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How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day

If you’re working in the kitchen of Anthony Bourdain, legendary chef of Brasserie Les Halles, best-selling author, and famed television personality, you don’t dare so much as boil hot water without attending to a ritual that’s essential for any self-respecting chef: <i>mise-en-place.</i><p>The “Meez,” as …

The inside story of how $1 billion Evernote went from Silicon Valley darling to deep trouble

That year, Evernote passed 30 million registered users, brought its total funding to $270 million, and seemed like a sure-fire candidate to hit the public market in the coming years.<p>Fast forward three years, and the tables have turned.<p>Despite reaching 150 million registered users this year, …

Why Mark Zuckerberg is the last to know about cool new Facebook features

You know Google's vaunted 20% time, where engineers get a dedicated portion of their workday for side-projects? It's "kind of like that, but on steroids," says Facebook developer advocate James Pearce in an interview with Business Insider. "I've never seen anything like this."<p>It's well-known that …

When Silicon Valley Is Too Much Like Silicon Valley

Richard Wolpert Contributor<p>Richard Wolpert is a co-founder of HelloTech<p>I’m a fan of the real Silicon Valley and HBO’s Silicon Valley. My favorite episode this season, titled “Bad Money,” features the boys of Pied Piper crisscrossing Silicon Valley pitching investors as they raise their first round …

How Apple Makes the Watch

@gak_pdx Apple is the world's foremost manufacturer of goods. At one time, this statement had to be caged and qualified with modifiers such as …

The Reason Why Google Glass, Amazon Fire Phone and Segway All Failed

Despite huge fanfare at launch, after a few brief months Google Glass is no longer on the market. The Amazon FirePhone was also launched to great hype, yet sales flopped and the company recently took a $170M write off on inventory.<p><b>Do you blame the CEO?</b><p><i>Fortune</i> mercilessly blamed Fire Phone’s failure …

How To Intentionally Design A Happier Life

Paul Dolan, a leading happiness scholar, offers strategies for identifying what really makes you happy and doing more of those things.<p>Most people assume that they know whether they are happy or not, but in reality, judging our own happiness can be very difficult. There is often a disconnect between …

The Shape of Things to Come

How an industrial designer became Apple’s greatest product.<p>I. Launch Day<p>In recent months, Sir Jonathan Ive, the forty-seven-year-old senior vice-president of design at Apple—who used to play rugby in secondary school, and still has a bench-pressing bulk that he carries a little sheepishly, as if it …

An Epilepsy Tracker So Beautiful, It Could Be Sold In An Apple Store

Meet the Embrace, an utterly gorgeous smartwatch that saves lives.<p>Wearables are getting smarter. Once considered little more than glorified pedometers, the wearables coming out of 2015 are going to be considerably more powerful. So powerful, in fact, that they might save lives.<p>That’s what the …

The Inside Story Of Jeff Bezos’s Fire Phone Debacle

Interviews with dozens of current and former employees reveal what went wrong and what it tells us about where Amazon is headed.<p>“What the hell happened?”<p>It is a cold day in early December in Midtown Manhattan, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has barely taken his seat on stage when his interviewer throws …

How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys

After a decade-long slump, Lego has rebuilt itself into a global juggernaut. An exclusive look inside the company’s top-secret Future Lab.<p>Every September, largely unbeknownst to the rest of the company, a group of around 50 Lego employees descends upon Spain’s Mediterranean coast, armed with …

Fab co-founder returns with Bezar, a new marketplace for emerging designers

<b>Exclusive:</b> Fab.com co-founder Bradford Shellhammer is to return to online design retail with a new venture called Bezar (+ interview).<p>Due to launch …

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Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it trained him in <b>"first principles thinking,"</b> a mode of inquiry that relentlessly pursues the foundations of a problem.<p>"I think it's important to reason from …

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4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer

What’s life really like designing for Apple? An alum shares what he learned during his seven years in Cupertino.<p>Apple is synonymous with upper echelon design, but very little is known about the company’s design process. Most of Apple’s <i>own</i> employees aren’t allowed inside Apple’s fabled design …

The Burning Question Microsoft Needs To Answer This Year

The biggest change is that Microsoft is no longer the Windows-first company.<p>In the old days, Microsoft employees and watchers often talked about the Windows "strategy tax." Other parts of the company would propose a particular product or feature, only to have it killed by higher-ups because they …

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If Smart Design Can’t Make It In Silicon Valley, Who Can?

