Birgir Grimsson

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French tiny house comfortably fits family of three

Featuring a private bedroom for the child<p>There are many ways to design a tiny house fit for two, but when you add a third person—and a child at that—things sure get interesting. In this new Calypso tiny house, French builder Baluchon shows how to comfortably accommodate a family of three in a tiny …

These efficient modern prefabs raise the bar for shipping container homes

Delivered in 10 weeks<p>In our roundup of eco-friendly prefab homes you can buy right now, one of the newest companies featured is Honomobo, based in the Canadian province of Alberta. Launched last spring, the company builds modern homes, offices, studios, multi-family complexes, and more out of …

Very Surprising Tiny House by Mizuishi Architects Atelier

This cottage, built near to a river, in a small triangular space, is brilliantly organized inside, proving an incredible sense of proportions and …

4 Free Small Business Marketing Tools

Here's a list of four marketing tools that add real value -- but don't cost a thing!<p>This story originally appeared on PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit<p>There’s only one thing better than finding a cool new marketing tool, and that’s finding a <i>free,</i> cool new marketing tool. Here’s a list of four …

What You Should Know About The App Design Process

And while this approach has become a truism in most of our industry, it’s far from obvious for anyone entering the field. A lot of articles have been …

UX Design

Critical Thinking in the 21st Century and Beyond

One of my fondest memories of school was my science teacher, Mr. South. Having attended a K-8 consolidated school in rural NJ, we knew who all the …

10 Success lessons from JK Rowling – “Billionaire Author” for entrepreneurs

Share58<p>Tweet<p>Share40<p>+15<p>Shares 103<p>British author JK Rowling wrote the first Potter books while a single mother living on welfare. Written on a manual …

Motivation

5 Money-Saving Tricks Airlines Don't Want You to Know | Inc.com

We all love to complain about airlines and their never-ending efforts to find new, clever, and incredibly annoying ways to squeeze every penny out of travelers. But when it comes to soothing your travel rage, revenge is sweeter than anger.<p>You know they're using every tool out there to maximize …

Google Flights

Here's how to spend the first hour of the workday for maximum productivity

There's "work," and then there's real work. "Work" is email correspondence, and group meetings, and other administrative tasks that are technically necessary, but don't meaningfully contribute to your professional success.<p>Real work, on the other hand, encompasses those bigger projects and tasks …

20 Clever Garage Storage Hacks

DIY Cleaning Tools Holder<p>Save floor space by hanging large items like brooms and mops on the wall. Make this wall-mounted holder from scrap wood and …

JCPenney is transforming the customer experience

DALLAS – As JCPenney overhauls its 100-year-old business, it has found that moving quickly is the key to winning.<p>After making the decision to …

eCommerce

How To Create A $10 Million Online Course Business | Inc.com

Digital publishing is changing the education industry. Be it professionals seeking to gain additional skills to help them in their current role or someone who's looking to acquire new skills to start something of their own - online courses help people get better at what they do.<p>And there's no …

Business Strategy

Most people fall under 4 personality types: study

A new European study on human behaviour suggests that people can be divided into one of four main personality types -- with 'Envious' being the most …

Psychology

The 12 Words All Successful People Understand

What do these words mean to you?<p>If you want to be successful, there are some words you’ll need to know.<p>Words are powerful. They can tell a story. Think of the following words: boom, penny, jump, doctor, slip, October, Shakespeare, and corn. All of these words paint a picture in your mind. Words …

Self-improvement

What you read matters more than you might think

A study published in the International Journal of Business Administration in May 2016, found that what students read in college directly affects the level of writing they achieve. In fact, researchers found that reading content and frequency may exert more significant impacts on students’ writing …

Creative Writing

Stop Doing Low-Value Work

In the past, time management experts would recommend that you divide up your work into A tasks, B tasks, and C tasks. The concept was to do the A tasks first, then the B tasks, then the C tasks, when you can get to them. If priorities changed, you just changed the order of your As, Bs, and Cs. …

9 signs you're successful, even if it doesn't feel like it

If you're ambitious, you're bound to feel like a failure from time to time. Lofty goals lead to inevitable moments when you aren't yet living up to your expectations.<p>We live in a world that reinforces this feeling. Though most people won't admit it — other than the guy with the '<i>He who dies with</i> …

Self-improvement

Changing How You Ask This Question Will Transform the Way You Network | Inc.com

It's a question you hear at the start of a meeting, while lingering in a waiting room, in line while waiting for coffee, and hundreds of times at conferences and networking events.<p>The dreaded <b>"What do you do?"</b><p>It has some close relatives, like "Where do you work?" and "What's your role at Company …

Entrepreneurship

A morning at the AltSchool, an education startup that Silicon Valley is crazy about

The AltSchool, a system of "micro schools" and an educational software company, has captured significant attention for its philosophy of personalized learning.<p>For the K-1 class, kids can choose to work on their own projects, read or take a "co-curricular" class such as yoga or a foreign language. …

Silicon Valley

7 Essential Lessons From The Harvard Innovation Lab

Here’s what Harvard students learn about how to create an environment where innovation thrives.<p>Jodi Goldstein knows a thing or two about innovation. With more than 20 years’ experience as a high-tech entrepreneur and investor with a focus on consumer technology and a stint as a venture capitalist, …

Here's How Adidas Plans To Drastically Cut Down On Waste

German sportswear maker Adidas successfully trimmed paper usage by 38% over a seven-year period at the company’s corporate offices by adding a simple …

Big data and creativity: What we can learn from 'House of Cards'

Data and creativity can work really well together. Don’t believe me?<p>On February 1, 2013, a TV series called <i>House of Cards</i> debuted on the video streaming service Netflix. It proved an immediate hit. Two years later, it has a nine out of 10 rating from more than 275,000 reviewers. Those numbers place …

TV

Amazon eyes up education, plans a free platform for learning materials

Back in 2013, Amazon acquired (and continued to operate) online math instruction company TenMarks to gain a foothold in the online education space. Now it looks like Amazon is taking those learnings to the next level. The e-commerce giant plans to launch a free platform for schools and other …

The Truth About Wasting Time At Work

If you look at the standard organizational model, the first thing you notice is that it’s a pyramid. It is narrower at the top than at the bottom. There are a lot of worker bees at the bottom of the pyramid — that’s why the base of the pyramid is broader than the top of the pyramid is. There are …

The Workplace

Customer Service Best Practices: The Ritz-Carlton's Powerful System For Making Sure They Spread

When someone at your company thinks up a solution to a thorny customer service problem or customer experience glitch, what happens next? Does anyone else in your organization ever hear about it? Do other employees, departments, divisions know where to look for such ready-made solutions when they …

Hospitality

The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

<i>Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.</i><p>I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation …

Are You Happy? This Quiz Will Tell You

Now is a great time to figure out if you are authentically happy or just pretending to be. Here is a quick quiz that will help you figure out where you stand.<p>It's a new year, and usually with a fresh start comes a fresh perspective and renewed energy towards work, life and relationships.<p>However, …

10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter

Colin Anderson—Blend Images/Corbis<p>Getty Images<p>Matt Hogan/www.mphoganphoto.com<p>Jim Wilson—The New York Times/Redux<p>Getty Images<p>Celin Serbo—Aurora …