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MUSE Newsletter: Lost in Though with Ravi Hampole

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March 27, 2014 | Ravi Hampole

lost in thought
with Ravi Hampole

Creative Director, Graphic Design, Brand Design Group, Starwood Hotels and Resorts

I'm inspired by people that take a stand for something they truly believe in. It takes courage and it is never easy.

The best advice I ever received was advice in the form of criticism. In grad school I was told that I was a great designer, but I had no soul. So, I now spend my time inserting a bit of soul in a lot of the projects that we work on. Best criticism ever.

At least once, everyone should be an intern. It shows you how important it is to treat the entire team with respect.  Every member is essential to getting things and push really great thinking.

The most overused word in meetings today is "social,' though I'm one of the biggest offenders.

My tools of the trade are pen and paper. The best way to communicate an idea is with a pen and paper. Just draw the damn thing ' even if it is a chart. You'll get the "a-ha" moment faster.

The biggest thing that has changed since I started in the industry is technology. Otherwise - the goal is still the same.

I'm happiest when I'm with my family. There is never a dull moment.

I lead by guidance, not dictation. I try to work with people who have as much passion as I do. And I always try and hire people that are better than me. You get better work, better dialogue about the work and strong opinions. Those that are passionate, and driven, will ultimately come to amazing solutions, or at least bump into things that will drive towards amazing solutions. Bigger leaps, bigger fails, and more learning opportunities.

The last stamp on my passport is from Istanbul.

The next stamp on my passport is Paris.

I still hope to do a project that is really life changing ' not just to myself, but also others. I haven't really committed myself to that yet, but I believe that is next up, or at least should be.

Find out more about Ravi Hampole's participation in FUSE 2014 ?? 2014 IIR Holdings, LTD. All Rights Reserved.

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