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Rob Walker
Jony Ive: The Supercut
09.26.14

Finally! Someone made a supercut video of Jony Ive’s years of describing the awesomeness of Apple product design.

Paul Polak
An Open Letter to Larry Page
04.01.14

Paul Polack responds to Larry Page's statemet that he'd rather hand over his cash to Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX, Solar City) instead of donating it to a philanthropic organization.

Observed
Employee ID Badges
03.17.14

A deeper look into WWII era employee ID badges.

Michael Bierut
What Bill Knew
02.27.14

A 1991 speech by William Drenttel revealed what he knew about the business of design.

Bonnie Siegler
Dear Bonnie: Cheated in Chicago
Maria Giudice + Christopher Ireland
Rise of the DEO
12.11.13

An excerpt from the book Rise of the DEO by Maria Giudice & Christopher Ireland.

Paul Polak
End Poverty or Bust
11.22.13

Five years ago, Steve Bachar and Paul Polak decided to create a venture capital fund that would only invest in socially responsible companies. There was only one problem. There were no companies to invest in that met the criteria

Alexandra Lange
Learning New Tricks
09.24.13

Harvard doesn't have any design courses, but I've found new friends in "material culture." What it's like for a critic to go back to school.

Cheryl Heller
Forget Poverty. Let’s Talk Business.
Alexandra Lange
That Personal Touch
06.10.13

In the age of the digital signature, what does script mean?

Owen Edwards
The Best Management Memo … Ever!
06.05.13

Owen Edwards on the most effective eight words he's ever read.

Alexandra Lange
Home Improvement
Alexandra Lange
Anxiety, Culture and Commerce
Soren Kaplan
Harnessing the Power of Surprise
05.01.13

Breakthroughs share three common characteristics: they challenge fundamental assumptions about existing products, services, business models, or organizations; they transform existing ways of doing business by rewriting rules or revolutionizing current practices; and they apply resources in entirely new ways, whether people, knowledge, relationships, or technology.

Michael Bierut
Graphic Design Criticism as a Spectator Sport
Rick Poynor
On My Screen: Shooting the Past
01.03.13

Stephen Poliakoff’s Shooting the Past, set in a fictitious photo library, is a film that could haunt you for years.

Alexandra Lange
Shopping With Sandro, and Other Tumblr Delights
Rob Walker
Listening to Retail
Rob Walker
Making "Making" Mass
09.06.12

A visit to an outpost of TechShop, the aspriing "Kinko's for geeks," in North Carolina.

Rob Walker
The Bizarro Storytelling Exercise
Rob Walker
The Infrastructure of the Cloud
Adrian Shaughnessy
When Less Really Does Mean Less
02.29.12

Since the banking crises of 2008, designers fromWestern nations are learning painfully to adapt to the new reality: less is the new normal.

John Thackara
From Milk to Superfoods: Supping with the Devil?
Alexandra Lange
What the Cooper-Hewitt Needs: More Design, Less Talk
Rick Poynor
From the Archive: Raging Bull
Rick Poynor
From the Archive: Down with Innovation
08.02.11

Designers have too readily accepted the caricature of themselves as airheaded stylists. Visual form is a vital expression of culture.

Alexandra Lange
New Apple HQ, 1957
06.11.11

Wouldn't it be more radical for Apple to move back to town?

Helen Walters
Design and Business Education: The System Is Not Good Enough
05.31.11

In the past few years, there have been interesting attempts from within both business and design schools to elevate the potential of design and creative thinking as drivers of differentiated value.

John Thackara
How the Banks Want to Make China Sick — and Broke
01.17.11

Is it me, or are some banking people incredibly stupid as well as being venal and sociopathic?

Michael Bierut
Jerry Della Femina, Mad Men, and the Cult of Advertising Personality
07.25.10

A review of Jerry Della Femina's From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor, published in a new edition on the occasion of the debut of the fourth season of the AMC series Mad Men.

Jane Margolies
Skin
09.28.09

Report on maternity clothes made in Colombia with local labor. (No seamstresses under the age of 50 need apply.)

Project
Kiva
09.09.09

Report on Kiva, the pioneering microfinance site, which won a 2009 INDEX award for humanitarian design.

Debbie Millman
Dan Pink
04.10.09

Dan Pink is an entrepreneur, speaker and the author of three groundbreaking books on the changing dimensions of the workplace. 

John Thackara
The Innovator Next Door
02.26.09

Whether it's narrowly defining innovation as technology, or imposing solutions on communities, John Thackara discusses the mistakes made by large companies.

Debbie Millman
Seth Godin
01.12.07

Seth Godin is the author of Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars.

Debbie Millman
Live From Las Vegas with Rossi Ralenkotter
04.22.05

Debbie Millman interviews Rossi Ralenkotter — President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority — and Emmy Award nominated Set Designer Susan Benjamin.

Debbie Millman
Brand Consulting
04.15.05

A discussion about branding, design and cultural anthropology with leading practitioners in each discipline.

Debbie Millman
Grant McCracken, Part 2
03.18.05

Grant McCracken PhD, author and a research affiliate at MIT.

Debbie Millman
Grant McCracken, Part 1
03.11.05

Grant McCracken PhD, is an author and a research affiliate at MIT.


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