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Hello All

Some thought provoking links for the weekend. Constraints can be very useful to the creative process, as well as realizing that change can be slow and laborious; but many times openness to change is also equally necessary. There is a natural evolution to design and development thinking that can take shape through many twists and turns before reaching the end goal. Always good to remember that the process and journey are important aspects of any project.

Have a great weekend.


Don’t sell a product, sell a whole new way of thinking
“We all know the story. A team creates a groundbreaking new innovation only to see it mired in internal debates. When it is eventually launched in the market, there is an initial flurry of sales to early adopters, but then sales cycles become sluggish. Pilot customers are enthusiastic, but broader adoption is slow even with customer support and training. All the pieces are in place to create “disruptive innovation” and to “cross the chasm,” but the results are disappointing. What’s missing? The problem is that data, information, and value propositions are not enough to sell innovative products. We all know the saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” But when it comes to innovation, the truth is often “I’ll see it when I believe it.” To sell your idea to executives, buyers, and users, you have to change not only what they think, but how they think. Without the right mental model, they won’t see the problem, understand the benefits, or make the change.”

The greatest privacy threat of all: our connected devices
“Smart-television maker Vizio agreed to pay a penalty this month for spying on 11 million customers. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the company captured second-by-second information on what customers viewed, combined it with their gender, age and income, and sold it to third parties. How much was the fine for Vizio, which has sales in excess of $3 billion? It was $2.2 million — barely a slap on the wrist. These kinds of privacy breaches are increasingly common as billions of devices now become part of the “Internet of Things” (I.o.T.). Whether it be our TV sets, cars, bathroom scales, children’s toys or medical devices, we are already surrounded by everyday objects equipped with sensors and computers. And the companies that make them can get away with being careless with consumer security — and with stealing customer data.”

REM REST API (from Nate)
“REM is a REST API for prototyping. It accepts JSON requests, returns JSON responses and persists data between requests like a real API. But your test data is only visible to you. It’s CORS enabled and no API key is required.”
Spoiler alert: it uses cookies to make the data persistent 🙂

Mark Cuban Says This Will Be the No.1 Job Skill in 10 Years (from Tony)
“Spoiler Alert, it’s Creative Thinking. You can apply creative thinking to any job or role to increase your value. Many careers are enhanced by being able to think creatively.”

Between The Folds
“Origami may seem an unlikely medium for understanding and explaining the world. But around the globe, several fine artists and theoretical scientists are abandoning more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. Through origami, these offbeat and provocative minds are reshaping ideas of creativity and revealing the relationship between art and science.”

Film Intro:
“Think origami is just paper planes and cranes? Meet a determined group of theoretical scientists and fine artists who have abandoned careers and scoffed at graduate degrees to forge new lives as modern-day paper folders. Together they reinterpret the world in paper, creating a wild mix of sensibilities towards art, science, creativity and meaning.”

Film Clip #1: “Origami is a metamorphic art form”

Film Clip #2: “Perhaps the second lessons is just how freeing creative limits can sometimes be, like Picasso, who at times only painted with one color.”