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I paid the cab and hoped I'd landed at the right Starbucks. Matt sat in the corner focused on his iPad.
Designers' Confidence in the Economy Increases
Designers' confidence in the economy increased in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to AIGA's Design Leaders Confidence Index.
The Business of Design
Using design for innovation could be adding billions of dollars to the Australia economy according to research by the Design Business Council.
Experience Design: A Framework for Integrating Brand, Experience, and Value
Experience Design: A Framework for Integrating Brand, Experience, and Value, published by Method's co-founders, aims to help businesses tap into the power of design and foster better collaboration between business and design in order to deliver more valuable experiences to customers.
Call For Papers DMI: 19th Academic Design Management Conference
The Design Management Institute has issued a call for papers for the 19th Academic Design Management Conference to be held in London (UK) September 3-4, 2014.
Design Council Releases Leading Business by Design Report
The Design Council has released Leading Business by Design, a report that represents a qualitative research project that investigates the strategic use of design at senior levels in a sample of UK and global businesses.
Design Leaders' Confidence Slips Slightly
AIGA's Design Leaders Confidence Index dropped slightly in the third quarter of 2013 to settle at 95.94, down from the previous quarter's 100.02.
Ten Strategies for Negotiating Success for Creatives
A Virtuous Cycle is a series of events that result in a favorable outcome, over and over again.
Design Council Summit 2014: Leading Business by Design
The 2014 Design Summit, to be held at the British Museum on February 12, will explore how some of UK's best known businesses, from Rolls-Royce to Waitrose, harness the power of design to build brands, products, services, and a working culture that make them stand out in the marketplace.
2013 DesignThinker of the Year Nominations
The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and the Rotman School of Management are calling for nominations for Canada's 2013 DesignThinker of the Year.
Cambridge Academic Design Management Conference 2013
The second Cambridge Academic Design Management Conference will be held on September 4-5, at the Institute for Manufacturing, West Cambridge.
Design Management Europe Award 2013
The 7th edition of the Design Management Europe (DME) Award is now open for entries. The Award recognises successful design management strategies and demonstrates the benefits that can be gained with good design management practices.
Knowledge of Design Week 2013
The 2013 Knowledge of Design Week will take place on July 2-6 in Hong Kong, with a theme of "Design for All: Game Changing in Business & Society."
Ravi Sawhney to Co-chair DMI's Design Thinking Conference
Ravi Sawhney, founder and CEO of the innovation consulting firm RKS, will co-chair the DMI conference Designing the Next Economy.
DMI Design/Management Thinking 25
DMI's Design Thinking conference moves to the Los Angeles area for the first time.
Aligning Conflicting Agendas
A New York design consultancy is rebranding a 500 year-old Swiss specialty brand for the global market after its purchase by a Tokyo-based multi-national.
Design Management Europe 17: Designing the Next Economy
The 17th Design Management Europe conference will take place at COAM Center, Madrid, on April 23-25, 2013.
We won the assignment in a competition with two gigantic management consultancies and a global branding agency, an odd combination of competitors. And it wasn't on price either.
Michael Westcott Appointed President of DMI
Design Management Institute (DMI) has appointed Michael Westcott as the organization's next president.
I was having coffee with Barry, a long-time client, when he told me this story. He'd just returned from the first meeting with a new client who'd called him and said: "I want to work with your agency. Charge me what you need to charge, just don't hose me."
StartUP: Take the Leap to Startup Land
A new tech phenomenon is upon us. Creative directors from the ad industry are ditching their agencies to follow their passions and launch their own startups. It's a mass exodus from Madison Avenue to Silicon Valley.
The Power Play
Julia's firm had worked intensely in preparation for this meeting with the VP. He was new and hadn't been involved in the project up to this point. Her client, Bill, said that the VP was a "real pro" and was extremely demanding.
New Ambition: Delivering the Promise of Design
In the last decade, design has earned "a seat at the table" and garnered the respect of business leaders around the globe. But what is design today? What are the qualities, skills, actions and reactions needed to deliver against the promise of design and the complex challenges of our future?
DMI Searches for Its Next President
DMI is seeking an exceptional leader to become its next president. DMI's current president, Karen Reuther, has announced that she is stepping down at the end of June.
Negotiating: The Procurement Effect
Fin led the team that designed the packaging for the client's most successful hair care brand, "Z." It resulted in sales of a $billion a year.
