Ramya Ramachandran

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Walk This Way: Center for Active Design Fights Obesity with Architecture

We’ve designed our world to keep us from having to exert ourselves. We have escalators and elevators and moving sidewalks precisely because we don’t …

50 Design Problems In 50 Days: Real Empathy For Innovation (Part 1)

The adventure taught me an unbelievable amount about design’s power to solve problems and about my own capacities as a designer. Importantly, it …

Ideo Imagines 19 Concepts To Ease The Aging Process

We are living longer than ever before. How can we get the most out of those extra years? Ideo imagines 19 concepts–13 of which we’ve highlighted here–from pill necklaces to safe sex campaigns aimed at improving our twilight years.<p>In 1950, the average life expectancy for men and women in the U.S. …

Product Design

Airline Fees: The Ultimate Guide

Two dollars for a soda? Ten bucks for an aisle seat? Paying for a carry-on? Airline fees keep increasing, so if you're confused, we can help.<p>With our <i>Ultimate Guide to Airline Fees</i>, you'll find a one-stop reference chart for every major airline fee from every major domestic carrier.<p>Best of all, you …

Who knew rice paddies could be so beautiful? http://on.natgeo.com/1lWA3wz Pictured here, Yuanyang, Yunnan Province. Photograph by John Qu, National Geographic Your Shot

Celebrity Rooms We'd Love To Visit

Our roundup of the web's most fashionable interiors.<p>Our roundup of the web's most fashionable interiors. This week: Lea Michele, Chrissy Teigen, and more. This piece originally appeared on elledecor.com.com.

The House from "Up" Really Exists

A Disney-inspired house has landed in California, and it's made some people very angry. This article originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com.<p>The colorful home that belonged to Carl Fredricksen, the elderly widower and protagonist of Pixar's 2009 movie "Up," has landed in Santa Clara's …

100 Bedroom Designs That Will Inspire You

These cozy escapes will make you want to bliss out on all the bedding.<p>Bedrooms can often be the forgotten room in your home because no one else sees it — but it should be the exact opposite, because it's the one space where you get to <i>recharge</i>. With 100 different designer styles, there's an idea for …

A Crazy-Cool Way To Hang Art (That You Probably Haven't Thought Of!)

This insider decor trick not only utilizes every inch, it looks surprisingly chic doing it.<p><b>Want to make bland bookshelfs pop? Hang art on them!</b><p>Interior design by Alex Hitz. Photography by Lisa Romerein.<p>Interior design by Lindsey Bond. Photography Jonny Valiant.<p>Interior design by Alex Hitz. …

Yes, A Flying Bed Does Exist

Travel in style and comfort with Etihad Airways.<p><i>The bedroom of The Residence</i><p>Ever wish you could bring the comforts of home on a plane ride? Well, Etihad Airways is now offering a house in the air (or something close to it) on its Airbus A380 fleet. "The Residence" is located on the upper deck cabin …

Living Rooms

Design Student Turns Friend’s Hair Into An Alphabet

In one of the more creative uses of hair we’ve seen lately, Shurong Diao, an undergraduate graphic design student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, turns Rapunzel-rivaling locks into an alphabet inspired by the movement of ink in Chinese calligraphy.<p>“I wanted to build a connection between …

Interview: Afroditi Krassa

Based in London, with firm roots in Greece, Afroditi Krassa has established herself as a prominent designer of her generation—particularly in interior design. Her clients range from the highly lauded furniture design house Ligne Roset to Italian interiors leader Bonaldo, from Cassina IXC to …

UX Design

From ‘Moby Dick’ to ‘The Great Gatsby’: Classic Lit Dishes Brought to Life (Photos)

Tasty Reads<p>Not content with just reading the vivid food descriptions in her favorite novels, Photographer Dinah Fried decided to cook and style the …

What Social Media Means for Women Who Want to Travel the World Alone

Women are more interested in traveling alone today than in the past, according to a Booking.com study that found 54 percent of British female solo …

Should You Stay, or Should You Go?

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Too often, your well-being on the road is an afterthought to trip planning–a hastily packed bottle of aspirin or an inattentive glance at your health insurance card to make sure you’re covered.<p>It shouldn’t be.<p>A lot can go wrong when you’re traveling. Fortunately, most of it …

How to Turn Coach Into First Class

We all know it: Flying coach can be painful. There's almost no legroom, you always feel like you're going to get squished by the person in front of you, and customer service isn't exactly top notch.<p>But guess what? There are magical ways of making your coach experience feel more first class! Who …

Even Panda Express Is Serving Kale Now

Sure, why not: Chinese fast-food chain <b>Panda Express</b> is joining the <b>trendy kale bandwagon</b> with a new healthy menu item that <b>stir-fries kale</b> with shiitake mushrooms and chicken breast. The "WokSmart" Shiitake Kale Chicken Breast clocks in at 170 calories and is part of a <b>"yin-and-yang" tandem</b> of new …

The Ultimate Freezer: A Look at the Anti-Griddle

<b>For more food drink and travel videos visit www.potluckvideo.com</b><p>We all know you can freeze juice or fruit -- but what about alcohol? And what if you were able to get your favorite liquids even colder than you ever imagined?<p>It might not be something you've ever considered, but a lot of chefs have. …

556: True Chef

Za’atar Pita Crisps

Makes about 3 cups<p>These spicy, crunchy pita bits are your new, improved crouton.<p>April 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>4 pitas<p>¼ cup olive oil<p>2 tablespoons za'atar<p>1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Preheat oven to 400°. Split pitas and place on a rimmed …

DreamWorks Animation Will Lose $57 Million On 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman'

The movie, based on the characters from "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show," received generally positive reviews making $260.8 million worldwide.<p>The animated picture cost DWA an estimated $145 million to make.<p>This is the latest in a string of underperforming movies for the studio.<p>Last year's "Turbo" — …

Six films that could use a good edit

"On occasion, a fan can become so obsessed they turn violent toward the object of their obsession," Steven Soderbergh recently confessed, thus aligning himself with celebrity stalkers and Star Wars devotees. The object of Soderbergh's obsession was Michael Cimino's legendary 1980s flop Heaven's …

My guilty pleasure: The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard. What's not to like? This is not just your average romcom. There's glitz and glamour, swearing, sex and, most importantly, Whitney's in it. This is Whitney Houston at the beginning of her greatness. I Will Always Love You, a song central to the soundtrack, became one the bestselling …