Takeaways from HOW Design Live 2015

Two weeks ago, I attended the HOW Design Conference in Chicago, IL. It was a whirlwind experience packed full of inspiration and motivation. With so many great speakers, there were many light bulb moments. Here are some of my favorite takeaways.


Always be making things! - Jeff Greenspan

The average American thinks they're smarter than the average American.
Stop designing for the average customer; average is often not useful. - Dan Formosa

Those who have passionate curiosity have the ability to survive every situation. - Glenn John Arnowitz

Don't complain. Make it better. - Tina Roth Eisenberg

The most willing to lean into discomfort will rise the fastest. - Brené Brown

Don't mistake fearless design with reckless design. - Ron Burrage

Your job security is zero. Kodak tanked with 145K employees.
Instagram employs 13 people. - Tom Peters

High-quality web content that's useful, usable and enjoyable is one of the greatest competitive advantages you can create for yourself online. - Jonathon Colman

If you’re digging a hole in the wrong place, making it deeper doesn't help.
Learn how to shut up and listen. - Michael Bierut

Trust breeds magic. - Tina Roth Eisenberg

Intensity never beats consistency. - Simon Sinek

We can be in reactivity mode or creativity mode. - Stefan Mumaw

Consumers crave intimacy. - James Sommerville

Surround yourself with people smarter than you. - Glenn John Arnowitz

If you are brave enough, often enough you will fall. - Brené Brown

The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered is to treat customers like guests and employees like people. - Tom Peters

If you created it, you own the copyright. - Von Glitschka

Be the leader you wish you had. - Simon Sinek

Exceeding expectations is a minimum requirement. - Dan Formosa

If you’ve done well, it’s your obligation to spend a good portion of your time sending the elevator back down. – Tina Roth Eisenberg quoting Kevin Spacey


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