Matt McCue is the former editor of 99U. He lives in New York City, but he is willing to travel long distances for a good meal. Find him on Twitter at @mattmccuewriter.
In teaching computers how to communicate with people, Hector Ouilhet, Google's head of design for Search sees in the technology the same 'painful yet interesting' learning phases that a young person goes through when becoming an adult. To train computers in the art of questions, Ouilhet looks to the questing period of his own youth and to his four-year-old daughter for models of both simple and complicated questions that he wants computers of the future to understand.
German font god Erik Spiekermann doesn't plan to retire anytime soon. In fact, the 70-year-old doesn't plan on retiring at all. Consider the following the rules according to Spiekermann, a primer on design, entrepreneurship, business, culture, and aging gracefully, as told through his stories.
Make it New author Barry Katz discusses what led to Silicon Valley’s awakening as a design hub.
Bloomberg Businessweek Creative Director Rob Vargas, on what goes into making the magazine’s provocative covers, how he handles sensational and sensitive subject matter, and why acknowledging that he was always going to come up with terrible ideas opened up his way of thinking.
For 20 years, Mira Nakashima singularly focused on mastering the craft of woodworking alongside her father, her perfectionist teacher. After finally taking over the family’s studio, she looks back and answers the question: Was the sacrifice worth it?
For years creative agencies have sold design advice only. But now studios are rethinking this approach to boost their defenses against roller coaster economies and the fickle whims of clients. Ustwo co-owner Jules Ehrhardt explains how they have transformed their studio into a triple threat that generates revenue on multiple fronts.