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Coca-Cola’s Oil Spill and Sri Lanka’s Impotence

September 01, 2015

Few things are so cliche as an oil spill by a large multinational corporation in a third-world country. Except, perhaps, when that country is yours. When that oil is in the very water that you drink. When, one morning, you open the tap and smell diesel.

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Uber app in Sri Lanka

Adapt or Die: Surviving the Multinational Threat

In today’s turbulent business environment, organisations need to be able to adapt quickly to ensure continued success. Our local services will have to make swift improvements or risk losing significant marketshare to large, innovative multinational corporations as they expand their reach.

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Coca Cola Wallpaper

JVP’s Brand Crisis: Communist Red vs. Sexy Crimson

At its heart, JVP is a Marxist-Leninist communist movement. Its loyal voter base is red hot, not crimson cool. As with most political campaigns, their 2015 rebranding was mainly targeting the undecideds, who seemed to be supportive of them, but didn’t convert that support into votes come election time.

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Jayalath Manorathna

Art for Engineers—Jayalath Manorathna

What is art? How did it come to be? What is its purpose? Is art only for the sake of entertainment, or is it for human development as well? These are some of the questions we can ask in order to better understand the role played by art in shaping our lives.

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Steve Jobs

Ken Segall and Sri Lankan Delusions

SLASSCOM introduced Ken Segall as the “Former Creative Director of Apple Inc.” Why would they run such a disingenuous campaign? And why would Ken Segall not correct them? We can only speculate.

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Sunset at a Thai beach

Colomboard: The Failure of a Good Project

Colomboard was a “good” project, both in terms of business potential and social impact. It empowered a group of very talented young entrepreneurs by providing them with a fair and accessible platform to build their businesses.

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Nuclear explosion

How We Give and Take Design Feedback

Since the very beginning we have tried to nurture and encourage the spirit of the “bomb comment” at Vesess. We have benefitted greatly from this culture that encourages giving and receiving candid design feedback without any need to make them palatable.

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Wild grape vine tendril

Security vs. Flexibility in Remote Working Startups

The flexibility of working from home—or anywhere in the world, for that matter—is a luxury that small companies can offer, but which larger companies often find difficult to accommodate because of their scale. This flexibility comes with its own challenge, however—managing the security of company resources.

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Dialog Axiata Redesign

Dialog.lk Responsive Redesign: A Case Study

When Dialog Axiata wanted to revamp their website, they chose us as design partners for the second time. In this post, we discuss how we worked with Dialog and other companies to create a mobile-first, responsive, trilingual website for a company that has been at the forefront of technology innovation for decades.

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