Any bank that values design at this level has my business. In an industry that desperately needs innovation and creativity, Simple is clear at the right time and the right place.
In short they are not a bank, rather partnering with charter-banks to store you money freeing them up to focus on technology, tools and customer service that will hopefully blow away the personal banking services of our parents era.
At its time the multiplane camera was by far the most advanced tool in animation. Although it has all be replaced with a few click in After Effects, it is still interesting to see what went into the process in the pre-computer days.
I still remember getting my first Popular Science subscription in the 3rd grade, and every month I would flip to the back pages and dream of the hovercrafts, personal helicopters, and ray guys that I could build by myself with the mail-order assembly guides. When I found the Inventables site on 37signal’s Signal vs. Noise blog this morning it sparked a similar urge to tinker, experiment and invent. I have no clue what I could make with hand moldable plastic, skin conductive switches, squishy magnetic gel and glow in the dark thread, but now I’m determined to find a use.
Rather than taking the typical approach for selling scientific materials by listing the crystallisation temperature, viscosity, melt flow index, Inventables created their site to spark inspiration with great product photography, example applications and easy to read descriptions.
It’s a good lesson for anyone who’s trying to compete with bigger competitors. If you’ve got a smaller product mix, you can obsess over these details in a way that big guys can’t. Customers respond to that.
Even companies serious about innovation can fall victim to their own, well-meaning creative process.
Randy Nelson, Pixar
Frog Design looks the way that ideas travel, reproduce and evolve in human history in their first essay for Fast Company. They make the case that the ability for humans to exchange ideas is key human invention.
In every case it was openness to exchange, within and among nations, that drove innovation (and predation by chiefs, priests, and thieves that shut it down). The same is true today. Countries that open their borders to the free exchange of goods and services and ideas and innovations flourish, while those that cut themselves off and seek economic self-sufficiency stagnate.
Steven Johnson, author of the new book Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. Read the full context of the quote in the article The Genius of the Tinker.
Check out the illustrated trailer for the book that I posted last month. I’m looking forward to reading this book as soon as I finish Delivering Happiness by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh (highly recommended)
Via Michael Lebowitz
— Ben Horowitz
Via Signal vs. Noise
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