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The Simple Idea That Drives Creativity At Amazon, Airbnb, And Dell

Think small.<p>When I first joined Frog design, a global innovation firm, my role was as an individual creative contributor. I was responsible for making things that helped clients better understand the business problems they faced, and offering creative solutions to those problems. My second project …

Framing

We Love This New Affordable Source For Patterned Flooring

Close your eyes. Now, envision a vinyl floor. Does your mind automatically think checkerboard, faux wood, or something retro? You might not think of …

Outsourcing

Are You Sure Your Contractor Is Insured?

Home-improvement projects take off in the summer, when many homeowners gut the kitchen or add a bathroom. But what happens when a contractor’s …

Home Improvement

The Sophisticated New Tile Trend We Can't Get Enough Of

I'm very into tile. I have favorite kinds of tile. I watch tile trends. I have joked about starting a blog called 'Tile Therapy', but it is not …

Interior Design

The 6 Best Tools Every Man Needs for Spring Yard Work

Spring has sprung, and it’s the perfect time of year to dig out your workman gloves and get dirty.<p>Planting for the summer and cutting the rotten …

Home Depot

How to Get a Designer Bathroom on a Home Depot Budget

When Caitlin Kruse of The Mama Notes and her husband purchased their first home, their dark, windowless bathroom in the hallway was at the top of their renovation list. With some savvy shopping and design tricks, Caitlin was able to recreate the light and airy, Pinterest-perfect bathroom she …

Container Cabin

California<p>One of our San Francisco clients had a dream of building a self- sustaining cabin on 1000 acres of pristine wilderness he owned just West of Mount Lassen. An avid hunter from his days growing up in Colorado, our client had spent years hunting on the property, and sleeping in an old …

Communication for the new design leader

I was recently asked to give a presentation to emerging IBM Design leaders on how to communicate as a leader. Good communication and leadership do …

10 Easy Pieces: Best Budget Kitchen Faucets

Quality counts when it comes to choosing the most in-demand fitting in the kitchen. For durability, look for faucets that are made of brass, and …

"Pirate Printers" Are Using Manhole Covers to Print Urban Designs Directly onto Shirts and Totes

Who says you need a fancy printing press and machinery to create your own t-shirt designs? The Berlin collective called Raubdruckerin (“Pirate Printers”) have taken to their own city streets with only a paint roller, ink, and a keen eye for geometric patterns. The group finds street fixtures—like …

T-shirts

Hamburger Menus and Hidden Navigation Hurt UX Metrics

<b>Summary:</b> Discoverability is cut almost in half by hiding a website’s main navigation. Also, task time is longer and perceived task difficulty …

Information Architecture

Introducing the User-Centered Design Canvas

April 29, 2016I’d like to tell you a little story, a story about how a problem I faced inspired me to create a simple UX design tool. For the last …

UX Design

Beyond the False Bottom: How to Avoid This Costly UX Mistake

UX mistakes often go undetected because they are quiet. They aren’t a broken image or a misspelled word or a form that isn’t sending. No, UX mistakes …

6 Web Design Trends That Are Here To Stay

From artificial intelligence to wearables, here are some of the biggest ideas shaping web design today.<p>Web design thrives on two things: innovation and imitation. Unfortunately, there’s often a lot more of the latter. We all like to seize upon the latest trends, use them until they’re ubiquitous, …

UI Design

Instinct Isn’t Enough: Great Design Demands Data

Data-informed design, not data-driven design, is key for delivering top-notch products, argues Robert Hoekman Jr.<p>Executives live by the idea that data will help them understand, and predict, and plan. Data will help them see how decisions map to outcomes, and how outcomes can be influenced by this …

Die Hard

UI Animation. Microinteraction for Macroresult.

Microinteraction is one of the key things to care about in UI/UX design. They are, perhaps, the best proof that attention to small details is able to …

“User Centred Design? No thanks, it just costs more money”

Tackling apathy toward User Centred Design<p>In 1996, having been in the Internet industry for only a year, I can remember sitting on a borrowed chair …

UX Design

Lesson 2 — Find balance in your design team

Stop looking for a UX designer and get more specific with your needs.<p><i>This is the second post in the Effective Design series. If you haven’t read</i> …

UX Design

Before & After: Christina's Warm Wood Kitchen

My room makeover::Our tiny kitchen had outdated wallpaper, dark wood and old linoleum. The configuration was terrible: fridge partially blocked the …

Small Spaces

House Tour: Scuba's Open House

<b>Name:</b> Stephen "Scuba" Clark <b><br>Location:</b> Phoenix, Arizona <b><br>Size:</b> 1,700 square feet <b><br>Years lived in:</b> 5 years; Owned<p>Stephen 'Scuba' Clark bought his house five …

Living Rooms

Why everyone is a designer… but shouldn’t design

“Design is everywhere, inevitably everyone is a designer,” says Tim Brown of IDEO.<p>That’s something we’ve heard time and time again. Because if you’re a problem solver, you’re a designer. Even Don Norman, who coined the term “user experience,” says that everyone is a designer. As he writes:<p>“We are …

11 IKEA Makeovers That Look Shockingly Luxe

Here's proof that you can have champagne on a beer budget.<p>Here's proof that you can have champagne on a beer budget.

10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ Go-To Modern Kitchen Faucets

A good kitchen faucet can be hard to find. To take the guesswork out of shopping for fixtures, we asked members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer …

Articles about mid century mash on Dwell.com - Dwell

Although postwar California modernism is generally associated with Southern California, the Bay Area’s own tradition has begun in...<p>Among the vintage interior design trends, the mid-century modern designs of the 1950s are holding fast.<p>Bernhardt Design revives Charles Pollock’s long-dormant career …

Design

Articles about long island found on Dwell.com - Dwell

When the Fisher family’s 1960s Long Island beach bungalow started to crumble, they sought an architect who’d preserve the home’s...<p>Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.<p>In New York’s Nassau County, a …

Pacific Ocean

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

Cooking

Ex-Microsoft Designer Explains the Move Away from Metro

Windows Phone fans pining for the days of Metro panoramas and integrated experiences have had a tough couple of years, with Microsoft steadily …

Vineyard Haven: A Napa Valley Garden That Belongs to the Land

A traditional shingled saltbox with a heavy arbor and flowering honeysuckle shadowing the front door looks right at home on Cape Cod. The problem? …