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Essential Design Thinking Videos and Methods

<i>The following resources are recommended in order to assist you to better understand Design Thinking. These resources, videos, and tools should be</i> …

Design

15 Vegetables & Herbs You Can Buy Once And Regrow Forever

We all know about the normal ways to grow plants – from seeds. But, did you know that there are many plants that you can grow from leftovers and …

Stop Buying Tangerines. Plant Them In A Flowerpot And You Will Always Have Hundreds Of Organic Tangerines!

Tangerines, of the Latin name Citrus reticulate, are also known as Mandarin oranges. Clementines are the seedless variety of these irresistible …

26 Really Clever Gardening Tricks

No green thumb required.

6 Tips for Designing and Building a Tiny House

Tiny houses have become popular in recent years as housing prices continue to soar. Whether as an off-the-grid retreat or a way to live more simply …

Learn kerning basics in less than 2 minutes

Kerning has a huge impact on how your lettering is read by viewers, so it's important to get it right. Get your kerning wrong and at best you end up …

Free Sans Serif Typefaces That Could Make Your Projects Look More Sophisticated

Image via Marius Kempken<p><b>Sans serif fonts</b> are often favored for use in modern graphic design, thanks in part to their versatility and readability. …

Typography

7 Storytelling Structures to Improve Your Presentations (Infographic)

What your favorite plots and your next business presentation should have in common.<p>Giving presentations, whether during meetings with co-workers or to potential new clients, can often seem intimidating. But luckily, there are tried and true ways to organize your information so that it is both easy …

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Because I teach a course on product management at Harvard Business School, I am routinely asked “What is the role of a product manager?” The role of product manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the product.” I disagree because, as Martin Eriksson points out, “Product managers simply …

The Secrets of the Creative Process: How to Bring Your Idea to Life

<i>Jenna Mack is the creator and host of the interview program</i> In the Grey<i>. She is an experienced producer who was responsible for cultural segments on</i> …

This Online Tool Generates High-Quality Geographic Maps of Data in Seconds

Have you ever had to create a map for your project, thinking you could get it done within 30 minutes, but then spent an entire afternoon on it? …

The great nutrient collapse

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.<p>Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at …

University of Washington

A Designer’s Guide To Brainstorms That Are Actually Useful

Rule No. 1: Always say “yes.”<p>The Apollo 13 Mission Control team faced a huge number of seemingly insurmountable obstacles after an oxygen tank exploded on board the 1970 mission to the moon. They needed to find a new route that would get the astronauts back to Earth quickly with a limited supply of …

Google Is Becoming The Adobe Of VR

With its new app Blocks, Google is getting serious about designing for VR, AR, and everything in between.<p>I’ll never forget the first time I made a snowman in VR. I was standing in front of three stacked spheres that were just begging for some coal eyes, a carrot nose, and a corn cob pipe. But after …

Want to Get Better at Selling Others on Your Ideas? Learn How to Draw a Vision Map | Inc.com

Have you ever drawn a map to show someone how to get to your house? Or how to get from your house to the park or the corner store? If you have, you know how to draw, how to visualize, and how to communicate a path in time and space.<p>These are the same skills you can apply if you are an entrepreneur …

Graphics

Evolutionary biologists have been misinterpreting a key point in Darwin’s theory for years

<i>However, Darwin himself proposed an alternative theory. And it's one that I'm very interested in trying to bring back into the sciences.</i><p><i>Darwin proposed that mate choice is really about the aesthetic quality of the experience of the chooser. It's about what the animals themselves think of as</i> …

Designing a Visual System at Scale

About a year ago, I took on the challenge of leading the effort to design a cohesive visual system for all of Facebook’s business products — the …

5 Habits of the Most Successful Innovators | Inc.com

Too often when entrepreneurs think about innovating, they fall into a common trap: they start at the end.<p>It's natural to think about innovation through the lens of the things you hope it will produce --products and services imbued with value that sell. But innovation is something bigger than its …

How to Outline When Starting a Story

Last week I started talking about outlining, specifically focusing on story structure and <i>what</i> to outline. You can visit that post here.<p>Usually when …

The Science Behind Fonts (And How They Make You Feel)

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I’ve noticed how seemingly small things like font and the spacing between …

Typography

An Animated Guide To Marshall McLuhan And “The Medium Is The Message”

In the age of Trump, McLuhan’s 50-year-old ideas seem prophetic. Here’s a primer.<p>The work of Canadian philosopher and writer Marshall McLuhan is just as relevant today as it was in the 1960s, when McLuhan coined the phrase, “the medium is the message.” Now the animator Daniel Savage has created a …

Perfectionism vs Creativity: Letting Go of the Need to Conform

<b>“Perfect photographs do not move the heart.”</b><br>– David DuChemin, <i>The Vision Driven Photographer</i><p>This is one of my favourite photography quotes, in fact …

Photography

Six Ways to Generate More (and More Creative) Ideas

Creative thinking is a skill, not a talent. With a few simple techniques, just about everyone can come up with creative ideas. And, as with all …

Two Simple Steps To Sell Anybody On Your Vision

We aren’t all motivated by the same things. Here’s how to secure everybody’s buy-in, in this order.<p>Something needs to change, and you think you know how. In other words, you’ve got a vision, and now you just need to sell it to other people. To help you out, there are two basic facts of psychology …

5 Tips For Providing Feedback To Creatives (Without Making Them Feel Criticized) | Inc.com

Giving feedback to creative individuals is difficult. I would know. I spent 4 years working at a creative digital marketing agency, and I played both roles: the account handler responsible for communicating with the client, and the creative individual you wanted to retain some semblance of creative …

Creativity

3 Ways to Collaborate With Your Team That Will Actually Boost Creativity | Inc.com

As an entrepreneur, you know that collaboration plays an important role in your creativity. Working with others allows you push ideas to the best they can be by considering multiple perspectives and building on each other's thoughts. Although it is used as a blanket term, not all collaboration is …

Creativity

How To Design For Millennials, According To Ikea

Festival tents, anyone?<p>Two new collections are hitting Ikea’s shelves and online stores in February: the PS 2017 collection, a limited-edition series of stylish, adventurous pieces, and the Spridd line of housewares and accessories festooned with dizzying graphics. Both were “designed for free …

9 Tips For Building Your Creative Online Presence

Congratulations, you've made it to 2017. Last year was a rollercoaster ride and it's safe to say we all deserve a pat on the back for getting through …

Milanote is the Evernote for creatives

The late Steve Jobs once said:<p>Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences …