Distracted from the task at hand? Embrace it.

This article appeared first on Forbes.com      Do you get easily distracted from the task at hand? I do. My mind wanders. Writing this piece is, for me, a distraction from my client work. I didn’t plan it, it just seemed to get itself started. And hopefully reading it is a welcome distraction for […]

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Censorship. That’s what we need.

Wait…what?? Yikes — really? Well that’s what I was told by some paintings featured at the Whitney Biennial. I was moved to take a longer look at the raw material for those startling works, an essay by Ian Svenonius, which was here interpreted beautifully by Frances Stark’s big page paintings. Some of the words are quoted below, […]

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Not Sure What You Want To Do Next In Your Career? Here’s How To Brainstorm

This article by Michael Pollock was first published on forbes.com Truly creative professionals are always searching for new ways to do better, more interesting work. It could be a promotion, a change of job, an evolution of their artistic style, an innovative technology, a new team, or new ways of thinking. Maybe they are even […]

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Here’s an important tip for making smarter decisions

Alfred P Sloan – a onetime GM chairman  – once ended a board meeting shortly after it had begun saying: “I take it we are all in complete agreement on the decision….Then I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting to give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain […]

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Take a zero day – and tomorrow you will surge ahead

The expression “zero day” I learned from my son when he walked the Appalachian Trail from end to end one summer. Some days he made 20+ miles, some better, some not so much. Through snow and heat and rain. But every now and again he rested for a day in his hammock-tent or in some bunkhouse […]

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It’s the experience, stupid!

(with apologies to James Carville) Not for nothing is the world filling up with experience designers. Are you considering the experience you offer when you show your work to a client or employer? Like it or not, your success could depend as much on the experience of the process as the actual product. The customer […]

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Design Inspiration in the Attic: The Cooper Hewitt and the City Reliquary.

Two design inspiration visits over the holidays – to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum for “good” design and to City Reliquary for the full-of-soul vernacular design of New York City.  Surely I couldn’t be mentioning those in the same breath.  Perhaps it’s the Smithsonian as the Nation’s Attic that sparked the connection. The Cooper […]

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Tackling something new? First trick yourself and then fake it.

Katherine Waterston’s first big screen role, after years of acting on stage, is opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Pynchon’s Inherent Vice. Phew! Heady company. So how did she face this new challenge? Interviewed in Vogue she says, “Zadie Smith has this line about the confidence trick when you’re writing a novel, […]

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7 things to think about in 2015

Oooh! Aren’t we naughty?!  See question 7 below. The following questions have been prompted in the past couple of weeks by many people – some are named at the end of this piece. 1: Are new currencies replacing money? New currencies are proliferating.  We can use them to acquire things and access services, and we […]

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