Category#design

SxSWi 2016

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Last year, I was on a flight from Austin to Denver, frustrated that I was unable to attend more sessions at SxSWi. It was my first year and I was overwhelmed by the quantity/quality of information. I had attended 4 days of sessions from 9am to 5pm and still only scratched the surface. As I sipped yet another Coke, I thought to myself; “I need an army.” Then one of the many voices in...

Why the Apple Car doesn’t make ANY sense

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Way back on 7 days ago, I posted the reasons I believed that Apple would build a car. I was quickly reminded by a friend of mine, who goes by the name of Brad Hampton and happens to be a Senior Digital Consultant for Shift Digital (and agency focused on the automotive market), that I may in fact be wrong. Very wrong! Below are the reasons for his disbelief. Apple cares about design, not function...

Why the Apple car makes sense

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There has been a metric-ton of news lately about Apple building a car and for the most part, I think that are people excited. I’ve also seen some confusion from consumers but to me it makes sense. (Disclaimer: I want one.) It makes sense for the following reasons. Cars are made of electronics – Back in the day, a person could fix there car if there was a problem because cars were...

Something that sounds smart but really isn’t

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                  I was recently in a meeting where someone said they were now going to “design for mobile first and then simply expand to larger screens“. This is one of those things that sounds smart but the more you think about it, it’s really foolish. This leads one to believe that the only difference between mobile devices and...

Creativity According to Hugh MacLeod

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This is my second book report and again, the spoiler alert is in effect. (My first was Surfing with Malcom Gladwell.) For those of you unfamiliar with Hugh MacLeod, you need to go to his blog gapingvoid as soon as you get done reading this. (You should also stop at Amazon and buy his book.) You’ll like both. Hugh’s new book is called Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity...

Design is Viral

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There has been a lot of discussion over the last several months about whether viral marketing exists. The first time I heard this I agreed and used a coffin as an example of  something that would not sell virally. The product is inherently morbid and therefore was a dead end (no pun intended). As I think about it more I have read of the wealthy building large burial shrines for themselves. I...

I'm an Associate Teaching Professor of Digital Marketing at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver. I also consult with startups and established brands. I'm currently focused on artificial intelligence, cognitive neuroscience and culture. I am married to an amazing woman and have two incredible children. I was raised in Colorado and spend my free time with family, biking, snowboarding and going to the Pacific Ocean to SCUBA dive and/or surf. I'm passionate about architecture, design, street art, photography and the art that tattooing has evolved into.

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