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 […]

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 […]

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.

Adobe: A Case Study In Cloud/Mobile Strategy

Before I go any further, allow me to say that I’ve been a fan of Adobe products since, like, day 1. I still have Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, and Illustrator on my MacBook Air. I write for 99U.com from time to time (part of Behance, the creative community started by my friend Scott Belsky, now […]

An Exercise in Observation: Practicing Your Genchi Genbutsu

One of my all-time favorite thoughts is by UK-based urban designer Ben Hamilton-Baillie, a master of designing shared space intersections: “If we observed first, designed second, we wouldn’t need most of the things we build.” The Japanese phrase for what Ben is talking about is genchi genbutsu, which roughly translated means “go look and see.” […]

Elegant Solutions No. 7

For this lucky number seven in the Elegant Solutions series, I’m going to change it up a bit. I’m going to ask YOU whether you think any or all of the following five innovative solutions, finalists in the inaugural Philips Innovation Fellows competition , can be classified as elegant. (Remember, the definition of elegant: maximum effect, […]