Stanford University announced its new President this week. Marc Tessier-Lavigne is a "pioneering neuroscientist, former Stanford faculty member and outspoken advocate for higher education". More importantly, in keeping with Stanford's reputation as a crucible for entrepreneurial creativity, he has been executive vice president for research and chief scientific officer at Genentech, leading work on disease … Continue reading Four For Friday (37)
Luxury products, it seems, are being trampled over by technology-enabled products enticing luxury customers. Apple created its own version of ceramic enforced gold. The real number of the Apple watches in gold casing shipped remains a mystery although an estimated total of 10M pieces are expected to have shipped by the end of 2015. Apple … Continue reading Luxury watches and tech: who is driving whom?
I occasionally play a game with my friends, where I rapidly say some words aloud and they respond with the first visual image that pops up in their minds. It is a rough version of the IAT and some fascinating conversations result from there. With the word "creativity". I hear responses ranging from names of … Continue reading Four For Friday (32)
This week's links on design-thinking and design come right after I shared some observations made on a recent trip to India. Apple is giving design a bad name, writes Don Norman, who established the User Experience Architect's Office later becoming Vice President of Apple's Advanced Technology Group. His co author is Bruce Tognazzini, a usability … Continue reading Four For Friday (31)
This post has no photos. None that I took anyway. Because taking photos is hard, while we navigate badly designed situations. When we don't understand or care about customer experience. My flight on the world's favourite airline ran out of disembarkation and customs declaration forms for India. For now, I shall refrain from commenting on … Continue reading Design stories from recent travels in India
This series took two weeks off due to urgent travels, but we are back now. This week's readings discuss Purpose and Meaning. Fast Company interviewed several entrepreneurs who believe they have created businesses that mean something to their customers. These are not just stories about underserved consumers; these are stories about people who could not … Continue reading Four For Friday (30)
The luxury sector is negotiating the tight rope between its traditional exclusivity and the open-all-hours, democratising nature of the web. It is a fascinating space to watch as new ways of enticing and engaging with the customer emerge. This long Luxury Society piece explores the emerging influencers and how brands are finding their feet in … Continue reading Four For Friday (29)