7 Ways to Feed The Growth Beast In Every Business

“If you build it, they will come.” It's a line from an old movie "Field of Dreams" which is still leading to the demise of too many startups, led by entrepreneurs who really started their business to build an exciting new product or service. Most struggle with the idea and practice of marketing and sales,...

Makers vs. Talkers & Why Now Is a Great Time for Creatives to Lead

Image via Iamsteveo.wordpress.com Research has shown that creatives aren’t often given the opportunity to lead because there’s an unconscious bias against them. People associate creativity with nonconformity and unconventionality. And when they think about an effective leader, they think about someone who brings order. Obviously if you believe that a leader’s role is to bring order,...

Haunting Illustrations for Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Introduced by the Courageous Journalist Who Broke the Edward Snowden Story

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Few things in creative culture are more enchanting than an artist’s interpretation of a beloved book. There is Maurice Sendak’s rare and formative art for William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence,” William Blake’s paintings for Miltpreon’s Paradise Lost, Picasso’s 1934 drawings for...

Bazaarvoice served 2.9 billion review impressions on Black Friday & Cyber Monday

If you are like me, your holiday shopping experience has completely changed this year. During the holidays, I usually start shopping in late November and continue throughout December. I prefer staying away from the crowds of Black Friday, and shopping online for most my gifts. This was not always the case. In the past, I...

The Best Book and Album Covers of 2014

A book cover is significant for bookworms just as an album cover is meaningful for record collectors. Not only do they reflect the story within the book or the overall mood of the record, they also represent the personality of the artists, musicians, and the designers behind the cover art. Some people would browse through...

Take Away the A: An Unusual Illustrated Alphabet Book about How We Make Meaning

A playful celebration of the magic of language. As a lover of unusual alphabet books, I was gladdened by this year’s crop of particularly wonderful additions, including Maira Kalman’s imaginative design history primer, Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag and Oliver Jeffers’s magnificent short stories for the letters, Once Upon an Alphabet. Joining them is Take Away the...

John Maeda on Creative Leadership, Talking vs. Making, and Why Relationship Are a Work of Craftsmanship

“You make relationships. One at a time. With the same painstaking attention to craft that you knew as a maker.” “A leader’s real ‘authority’ is a power you voluntarily give him,” David Foster Wallace wrote in what remains the wisest meditation on leadership I’ve ever encountered, “and you grant him this authority not with resentment...

6 Habits of Super Productive Freelancers

There are many benefits to freelancing, including the ability to set your own hours and rid yourself of a long, boring, and expensive commute. (Forgot how awesome freelancing is? Read this.) However, one of the downsides of being your own boss is that no one’s there to check in on you. It’s all too easy...

From the SPD Archives: Buttons from the 39th SPD Gala, 2004

The 39th SPD Gala, held on May 7, 2004 at the New York Public Libary tktkt, featured a rock 'n' roll theme. The co-chairs for Pub 30 were Carla Frank, design director of O, The Oprah Magazine, Luke Hayman, recently hired design director of New York, and Mitch Shostak, principal of Shostak Studios. A highlight...

Beware of Perception Gaps

By Marco Leo Small misunderstandings can sometimes morph into larger misconceptions, which can then snowball into full-blow falsehoods that ultimately erode trust, credibility and transparency. A small perception gap can significantly impact performance down the road. The disconnect between what you want to say and what is actually said is what Anne Loehr, author of A Manager’s Guide...