XPLANE xBlog visual thinking http://xblog.xplane.com XPLANE http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss en-us Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:17:16 -0700 email@addresshere.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:17:16 -0700 Design Week Portland 2014 http://xblog.xplane.com/design-week-portland-2014/ You are invited to XPLANE's Open House Monday, October 6 from 4p-7p! Bring your thinking cap and your opinions. This event will be participatory and co-created with Portland’s own design talent, freelancers, contractors, and whoever else shows up at our door.   XPLANE is a business design consultancy. We help large organizations clarify, communicate, and achieve their goals. What we do and how we do it is a result of... Interview with Tanner Lee Bechtel, new VP of Business Development http://xblog.xplane.com/interview-with-tanner-lee-bechtel-new-vp-of-business-development/ Tell us briefly about your role at XPLANE: "My role with XPLANE is to drive new topline revenue. Learn about the customer, understand their needs and focus and pursue a relationship that builds trust, creates an opportunity for guidance and provides XPLANE the opportunity to provide our expertise in exchange for a handsome monetary reward."   Provide a brief overview of your background and experience" "I am, by... The Secret Genius of Weird Al’s “Mission Statement" http://xblog.xplane.com/the-secret-genius-of-weird-al’s-“mission-statement/ Weird Al Yankovich’s triumphal quest to parody the known universe has taken a well-deserved jab at business-speak. Anyone who has endured a corporate job at any level has to smile at his latest video, “Mission Statement” and it’s assault on how business leaders talk. What’s wonderful about this video is that the result is greater than the sum of its parts. Weird Al masterfully strings-together corporate... Sharing is Caring 9.5 http://xblog.xplane.com/sharing-is-caring-95/ Are you a sketching maniac but don't have a system for storing, sorting, and saving your amazing illustrations? Evernote may be your saving grace. If you still prefer the old school method of pen to paper for your notes, there's an organization tip for that as well, and it's simplicity is brilliant. Ikea has perfected the non-photo shoot and contrary to popular belief, you're not too busy to take a break.  A Little Known... Change DNA http://xblog.xplane.com/change-dna/ Recently our team of consultants has been hard at work defining the eight design principles for organizational transformation.  Over the past five weeks we have published our thinking regarding the first five traits; Clarity, Inspiration, Visual Alignment, Co-Creation, and Action. XPLANE's goal is to evolve this thinking and collaboratively design a resource for organizations in transition. If you have any feedback,... Sharing is Caring 8.29 http://xblog.xplane.com/sharing-is-caring-829/ Post-it Notes transformed into beautiful anime characters, Moleskin refuses to be obsolete, and you really should stop ending your presentations with that boring and predictable "Questions?" slide. This New Moleskine Is Like An iPad Made Of Paper Like to be creative on paper but hate the thought of losing your best ideas? Moleskin may have a solution. 3 Behaviors That Drive Successful Salespeople Most... Sharing is Caring 8.22 http://xblog.xplane.com/sharing-is-caring-822/ Ever wonder what your colleagues are doing on conference calls while they are muted? Chances are they are going to the bathroom, online shopping, or eating. In other news, cartographers are cool, the UX process is just like science, doodling is highly recommended, and the Holderness family is back with more awesomeness. Making Better Digital Maps in an Era of Standardization Using pre-digital techniques as inspiration, three cartographers... XPLANE Produces Infographic for T Rowe Price http://xblog.xplane.com/xplane-produces-infographic-for-t-rowe-price-/ XPLANE helped T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services develop an infographic to communicate to plan sponsors and advisors about their new retiree spending research that offers compelling data that retired 401(k) participants are making the first years of retirement work.  It’s Not the Why, It’s the What http://xblog.xplane.com/it’s-not-the-why-it’s-the-what/ This is not the story of “Why” you should put pencil to paper. You should already know that starting with analog means concepts iterate much faster than going through digital rigmarole; which I equate to opening Illustrator, setting the art board, figuring out which tool to use, experimenting with the tool before switching to something else, etc. You probably can Google the reasons infinitum. Instead, let’s talk about the... Sharing Is Caring 8.14 http://xblog.xplane.com/sharing-is-caring-814/ Ding! Ding! Round 2 of Sharing is Caring features articles that will help you stay produtive, navigate pesky emails, solicit feedback, and change your life. And by the way, you most likely have been peeling oranges wrong your ENTIRE LIFE. [Shudder] 5 Annoying Emails Everyone Gets and How To Respond To Them   How to Solicit Feedback from Prospects and Customers   How to Manage Culture During a Pivot     Just...