Design

How to infuse diversity and inclusion in design

An Interview with Fabricio Teixeira We got the chance to speak with Fabricio Teixeira, author of “The (frustrating) User Experience of defining your own ethnicity“, about infusing diversity and inclusion in design. Devoting the month of April to publishing a series of stories about diversity in design on uxdesign.cc, Teixeira has used his platform to provide

How Discrimination Shapes What Your City Looks Like

Originally published to attn:, written by Lucy Tiven and reposted here with permission. America’s cities may be home to individuals belonging to thousands of cultural groups and myriad socioeconomic statuses. But these urban centers are surprisingly no melting pot. As Nate Silver pointed out in several infographics, diverse cities are often the most segregated, especially

Essen International x SF Design Week

San Francisco Design Week is one of the most awaited and revered events within the design sphere. It is a week fully devoted to celebrating design in a city considered by most to be the quintessential mecca of design and technological innovation. Essen International was asked to create an identity and campaign that could illustrate

Opening Night Reception: Early early bird tickets now on sale!

Get in now while the price is such a steal. Prices go up in a few weeks as we announce music performances and special exhibits. We’re taking over the entire cruise terminal including both floors for the most epic kick-off night yet! SF Design week kicks off with the opening night reception on June 14th.

Dutch Design Week 2016: The making of

Dutch Design Week takes place October 22–30th, 2016. You’re invited to join our friends in the Netherlands to experience the making of what lies ahead. Let’s celebrate design at its best: marvel at the very latest, discover how it’s made and join the people that make a difference. Upon its 15th anniversary Dutch Design Week

East Meets West: From Big Apple to Bay Area

written by Samantha Katz. After living in New York for most of my life, I knew that moving to the Bay Area would offer an exciting new environment. After making the move, I realize that the changes go far beyond the physical. Before the move, I worked in a private office filled with monochrome furnishings, overlooking a sea

5 Tips for Building Your Creative Brand Online

written by Christina Loff.   On June 7, we hosted a lively panel discussion featuring Minted Creative Director (and one of our first Minted artists) Annie Clark, Chronicle Books Design Director Kristen Hewitt, and artist and jewelry designer Lisa Anderson Shaffer. Here are the top five takeaways; view the panel recording here. 1. Cohesiveness Is Key

The Role of Joy in the Creative Workplace

by Lu, Co-Founder and CEO of Cibo. Joy powers curiosity and curiosity powers discovery, imagination, and creativity. I’m asked pretty regularly what it takes to “innovate.” What’s the process? What’s your special sauce? How do you create an environment where you have repeatable innovation? How do you run a business where you depend on the abundant

Enrichment Scholarship Judge Michael Bierut on Seeking out Mentorship

written by Allie Fisher. The Enrichment Scholarship was created by the AIGA SF Education Initiative to recognize outstanding design work by graduating students. It is judged by a panel of industry leaders nationwide, and winners are announced at Portfolio Day on June 4th. In the lead-up to this year’s event, we asked Enrichment Scholarship Judge

Poll: Pick the Unofficial Design Poster

Butchershop is abuzz for Design Week, as we plan epic events like a wine and font pairing, live wooden totem carving, a lunchtime seminar on pricing creativity, and our annual open house event, complete with piles of charcuterie.  We’re especially excited to show off our brand new Vandercook 3, a one-ton 1950s letterpress that smells like ink, sweat, and

Mind the Gap – The Five Pitfalls of Omnichannel Brand Experience

written by Bob Skubic. We’ve thankfully moved past the point where anyone wants to argue about the value of taking a comprehensive approach to designing an omnichannel brand experience. The bar for quality brand experiences continues to rise every year. Even the most skeptical companies are now being forced to improve their customer experiences for

Chelsea Handler’s New App “Gotta Go” Gets You Out Of Awkward Situations

This article originally appeared in TechCrunch on Jan 25, 2016. Chelsea Handler’s new mobile application Gotta Go! has hit the App Store. The humorous, but also potentially practical, app is designed to get you out of awkward situations – like bad dates or boring meetings, for example. The launch coincides with the debut of Handler’s new

How the Hell do You Price Creativity?

Trevor Hubbard is the founder and executive creative director of the fastest growing San Francisco creative agency, Butchershop™. A multidisciplinary designer, he has led hundreds of award-winning brand transformations, product launches, and marketing strategies. His work has shaped the trajectories of startups and  global brands alike, including The San Francisco Giants, C3 Energy, Google, Microsoft,

Nintendo Controller Teardown

This post is by Fictiv and originally appeared on their blog. As a bunch of Nintendo nerds, we’re really excited about this week’s teardown, where we’re looking at the evolution of Nintendo controllers since the very beginning. From the old-school NES controller with only 8 buttons to the game-changing N64 controller with the first joystick

Rapid Prototyping Google Glass

Rapid prototyping is a method used to accelerate the innovation process. At TEDYouth 2012, Tom Chi explains how this method was used to create one of Google’s newest inventions, Google Glass. Tom Chi outlines this method into three rules: Find the quickest path. “Using this set up, within one day we were already able to

Intuit’s CEO on Building a Design-Driven Company

A version of this article appeared in the January–February 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review. When Scott Cook cofounded Intuit, in 1983, many other companies were already offering software to help people track their finances. In fact, at least 46 similar products launched before Quicken, the product Cook created, which is why we sometimes joke

28 Daily Creative Exercises For Building Better Habits

This piece originally appeared on Creative Live in Feb 2016. Getting in a creative rut is unfortunate – staying in one is a choice. These 28 creative exercises are designed to get you back in the habit of making cool stuff. Get 28 free daily creative projects in your inbox: sign up for #28toMake today. We often lapse

eBay Inc. Leaders Discuss the Company’s Design Playbook

What does it take to create a design playbook for everyone at eBay Inc. to benefit from? Talented designers and thinkers from around the company have been conducting design workshops and developing the answer to that question for months.  The good news is that eBay Inc. has unveiled the completed design playbook ( find it at ebay.com/design

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National Design Award: Heath Ceramics

This piece originally appeared on Heath Ceramics in 2015. • • • Here’s a little recap of what landed us the honor of the Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award in Corporate & Institutional Achievement. Our submission – Business by Design – was organized around five key principles, each with two projects that illustrate our approach:

Look Closer: SFDW Kicks Off Strong

On the evening of June 4, over 2,500 people gathered at Pier 27 for the start of SF Design Week. The impressive cruise ship terminal transformed into the center for all things design, where lighting and furniture met interactive play, and guests mingled amidst the monolithic letterforms of SFDW and played digital ping pong thanks

SF Design Week + WestEdge SF Present an Exhibition of Modern Design

You’ve heard us talking about the amazing lighting and furniture designers that are going to be featured at the SF Design Week Hub with WestEdge SF on June 4th-5th. Here’s a preview of the incredibly unique, and equally amazing work that will be on display. Modern furniture designers such as Osidea Furniture, known for its sleek, yet strong pieces

Designing for Installation

Frequently, architects, designers, artists, and fabricators are focused on the end goal—bringing their magnificent sketch, model, or render to life. Quite a bit of time is spent on the details—the materials of construction, the finishing work, the proper sizing of every component. However, something which is frequently left out of the equation is the final,

7 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility

This article was first published in Salesforce UX, a collection of stories on Medium. Illustrations by Cordelia McGee-Tubb. Accessibility enables people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the web. Imagine a world where developers know everything there is to know about accessibility. You design it and they build it… perfectly. In this world, only