THINK by MSTQ
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THINK by MSTQ
Yazin Akkawi
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Yazin Akkawi

Yazin Akkawi is the Founder and Principal of MSTQ. Above all, Yazin is drive by an audacious vision: to shape the future by empowering forward-thinking companies with design.

Why writing is the most important skill in design.

Forget coding. The best designers are writers. Design in tech matters, and companies are finally caring about design. This is especially true in software, where companies are hiring designers at an increasing rate. But tech is changing, and as a result, the designer’s role in tech is also changing. Our daily interactions with technology a…

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Want to be more creative? You have to remember how to suck.

An IBM study of 1,500 CEO's found that creativity was considered the essential feature of their organization. 60% of the CEOs surveyed said that creativity even ranked higher than integrity. Think about that. We live in a world where sexual harassment allegations, supporting Trump, “greyballing,” and exploiting protesters can send one of…

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3 Questions That Will Arise With Driverless Cars

Driverless cars might have a considerable impact to the economy and the way we spend our time. Chris Dixon, a partner at prestigious Silicon Valley investment firm Andreessen Horowitz, believes that within ten years, roads will be full of driverless cars. We might not be ready for it, but the future is quickly approaching. In fact, our si…

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Great Design is Well Mannered

One of the great debates in the world of UI/UX right now is which side of the equation should take priority. Is it the underlying architecture of an app, website, or interface, or is it the paint that goes on top intended to “surprise and delight” the user? It’s not one or the other. Great design is about being thoughtful. In the most si…

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