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Table of Contents | October 2006


Masters of Design
Is design a craft, a tool, or an obsession? These days, it's a bit of all three. In our annual roundup meet the creative businesspeople dialing in to the power of design, and hear sage advice on what design can (and can't) do for your bottom line, and get an eyeful of some amazing examples of the craft.
Introducing... The 2006 Masters of Design
Tough Love By Roger Martin
Design Master: The Catalyst By Danielle Sacks
Design Master: The Wordsmith By Linda Tischler
Design Master: The Mind Reader By Bill Breen
Design Master: The Builder By Aric Chen
Design Intervention By Jennifer Reingold
Comfort Class By Joseph Manez
Slideshow: Idea Log By Wai Lam Wong
Slideshow: Widgets We Love
Slideshow: 2006 Masters of Design
Slideshow: Designer Approved 2006
Slideshow: Design's Rising Stars
Fast Talk: Shake and Stir
For Jon Deitelbaum, marketing a new brand of vodka is as much about the experience as the taste.
Fast Talk: Medic!
Lois Quam says our balky health-care system presents a "classic redesign challenge."
Open Debate
Can anyone be a designer? By Joe Duffy and Andrew Keen
Full Text: Open Debate


The iDilemma
Apple keeps its upcoming iPods under wraps--so how do "partners" plan their own products?
By Robert E. Calem
Your Ad Here
Interactive advertising lights up the Great White Way. By Tonya Garcia
No Loose Screws
A new model for local business development. By Josie Swindler
Hold the Styrofoam
In Spain, a "sustainable" conference. By Josie Swindler
Citizen Media: The High School Years
A yearbook portrait of the citizen-journalist upstarts trying to rule the media school. By Kevin Smokler
The Rice-and-Noodles Mall
Developers stalk China's working-class consumers. By Fara Warner
We're Not In Palo Alto Anymore…
You're a new tech grad looking for work. Check out Mysore. By Tonya Garcia
To Extemporize Is Human
PowerPoint is dandy, but an online poetry jam shows that preparation has its limitations.
By Ken Gordon
When Brand Extensions Go Bad
Cologne made by Everlast? Something smells funny to us. By Lucas Conley
Good Principles, Great Principals
Jim Collins goes to school--and explains high performance there, too. By Alyssa Danigelis
Best Blogs: Moneyball
October is peak season for American sports: the World Series, professional and college football, basketball, and hockey are all in full swing. What better time to take a look at the bucks behind the ball (and puck)? By Michael A. Prospero
Astroturf for Horses
New track technology is rocking the tradition-bound world of horse racing. By Josie Swindler
Stay Just a Little Bit Longer
Extended-stay hotels get an upscale makeover. By Susan Stellin
Mile Marker By Susan Stellin
True Story
Online expression evolves from blogging to multimedia storytelling--and it's not just for bedtime.
By Yuval Rosenberg
Sneak Peek
Reading List: The Starfish and the Spider
Decentralized networks are dismantling old industries and creating new ones, write the authors of The Starfish and the Spider. By Lucas Conley
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Letter from the Editor
Design, by Design. By Mark N. Vamos
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