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Collaborative work

Nureva collaborative work blog

Can you spot the difference? The secret power of visual collaboration.

By Tricia Whenham
on Jul 27, 2017 7:30:00 AM

When you were a kid, did you play Spot the Difference?

You might remember the game from the back pages of magazines or restaurant menus. Two pictures side by side, with several subtle differences. Ideally, they were challenging enough to keep you out of your parents’ hair for at least a few minutes on a long car ride or wait in the doctor’s office.

Now, imagine playing the same game today – but the two images are placed in separate rooms, and you have to walk back and forth between them. Or the pictures are tiny thumbnails, and you need to squint to see the details. Or you’re working with a partner, and you can each only see one visual. You’d feel like the game was rigged – and you’d be right.

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Webinar: Meeting the needs of the dynamic meeting room

By Alan Cho
on Jul 19, 2017 6:00:00 AM

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The numbers are impossible to ignore. On average, employees attend 62 meetings a monthIn the last two decades, the time people spend working collaboratively has grown by 50%. And 43% of employed Americans spend at least some time working remotely.

As the number of remote workers rapidly expands, so does the need for remote collaboration. Business is no longer confined to a single location. The people we work and collaborate with don’t always share the same space as us. And meetings no longer mean sitting around a table and passively listening to somebody talking. Yet, despite the changes to the ways we work, audio conferencing technology has remained relatively the same.

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Power your team with new screen sharing tools

By Tricia Whenham
on Jul 13, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Ever had one of these days?

You roll out of bed. You check your phone. And you find out that a project needs attention – now.

You need people from across your organization to get together, share what they know and come up with the right solution. Too often, it’s way harder than it should be. You get stuck in a game of email tag with the rest of the team (and we all know how much everyone loves email). Or you manage to pull everyone into a room … except, of course, your sales manager in Germany who’s left out of the process.

Ready to try a different approach?

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A master idea man shares some creative brainstorming techniques

By Lavonne Boutcher
on Jun 28, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Jim McCafferty is a former magician and current idea ringmaster at JMP Creative – the California design company he started in 1991. Every day, Jim and his team face the daunting task of generating creative ideas for ad campaigns or toy designs. To accomplish that, Jim has developed some unique and slightly off-the-wall methods of brainstorming. And he’s often asked to share those techniques with other companies looking to jump-start their creativity.

Jim is a self-taught brainstorming expert who thinks most of us do it all wrong. Here’s what experience has taught him about doing it right.

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8,192 more ways to be heard – the story behind a new audio conferencing solution

By Tricia Whenham
on Jun 13, 2017 6:00:00 AM

For David Martin, cofounder of Nureva, the importance of hearing and being heard has been on his mind for a long time.

“Growing up, I realized my father had a hearing problem,” he says. “It occurred because he was in the engine room of a destroyer in the North Atlantic for five years. In my case, I have a hearing problem because I tuned race engines for five years of my young life, not knowing I needed ear protection.”

These personal experiences have sharpened his focus on a problem that affects everyone, no matter their hearing – bad meeting room audio.

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5 key ways to get your remote design team in sync

By Tricia Whenham
on May 23, 2017 6:00:00 AM

 
When Suzanne Ferguson, a user experience designer at Nureva, wakes up each morning, her day begins in delightful solitude – with a cup of coffee, a few yoga poses and choosing a podcast for her walk to work. But before all that is done, she makes it a habit to check in online with her UX team. Collaborating with other designers is at the heart of her role.

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How JMP Creative uses the Span™ system to turn toy ideas into gold

By Lavonne Boutcher
on May 1, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Ideas are the lifeblood of Jim McCafferty’s business. And, whether Jim and his team at JMP Creative are working on a new promotional campaign for a client or the next hot new toy, they need a steady flow of ideas. The concepts they come up with can’t just be good; they have to be extraordinary. “We have to create something very special. The bar is really, really high,” says Jim, who started his California-based design and invention company more than 25 years ago.

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In the mood for inspiration

By Alan Cho
on Apr 20, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Inspiration comes in all forms. Like the motivational posters featuring kittens hanging onto a wire. The pop song that tells you to believe in yourself. Or the photos of sunsets and Oprah quotes you find all over social media.

That’s inspiration as clichés and bite-sized disposable memes. They serve as the break people take to remind themselves why they’re doing the work. For some people, that’s enough, but designers need more from their inspiration. That means looking at it in a different way. When you separate inspiration from the work it’s supposed to be inspiring, you ignore what it’s supposed to do – push past our biases to open us up to new ideas. It’s not about finding better inspiration, but creating a better process around inspiration.

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Avoid frankensteining: designing a better feedback process

By Alan Cho
on Mar 30, 2017 9:35:17 AM

Within the design process, there is good feedback and bad feedback. There are no set criteria, nothing written down in a textbook or decreed from on high by Milton Glaser. Though the difference can be difficult to articulate, it’s something designers instinctually feel in their guts. Yet, designers can’t design by guts alone.

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QuickShare – the fastest way to share an idea in Span software

By Tricia Whenham
on Mar 24, 2017 4:00:00 AM

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It’s 9:55 a.m. on a Wednesday. In 5 minutes, people from across your organization will come to your meeting room to review your team’s latest web design.

You need to show everyone your mockups and wireframes. You need to gather constructive feedback from each person in the room. You need to avoid groupthink. You also need to create an even playing field, where ideas are judged on their merits and not because of who shares them.

And it all must happen in 60 minutes so you can get back to putting your plans into action.

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