Generation Fluxers often disrupt their own careers before their careers get disrupted for them. Beth Comstock, John Maeda, Ben Palmer, Jonah Peretti, Dev Patnaik, and Soraya Darabi discuss the skills and training that Generation Fluxers bring to the table as our Branch salon series kicks off.
It's 2004. Brian Chesky, the future cofounder and CEO of Airbnb, runs on stage in full cap and gown to the pulsating bass line of "Billie Jean." He pays homage to the art school that would later inspire his $1.3 billion business. Then the crotch-grabbing begins.
Designers on their inspiration, good design, and its importance in the world today. Masters of Design winners John Maeda and Marcel Wanders discuss how design is crucial from a business standpoint, and not just frills to be excised in budget-conscious times.
Marcel Wanders talked about the fairy tale that informed the design of the new Mondrian Hotel in Miami, and the fear he has to face down every time he begins a new project. John Maeda spoke of design's hidden return on investment -- its impact on an organization's human resources.
The occasion was Fast Company's Masters of Design gala, where Wanders and Maeda, both 2008 winners, held forth on the challenges and opportunities for design both in good times - and in rotten ones.