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From FastCompany: There have never been more technologies available to collect, examine, and render data. Here are 30 different notable pieces of data visualization software good for any designer’s repertoire. They’re not just powerful; they’re easy to use. In fact, most of these tools feature simple, point-and-click interfaces, and don’t require that you possess any particular coding knowledge or invest in any significant training. Let the software do the hard work for you.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 · Topics: storytelling-examples
From FastCompany: The master documentarian returns with a stylistic departure–a cinema verite-style film that captures a group of boys at a small Vermont school as they memorize the Gettysburg Address–and shares what the experience helped him realize about storytelling.
From Fast Company: Want to foster creativity? Skip the foosball table and opt for a war room instead. Google Ventures’s Jake Knapp shows you how. Plus: A peek inside Google Ventures’s own war room.
From Andrew Sobel: A large body of research shows that when we meet someone for the first time, we make judgments about their trustworthiness and competence in a fraction of a second. We do this based on a variety of clues, including physical appearance, facial characteristics, posture, gestures, and so on. This makes sense from an evolutionary perspective. When you meet a stranger, you need to assess their intentions (trustworthiness) and their ability to carry out those intentions (competence, or strength).
A few weeks ago, MailChimp’s DesignLab posted images of our User Personas to their blog. As Jason explained there, we wanted to find out who really uses MailChimp. We could broadly generalize about our users (savvy, self-reliant, techie, motivated), but we realized that we couldn’t rattle off the four or five archetypical MailChimp users. What we needed was a clear idea of our current users, so we could better empathize with them, and in turn design for and delight them.
From Fast Company: In this exclusive excerpt from Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull unveils one of his key management tools — the Pixar brain trust, which has helped the animation powerhouse score 14 box office hits in a row.
From Fast Company: Some of Pixar’s most illustrious alums, steeped for decades in Pixar’s potent creative culture, reveal how they apply the company’s philosophies of success to their own ventures–and you can, too.