Visual One-Pagers

Back in October I introduced you to the subtractive art of Todd Clarke, who creates visual one-pagers for books. Realizing there may be an attractive market for his unique art, he’s decided to kick things up a notch or two. He recently launched VisualOnePagers.com, and unsolicited by me, produced a couple of one-pagers for two recent posts of mine.
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The Subtractive Art Of Todd Clarke

Every once in a while you get an unexpected gift from out of nowhere. I was the lucky recipient of such a gift: a beautiful 1-page visual summary of The Laws of Subtraction by Todd Clarke. It speaks for itself. I like it for several reasons, not the least of which is Todd’s mad ability. I like 1-page stuff. Maybe it’s the Toyota A3 influence, but I figure if you can’t get your thinking on one page, you haven’t really done your thinking. Amazingly, Todd is offering a free wall-size pdf version over at his site, a site chock full of other 1-page visuals. I’ll be enlisting his help with my new book. Well done Todd! (Follow Todd on Twitter here.)

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Why Beauty, Elegance, and Design Matter

If you want to change the world, you have to ask audacious, world-changing questions, then set your sights on answering them. Questions like, “How do we dignify disease?” and “Can death be designed?” and “How can we connect young people to the Jewish faith?”

These are the kinds of questions IDEO Chief Creative Officer Paul Bennett tees up in one of the more inspiring talks I’ve seen on the true power of design thinking, given at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management at month ago today. (Shout out to Avi Steinlauf, Edmunds.com CEO and Kellogg alum, for sharing!)

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Practicing What I Preach

After a good bit of simplification and streamlining, achieved through subtraction, I’m finally (mostly) happy with my site redesign.

Given that I started the year with a post dubbing 2015 the year of the question, I began my effort with one: how can I deliver the essence of what, how, and for whom I do what I do in the simplest digital way possible?

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Redesigning The Voting Process

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) just named Intuitive Company the corporate winner of the HFES 2014 Voting Design Competition, which called for submissions that aimed to solve problems in the current voting system through cutting-edge, innovative, interactive user experiences that would redefine the future of voting. (more…)

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HOOKED: Nir Eyal on Habit-Forming Products

If you look at a photo of a crowded New York City sidewalk at rush hour today, and compare it to one from, say, eight years ago, you’ll notice a big difference. While some of the people in the first photo may be looking down, in the photo taken today, everyone would be looking down at their hand, which holds the device that has effectively become an appendage: the smartphone, stuffed to the brim with social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. (more…)

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