Help Wanted: Designing the Future

I’m a big believer in the many opportunities afforded by going to a good college. My parents were, too – even though my father never finished high school and my mother’s old-fashioned father forbid her from going. But like many American immigrants, they both strongly believed that…

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Why Apples Don't Grow on Trees

I’m often asked, “What’s another successful design-led company besides Apple?” And I have to pause—not because companies like Ferrari and IKEA aren’t great examples of design-led organizations but because I find myself wondering why Apple dominates popular conversation about design to the extent that it does. After reading Hartmut Esslinger’s “Keep It Simple” and Leander Kahney’s “Jony Ive,” however, it all made sense. What we love about Apple isn’t necessarily the…

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