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Google Ventures: Your Design Team Needs A War Room. Here's How To Set One Up

Google Ventures: Your Design Team Needs A War Room. Here's How To Set One Up
The web of pedestrian streets, narrow alleys, and picturesque canals in Venice have lured tourists to the Italian port city for hundreds of years. There's a near constant hum of activity as people gather in public squares, sit in outdoor cafes, marvel at the ornate architecture, and meander through the labyrinthine city. To Jan Gehl—a Danish architect, writer, and the most respected urbanist alive for his research on how urban design can improve quality of life and curb environmental problems—Venice epitomizes a city that engages all of our senses, and, in effect, becomes an environment tailored for a thriving public life scaled to the individual. It's the ultimate people-friendly city. Today, as urban populations swell—by 2050, 66% of the world's population will live in cities—that notion of "people-friendly" design matters more than ever, Gehl argues. "What we have to address now is making livable, healthy, safe, and sustainable cities," Gehl says. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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25 Fascinating Charts Of Negotiation Styles Around The World Language is only the most obvious part of the global communication gap. Different cultures also have distinct approaches to communication during meetings and negotiations, as described by British linguist Richard D. Lewis, whose best-selling book, “When Cultures Collide,” charts these as well as leadership styles and cultural identities. Inside Mark Seliger’s 2016 Oscar Party Portrait Studio The renowned photographer captures intimate, instant portraits of the night’s biggest stars at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, hosted by Graydon Carter. What started as a bold experiment two years ago has become a tradition, as photographer Mark Seliger returned for the third year in a row to team up with Instagram for an instant portrait studio inside the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, hosted by Graydon Carter. Portraits from years past, like a photograph of Lupita Nyong’o cradling her newly won Oscar or soon-to-be-wed Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux casually cozying up to each other captured both the glamor and intimacy of the biggest party of the year; 2016’s portraits, as you can see here, continue the venerable tradition. See all of the portraits embedded below and on Vanity Fair’s Instagram account, and keep checking back, as more will be added throughout the night and into the morning hours.

Experiencing Nature Makes Us More Forward-Thinking To get some perspective on daily troubles, lots of people escape to the outdoors – maybe a weekend bike ride, a fishing trip or a hike – to clear their minds. And now there’s some scientific evidence that it actually helps. Researchers have found that looking at natural landscapes makes people more forward-thinking in their decision-making. Amsterdam embraces sharing economy The City of Amsterdam has made an important step towards the emerging sharing economy. Alderperson Ossel officialy announced the city will continue to allow residents renting out their own property to city visitors through platforms like Airbnb. With this resolution, Amsterdam is simultaneously moving further towards being a ‘Sharing City.’ ‘Occasional rental of privately-owned property as an additional form of accommodation dovetails with a hospitable Amsterdam’, Alderperson Ossel states. Not only is this a significant gesture to tourists visiting the city.

Want A Crash Course In Stanford’s Design Thinking? Here it is for free (Pt. 1 Empathy) The Institute of Design (D.School) at Stanford has become one of the most talked about institutions recently because of the methodology they are spreading around the world to improve our lives through a collaborative approach that inspires human centered innovations. Last week I had the absolute privilege of being a part of the Design Thinking Hawaii boot camp which was focused on improving the education system in Hawai’i. I spent an entire week submersed in this methodology but most importantly put it to practice when coaching a team of educators through a 3 day design challenge. The Design Thinking process is broken up into a 5 step ITERATIVE (not linear) process. In this first crash course post, I will discuss the “Empathize” step.

16 Striking Celebrity Portraits Taken at Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party 2016 Vanity Fair has teamed up with renowned photographer Mark Seliger and Instagram for a stunning set of celebrity portraits, each one taken at their coveted Oscar Party following the big awards ceremony. Celebrities from all corners of the industry—film, television, and music—gathered for a night of celebration, and took a moment to stand before Seliger’s lens. Each portrait presents an intimate shot of stars radiating an old Hollywood elegance. Like every other year, the annual event hosted a parade of big names, including newly awarded Oscar winners Brie Larson and Sam Smith.

Inspire Creativity at Work With All 5 of Your Senses You’ve probably heard of the debate about whether open offices or the oh-so-dreaded traditional cubicles are better in the workplace. All these discussions revolve around layout and arrangement, but did you know that ambience is equally (if not more) important for inspiring workplace creativity? If only the interior designer had known that people working in white offices are more likely to complain of nausea and headaches, or that dim lighting jump starts creative freedom, your office might be a much happier place.

Is Sharewashing the new Greenwashing? There’s a debate going on about what a “sharing economy” actually constitutes – and that’s a good thing. The fact that there’ll be no end to this debate will be stressful to those who’d like some tidy answers to parrot. From our point of view, the mutulization of resources and the decrease of “consumerism for its own sake” are good things, but we have to ask ourselves … what happens to the mutualization of the value created? To keep the conversation going, we present this article by Anthony Kalamar and originally published at Greenwashing has been around for some years now.

Alignment Diagrams Did you ever get bounced around between departments when interacting with a company or service? This happened to me recently with my credit card: the card issuer and the bank backing it seemed to disagree who was responsible for my problem. Each blamed the other.