Here are some of the articles we’ve been reading around this office this week.

How To Make A Netflix Doorbell So Trick-Or-Treaters Don’t Kill Your Vibe – “Netflix data shows that pause rates across the country increase up to 30% during trick-or-treating, peaking at 7:29pm. We can all agree there’s nothing more infuriating than an interrupted binge-watching sesh—especially when the interruptions happen all night long, in the form of (admittedly cute) kids begging for candy.”

The power of white space (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “White space (negative space) is the area between design elements. It’s another tool for designers to design for the user experience (UX). Remember that white space is not necessarily white; it’s just the name to indicate spaces where there are neither user interface (UI) elements nor specific content.”

Leaders Can Shape Company Culture Through Their Behaviors (Thanks to Brian Zimmer for recommending this article) – “The point is that building an innovative culture starts by looking at how you behave as a leader toward those trying to innovate. The same is true about any kind of culture: It all begins with the behavior of your leaders.”

Your ideas are important — share them with the community! (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “Your perspective is 100% unique — a composite of thousands of life experiences that nobody can replicate. Nothing that’s ever been previously shared has been through your words and the lens of your experiences. So don’t worry about being original. You already are.”

When Big Firms Are Most Likely to Innovate (Thanks to Brian Zimmer for recommending this article) – “While it may seem reasonable to play it safe in areas where you’re doing well while going for big wins in areas where you’re doing badly and have less to lose, firms would be more likely to develop path-breaking new technologies if they actively shifted resources to the high performing technology areas, while cutting back on search in the areas where they’re struggling.”

WTF? What’s The Future? – “AI has the potential to turbocharge the productivity of all our industries. But making what we do now more productive, and sharing the fruits of that productivity, is just the beginning. If we let machines put us out of work, it will be because of a failure of imagination and a lack of will to make a better future!”

How Microsoft Used an Office Move to Boost Collaboration – “Using workplace analytics to understand office environments is the first step towards discovering human behaviors. Companies must take these metrics and direct them thoughtfully towards the design of office spaces that maximize face time over just screen time.”

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