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The expanding role of design in creating an end-to-end customer experience

Lines between products, services, and user environments are blurring. The ability to craft an integrated customer experience will open enormous …

What Designers Can Learn From The Museum Of Failure (Yes, It Exists)

“I just got sick and tired of all these success stories,” says the museum’s founder. “We glorify success so much, but at the expense of demonizing failure.”<p>Just a six-hour train ride south of Stockholm in the town of Helsingborg, Sweden, there’s a little gallery with an abnormal mission. Instead of …

Sweden

According to the Guinness Book of Records this is the most expensive hamburger in the world

The Ins and Outs of a Design Sprint

Finally, a design approach you can't afford to ignore.<p>"We wanted to make the best for the most for the least"<br>- Charles Eames<p>When was the last time …

Ezra Stoller Captures Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconic Buildings

The riveting images give a rare glimpse into the legendary architect’s achievements<p>In honor of the 150th anniversary of the iconic architect's birth, Frank Lloyd Wright will be celebrated in numerous ways this month: MoMA will open "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive" this month, the …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Why MailChimp's Insane Fake Ad Campaign Paid Off

The company's 'Did You Mean MailChimp?' helped the email marketing platform reach 334 million people.<p>This story appears in the June 2017 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Did you recently pick up a free bag of FailChips at your local convenience store? See a preview for an art-house film called …

This Medical Marijuana Packaging Saves One Dispensary $50K Per Year

It’s a far cry from the opaque plastic pharmaceutical bottles in which most medicinal marijuana is sold.<p>There are strict laws surrounding medical marijuana that dictate exactly how and where dispensaries can display their products to potential customers. But one dispensary is using clever design to …

Cannabis

Link About It: Open House at Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings

This year, 8 June marks Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday. The innovative and iconic architect designed some 1000+ buildings and structures and, to celebrate his birthday, many of the usually private buildings will be open to the public. From the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois; to Frederick …

Design

The Web Is Basically One Giant Targeted Ad Now

Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report shows how apps and interfaces leverage data to exploit our weaknesses.<p>Ads used to just be ads. They were signs on the side of the road, or in our browsers. They were something that could be ignored. Visually loud, sure, but they weren’t a fundamental part …

Mary Meeker

Forget About 'Aha' Moments: Why Founders Should Focus On Hunches

Popular culture celebrates “moments of epiphany” when an entrepreneur’s dream comes into focus in an instant. However, in reality, it is more often the collision of small ideas that combine over time to form big ideas. Thus, it pays to contemporaneously document your thoughts so you can retain and …

Creativity

We Studied Brands Around The World. What Consumers Want Isn’t What You Think

We asked more than 5,000 people to tell us about the brands they sought out, then we analyzed what those brands did. The results were surprisingly consistent.<p>Traditional advertising went after “share of mind”–the idea was to get you to associate a brand with a single idea, a single emotion. Volvo: …

Emotions

Inside The Design Of M&M’S Newest Flavor, Caramel

The making of an irresistible sugar bomb takes endless testing, not sudden inspiration.<p>Your teeth shatter through the candy shell first, then hit the chocolate membrane next. For the next few moments, it’s any M&M you’ve ever eaten. That is, until the melt-in-your-mouth coating dissolves and the …

Dessert

These 12 Graphs Show Why Data Viz Is So Important

If you’ve ever doubted that visualization matters to data analysis, you need to see these images.<p>Why is data visualization so important in statistics, anyway? Graphs and other kinds of visualizations might seem superfluous, if you’re using statistical analysis to look for patterns in a data set, …

Data Science

Recycled Shipping Containers as Backyard Swimming Pools

From high rises to housing to kiosks and disaster relief, shipping containers have become a more common architectural tool over the past few years. …

Swimming

The History of Typography and its Journey Through Art

April 29, 2017<p>Smirna Kulenović is an Art History and Philosophy graduate, developing video and sound art projects, in love with improvisational …

Typography

Suave Campaign Fools Beauty Gurus With Just A Change In Packaging

The beauty brand asked beauty influencers to try their product under a false name, then surprised them with the truth<p>How much does packaging play in …

Parking garages are getting a second life as places for people

The rise of driverless vehicles and decline in car ownership means reimagining these ubiquitous structures<p>As autonomous vehicle companies launch family-focused public trials and automakers invest in “mobility solutions” instead of cars, we’re entering an age where sharing a vehicle will likely …

Urban Design

Picasso's obsession with bullfighting laid bare at London gallery

‘Those horses are the women in my life’: Minotaurs and Matadors exhibition sheds fresh light on artist’s recurring themes<p>There are many matadors, picadors, minotaurs, bulls and horses in a new show exploring Picasso and the importance of bullfighting – but also a glimpse of his terrible treatment …

Art

A Look at I.M. Pei's Most Spectacular Buildings On His 100th Birthday

Today, the famed architect I.M. Pei, who won the Pritzker Prize for architecture back in 1983, turns 100. Born in Shanghai in 1917, Pei emigrated to the U.S. in 1937, and has gone one to build some of the world's most iconic structures, from the Rock and Roll Museum in Cleveland to the spectacular …

Avant-garde

I.M. Pei’s Inspiration: A Comparison of Masterful Architecture with Minimalist Art

Today, April 26th 2017, marks I.M. Pei’s 100th birthday. The occasion offers a wonderful opportunity to take a retrospective look at one of the most …

Art

Louvre pyramid architect I. M. Pei celebrates 100th birthday

I. M. Pei has left his mark across the globe, with his signature style embodying the spirit of modernism. We take a look as some of his most iconic …

Avant-garde

Dubai's craziest tower yet is the world's largest picture frame

Dubai is building its craziest tower yet – and it’s set to open at the end of this year. The “picturesque” skyscraper is essentially a gigantic …

Design

This Thin Film Is A Real-Life Cloaking Device For Your Office

A new window film from Designtex takes its cues from science fiction.<p>Open offices are privacy nightmares, especially if you’re trying to hide sensitive data on screens. But since open offices aren’t going away any time soon, there’s Casper: a new product from the applied materials company Designtex …

OLEDs

There’s A New Must-Read Book For Frank Lloyd Wright Fans

An updated edition of Wright Sites guides architourists through 74 of the architect’s projects that are open to the public.<p>This year, Frank Lloyd Wright, arguably the greatest and most popular modern American architect, would’ve turned 150 years old. To help commemorate the milestone, the Frank …

Incorporated

Leather made from pineapples is the next environmentally-friendly fashion trend

It has a slightly more distressed look than traditional leather. Take a look...<p>Leather is a durable, water-resistant and sturdy material with which …

Fluid Luminosity: The Architectural Lighting of Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid's projects are remarkable not only for her innovative way of handling tangible materials but also for her imagination regarding the medium …

Photographers

Artist Coaxes Plant Roots Into Geometric Patterns

Inspired by Charles Darwin's observation that plant roots don't just passively grow down, but actively navigate to seek moisture and nutrients, …

Plants

Secrets Of A Professional Pub Designer

File under “jobs you didn’t realize existed.”<p>O’Dowd’s Little Dublin. The Kilkenny. The Galway Hooker. Flaherty’s. You may never have been to one of these establishments, but you can probably guess what they look like. Hefty wooden bar. Guinness on tap. Not-so-subtle references to the …

Ireland

How Restaurants Use Big Data To Learn More About Their Customers

OpenTable books reservations for more than 40,000 restaurants. Here’s an exclusive look at its data-driven insights into the L.A. dining scene.<p>If you live in a big city and like to dine out, odds are you’ve used OpenTable lately. The reservations service makes it easy for millions of users who use …