Category Archives: design

Harness Collective Genius: Develop learning agility!

When I was living in Israel, seeking a more meaningful life, I was unable to work in my culture consulting, top team and leadership development areas of expertise. As a result of this very serious and high impact problem I experienced a powerful and deep collision between the necessity to earn a living, and the ...

Harness Collective Genius: Develop learning agility!

When I was living in Israel, seeking a more meaningful life, I was unable to work in my culture consulting, top team and leadership development areas of expertise. As a result of this very serious and high impact problem I experienced a powerful and deep collision between the necessity to earn a living, and the ...

Lessons from the 1977 EPA Standards Manual Kickstarter Campaign

If you're not in the design world you might have missed two events that took the industry's collective breath away, the reprinting, through two incredibly successful Kickstarter campaigns, of the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the NASA "worm" identity system. A graphic standards or systems manual is the rule book for any brand's expression and consistent delivery in the world. That means the precise guidelines for the logo, the colors, the type fonts, the signage, the conventions for marketing materials, and basically everything else that makes up the visual identity of an organization. When I took over as Executive Director for AIGA, the professional association for design, I knew about those two standards manuals. When Sagi Haviv, a principal in the New York design firm, Chermayeff Geismar & offered to gift us with 1977 EPA Graphic Standards Manual, designed by the renowned Steff Geissbuhler it started us on an adventure that concluded this week when we met our goal. That means that this beautiful manual will now be available to our backers, and eventually to the public through the work of designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smythe at Standards Manual. The experience has been eye opening and exhilarating. Here's what I've learned:

User-centered design: how to merge it with a design thinking program

Sometimes underrated and later-introduced in the process, user-centered design is a fundamental tool for innovation. The design thinking approach most of the time offers a great deal of product structure for the team to deal with. If well conducted you can come out from a program like that with elements such as the main issue ...

Coaching for Innovation Agility to Affect Profound Change

Uncertainty and instability are the key drivers of the business game and our clients are challenged by a diverse range of problems which are not going away. This means that the future will be very different from today and, as coaches, we are in a unique position to support and enable our clients to survive, master, and flourish within the playing fields of the future.

Solving Business Problems with Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, promising self-driving cars, medical breakthroughs, and new ways of working. But how do you separate hype from reality? How can your company apply AI to solve real business problems? Here’s what AI learnings your business should keep in mind for 2017.