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The best leadership advice this former-NASA CTO ever received

You know the feeling: You have an idea for a new project and your excitement is palpable. You see the benefits of your idea on the future so clearly, but when it comes time to convince others to sign on, it seems that no one shares your inherent enthusiasm. Well, Chris Kemp, the co-founder and CEO of Astra, a start-up creating an affordable space launch...

5 proven ways to run your best remote design sprint

Product teams can use design sprints to quickly solve problems and answer important questions about customer needs. But because success depends on participation and trust, teams often find it difficult to get remote sprints right. The best design sprint facilitators plan the conversation so people can bring their best ideas forward. Beyond that, running...

Why now is the best time for you to adopt design tokens

Innovation occurs in a lifecycle. Someone invents an incredible technology, early adopters set the tone, others come along for the ride, then the laggards reinvent the wheel. From dark mode to fluid grids, it often takes years for the most important design advancements to become a household name. So although the Salesforce design team invented design...

Collaborative flowcharting: What it is (and why you need to try it)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a flowchart can be worth thousands of dollars. When conveying complex ideas and processes, a well thought-out flowchart will help you swiftly evolve your rough ideas into sophisticated flows. The streamlined product can help you easily get buy-in from cross-functional collaborators and stakeholders, too....

This important skill will come naturally to the next generation of designers

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) offers a studio-based education where students spend their days designing every product you can imagine and practicing a wide variety of arts. Throughout its 144-year-history, several notable designers and creatives have counted themselves as alumni, from graphic designers Shepard Fairey and Tobias Frere-Jones,...

A guide to design tokens

Imagine auditing your company’s website, Android app, and iOS app and learning that your “Read more” buttons use seven different shades of your brand’s primary color, varying widths, heights, and border radii across these platforms. These changes could take days or weeks to propagate as you sift through each application, find every variant of a single...

New: We’ve made Freehand available to everyone

Over the past year, we’ve been focused on finding new ways for teams to share and evolve ideas. This period has been transformational in the way teams work, but many companies are still desperate for better ways to collaborate remotely. In fact, we recently surveyed 613 knowledge workers and found that 48% are still struggling to feel connected to their...

Why the history of the gender binary matters to the future of design

Inside Design will commemorate the year’s cultural moments and holidays through the theme of ‘Looking Back for a More Inclusive Future.’ Each month, we will explore the intersection of design and history through commissioned illustrations and articles. In observance of Pride Month, Alex Chen discusses the political history of the gender binary and how...

Try this astrophysicist’s “Genius” tip for better collaboration

A big misconception leaders hold about collaboration is that bringing the brightest minds together leads to great things happening. According to MIT astrophysicist Sara Seager, creating an all-star team for a common mission is simply just one small step towards pushing boundaries. She should know: As part of her mission to discover habitable planets...

How to run an effective online brainstorming session

Planning your organization’s next digital product iteration? Ironing out the kinks in your cross-functional workflow? Just want some quality ideas fast? Time to hold a brainstorming session! Make an agenda, bring your people together, and after an hour (or two), you’ll have actionable insights you wouldn’t have gotten without collaboration. But what...

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