Travel - The lasting benefits of travel “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” – Mark Twain Mark Twain is just one of history’s many writers and thinkers who list travel as an essential piece of life’s ultimate journey. But what makes seeing the world so important? Related article: Surreal towns, shaped by nature We went looking for reasons on question-and-answer community Quora.com.
5 Style Websites To Buy Cheap Trendy Clothes Plus, who decides what counts as trendy? Or cheap? Some stores love to tell you that they’re cheap, when they’re merely cheaper. Reducing a $2,000 item to $1,500 is still a bargain, but it’s clearly not cheap. When compiling this list, price factored highly. If you can’t buy a decent selection of clothes and shoes for $30-$35 in the store then it doesn’t feature in the list.
Prototyping Tools and Process — Greylock Perspectives We hosted our latest Greylock Design Community event at Medium where leading designers across the Valley came to learn from each other and have a discussion about the various design tools and processes teams use. The design industry is undergoing a huge transformation — we are seeing more prototyping tools than ever before. This increase in the number and breadth of various prototyping tools is fueled by three factors: 1) the rise in mobile apps; 2) the rise of the importance of design; and 3) users expectations for well designed and intuitive applications. With the help of our design founding members — Lia Napolitano and Brooks Haasig — we issued a survey to quantify the prototyping process of design teams behind some of today’s most well designed products including Medium, Airbnb, Uber, Apple, Eventbrite, Pinterest and more.
A Family Trip to Australia and New Zealand on Points! Please note this site has financial relationships with American Express and this post may contain affiliate links. Read my Advertiser Disclosure policy here to learn more about my partners. While I am always happy to share my own traveling stories with my family, there are tons of other great traveling families out there with kids of different ages, different numbers of kids, and who have had different experiences than me. 6 Tips for Designing Happiness For decades, companies have taken for granted the notion that focusing relentlessly on improving customer interactions will lead to greater loyalty from the people who buy their products and services. The relevant metrics usually pertain to familiar questions: How well am I delivering in-the-moment? How are customers experiencing my brand across a range of touch points—call centers, websites, social media, mobile apps, in-store? What will make customers deliriously happy when they’re directly engaged with my brand? But singular focus on the in-the-moment interaction a customer has with a brand means companies are missing moments when engagement might be more exciting and compelling for consumers: before and after the interaction. Happiness researchers find that upwards of half of someone’s happiness is built in moments of anticipation and remembering.
A Strong Dollar and Low Hotel Rates Mean Now’s The Time to Travel Abroad - TripAdvisor BlogTripAdvisor Blog I know, I know, you’re really busy. You can’t get away from work right now. But now’s the time, if you’re an American, to make that long-awaited trip to Europe, Africa, or the South Pacific. That’s because the U.S. dollar is stronger than it’s been in years against many major currencies and, as TripAdvisor’s 2015 Hotel Pricing Report has found, the price of a hotel room abroad has gone down 7% since last year. The average hotel rate in Europe is down 9%, and in Africa and the South Pacific it’s down 8%.
Achieve Product-Market Fit with our Brand-New Value Proposition Designer Canvas I’m a big fan of the Lean Startup movement and love the underlying principle of testing, learning, and pivoting by experimenting with the most basic product prototypes imaginable - so-called Minimal Viable Products (MVP) – during the search for product-market fit. It helps companies avoid building stuff that customers don’t want. Yet, there is no underlying conceptual tool that accompanies this process. There is no practical tool that helps business people map, think through, discuss, test, and pivot their company’s value proposition in relationship to their customers’ needs. So I came up with the Value Proposition Designer Canvas together with Yves Pigneur and Alan Smith. The Value Proposition Designer Canvas is like a plug-in tool to the Business Model Canvas.