Michael Ventura’s “Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership”

Sub Rosa's CEO and founder's first book on his brilliant philosophy and methodology

For some 15 years, we have been fans and friends of Michael Ventura—founder and CEO of Sub Rosa, whose entire working process is based on Applied Empathy, a methodology that strengthens empathetic minds and brings together insight and action, resulting in creative problem-solving and change. The term “empathy” can be confused with simply “being nice,” but Ventura has always explored into the term’s true meaning …

99U’s Make Your Mark

Notable entrepreneurs and designers share their hard-learned lessons and practical insights

While the annual 99U conference (previously known as 99%, co-founded by CH and Behance) is a two-day whirlwind affair in NYC, the conference’s daily-updated website—and now, their three-part book series—offer a way for creatives to get a more regular dose of motivation and advice. Through original essays and interviews, notable entrepreneurs and designers share their hard-learned lessons on working in a fast-paced, ever-changing world where …

Design Indaba: John Maeda

Our interview with the RISD president on the changing nature of design and the long process of becoming a successful leader

John Maeda, pioneer of programmatic design, delivered the closing address at South Africa’s premier conference on creativity, Design Indaba. He spoke to the crowd about the nature of code in art (“Programming is not very complicated, it’s just very boring—It’s what you can do with coding that matters more than programming itself.”), the vagaries of the term “design thinking” and the importance of redesigning leadership. …