It’s a Wednesday and we all know how exhausting those hump days can be, but we’ve got a few finds to perk you right back up! Before we kick off, we wanted to share how thrilled we are to have been nominated as a finalist for the Retail Customer Excellence Award from Inside Retail– we’ve got enough excitement to last us to the moon and back! Speaking of outer space, ever wondered how NASA’s iconic logo came to be? Read on!
1) BLOG POST: ‘Everyone Thinks They’re a Designer…’
Whatever industry, people like to contribute to the design process even without an invitation. In Aaron Benjamin’s case, it could be as simple as the boss wanting to use his favourite shade of blue. It seems in today’s world everyone thinks that they are a designer. But if it is a profession that most people go to school to learn, how can everyone be a great designer?
2) ARTICLE: ‘Hybrid Jobs Call for Hybrid Education’
It’s that time of year when college students are interviewing for the jobs they hope to hold after graduation. But in addition to familiar jobs, new titles are emerging and according to a report by workforce analytics firm Burning Glass, more than a quarter million positions have opened up in a year. If emerging jobs are increasingly hybrid, then it may mean the programs of study may need to become hybridized as well, according to the Harvard Business Review.
3) REPORT: ‘NASA Graphics Standards Manual’
We all know NASA; if not for its admirable space expeditions then for the iconic and brand imagery that has familiarised itself across the globe. But have you ever wondered how these designs came to be? This in-depth report from 1976 is dedicated to revealing the space centre’s adoption of new form of graphics with the logotype that unmistakably brands them as NASA.
4) ARTICLE: ‘Rebuilding Retail Brick by Brick’
Is 2016 the beginning of the end for brick and mortar retail? With Walmart’s plans to close 269 stores, Macy’s 36 closures and Kohl’s 18, not to mention companies like Amazon currently undercutting them in prices and offering free delivery. With much speculation about what retailers should do to survive in an omni-channel world, TechCrunch suggests you can predict the future by learning from past industries to discover what worked that not only made them competitive, but gave them an advantage.
5) BLOG POST: ‘Improving UX with Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling’
A few years ago, Emma Coats took to Twitter to share her 22 rules she learned about storytelling during her time as a Pixar storyboard artist. UX designers also know the importance of telling a good story, and recognizing the relationship between these disciplines has resulted in 22 good lessons for rockstar UX: