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My essentials resources for Creativity, Design & Diversity

Here are some of the apps, audiobooks, classes, conferences, websites, people, and more that helped me along in my creative life. 

Creativity Apps

These are the apps I love to use to stay organized and to store all the ideas I get every day.

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Milanote

Milanote is an easy-to-use tool to organize your ideas and projects into visual boards. I love this app and I use it for brainstorming.

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Adobe Capture

Take pictures from everyday life and transform them into a color palette, patterns, vectors, and even fonts.

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Pocket

Save for later, directly from your browser. Put articles, videos, or pretty much anything into Pocket. 

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Mindly

Organize your inner universe.  Capture your ideas. Create quick summaries. Plan your projects.

Everyday Tools for Brand design

There is a great tool you can use for your designer every day life. Do you want to create workshop with your team, I just find best practice to create accessible and color blind friendly brand

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Contrast ration checker

The contrast ratio between text and background should be at least 4.5 to 1. This tool will check for you the contrast ration, you just have to enter a foreground and background color in RGB hexadecimal format. 

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RAWGraphs

The missing link between spreadsheets and data visualization. RAW Graphs is an open source data visualization framework built with the goal of making the visual representation of complex data easy for everyone.

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Material.io

Material is a design system – backed by open-source code – that helps teams build high-quality digital experiences.

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Creative Toolbox

A resource kit you can use to apply creative collaboration and unleash potential in your team or organization.

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WhatTheFont

Find any font from any image. WhatTheFont uses deep learning to search our collection of over 133,000 font styles and find the best match for the fonts in your photo. 

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Always Up-to-Date Guide to Social Media Video Specs

Now that brands rely on video content more than ever, it’s critical to use the correct social media video specs and advertising video sizes.

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Tonl diverse stock photos

Find culturally diverse stock photos that represent the true world we live in. Creating an inclusive culture takes both commitment and action. A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions for everyone.

Books & Audiobooks:

Well, being dyslexic I « read » only audiobooks. I will share with you some I have listened to recently plus some videos in case you don’t want to process them or you want to have an idea of the information you can get from them. Here’s a list of books, audiobooks and talks that have helped me in my career and that you can watch online.

                                                         CREATIVITY & LEADERSHIP                                                         

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"First why and then trust". I think that asking Why? is the first step to everything in life. Be curious don't be scared to ask why! - By Simon Sinek

Book  |  Audiobook  |  Online Classe  |  Tedx

This Is Marketing- You Can't Be Seen Unt

It's up to us to make genuine marketing. 

Godin offers the core of his marketing wisdom in one compact, accessible, and timeless package. This Is Marketing shows you how to do work you're proud of, whether you're a tech start-up founder, a small-business owner, or part of a large corporation. By Seth Godin

Book Audiobook Podcast

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From three design partners at Google Ventures, a unique five-day process for going from problem to prototype.

Book  |  Audiobook  |  Masterclass

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It is, at heart, a book about creativity - but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible”.

Book Audiobook Talk

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Rethink Creativity

Rethink Creativity teaches you and your team how to start constructing a creative mindset by allocating time to change up your daily routine. It will help you rediscover the passion you felt your first day on the job! 

Book Podcast

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Guide for leaders across industries that want to push creativity towards a tangible outcome. By Scott Belsky, Co-Founder of Behance


Book  |  Audiobook TEDx

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Stop doing busywork. Start doing your best work. The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the new challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace. By Jocelyn Glei 
 

Book  |  Audiobook  |  Trailer

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Change by Design explains design thinking, the collaborative process by which the designer’s sensibilities and methods are employed to match people’s needs, not only with what is technically feasible but with what is viable to the bottom line. 

Book  |  Audiobook  |  TED: Designers -think big!

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Art direction explained,

at last!

Offers an introduction to what art direction is and what art directors do. This book covers the role of art director in numerous environments, including magazines and newspapers, advertising, corporate identity, museums and publishing. It also provides perspectives on typography, illustration and photography.

