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Friday, January 30, 2015

MUSE Newsletter: Lost in Thought with Marian Bantjes

January 30, 2015 | Marian Bantjessocial links

lost in thought
with Marian Bantjes


I’m inspired by anything, anywhere, any time.

To me, brilliant is a surprise.

My favorite app is SpellTower

My dream project is to do tilework to cover a building; or sculptural columns.

The very next thing on my to do list is figure out who’s on my valentine’s list and who’s not.

At least once, everyone should drop LSD.

The smartest person I’ve ever worked with was my brother, Rod.

I’m looking for but can’t find the perfect colour of red printing ink.

If I had a one year sabbatical, I would read books and magazines all day.

I can’t wait to receive a box of chocolates at FUSE 2015.

At the moment, I’m obsessed with vintage posters.

As of now, I’m totally over men.

I’d define my personal style as glitzy country hick.
My tools of the trade are all around me.

I’m happiest when I’m in the zone, working with my dog at my feet, or sleeping.

I lead by a leash.

I wish I could fall asleep in under 10 minutes.

I’m proud that I’m a girl.

My playlist is out of date.

You can usually find me sleeping in the morning.
Find out more about her participation in FUSE 2015 arrow © 2015 IIR Holdings, LTD. All Rights Reserved.

Friday, January 23, 2015

MUSE Newsletter: Lost in Thought with Heather Swanson

January 23, 2015 | Heather Swansonsocial links

lost in thought
with Heather Swanson

Lead Designer, Global Pest Control,
SC Johnson & Son, Inc.

I’m inspired by the perseverance of the human spirit.

To me, brilliant is continuous curiosity, lifelong learning, and the courage to be unpopular.

When I’m having a creative block, I give a loved one a kiss along with a sincere expression of gratitude.

My favorite ad campaign is the Nike challenge (men vs. women) running campaign. GO WOMEN.

The best advice I ever received was from my grandma – “never be afraid to make mistakes; own them, share them, learn from them, and don’t make the same mistake twice unless you truly had fun the first time around.”

I think the Kardashians are… YAWN.

At least once, everyone should share what they have experienced with everyone on the planet.

The best way to unwind after a long day is heading out for a trail run. The quiet beauty of nature helps shake away any undesirable remnants from the day. Some of the best solutions I’ve put forward have been born during a long run through thickets of pine.

The smartest person I’ve ever worked with are too many to list - everyone I’ve worked with has been the smartest at something.
I’m looking for but can’t find running shorts for women with an inseam longer than 3”.

If I had a one year sabbatical, I would help evolve sustainable clean water solutions in developing countries

I can’t wait to learn from others at FUSE 2015.

At the moment, I’m obsessed with tiny house nation.

As of now, I’m totally over gender specific packaging and toys.

I’d define my personal style as resilient.

My tools of the trade are pen and paper.

I lead by learning what motivates my teammates, then inspiring and supporting them to reach beyond their own expectations.

I wish I could design sustainable world peace…I’m looking for collaborators...

You can usually find me happy.

The last stamp on my passport was Sau Paulo, Brazil.

The next stamp on my passport is Sweden.

When I look back on my career I will be thankful and grateful to all the people that encouraged, inspired, pushed, and supported me along the way.
Find out more about her participation in FUSE 2015 arrow © 2015 IIR Holdings, LTD. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Post-It App Combines Print and Virtual Notes for Easier Design Brainstorming

Although our lives revolve around screens of all sizes, many of us still find satisfaction in writing something down on a piece of paper. A popular type of paper we all know and love, Post-it Notes are often a key part of individual and collaborative design-focused work sessions. In fact, a designer’s brainstorming process can often include thoughts, designs, inspirations, colors on a lot of Post-it Notes, but organizing all of those notes can cause quite a headache.

Luckily, the Post-it Brand from 3M has taken digitized the analog collaboration experience with its latest iPhone app, Post-it Plus, all about blurring the line between real Post-its and virtual ones. The app captures physical brainstorm sessions, storyboards, project plans, and other projects and makes them digital, so you can work more efficiently. 

After covering Post-it Notes full of creative ideas, using Post-it Plus designers can snap a photo and the app visually recognizes each note, according to Fast Company. As a second screen experience for a bulletin board covered in notes, the app lets you use your iPhone or iPad to take a picture of up to 50 notes, and then creates digital replicas of the notes. Each one then is stored separately in the app, making it easy to move them around and rearrange, giving you the same control you’d have if you were standing in front of the wall of Post-its.

Captured Post-it Notes snap onto project or topic-specific virtual whiteboards, and different users can combine their boards, allowing for team collaboration. Finished boards can be shared via text, email, and social media, or exported to PDF, PowerPoint, and Excel.

While optical recognition is nothing new, the Post-it Plus App has innovative organizational abilities to distinguish it as a useful tool for design teams. Give it a try, and download the app!

About the Author: Amanda Ciccatelli, Social Media Strategist of the Marketing Division at IIR USA, has a background in digital and print journalism, covering a variety of topics in business strategy, marketing, and technology. Amanda is the Editor at Large for several of IIR’s blogs including Next Big DesignCustomers 1stDigital Impact, STEAM Accelerator and ProjectWorld and World Congress for Business Analysts, and a regular contributor to Front End of Innovation and The Market Research Event,. She previously worked at Technology Marketing Corporation as a Web Editor where she covered breaking news and feature stories in the technology industry. She can be reached at Follow her at @AmandaCicc.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Meet the FUSE 2015 Keynotes

This year, FUSE brings you unprecedented access to the very BEST in brand and design. Without further ado, here’s your 2015 keynote lineup:

Morgan Spurlock on Originality
Oscar Nominated Documentary Filmmaker and Host of CNN’s Inside Man @MorganSpurlock

Peter Borowski on Culture
Head of Design at Kraft @kraftfoods

Taylor Conroy on Hope
Founder of Change Heroes @ChangeHeroes

Michael Fanuele on Inspiration
Chief Creative Officer at General Mills @MJFanuele

Keyu Jin on China
Lecturer in Economics at London School of Business @keyuJin

Bradley Kriet on The Future
Futurist at Institute for the Future @bkreit

Bruce Mau on Change
Co-Founder of Massive Change Network @bemassivechange

Steven Overman on Comebacks
Newly Appointed CMO of Kodak @stevenoverman

Eric Quint on Relevance
Chief Design Officer of 3M @3mdesign

Marian Bantjes on Style

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We look forward to seeing you in Chicago this April!

The FUSE Team