Positive reinforcement: The Slack app HeyTaco!, which enables our team to reward each other and keeps positivity and praise on the top of mind. Once enough tacos are collected, our team can redeem them for anything from coffees to skydiving trips.
Underappreciated resource: A 0.7mm drafting pencil. I have noticed that younger designers in particular are reluctant to write, draw or sketch their ideas. They come out of school so ready to just jump on the computer that they have not truly mastered their most important tool: their mind. Nothing allows us to communicate faster than the brain to hand to pencil to paper.
Game-changing design: Motion graphics, specifically 3-D, is having a profound impact on how we think about design. The work from shops like ManvsMachine, Tendril and, most recently, Mach pushes back on the avant-garde that has dominated the past decade and focuses on a newfound maximalist approach.