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Design sprints at LEGO, portfolio advice, and more

March 27 · Issue #14 · View online
Design Sprint Newsletter
This week I have nine links to share, although they aren’t all about sprints. (And if you’re wondering about the final result of that whole book cover design thing, it’s not in this issue, but should be in the next!)

In this interview, LEGO’s Eik Brandsgard talks about how and why the design sprint is spreading across the world’s coolest toy company.

You can use these techniques in your next digital prototype—but you can also just skim the article and enjoy the satisfaction of watching how excellent transitions work.

Braden Kowitz—an awesome designer and was one of my co-authors on Sprint—recently left Google to found a startup. Here’s a cool post he wrote about the experience of establishing culture and creating strong, inclusive meetings.

I’m always a little wary of using design sprints to create “vision” work—because vision work so often goes nowhere. However, this post from Clearleft shows how a sequence of design sprints can be used to go from blank canvas to a very concrete direction.

This website from InVision includes interviews and analysis of the design organizations at several companies, including Slack, Pinterest, and Netflix. It’s a bit of an ad for InVision, but it’s also pretty interesting.

Speaking of ads… If you’re a college/grad student and your summer plans aren’t set, check out Italia Innovation. The first two weeks are taught by folks from places like Patagonia, the Economist, Illy, Berkeley, Stanford, and more. The last week, you’ll run a design sprint with me. Should be fun, and financial aid is available. Apply by March 30

And a few links that are not even a bit related to design sprints:

I find these posts from the Netflix tech team fascinating and a bit terrifying. This one is about how they automatically analyze video to find the best marketing stills.

This is my advice for folks putting together their first or second portfolio.

My favorite was #8.

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