XPLANE xBlog visual thinking http://xblog.xplane.com XPLANE http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss en-us Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:21:07 -0700 email@addresshere.com Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:21:07 -0700 Designing for Simple is Way Too Confusing http://xblog.xplane.com/designing-for-simple-is-way-too-confusing/ “Keep it simple.” This common principle of design drove our creative team into a debate last week.   What does simple mean? Does everything we design really need to be simple? Or does it just need to be clear? And what is the difference between simple and clear? This idea of “simple” was an important design principle to follow, but on it’s own it can lead designers in the wrong direction.   Information... Focus on user-centered design; it’s not about the title or the org chart http://xblog.xplane.com/focus-on-user-centered-design--its-not-about-the-title-or-the-org-chart/ In the wake of some high-profile departures of communications leaders, PR Week asks whether communications and marketing should be separate or combined.  That question misses the point.  What consumer and employees want is an authentic conversation on their terms.   The communications executives quoted in the article rightly point out that the role for the head of communications has changed with so many new expectations and... Voices From VTS http://xblog.xplane.com/voices-from-vts/ I’ve known about XPLANE for several years, and long been interested in the models they work with in their consulting practice. Attending VTS was a great way to learn more about them, and to gain some exposure to new techniques for creative idea generation. What impressed me most about the workshop was the hands-on approach XPLANE uses, and the way their models can lead to productive collaboration and surprising outcomes – even... Interview with Annie Pomeranz, New Program Manager http://xblog.xplane.com/interview-with-annie-pomeranz-new-program-manager/ FIVE FUN FACTS: Though born in “The Emerald City,” I grew up in “The Biggest Little City in the World”. My last name means orange. I used to love cliff jumping into lakes/rivers/reservoirs/etc. when I was younger. If you ever get a chance to check out the Yuba River’s Emerald Pools, I highly recommend it! I helped co-pilot the winning craft in the Reno Hot Air Balloon Races of 2001. I’ve skied... Our First xDay in Review: Part 2 http://xblog.xplane.com/our-first-xday-in-review--part-2/ “xDay is all about passion,” Associate Creative Director, Marvin Gaviola says. “It’s inspirational. It feeds my creative soul.”   This Friday marks our second xDay of the year and our XPLANErs are overflowing with excitement. With a full day put aside for innovation, our team has been both prepping to add on to their last xDay projects and planning out new creative endeavors for their eight... Our First xDay in Review http://xblog.xplane.com/our-first-xday-in-review/ On February 20, we closed our computers, put out-of-office messages on our emails, and hosted our first xDay. For a full eight hours, XPLANE designers, program managers, consultants, HR, finance, and even CEO Aric Wood broke away from the regular workday to fully focus on innovation and creation. At the end of the day, over our favorite craft beer, we all came together to discuss our hard work and findings.   Below is a snap shot of what... Interview with Lauren Gantner, New Marketing Coordinator http://xblog.xplane.com/interview-with-lauren-gantner-new-marketing-coordinator/ Give us a brief overview of your background and experience: Writer, designer, marketer, and photographer. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2011 with a degree in Print Journalism and a minor in Design. I spent a few years after college with Aramark’s marketing teams at both Loyola University in Chicago and the University of Minnesota designing menus, catering guides, and logos, writing press releases and blogs, and managing... The Origin of xDays http://xblog.xplane.com/the-origin-of-xdays/ I recently published a post on a new practice we are trying this year called xDays. The basic idea is this: xDays are one full working day per month we set aside from client and company work to focus on individual and organizational innovation.   I wanted to share a bit of the back-story of how we got here.   At first it was just VTS Going back 10 or more years, XPLANE has run what we call Visual Thinking School... I Don't Want to Change You - a Love Letter and a Card Deck http://xblog.xplane.com/i-dont-want-to-change-you---a-love-letter-and-a-card-deck/ My Valentine’s gift: a love letter to employees around the world.   We believe the fastest, most effective path to change starts with empathy. Many clients reach out to us, eagerly announcing they have a clarity problem. "If only our people understood the new strategy, we'd surely succeed!" Over 20+ years XPLANEing and building understanding, we've realized there are many other reasons (besides lack of... XPLANE Helps ICANN Envision It’s Long-Range Strategy Plan http://xblog.xplane.com/xplane-helps-icann-envision-its-long-range-strategy-plan/ XPLANE is proud to see the conclusion of our work helping ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, envision, organize, and clarify their five-year strategy plan for years 2016-2020!   Developed through an extensive, collaborative, bottom-up, multi-stakeholder, and multi-lingual process, the new Strategic Plan provides an opportunity for the global Internet community to coalesce around a new overarching vision and...