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With decades of experience in multicultural marketing, author David Morse reviews the history of marketing to black, Hispanic, Asian, and LGBT (mostly lesbian and gay) consumers. He explains how including appropriate cultural cues in advertising can build brand loyalty that will pay huge dividends. He also cautions that missing the mark with advertising that excludes or is culturally offensive can be a costly mistake.

Book Audiobook Trailer

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Instead of providing a laundry list of culturally specific dos and don'ts, Thomas and Inkson show how to disable your "cultural cruise control" and pay attention in a mindful and creative way to cues in cross-cultural situations. 

Book Audiobook 

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Data discrimination is a real social problem. Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities.

Book  |  Audiobook Talk

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Design for

Cognitive Bias

Understand the logic powering human bias and learn to start designing more consciously.

By David Dylan

Book  |  TED   |  Podcast

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I finished Kat Holmes's audiobook "Mismatch How Inclusion Shapes Design". The "Love story" Chapter got my attention the most "...Love is a common trait in the creation of Inclusive solutions. Some stories centered around a person who is personally affected by a mismatched design..." I totally related.

And it's very inspiring for me to learn that the book "was written to be an audiobook", using Dragon, a speech-to-text translation software program. 

Book  | Audiobook |  Mismatch.design

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After the first lecture, I realized the influence of the African culture in my education. Especially the notion of the family. We were raised with a collectivist mindset even if we were influenced every day by 2 individualist cultures American and French.

Courses Audiobook  |  Cultural Intelligence Center

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Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.

Course  Audiobook  

Online classes 

Here are some great online classes I have used to improve my efficiency and my proficiency with application tools. Or to learn new digital techniques. I’ve even learned to play the ukulele. We are lucky to live in a period where we can learn anything at home. I just need time and motivation. Be curious !

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Domestika

Domestika is for me the #1 learning platform for creative people. You will find very talented artists from all over the world sharing their personal techniques, a platform for the largest community of creative professionals. On Domestika they can share their projects, contribute to and learn from forums, connect with other artists and find employment.

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The great courses

We can use technology to make small changes to text format and maximize the reader’s ability to comprehend quickly and accurately.

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Quillustration in VR

Goro Fujita is an Art Director and Illustrator, he creates illustartions painted and animated in VR using Quill. He share hes knowledge and make the learning process as easy and fun as possible. 

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Share Skills

Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. 

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Online learning experiences from IDEO. IDEO U equips you with creative problem-solving skills, easy-to-use tools, and leadership mindsets to stay resilient in our fast-changing modern world

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Rethink Facilitation

A master course for professionals, educators, and leaders designed to transform boring meetings into seamlessly transformative experiences.

Conferences

Be curious! We don't know what we don't know! I'm always looking for new things to learn to push my creative edge.

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Design + Diversity

The Design + Diversity Conference is a three-day event. The conference inspires celebrates and promotes not only diversity in design, but the diversity of design.

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DC Design Week

If you live around Washiton DC check the next DC Design Week! The 2020 one was all about celebrating the creative voices in the DMV.

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Adobe MAX

Get inpired and stay up date with the software you use everyday! 

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Build bridges—to each other, to the unparalleled, to the next chapter in design!

People/Companies/Podcast to Follow

These are the apps that I use every day and cannot live without or create without. I use pretty much every tool out there depending on the project so don’t have real strong favorites there.

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The Crazy One is created out of the real experiences and insights that host and award-winning design leader Stephen Gates who gives you actionable insights to be more creative, become a better leader, create more innovative work, build better relationships with your clients, grow a stronger career and more. 

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Real creative leadership

intent is to help build a new wave of creative leaders who don’t just get the value of creative ideas, but who have the business sense, leadership, and practical knowledge to give creativity enough power in business. We hope you’ll be part of our journey.

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Unscripted

Every Tuesday Shivakant Pandey and I are hosting a podcast, talk show on Twitch where we talk after work about things we care about with a guest.

