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The Best New Gear for Under $30

Twice each year, I walk around the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City gawking at all the new gear. A lot of it's cool, but prohibitively expensive. This stuff, on the other hand, costs less than a dinner out. Presenting the five under-$30 products I’m most excited about from this year’s …

How to Find the Perfect Modern Bar Stool

There’s no denying the appeal of a seat at the bar; it’s where everybody knows your name, after all. As a design element at home, it offers a more casual and space-efficient alternative to formal dining. Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, principals of the New York design firm Roman and Williams, …

Furniture

MIT Student Develops A Facebook For Depression

Koko is an upcoming iPhone app that aims to help people fix the bugs in their thinking by crowdsourcing cognitive behavioral techniques.<p>Koko, an upcoming app based on an MIT experiment, is designed to build the world’s first social network for dealing with depression. If it takes off, it could …

How to Test Web Navigation with Card Sorting and Tree Testing

Websites, apps, software, any product with a menu needs a way to get around. While your navigation can be fun, creative, or at times unorthodox, it …

What's Your Most Important Activity?

In the hilarious 1991 movie <i>City Slickers</i>, the old cowboy Curly (played by Jack Palance) gives a life secret to Mitch (played by Billy Crystal) that applies equally well to time management and productivity:<p><b>Curly:</b> Do you know what the secret to life is?<p><b>Mitch:</b> [shrugs] No, what?<p><b>Curly:</b> [holds up his …

Reviewing UX Designs While Drunk Makes Way More Sense Than You Think

Richard Littauer’s project “The User Is Drunk” is like Drunk History for programmers.<p>First impressions matter online. With the overwhelming amount of choice the Internet affords, designers have to be careful to not turn away users (read: potential customers) with inscrutable navigation or laggy …

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Defining Strategy, Implementation, and Execution

It is striking how much confusion there is between strategy, implementation, and execution. Is “strategy” a matter of making choices about where we want to go, where we play and how we win, of setting goals and actions, about how we create and capture economic value over time? Does it include …

Articles about idyllic vacation home greece on Dwell.com - Dwell

A far cry from the whitewashed buildings of Mykonos, this vacation home on the Aegean island of Skiathos will make any modern...<p>A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality.<p>Inspired by their clients’ bold art collection, a pair of …

Vacation Homes

4 Reasons Why Design Is Taking Over Silicon Valley

VC design partner John Maeda says that the most successful tech companies of the future will really be design companies. Here’s why.<p>Are the fortunes of design on the rise in Silicon Valley? A resounding yes, says John Maeda, design partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. …

Articles about 5 urban apartments we love on Dwell.com - Dwell

Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's March 2016 issue.<p>It’s been awhile since we last visited the City of Light, so here’s a jaunt to five modern abodes we adore.<p>Somewhere between the fanciful beasts of Where the Wild Things Are and the hand-drawn charm of Marimekko, the …

San Francisco

Google ditched the steering wheel because people are unreliable

If you've ever wondered why Google decided to build its own car, well, you have at least part of your answer now. During a talk at SXSW, Astro Teller, the head of Google X, told the crowd that they decided to remove the steering wheel and brakes entirely because humans are not a "reliable backup" …

The World’s Most Overrated Graphic Design

If Co.Design readers’ eight picks for the world’s most overrated graphic design were compiled into one, you’d have a letter-pressed, tonal, minimalist infographic poster in Helvetica about Nike’s new artisanal branding campaign, with some hand-lettered details thrown in. Fortunately, these eight …

Graphic Design

Could Uber Put FedEx Out Of Business?

<i>Spoiler Alert: The answer is yes, and that is a very important lesson for you, as well.</i><p>You’ve probably heard that when he was an undergraduate, Frederick W. Smith got less than a stellar grade on what was in essence the business plan for the company he would create: Federal Express. The professor …

How To Change User Habits With Interaction Design

As Duhigg suggests, here’s a simple framework for designing new habits:<p>Find the cue and the reward<br>• Don’t modify the cue or reward. Create a new routine.<p>For example, let’s look at Groupon as an example. Before the company came along, if users saw a product they liked (cue), they would need to scour …

Articles about smart tech makes modern home ultra energy efficient on Dwell.com - Dwell

Using a combination of passive design principles and active technologies, LGA Architectural Partners forges a smart,...<p>To complement our July/August issue's Smart Home product package, we've programmed a series of panels that cover the latest...<p>Are you looking for some efficient ways to save energy …

Homework

House with Built-In Window Nook and Interior Fire Pit

The Werkhaus by Thomas Kroger Architects has two key features for us: the built-in window nook and interior fire pit. Highly unusual treatments of …

Articles about luminous apartment historic nyc building on Dwell.com - Dwell

A family of four makes a piece of New York history home.<p>When you live in an apartment, the surrounding city becomes an extension of your home. The nearby parks act as your backyard.<p>Carefully selected colors and textures add subtle Italian luxury to this contemporary home in Rome.<p>Perched in the …

Architecture

A Brief History Of User Experience Design

Look to the past, whether 1430 or 1930, for clues as to where user experiences are heading.<p>Think about the last time you ate at a restaurant. What cuisine did it serve?<p>What made you to choose that particular restaurant? What was your first impression as you walked in? Were you asked to wait until …

A Squeezable Light Bulb That Slurps Up Color

In the last couple of years, color detecting sensors have finally become cheap enough that we’re starting to see a whole host of interesting gadgets that can incorporate Pantone swatches into their functionality. But we haven’t seen anything that looks as fun as the Colorup.<p>Designed by PEGA Design …

Pavlok’s Wristband That Electroshocks You For Facebooking Or Skipping Workouts Now On Indiegogo

Pavlov and his dogs proved conditioning shapes behavior patterns. A hundred years later, a startup called Pavlok hopes the same theory and its electroshock wristband will make us exercise, wake up on time, and stop procrastinating. Launching today on Indiegogo starting at $99, Pavlok’s app lets you …

Burger King's all-black burger looks absolutely disgusting in real life

To no one's surprise, Burger King's all black burger looks like a disgusting turd in real life. Actually, it might be even worse than some turds. It …

You Can Sleep in Ikea for a Night Thanks to Airbnb

Ever dream of sleeping on an Ikea bed without having to go through all the hassle of actually piecing it together? Now you can.<p>Airbnb and Ikea have …

This Website Snitches On Renters Who List Their Apartments On Airbnb

There’s a new tool out that makes it easy for landlords to find out if one of their renters is listing an apartment on Airbnb, the room-renting company that recently overhauled its logo and transformed the Internet into giggling 10-year-olds.<p>It’s called Huntbnb, and using it merely requires you …

3 Business Lessons From The Sinaloa Drug Cartel

Innovate like a syndicate.<p>Blockbuster is gone. So are Lehman Brothers, Atari, Pan Am, Circuit City and countless others each year. Startups fail, too, with 80% going belly up within the first 18 months. But here’s something to consider in comparison: criminal syndicates don’t go out of business. …

This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

I’d think this was just a clever April Fools’ joke, if it weren’t the middle of July.<p>Motorola has teamed up with a company called VivaLnk to make a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your skin, hold your phone up to it, and bam — phone unlocked.<p>Who needs …

Love It Or Hate It, Ripoff Report Is In Expansion Mode

Ed Magedson lives at a secret location in Arizona, convinced that some people not only fantasize about killing him but would actually do so if they got the chance. His home – he has moved repeatedly in recent years — sits fortified behind fences with cameras watching for intruders. He makes special …

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