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15 Designers Reveal Secrets For Staying Productive

Strategies include everything from setting timers to taking nature walks to listening to black metal.<p>Since April, Samara, Russia-based designer Yevgeny Yermakov has been asking designers a series of five questions–about work habits, favorite books, career challenges, and creativity–and publishing …

3 Ways to Squash Burnout and Boost Productivity

<i>Joelle Steiniger is the co-founder of Small HQ, HookFeed and Minimalytics. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>You have no problem keeping busy. No problem crossing things off your to-do list. You multitask like it’s going out of style. But the weeks continue to fly by and you can’t help …

Why user experience and ecosystem will rule the cloud

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / dotshock<p>Over the course of the last year or two, one key, fundamental rule of succeeding in the cloud …

Drive Energy Savings with Smart Meter Disaggregation

Ecotagious helps utility companies:<p>Drive residential energy savings<p>by showing customers exactly how they’re using energy and how best to save<p>Elevate …

A Clever Idea For Reinventing The Corporate “About” Page

Pics of golden retrievers, jars of peanut butter, and someone’s kids create a more human corporate identity.<p>Most companies’ “About” page sucks. Composed of tiled mosaics of awkwardly grinning executives who clearly don’t want their pictures taken, and broken up with some insipid verbiage written by …

Google’s 25 Rules For Building A Better Mobile Site

Google researchers listened to 119 hours of user complaints about mobile websites. Here’s what they learned.<p>Some mobile websites are borderline unusable, forcing you to squint and peck around in hopes of finding whatever piece of information you need. But others seem to fit your phone like a glove. …

A Crazy-Fast Tool For Building Moodboards

Mood boards are a powerful tool in design. Essentially a collage of images–consisting of art, architecture, nature, furniture, and more–they can frame the creative bounds of a project in unspoken, visual terms. But assembling these photo libraries can take time. Think of the drudgery of Google …

Fun Truth Facts Graphics

It is always nice to bump into a cool website. While reading my regular feeds I discovered Kind of Normal - Truth Facts and had a blast checking …

Every Button On This Touch Screen Is Actually A Tiny Robot

Robots function as hooks, knobs, and more in this desktop interface from Brooklyn-based Patten Studio.<p>Your iPhone is a facade. Its apps may sparkle with color–some even seem to pop from your screen in 3-D–but they’re illusions with real tactile qualities. More and more, interface designers are …

4 Systems Jack Daly Says You Must Have to Build an Amazing Culture | Inc.com

You can't have a successfully growing company without a solid, sustainable culture. Master coach Jack Daly has finally put the keys to building an incredible culture into his wonderful new book, <i>Hyper Sales Growth: Street-Proven Systems & Processes; How to Grow Quickly & Profitably</i>.<p>Management is …

Creating Great Mental Environments That Foster Innovation

Companies that innovate well are known for having cultures of innovation. This post shares examples of programs that create innovative cultures in firms and countries. While the most innovative firms communicate to employees in different ways that risk taking and individuality are highly desired, …

4 Website Lessons From HealthCare.gov’s Epic Failure

Looking more closely at what development problems caused the HealthCare.gov site to stumble will help you catch mistakes in your own projects.<p>While the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov last fall is now behind us, the buzz around the issues the site was having will be a topic of discussion and a …

3 Ways to Build Good Engineering Culture

Promoting a supportive company culture undoubtedly has a direct impact on employee satisfaction, retention, and the way an organization grows.<p>With a …

Apps Promise Luxury By Eliminating Talking to People

When I power on my phone upon landing at LAX, a text message is already waiting for me: "Hi Ian, Silvercar here! We have your res at 1:00pm today. …

U.S., UK advise avoiding Internet Explorer until bug fixed | Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. and UK governments on Monday advised computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security flaw that hackers used to launch attacks.<p>The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in Bucharest March 20, …

Why VC Firms Are Snapping Up Designers

Irene Au, former head of Google’s user interaction team, is the latest designer to make her way to a venture capital firm. Here’s why VCs are so hot for designers and how consumers could ultimately benefit from the trend.<p>Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, one of the world’s most prominent VC …