We asked eleven of our sharpest local observers what they thought were the most important stories and trends of the year. From politics and music to faith, literature and film, they weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2012.

How do you make design functional and useful as well as delightful?  Art Center College of Design President, Lorne Buchman says that Apple has figured that out. In fact, the one thing that struck him as most significant in the world of design in 2012 was Apple’s number one ranking in valuation.. in the world. How does a design-driven company attain that number one spot? You delight the user. Hear more:

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