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How to braid your time: Teamwork for creative minds

[Editor's Note: Author and teacher Jon Bell is a designer in Twitter's Seattle office and a speaker at the upcoming HIVE technology design conference.] While it’s true that creativity and inspiration can be hard to explain, quantify, or reliably trigger, there are some things we do know. First, creativity requires headspace. Think of your favorite novel, painting, movie, or album. None of them were… Read More

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Iterating in public: 4 steps for success in the brave new world of tech design

[Editor's Note: Guest commentator David Lifson of General Assembly is one of the speakers at the upcoming HIVE technology design conference, June 20 and 21 in Seattle, presented by AIGA Seattle, the professional association for design. Tickets available here.] In today’s fast-moving world of lean startups, minimum viable products, and an Internet full of competitors and alternatives, rapid product… Read More

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Comedy: When developers and designers try to communicate

Do you see yourself in this video? The recent HIVE 2011 design conference in Redmond opened with an exclusive skit by Charles, a Seattle-based sketch comedy duo, spotlighting the classic communication barrier between technology developers and designers. The video was just recently posted online. The conference focused on the value of design in technology. See the… Read More