Design Management Europe Award 2012
The Design Management Europe Award 2012 is now open for entries. The Award recognises successful design management strategies and demonstrates the commercial benefits that can be gained with good design management practices.
A Strategy for Successful Negotiations
By definition, a Virtuous Cycle is a series of events that result in a favorable outcome, time and again.
Three Keys To Increasing Your Design Fees: Confidence, Distance, Mutuality
Design firms routinely underprice their work. It seems as though they don't trust their own value, thinking, "If I can do it, it must be easy." Therefore "I don't dare ask for..." whatever.
Smart Salon Recap: The Future of Risk
Smart Design held its second Smart Salon panel on March 1 to explore the evolution of risk in the world of business.
Fit In, Stand Out, Stand Apart
In the high stakes game of new business this is how designers can win. Used well, you can move from having no leverage to holding all the cards.
DMI International Research Conference 2012: Call for Papers
The Design Management Institute is soliciting submissions for an academic conference to be held August 8-9, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Team Dynamics: Resourcing for Success
Today, highly-sophisticated interaction concepts, digital user interfaces, brand guidelines and global markets add complexity to the development of products and services, which no longer can be addressed by individuals.
Design the New Business
Design the New Business, a short documentary about how the design mindset is helping to evolve business thinking, is released online.
APDF Leadership Exchange & Annual Meeting: Simulate to Stimulate
What are the barriers to your firms' success? How should you lead in the face of uncertainty?
IDSA 2012 Design Dialogue Conferences: Evolving Design Practices
This spring IDSA will explore "Evolving Design Practices" from five different angles at the "5 Design Dialogues Conferences" held in five different cities between March 30 and May 5.
Designing Business Strategy: Creating Customer-centered, Holistic Strategies and Tactics
Increasingly, design thinkers are called on to solve the most challenging issues in business: how to thrive in an uncertain world, how to innovate in a regulated industry, or how to increase customer demand for products that been overextended.
Balancing Extremes: The Tensions in Design
We are no longer competing in an either-or-world. It has never been more important to break through classic trade-offs for ultimate success in getting the best products, services and experiences to market.
Why Design Firms Must Leverage Their Right Brain
When I started in business I had no idea what "leverage" was, let alone how to use it. The prospect of negotiating a fee for my work terrified me, which is probably why I became a designer.
Design Leaders Optimistic About Business in 2012
AIGA's Design Leaders Confidence Index began to rise again in the most recent quarter. For the fourth quarter of 2011, the index rose from 86.63 to 100.71 - higher than all but four quarters since AIGA began monitoring confidence in April 2005.
The Five Fears of Negotiating Design Fees
A few weeks ago I led a negotiation seminar with my colleague Charles Wiggins, who was my negotiation coach back in 1998. We hired him to improve The Leonhardt Group's ability to bargain with large corporate clients.
Parsons Launches MS in Strategic Design and Management
Parsons The New School for Design has announced a new Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management, which will launch in fall 2012.
BDI Supports Design Commission's Call for a National Innovation Policy
British Design Innovation (BDI) has voiced its support for today's call by the Design Commission for the creation of a national innovation policy in the UK that recognises the value of design to business and the economy.
Design/Leadership Europe 16 Conference: Collective Design
Collaboration is design's competitive advantage in today's world. Together with a laser focus on the user as part of a group or an individual, design leads solutions to an inclusive, integrated and inspiring process that transforms experiences for a better life.
2012 Design Management Journal: Call for Papers
The 2012 issue of DMI's annual peer-reviewed publication, the Design Management Journal, will focus on Design Leadership. DMI is seeking submissions of a broad range of papers within this overarching theme.
Failure to Connect: Understanding Gen Y
This webinar will share insights into Gen Y and challenge businesses to rethink what they know about today's youth.
IDSA Catalyst Design Case Study Program Reveals 2011 Winners
The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) recognized Bombardier Recreational Products, The Coca Cola Co., Starkey and Oral-B as its 2011 Catalyst Design Case Study winners.
Trends in Marketing: Flexible Workforce Strategies
Aquent has released the results of the first-ever study of flexible workforce use from more than 500 leaders across marketing and creative disciplines.
Woods Bagot Commits to a New Kind of Architectural Engagement
Woods Bagot's collective research and knowledge management capability has been announced as a winner, at the 2011 Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Awards.
Service Design for Business: Key Methods and Strategies for In-House Teams
Today, there is a major shift towards providing services, as even traditional product-based businesses are now offering a broad spectrum of innovative value-added services.