One of the Valley’s leading design firms closes its San Francisco location. In an exclusive interview, CEO Davin Stowell tells us why.<p>After 14 years in the Bay Area, Smart Design is closing the doors of its San Francisco office. The design consultancy will invest resources into its New York and …

Former SpaceX Exec Explains How Elon Musk Taught Himself Rocket Science

Jim Cantrell, who was an aerospace consultant at the time, became SpaceX's first VP of business development and Musk's industry mentor when the company launched in 2002. He says that Musk literally taught himself rocket science by reading textbooks and talking to industry heavyweights.<p>Cantrell's …

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What Microsoft And Apple Can Learn From Adobe About Cloud First

Adobe introduced a host of new apps and innovations to its Creative Cloud service today at its MAX Conference in Los Angeles. The biggest surprise was at the end of this morning’s keynote when Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen brought out Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella. The two companies announced a …

A Rare Look at Design Genius Jony Ive: The Man Behind the Apple Watch

<i>How Apple’s under-the-radar design genius, Jonathan Ive, has found the way to our hearts.</i><p>I first catch sight of Jony Ive across the Apple campus, in a plain Dodger-blue T-shirt and white painter’s pants, in conversation, nodding. The head Apple designer, who brought you the iMac and the iPad and …

8 Housewares For Improbably Tiny Spaces

These pieces fold, contort, or roll up to fit houses and apartments the size of a sardine can.<p>The tiny house movement, which prizes small–300 square feet or less–and ingeniously designed homes, isn’t just about the size of the space. A key element of transitioning to life in a house that small is …

The Crossroads of Should and Must

This is a story about two roads — Should and Must. It’s a pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should for far too long — months, years, maybe a …

Ask a designer: why switching fonts won’t save the US government millions

This weekend, CNN put 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani on camera to talk about a study he conducted that found US federal and state governments could save $370 million per year on printing costs with a simple solution: switch the fonts used to print reports from the bulkier Times New Roman to the …

iPhone UI Designer Tells The Story Behind iOS Text Selection Patent

This week saw the publishing of one of the iPhone’s most recognizable patents.<p>Arriving with iOS 3 in June 2009 was the ability to select, copy, and paste text using two draggable selection handles displayed on screen. Miles ahead of what other smartphones were offering at the time, Apple’s solution …

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Ideo CEO Tim Brown: 'Everyone Is A Designer'

Tim Brown, the CEO and president of IDEO, a global design consultancy, joined HuffPost Live in Davos Friday to talk about the power of design in combating some of the world's biggest problems.<p>"Whenever we do something to improve the state of the world, we're designing," he said. "Design is …

Why does Tim Cook keep talking about new Apple products?

Significant, great, profound, intense, exciting<p>Yesterday's Apple results were fairly unsurprising, as the company beat Wall Street's Q4 estimates with a $7.5B profit on strong iPhones sales, flat iPad performance, and a steadily declining number of Macs. But on the call with analysts afterwards, …

The Daily Routines of 7 Famous Entrepreneurs | Buffer Blog

Our daily routines can make a huge difference to how healthy, happy and productive we are. I’ve recently tried adjusting my own routine in the hopes …

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Why We’re More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work

You may be hardwired as an introvert or an extrovert. But don’t worry, there are ways to change how our brains work.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our …

IDEO's David Webster on Healthcare Design

<b>One of the keynote speakers at IIDEX Canada, David Webster explains why innovating for health and wellness is the defining design challenge of our</b> …