Does desk + mess = great design?

by Emily Twaddell

Just Google “messy desk.”

Forbes, Business Insider, The New York Times, and any number of blogs will assure you that out of desktop chaos can come the very best of innovation. University studies have even been devoted to the topic of the cluttered workspace and its benefits to creative thought.

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Topics: culture, design studio, creativity

Grove Journal: Installation

by Craig McGinley

We love to eat here at the studio. There is a full size kitchen where we routinely cook meals for each other; everyone sits down together at our long table to share food and conversation. One of our Care Cards encourages us to “Eat more food. Not too much, mostly plants.” In that spirit, we try to keep our meals healthy and full of fresh vegetables. Thus, it made a lot of sense for us to become an early adopter of the Grove Labs home ecosystem, called a “Grove.”

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Topics: culture, healthy food, grove

Plugging in means exposing yourself

by Dirk Knemeyer

The widely-circulated story today that Google fired an employee for reviewing the "private" files and information of users, and even harassed a user based on their "private" information might seem shocking, but it's really only illustrating something that those of us in the industry have known for years: anything we say, type or otherwise create that goes thru a pipe or a satellite or an antenna is fully accessible by every touchpoint in the process. It is kind of like being spied on by someone looking thru a peephole: we think it is private and "ours" but in reality we are buck naked for any prying eye to see.

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Topics: hardware, culture, predictive, Analysis, Blog, security, google, software

Why mobile is magical

by Dirk Knemeyer

Most of our customers are relatively sophisticated with technology. They either own tech start-ups or are in a role where they are involved in the software, website, IT, digital marketing or some other type of technology within their company. Not surprisingly many of them carry powerful mobile computing devices and are far ahead of the general population in their adoption and use of these tools. In fact, if you are reading this, you probably count among these progressive few.

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Topics: Design, culture, Blog, mobile