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See The Homeless Housing You Might Mistake For Luxury Condos

To stop homelessness, we need to give the homeless places to live. Why not make it nice?<p>Housing for the homeless is not usually a place associated with sleek design. But the photos you see here all indicate otherwise.<p>The buildings are all run by Common Ground, a nonprofit that does the difficult …

How To Make Company Culture Stick

InMobi CEO Naveen Tewari prioritizes imagination, harmony, and action; here’s how he made it more than a mission statement.<p>After rumors circulated earlier this year that InMobi, the India-based mobile ad giant, was considering a sale to Google, its CEO Naveen Tewari announced firm plans to stay …

Startups

Turning Your iPhone Into A Super-8-Style Camera Is More Practical Than It Sounds

Proving the best cameras look like cameras for a reason.<p>If you ever want a taste of progress, look at a camera from the previous decade. The camera in my 2015 iPhone shoots with almost seven times the resolution and four times the frame rate of the hulking, professional grade gear I used 10 years …

Text Messaging

The World’s Most Hauntingly Beautiful Abandoned Theme Parks

Photographer Seph Lawless braves alligators and cops to capture images of abandoned amusement parks around the world.<p>Seph Lawless is obsessed with ruins and abandoned structures, making a career of documenting everything from the abandoned shopping malls of the 1980’s (<i>Black Friday: The Collapse of</i> …

Urbanism

The Dark Side Of Taking Credit For Your Work

Being territorial over ideas can corrupt creativity, so play nice! Your professional livelihood depends on it.<p>The battle between collaboration and credit in the workplace is an awkward one. On one hand, companies are well aware that there’s wisdom in crowds—with the ubiquitous open office plan, …

Psychology

This $60K Trailer is the Ultimate Glamping Accessory

For some people, roughing it means a hand-me-down tent and a limp air mattress. But for the rarefied few, it could mean trailer handcrafted from fine woods with a structure inspired by geodesic domes—a veritable jewel box on wheels.<p>Husband-and-wife designers Brian and Katrina Manzo of Sprouting …

Small Spaces

A Serbian-Born Artist And Designer Draws Inspiration From Belgrade Architecture

Ana Kraš is a rising star in the design world. The Serbian-born furniture maker, artist, and model was featured in the NYC Makers: MAD Biennial for her colorful Bonbon lanterns, her illustrations were shown last year at New York’s Ed. Varie gallery and she has modeled as the face of the clothing …

Art

Type God Erik Spiekermann’s Biggest Challenge? “Asking For Money”

The eminent German designer answers eight questions about his work habits, his first job, and how design can save the world.<p>Whether he’s criticizing Apple for its font choices, blaming bad design for getting “an asshole” elected president, or complaining about the fact-checking skills of …

Letterpress

Why Superfans Can Be Super-Scary For Companies

In designing experiences that generate avid audiences, companies should be prepared to lose control, says historian Daniel Cavicchi.<p>Fans have helped define the digital age. User-centered, user-created, user-driven, and user-generated approaches to building online content all recognize the potential …

Intellectual Property

The Cure For Police Brutality? A Baton That Texts Officers’ Moms

Police brutality is out of control, and one artist has a provocative solution: moms.<p>What if during your darkest moments, you knew your mom was watching? Would you steal? Experiment with drugs? Hit an alleged criminal a few extra times with a police baton?<p>Antenna–a project by the Russian artist …

Law Enforcement