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The most dangerous form of imitation

Last week in Copenhagen, Kathy and I randomly walked into a small design studio called Studio Arhoj. It wasn’t the beautiful ceramics on display that drew me in. It was the designers who were working on the ceramics. The designers themselves were also on display. What you bought in the …

How to reimagine your future

In 1975, a young Kodak engineer named Steven Sasson developed the first digital camera. The Kodak management’s reaction? That’s cute. Don’t tell anyone about it. Kodak’s entire business model had been based on film photography. Sasson’s invention would wipe out film, which in turn would wipe out Kodak’s existing business. …

When you get stuck, do this.

The Office is one of my favorite comedy shows of all time. The series ran for over 200 episodes. It’s not easy for the writers of a show to maintain momentum and generate good ideas for that long. When the writers inevitably found themselves in a rut, they’d do something …

Are you an artist?

How many artists are there in the room? This is the question that Gordon MacKenzie, a longtime creative at Hallmark Cards, would ask while visiting schools. The response was always the same. In the first grade, all kids would leap from their seats and raise their hands. In the third …

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