Product Strategy & Design Insights

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Topic: Design Thinking
Design is not that Important
Article // Mar 22, 2019 1:41:00 PM // 2 min read
Design is not that Important

John Maeda, former MIT professor and renown designer, sent shivers down the spines of designers everywhere in his recent Design in Tech Report when he made the bold statement

Human-centered Design isn't just for digital businesses
Article // Mar 22, 2019 1:19:00 PM // 3 min read
Human-centered Design isn't just for digital businesses

Executives in legacy businesses, particularly those who aren't digital-first, often ask me how human-centered design can help them when they aren't shipping digital products. Look no further than the retail fashion chain Zara. 

The Business Value of Design
Article // Mar 15, 2019 7:45:00 AM // 2 min read
The Business Value of Design

Look at the last 5 years. The black line is the S&P 500. The colored lines are companies who use human-centered design and design thinking as a core product strategy. Great design process drives real results. The trick is aligning the business goals…

Solid vs. Outline Icons: Which Are Faster to Recognize?
Article // Mar 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM // 1 min read
Solid vs. Outline Icons: Which Are Faster to Recognize?

No doubt you've seen lots of icons while using your favorite websites and apps. Have you ever thought about which icons are easier to recognize? Icons are one of those little details that can make or break the experience of using an app. They need…

The Best Design Advice is 200 Years Old
Article // Feb 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM // 1 min read
The Best Design Advice is 200 Years Old

Every once in a while something from the past becomes front and center again. History repeats itself, and all. Such is the case with John Ruskin. Never heard of him? You're not alone. I first heard of Ruskin years ago. The article linked below…

Ford Bets Big on Design Thinking
Article // Feb 8, 2019 12:00:00 PM // 1 min read
Ford Bets Big on Design Thinking

Why did Ford hire a furniture maker as CEO instead of someone with more automotive experience? The short story is because Jim Hackett understands the importance of designing products for the people who will use them.

Andy Vitale - Polaris Industries
Podcast // Dec 17, 2017 4:00:17 AM // 1 min read
Andy Vitale - Polaris Industries

Designing software is one thing. Understanding the needs,  of people buying a physical product is entirely different. Or is it? Today I’m talking to Andy Vi-tally about designing experiences at 3M, and his new role at Polaris where they make…

Aarron Walter & Eli Woolery - InVision
Podcast // Oct 2, 2017 2:55:00 PM // 29 min read
Aarron Walter & Eli Woolery - InVision

As the VP of Design Education at InVision, Aarron Walter draws upon 15 years of experience running product teams and teaching design to help companies enact design best practices. Aarron founded the UX practice at MailChimp and helped grow the…

Empathy Maps: The Business of Putting Users First
Article // Aug 15, 2017 12:35:00 PM // 5 min read
Empathy Maps: The Business of Putting Users First

Working in UX, we take empathy for granted. To us, it may feel like an overused buzzword, but we don’t realize that the majority of the business world hasn’t heard “empathy” within the context of a professional organization before.

UX Design, UI Design and No Design  —  Oh My!
Article // Aug 8, 2017 12:08:00 PM // 5 min read
UX Design, UI Design and No Design  —  Oh My!

Can I share with you that I am not that fun at parties. For those of you who have met me in person, that will make sense, and you won’t be surprised that my go-to small talk question (a party faux-pas) is “what do you do for work?” I actually love…

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