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Image Credit : AmazonThe success of some of America’s biggest brands is down to specialization. Figuring out how to do one thing really, really well has allowed these brands to become market leaders, even to the point of monopolization. But as the twenty-first century gets settled in, the specializations these giants are known for are not always one and the same. They’ve changed strategies to stay strong and it’s working out.
Image Credit : Cargo FactsTake for example McDonald’s. The restaurant chain found success by selling one type of burger and making it on the Ford-style production line. Although they weren’t the first fast food place in the US, by only selling a very limited menu they could quickly generate profit and growth. However, flipping burgers is no longer how Miccy D’s makes its money. Its real wealth comes from its property portfolio and rental revenue.
“The company earns far more from lease payments than it does from selling its product to the franchisees. . .”About 85%..
Kevin Hoffman is the master of meetings. In his new book Meeting Design from Rosenfeld Media, Kevin lays out exactly how to take on meetings as a design problem, but you don’t have to be a designer to appreciate this advice. He deftly illustrates how the designer’s toolkit—a collection of questions, activities, and conversations—can be applied to create the best outcomes for these age-old activities. We’re excited to provide the excerpt from Meeting Design below.
The daily scrum is the heart of an agile process—it’s the meeting you’ll have the most often. The name “scrum” is based on the “scrummage:” the part of a rugby game when play restarts after a foul occurs or the ball goes out of bounds. Everyone from each team grabs for the ball huddled together in a circle and then puts their heads together in interlocking fashion. Afterward, play continues from that point. In an agile scrum style meeting, everyone is grabbing for work to undertake.
Goal of an Agile Style Daily Scrum Hopeful..
The IA Summit is a conference that ambitiously questions the architectural underpinnings of our digital interfaces. It has become a place where many attendees discover their home away from home and create unexpected bonds with other professionals who are eager to understand how the things in our world relate. The driving force behind this exchange of ideas is a compulsion to understand the experiential factors of human-computer interaction (HCI) and the informational relationships that give rise to their structure. As our world of digital experience and informational complexity expand, IAS18 seeks to raise awareness of the systemic impact of our UI and UX design decisions and the role we play to tame information environments at scale.
The End of Boundaries Digital engagement is pressing beyond the screen to provide an extension of our bodies and the augmentation of human experience. For instance, we used to only look at screens on a desktop. We advanced to persistently holding them in..
I have always been something of a picky eater, especially when it comes to meat and poultry. Like everything else, my rule is ‘less but better’, so no intensively reared factory-farmed muck for me; in its place, I eat just a little of the good stuff. The same goes for fish – I won’t touch anything farmed. Following a series of back-to-back visits to Paris’ Maisie Café (where I discovered an alternative to the usual Fashion Week fare of bread, butter, pastries, cheese and chips), coupled with a few lunches at Yeotown on London’s Chiltern Street, a daily intake of ‘plant-based’ Instagram posts by journalist Calgary Avansino and, most importantly, watching the new pro-vegan documentary What the Health on Netflix, I beefed up the plant-based part of my diet and eliminated a hefty number of animal products. Gift aid: my current favourite hotel gift shop is Les Ateliers Courbet at...
Scene setting: the American Stock Exchange Building - a 25,000 square foot space located in the heart of Wall Street- was Bottega Veneta’s venue of choice for its first runway presentation on New York soil. A first for the Renaissance Revival-style and Art Deco-accented building as well (this is the first fashion show staged in its halls ), the setting was a clear reflection of creative director Tomas Maier’s appreciation of architecture - also one of the defining aspects of the brand. Team work: to properly articulate this, Maier roped in the talents of the Tony Award-winning set designer Scott Pask to design a home interior within the building as a backdrop for the show. Touching on the opening of the label’s Maison flagship on Madison Avenue, which features a new concept known as The Apartment that exhibits Bottega Veneta’s home and furniture creations in an elegant living environment...
‘The shape of a T-shirt is so simple and beautiful,’ says Vivienne Westwood in her 2014 autobiography. ‘You are aware of the cloth, of the body, but also of an image: it is a canvas’. A new exhibition, T-Shirt: Cult - Culture - Subversion, at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, celebrates the socio-political power of this universal garment, one used as a visual tool for conveying cultural statements and protestations. Westwood and her then partner Malcolm McLaren gained prominence in the late Sixties for their creation of DIY T-shirts, embellished with glitter glue, chains, provocative images and typography. Be it a black T-shirt bearing the word ‘Rock’ spelt in chicken bones, a white tee with two cowboys in hats, boots and naked from the waist down, or another style with studs spelling ‘Venus’, the duo used Letterism as a powerful tool to convey their anti-establishment, punk outlook...
A new gym on the block has opened in Shoreditch. The second instalment of the Clapton-based ‘award-winning fitness meets art, design and fashion’ boutique BLOK, founded by Reema Stanbury, Ed Stanbury and fashion photographer Max Oppenheim, is located on the corner of Norman Foster’s Principal Place. It’s part of a larger redevelopment plan to bridge the City and Shoreditch, that will also house Amazon’s new headquarters. BLOK Shoreditch is designed by Daytrip Studio (Iwan Halstead and Emily Potter) and lighting design studio There’s Light. The latter have made the whole space feel like one, long corridor animated by light, colour and reflections, which mingle with the smell of coffee and Malin & Goetz bespoke products, alongside photography by Oppenheim and installations by Ben Cullen Williams. The café at BLOK, Shoreditch The complex also features a café bathed in natural light and a small shop. Beyond, an industrial floating staircase leads you up to the studios. The designers have u..
Almost five decades after he burst onto the fashion scene with Japanese-inspired, audaciously patterned textiles, Kenzo Takada continues to draw inspiration from his home country – last year festooning Roche Bobois’ ‘Mah Jong’ sofa in kimono-like jacquard patterns, and developing cushions and vases to match. Like the designer himself, his recipe is the pride of Japan. ‘I love miso soup,’ he declares. ‘It’s a mix of complexity and simplicity. It is easy to eat, and can accompany many foods, or simply be served with a bowl of rice.’ Ingredients Takada’s take on the classic includes tofu, mixed seaweed and spring onion. As originally featured in the March 2018 issue of Wallpaper* (W*228)
Graffiti’s cultural position has long been a polarising topic – vandalism to some, a valid art movement to others. Fendi is clearly in the latter camp as street art forms the focus of The Ring of the Future, a circular artwork featuring the word ‘Future’ painted in six languages on the roof of the Italian fashion house’s HQ in Rome. ‘I see the rooftop as a blank canvas,’ says Cristiana Monfardini, Fendi’s vice president of communications and the project’s mastermind. Working in collaboration with London-based agency Global Street Art, Fendi commissioned a sextet of street artists to add their own typographic style to the piece. The artists come from the four corners of the globe: Cave, the London-based Iranian artist who mixes the Arabic and Farsi alphabets to create new typographic forms, and Seoul-based Korean Jodae, who mixes shamanism and oriental art in his intricate designs. English artist Gary Stranger creates bold and...
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