Hierarchy

What Himalayan Mountain Climbers Can Teach Us About Office Hierarchy | Innovation | Scoop.it
Hierarchy can both improve and undermine a team. Be sure all your colleagues have a voice in the boardroom, or face the consequences.
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The Secret to an Efficient Team? Gratitude.

The Secret to an Efficient Team? Gratitude. | Innovation | Scoop.it
Feel like you’re not getting enough appreciation at work? You’re probably right (and you’re probably guilty of it too).
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Secrets of the Creative Brain

Secrets of the Creative Brain | Innovation | Scoop.it
A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness. 
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7 secrets to building a great online business

7 secrets to building a great online business | Innovation | Scoop.it
Australians love to shop online and the figures are staggering, over the past 12 months Australians have spent $15.2 billion shopping online and this is expected to grow to almost $27 billion by 20...
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Joris Laarman Lab: Bits and Crafts

Joris Laarman Lab: Bits and Crafts | Innovation | Scoop.it
Digitally fabricated and designed furniture that blends the experimental with the practical
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IDEO | A Design and Innovation Consulting Firm

IDEO | A Design and Innovation Consulting Firm | Innovation | Scoop.it
IDEO is an innovation and design firm that uses a human-centered, design-based approach to help organizations in the business, government, education, healthcare, and social sectors innovate and grow.
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