GE Edge: GE Capital Debuts New Digital Platform
GE Capital today unveiled an integrated web portal and private social network, called GE Edge, that will enable middle market companies to access academic and business subject matter experts, proprietary research and analysis and a peer-to-peer discussion of the relevant challenges facing businesses today.
Government Asks UK Design Industry to Identify Growth Potential
An Intellectual Property Office event hosted by the Design Council with Baroness Wilcox, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills, announced the publication of the first phase of research into the use of design rights in the UK, how this affects the industry, and a call for evidence on how the UK intellectual property framework can better support our globally successful design industry.
Smart Salon on Design at Scale
The potential of design is widely acknowledged, but scaling it throughout an organization is still an enormous challenge.
APDF Exchange: Monetizing IP
The next APDF Exchange in Chicago will focus on protecting and monetizing intellectual property & creating alternative revenue streams for your firm by capitalizing on IP.
RIBA Research Symposium 2011: Debating Globalisation
This year's RIBA Research Symposium will be examining the theme of globalization; a provocative topic of high relevance to the architects' profession.
Laura Haynes of Appetite Named DBA President 2011-2013
Laura Haynes of Appetite has been appointed as President of the Design Business Association (DBA), taking over from outgoing President Nick Ramshaw of Thompson Brands.
SEE Policy Booklet 4: Bringing Innovative Ideas to Market using Design
SEE Policy Booklets are an output of the SEE project, a network of eleven design organisations in Europe, examining how to integrate design into regional, national and European policies.
DMI Design Management Annual 36: Design at Scale
The potential of design is widely acknowledged, but scaling it throughout an organization is still an enormous challenge.
Design Wales Releases Sixth Edition of See Bulletin
Sixth issue of See Bulletin is now available. The SEE bulletin seeks to contribute to the growing interest in design policy across Europe and beyond.
2011 Design Summit: Design for Growth
The 2011 Design Summit on June 23 will bring together business leaders, senior government ministers, world-leading designers and architects to explore how Britain's design industry can play a more central role in driving economic growth.
Design Management Europe Award 2011
Design Management Europe Award 2011 is now open for entries.
DMI Appoints New President: Karen Reuther
Karen Reuther will become the next president of DMI, effective May 23, 2011.
Richard Whitehall and Brian Gillespie Join DMI's Advisory Council
DMI added Richard Whitehall, Vice President, Industrial Design, Smart Design, and Brian Gillespie, Director, Experience Design Strategy, MediaCatalyst, to the organization's Advisory Council.
Call for Papers: Design Management Journal
The 2011 issue of the Design Management Journal will build upon research regarding the expanding role of design in the triple bottom line.
The 2011 APDF Exchange
Where is the business of design heading? Association of Professional Design Firms will tackle that question and many others at the 2011 Annual APDF Exchange in San Francisco.
DMI Design/Management Europe 15
Design has played an important value role in the events, services, and products of 2010. 2011 promises to cast a brighter light on how Design intersects and inspires business success.
AIGA Honors Method and Tiffany & Co. for Their Embodiment of Design Excellence
AIGA named renowned jeweler Tiffany & Co. and home-care innovators Method as the recipients of the esteemed AIGA Corporate Leadership Award, for their contributions to design excellence and the development of the design profession.
SEE Bulletin 5: Global Design Watch 2010
SEE, a network of eleven European partners exploring how to integrate design into regional and national innovation policies, has released the fifth of six project bulletins.
Maxine Horn Steps Down From BDI Board
The founder director of British Design Innovation (BDI), Maxine Horn, is to step down from her role as chief executive of the trade organisation for industrial designers, service designers and innovation professionals after 17 years at the helm.
Creative Economy Report 2010: Creative Industries Are Stimulating Economic Recovery
Early evidence indicates that demand for some "creative industry" products - particularly those which are domestically consumed, such as videos, music, video games, and new formats for TV programmes - remained stable during the global recession.
SEE Policy Booklet 3: Evaluating Design
A lack of knowledge and tools to evaluate the rate of return on design investment is often cited as a severe barrier to advancing the understanding of design's value among policy-makers and civil servants.
Design Management Europe Award 2010
DME Award is the first of its kind to award the management contribution to successful design.
DMI Design / Management Annual 35
This year's DMI annual conference will look directly into the five major macro shifts (M5) we are facing, and how Design, with a capital D, can help in new value creation (nV).
Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference 2010
Design has the power to change the direction of businesses, provide fuel for economies and even change lives.