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Chase Jarvis

There’s a common misconception that artists have a monopoly on creativity.

But the very act of making anything – including waves – in any profession or career, is a creative one. Now the show that started as a LIVE video broadcast is available as a podcast. On Chase Jarvis LIVE, I dig into what makes some of the world’s top creative entrepreneurs, artists, and authors tick.

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The Cognitive Bias podcast explores the world of things we do that don't make any rational sense, one bias at a time.

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Through creative educational workshops, consulting, facilitation, and tools, we help all professionals hone their creativity to solve problems in the face of change and complexity.

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A Book Apart

Brief books for people who design, write, and code. 

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Women Talk Design

Women Talk Design elevates women and gender non-binary speakers, empowers event organizers with resources to engage more diverse speakers, and offers training and support for new speakers.

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Design Census

Understanding the state of design and the people who make it.Explore the results of this year’s survey, available as raw data and data visualizations.

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IDEO

IDEO.org is a nonprofit design studio.We design products and services alongside organizations that are committed to creating a more just and inclusive world.

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CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE, or CQ, is a globally recognized way of assessing and improving effectiveness in culturally diverse situations. It’s rooted in rigorous, academic research conducted across more than 100 countries.

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Mismatch Design

Mismatch.design is a community dedicated to advancing inclusive design. 

Although inclusive design is a rising topic of interest in business, many leaders don’t know where to begin. Mismatch.design is about growing a global community of inclusive design practitioners. They believe inclusion is more than a nice idea. It’s an economic imperative and a repeatable practice. 

Solutions for dyslexics

My dyslexia strategy is basically using technology: voice messages, copy-pasting readymade emails, audiobooks, and Text-to-Speech for reading. I also have post-it around my deck with my favorite difficult words to spell-like "research" or "people". But what I've found most effective recently is to speak out and ask for support. When you take time to communicate your struggles you will find more support than judgment. 

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Certified dyslexic logo

from now on I will sign my emails with the logo that Justine Vilgrain created. This logo will help to stop the apprehension and will show the reader why the email may look different than another email.

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Voice dictation on MAC 

Macs have voice dictation built-in, allowing you to talk instead of type. To use voice dictation in an application on your Mac, first select a text field in an application. Next, press the Fn (Function) key twice or click the Edit menu and select Start Dictation. Speak to your Mac and the words you speak will start appearing in the text field.

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Liquide Mode for PDF

Liquid Mode enhances your PDF layout and adds features on-the-fly to help you easily read documents on your phone and tablet It’s AI technology evolves and improves the Liquid Mode experience as it learns over time.

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“dyslexia-friendly” fonts

Use sans serif fonts, such as Arial and Comic Sans, as letters can appear less crowded. Alternatives include Verdana, Tahoma, Century Gothic, Trebuchet, Calibri, Open Sans.

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Manage everything in one workspace. 

Planning, tracking, and delivering your team’s best work has never been easier

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If you are dyslexic you, this book will help you understand that you are gifted. Which is probably completely the opposite of what your teachers and the school system has taught you.

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Grammarly 

Ensure Everything You Write Comes Across The Way You Intend. Present Your Best Self Every Time You Type. Make Your Writing Clear and Engaging. Plagiarism Detection. Eliminate grammar errors. Easily improve any text.

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Have your Mac speak text

If you have trouble reading text on your screen, you can have your Mac speak the text whenever you press a key or set of keys.

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Virtual Readability Lab

Take the 5minute tests and find what forks best for you. The Virtual Readability Lab want to study what can make reading . more efficient.

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Readability Matter

We can use technology to make small changes to text format and maximize the reader’s ability to comprehend quickly and accurately.

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Choose strength not shame:

Ben Foss

This year I've realized in my personal and professional life, and as demonstrated in this video, that embarrassing ourselves and being vulnerable about it is actually true courage and a way to build strong relationships.