Valerie Fredericksen

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PepsiCo’s Chief Design Officer Shares 5 Must-Reads For Design and Business Leaders

At the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Mauro Porcini discussed five books that have informed his design and business philosophy.<p>For Mauro Porcini, design is the key to making a corporation like PepsiCo relevant. He joined the company in 2012 after a 10-year stint as Chief Design Officer at 3M, …

Product Design

A Visual Guide to the 12 Most Popular Pasta Shapes and What to Make With Them

A favorite among college bros and four-star chefs alike, pasta is the great equalizer of foods. While there’s not much variation in taste when it …

These Skills Are Hard To Learn But Pay Off For The Rest of Your Life

<i>“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”</i> — <b>Ralph Waldo Emerson</b><p>The ability to expand your mind …

The One Thing Your Company Needs to Get Me to Invest

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Venture Capital

New Flexible Solar Panels Could Be Put on Pretty Much Anything

The panels are almost as efficient as traditional rigid panels, and could be built into curtains or clothing.<p>Researchers from Virginia Tech have developed a thin, flexible solar panel that rivals current solar technology. Their results will be published in the journal <i>ACS Energy Letters</i>.<p>The new …

How to Create Foreground Bokeh with Water Drops on Glass

This foreground bokeh look is actually a setup I played around with a few times many years ago. I thought it would be a good, fun setup to share, as …

Video Tutorials

15 Perfect Metaphors Hidden in Word Etymologies

It's human nature to conceive of abstract ideas through more immediate, concrete experiences—which is to say, through metaphors. Most of the words we …

The Best 40-Minute Workout To Do At The Gym

As the saying goes, an hour-long workout is roughly four percent of your day, so use it wisely. However, once you factor in your commute to and from …

Exercise

This Map Shows What the World Actually Looks Like

The version you're used to seeing completely warps the continents' sizes<p>The Japan Institute for Design Promotion has awarded its prestigious Good Design Award to a map that completely changes our perception of the world. Given that the planet is a sphere, representing it in a two-dimensional …

A Special Guide to Growing Stronger, Feeling Better and Bouncing Back After Failure

It's not the mistake that matters, but how you bounce back.<p>This story appears in the November 2016 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Entrepreneurship is no walk in the park.<p>The mistakes leaders make can have personal impact. Take it from the founder of Renoun, a startup specializing in professional …

Entrepreneurship

How to Read Aloud to a Child That Won’t Sit Still

For some children, sitting quietly while listening to a book is more tedious than fun. If your child struggles to pay attention or sit still while …

Kids

Are You Unknowingly Sabotaging Your Child's Self-Motivation Skills From Developing?

Self-motivation is the ability to start and complete a task or goal without depending on outside pressure or intervention to get the job done. Kids …

4 Things Your Children Absolutely Do Not Need (and What to Give Them Instead)

We’ve all seen long lists of what it takes (and what the cost might be) to raise children. Those lists can be overwhelming. And then we throw in the …

How I Raised Teenagers Who Tell Me Everything — Even When It's Hard

My teenage daughter was seeing a movie one night with a group of friends. When I called her to coordinate her Uber ride home, she didn't answer. …

10 Tips for having "the talk" with your tween daughter {part 1}

Once you are parents, you know the day will come eventually where you will have to have “The talk” I know, I know; it’s scary. It’s one of those …

How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off

THEY learn to read at age 2, play Bach at 4, breeze through calculus at 6, and speak foreign languages fluently by 8. Their classmates shudder with envy; their parents rejoice at winning the lottery. But to paraphrase T. S. Eliot, their careers tend to end not with a bang, but with a …

Creativity

Tutorial: How to Quickly Fix Skin Redness Using the HSL Sliders in Photoshop

One problem almost all portrait photographers are going to run into at one point or another is skin redness. We’re human, there’s blood flowing …

Tutorial: A Simple Way to Add a Watermark to Your Images Without Ruining Them

Watermarks are a controversial topic. Many believe they ruin your images, and are so easily removed that there’s no point in adding one. Others see …

The Ultimate List of Keyboard Shortcuts for Lightroom

Photographers look to maximize the amount of time they spend behind the camera and minimize the amount of time spent in post-processing. But time …

Tutorials

7 Signs That You Have Over-Processed Your Photographs

Modern cameras give us great images without having to do too much to them. Many of us, however, realize that with a little post production we can …

Tutorials

5 Ways to Speed Up Your Lightroom Workflow

Those of you, who use Lightroom, will know what a powerful and multi-faceted program it is. It is fair to say that along with its now discontinued …

Tutorials

Lightroom Preset : Vintage Wash

I have decided to bundle up two key Lightroom presets that I use to create a washed out vintage look in any photograph. I have been developing and …

Tutorials

5 Underused Lightroom Tools That You Should Use More Often

Adobe’s Lightroom has become one of the best editing and image management options for enthusiast and professional photographers alike. In its most …

How to Reduce Noise in Pictures With Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Reducing noise in your images is an important part of your post-production workflow, especially if you're a high-ISO shooter. Good noise reduction …

Tutorials

How to Make a 'Round Trip' in Lightroom (LR to Photoshop, Back to LR)

Adobe’s Lightroom is an incredibly powerful tool incorporating perhaps 80-90% of all the tools that we photographers generally need. There are …

Tutorials

How to Organize Your Photos with Lightroom So You Can Always Find Them Quickly

The introduction of Lightroom and Apple’s rival Aperture, heralded a new era in digital asset management for photographers. Initially aimed and …

Tutorials

A quick introduction to Lightroom 6/CC

When you first install Lightroom 6/CC you may find yourself asking “Wait, how is this different from Lightroom 5?”, which is to say it’s an easy …

Tutorials

Luminosity Masks in Lightroom? Who Knew.

Somebody must have known. I was flipping through some Youtube videos over the weekend (there's nothing but junk on regular television anymore) and …

Create Perfect Portraits in Lightroom Using These 6 Classic Retouch Techniques

With portraiture, what you see is not always what you want to get. Even the very best portrait with the perfect model will often need some form of …

Tutorials

Master the art of HDR Processing in Lightroom CC - Jason P. Odell Photography

The newest version of Lightroom, called Lightroom CC (released May 2015), now offers photographers the ability to merge images to HDR. Until now, if …

Tutorials