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Do you have enough retirement savings for your age?

<i>I'm in my mid-40s and have about $700,000 in retirement accounts. Is that amount in the upper range for someone my age and does that figure put me on track toward a secure retirement? --F.P.</i><p>I don't think there's any doubt that your seven hundred grand puts you far ahead of most people your age when …

Retirement

Inside Muji's design philosophy for a 'pleasant life'

The Japanese company’s top household designer discusses the processes behind the product line<p>It may seem like a stretch to use the look of a company’s main office as a metaphor for how it operates, but in the case of Muji, the Japanese clothing and housewares company, it seems like fair game. As I …

“Design has nothing to do with art”: Design legend Milton Glaser dispels a universal misunderstanding

Design is not art. It’s a distinction understood by practicing designers, but it still eludes many. In an Oct. 29 talk at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the 87-year-old graphic design legend Milton Glaser gave the best definition of the practice of design.<p>“Design is the process of going …

Cuyana: The Clothing Brand That Plans To Scale By Asking Women To Buy Fewer Things

A pioneer of the “lean closet” movement, Cuyana’s business model is built on quality over quantity.<p>There’s a little factory the countryside of Northern Italy that has been making leather products for three generations. The family who owns the facility has a close relationship with a nearby tannery, …

On-Demand Interior Design Anyone Can Afford

A well-designed space is easier to obtain than you thought. This startup makes it so.<p>Meet Bobby. He just graduated from college and moved into his first real adult apartment. The problem is, his neon beer signs and thrift store furniture hurt the professional image he's trying to create for …

How to get started in CalligraphyIn this guest post, Seb Lester...

How to get started in Calligraphy<i>In this guest post, Seb Lester gives us an insight into his practices and offers tips to anyone wishing to develop</i> …

This new travel pillow design was inspired by massage chairs

Father and daughter, Diane and Franck Levy, were travelling together and had a very uncomfortable long-haul flight. Thinking there must be a better …

Traveling artist paints breathtaking scenes in her Moleskine journals

American artist Missy Dunaway has found an unconventional canvas on which to creatively document her two years of travel.<p>For nine years, Dunaway has …

Classic Movie Expressed Only with Minimalist Lines

Whether it's architecture or references to pop culture, it's fascinating to see how an artist can translate the most complex ideas into a minimalist version of itself. In this visually striking series of posters, <i>Classic Movies</i>, artist Michal Krasnopolski used just a few lines and strong, solid …

NY's First Micro-Apartments Actually Look Kinda Comfortable

Lots of apartments in New York City are micro, but Carmel Place—the prefab building that’s now being leased after two years of development—will be …

Denise Gershbein Knows Design Is A Pathmaker

“Maybe I’m still a bit of an idealist after all.”<p>Denise Gershbein is the executive director, social impact design at global design and strategy firm Frog. She spoke with Doreen Lorenzo as part of a series of interviews with women in the design industry.<p>How did you get to where you are today?<p>I got …

How To Build A House That Saves The Earth And Your Wallet

These green homes could save you green<p>In the Solar Decathlon, a competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, college teams had to design and construct full-size houses that run entirely on solar power. And because the cost of each house couldn’t exceed $250,000, the competitors mostly …

New Magnificent Photos of Beautiful Libraries around the World

Since 2011, French-born, New York-based photographer Franck Bohbot has traveled all over the world in a quest to document the captivating beauty of libraries for his ongoing series titled <i>House of Books</i>. From Rome to Tokyo to Paris, he creates a visual record of the cultural institutions that have …

The House That Could Save the World

The next generation of ultra-efficient houses will redefine how we fight climate change—and how we live.<p>In July, when Portland was sweltering at upwards of 100 degrees, the tenants of The Orchards wondered if they had air conditioning. The temperature in their apartments never rose above 70.<p>They …

Housing

10 incredibly realistic sketches by the 'world's most successful forensic artist'

When Lois Gibson was just 21, she was attacked by a serial rapist and killer.<p>This terrifying event served as her motivation to become a criminal sketch artist, and now she's one of the most successful in the world, having helped law enforcement catch more than 1,000 criminals during her …

Maps We Love

A map can change the world. And so can you. With the right resources, you too can create beautiful, powerful maps like these that we love.<p>Death in …

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The most beautiful gowns from Paris Haute Couture Week

The extravagance, drama and glamour of Haute Couture Week in Paris is truly unparalleled. These designers, from Valentino to Zuhair Murad to Elie …

Artist Turns DNA From Chewed Gum Into Sculptures

Plus, a perfume that can cover your genetic tracks<p>Two years ago, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg caused a stir in both the art and biosecurity worlds when she displayed busts of people she’d never met. She determined the facial features for her “Stranger Visions” show using DNA found in the streets …