XPLANE xBlog visual thinking http://xblog.xplane.com XPLANE http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss en-us Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:09:55 -0700 email@addresshere.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:09:55 -0700 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... 5 Ways HR is Ruining Your Culture and Your Career http://xblog.xplane.com/5-ways-hr-is-ruining-your-culture-and-your-career/ Let me first start by saying I love being an HR professional.  I love the insight that the profession gives you into a company and it’s employees. But as HR people know, this insight can often be a double-edged sword.  Instead of being coaches we often become referees, instead of ambassadors of our organization, we become law enforcement to policy and procedure.    But how do we prevent that?  How do you keep... Sharing Is Caring 8.7 http://xblog.xplane.com/sharing-is-caring-87/ Not unlike kindergarten where we were all taught to share, XPLANErs are constantly stumbling upon and sharing information that makes our work and personal lives better. And because we have out-grown our selfish toddler phase (MINE!), we want to share this awesomeness with you. Below please find some articles that will help unleash creativity, spark heated debates with colleagues (obviously I’m referring to the Oxford comma controversy),... Working life in Amsterdam and XPLANE - A Good Match! http://xblog.xplane.com/working-life-in-amsterdam-and-xplane---a-good-match/ Amsterdam the city of canals, bikes, sex, and drugs. For most people outside of the Netherlands these are the (clichéd) topics that come to mind when thinking about the Dutch capital. But what is it like to actually live and work in Amsterdam, and particularly in a small branch of XPLANE?   Rain or shine, a bike ride through the hustle and bustle of the city in the morning is the typical start of the day for most of us living... How to Provide Actionable and Consolidated Feedback - A Five Step Process http://xblog.xplane.com/how-to-provide-actionable-and-consolidated-feedback---a-five-step-process/ “Should we use a different color here?” “Per Katie this needs to include a CTA.” “I’m sure I get a sense of urgency with this image.” “This circle should be darker blue.” – stakeholder #1; “This circle should be our lighter brand color.” – stakeholder #2.   Sound familiar? When client input is needed to move a project forward; for example: what tweaks to... Interview with Nicole Bittner, New Designer http://xblog.xplane.com/interview-with-nicole-bittner-new-designer/ Tell us briefly about your role at XPLANE: "This role will work closely with the lead designers to create designs, concepts, illustrations, and visual communications." Provide a brief overview of your background and experience: "I have a BFA in Printmaking and 4 years of study in Graphic Design as a Post Bacc student. While in school I worked at a small branding and web design agency and after finishing at PSU I did freelance...