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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Coke Inhouse Design: Talking Design to Non-Designers

Coca-Cola's design chief David Butler was told 5-years ago: "We need to do more with design. Go figure it out." Butler describes how he has learned the most effective way to implement design strategy at a company as large and complex as Coca-Cola: avoid the word "design" as much as possible.

What a great article to help insider's speak the language of design in a language business will understand.

( via Business Week Insider )

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2 Comments:

Blogger stage3design said...

Thanks for the post, Barry. This is a well-written and informative glimpse into the world of Coke. The most interesting quote to me is:

"Instead of generating ideas and then trying to find a place for them, Butler addressed his efforts on identifying basic problems that design can solve. His strategy has focused on three areas critical to Coca-Cola—brand identity, user experience, and sustainability."

We should explore this idea further.

8:40 AM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Very reminiscent of Job/Ives thinking at Apple in terms of developing great products that more than meeting a need, they inspire and develop a perceived new need.

10:25 AM  

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