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Predictable Magic: Unleash the Power of Design Strategy to Transform Your Business by Ravi Sawhney, Deepa Prahalad

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1 Set the Stage for Success

Designing the Intangible

Bubble gum. Teddy bears. Legos. Roller skates. Red lipstick. Sports cars. All of these transcend the boundaries between object and experience. At each stage of life, designs become part of our lives and the stories we tell ourselves and those around us. They resonate with us emotionally.

Observing this phenomenon is much easier than creating it. There is no shortage of corporate attention and resources directed toward understanding the needs and desires of consumers. Despite these efforts, most new offerings fail to connect with consumers, and hordes of supposedly “satisfied” consumers defect. Without a consistent emotional connection, there is no brand connection—no barrier to defection. Worse ...

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