Tag Archives: Design Thinking

Business Unit Strategy Tips for In-House Designers

As an in-house manager, how do you handle conflict among team members and business-related issues? Typically, in-house managers begin with an abundance of design skills but lack a strong proficiency in business management. Even so, they must know how to best direct their team and implement a plan for delivering high-quality work. Are they adequately...

Learn by Doing: Creativity Exercises for Inspiration

Last year’s HOW Design Live featured dynamic discussions on essential design resources and career advice. It will be hard to beat, but this year’s conference promises to be better than ever. Jim Krause, a relentlessly creative designer and industry expert, gave a stimulating talk last year called “Learn by Doing.” His talk focused on how to find...

Break the Boundary Lines of Design Thinking

“When we don’t differentiate, the brand is nothing more than a quality promise to the consumer. But if there are six brands on the shelf and no one’s brave enough to stand out from one another, she’s [the consumer] is just going to switch from one to the other.” Christine Mau shared this revelation...

Nimble: Crafting Digital Narrative Experiences

The author of more than twenty books, a HOW Design Live speaker and a design professor at Kean University, Robin Landa recently released her newest book about design thinking, Nimble: Thinking Creatively in the Digital Age. The newest addition to her collective work focuses on merging creative thinking skills with critical thinking skills to...

Cultivating Creativity: Record-Keeping for Creative Inspiration

Cultivating Creativity is an enjoyable read that offers suggestions on how to efficiently manage time, and how to maintain creative inspiration to produce stunning work. In it, author Maria Fabrizio compares the routine of upkeeping a garden to the routine of yielding high-quality designs. Maria is a designer, illustrator and a diligent blogger. Her...

Creativity Can Be Learned

Many people still believe that only certain people are creative and that creativity is a special or elite skill that only some possess. But this misconception is now changing. In recent years more evidence that creativity and creative thinking skills can be taught, learned and practiced has appeared.

[Podcast] Do You Understand Business?

Are you a creative who understands the things in business that trump aesthetics? If not (or if you’re not sure), listen to my recent podcast interview with Douglas Davis, part of the Creative Freelancer Business Conference/HOW Live Speaker Podcast series. His topic at CFBC is Creative Strategy and the Business of Design and he’ll...

The Interdisciplinary Design Approach

One of the latest buzzwords in the creative community seems to be interdisciplinary design. As I understand it, the need for graphic designers to wear many hats or take on a growing list of responsibilities has led to increased level of collaboration across design disciplines. While your professional title might be “illustrator,” your job...