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12 Beautiful and Unusual Ways to Use Tile

We tend to think of tile as this very utilitarian thing that keeps the drywall in your bathroom from rotting and makes the backsplash in your kitchen …

8 steps to designing a collaborative, productive office space

Design a collaborative company and collaboration will follow.<p>Question: What's one tip you have for designing an office space that supports …

Create a Work Environment That Fosters Flow

Everywhere we look in business, timetables once measured by calendars can now be clocked by egg timers. So how can we keep up? In a word — and according to an ever-increasing pile of evidence — “flow.”<p>Technically defined as an “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our …

Want to Change the World? Maybe Try Being an Intrapraneur.

Iconoclast<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A growing number of young people are eschewing university studies in favor of pursuing a career as an entrepreneur. It’s hard to argue with the decision to avoid crushing student loan debt in pursuit of an education that often …

Entrepreneurship

How Foursquare’s Wacky Friday-Afternoon Art Hour Helps Employees Think Creatively

If you visit Foursquare on a Friday afternoon, you’ll find the Product Experience group sketching out ways to turn urinals into carnival games or imagining how a 1,000-story elevator might work. Here’s how it helps make Foursquare, the product, better.<p>Every Friday at 5 p.m., 15 or so Foursquare …

Creativity

8 Tips For Creating Office Spaces That Make People Want To Go To Work

The first office I ever worked in was in a windowless basement with about a dozen people crammed into enough space for six. The most exciting facility was a kettle which was also a health and safety hazard. Such a cramped, impractical environment might well make Monica Parker’s hair curl – Parker …

The 6 Best Tools For Creative Work, According To Science

Connecting our minds and bodies–by sleeping, stepping away from the keyboard, and breaking a sweat–might be the best way to get through a creative block.<p>I’d love to have a toolkit that promised me great, creative ideas every time I sat down to work. Obviously that’s not going to happen–creativity …

7 Steps To A More Productive And Inspiring Workspace

Sometimes your office doesn’t need a complete redesign, but just a sprucing up. Here are a few ideas.<p>Space design has been consuming me for more than six years since I had the idea to create coworking spaces in Austin, Texas.<p>Before designing and operating out of these spaces, I managed my business …

The Use of “Structure” to Reduce Problematic Behavior in Children with Asperger’s and High-Functioning

For many children with Asperger’s (AS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA), problematic behaviors are common. The term “problematic behavior” is a …

Choosing a School for Children on the Autism Spectrum

<b>Kristina Chew</b><p>autism.typepad.com<p>My son Charlie has been in both public and private placements. He is 13 years old now; he started attending school -- …

A NYC Warehouse Becomes a Penthouse Loft

Turett Collaborative Architects took this former Greenwich Street warehouse and created a modern penthouse loft while maintaining parts of its …

Office Tour: Whole Foods Market – Southern Pacific Regional Headquarters

Whole Foods Market – Southern Pacific Regional Headquarters<p>Firm<p>size 46,000 sqft<p>Year 2013<p>Industry Food/Beverage,<p>Wirt Design Group has created a …

Bates Smart Sydney Studio / Bates Smart

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Bates Smart engage PointOfView to light their new Sydney Studio. Architects and interior designers are …

4 Odd Yet Effective Ways The Smartest People Prioritize Their Days

You’ve tried everything to organize your priorities better, and still end up scattered. Try these outside-the-box ideas for sorting your day.<p>The hardest part is getting started.<p>When there’s a long list that needs tackling every day, the hardest part is tackling what needs to be done first. You may …

How to Apply Lateral Thinking to Your Creative Work

Pretend that you’re trapped in a magical room with only two exits. Through the first exit is a room made from a giant magnifying glass, and the …

Creativity

The 4 Habits You Need to Be Successful

Speaker and Maximum Performance Strategist. CEO of Matt Mayberry Enterprises<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The most successful people in this world maintain and master good habits. They realize what they do on a daily basis and where they direct their energy deeply …

Motivation

Google experiments with breaking the glass ceiling

Google is trying to disrupt the oldest system of all — the methodology we use to decide who we hire and reward professionally.<p>Today, Google announced a new workshop that takes on the unconscious bias in the work place, appropriately titled Unconscious Bias at Work.<p>“We fill in the blanks because our …

The Science Behind Why Jeff Bezos' 2-Pizza Rule Works

This stance explains his famous two-pizza team rule, that teams shouldn't be larger than what two pizzas can feed. <i>More</i> communication isn't necessarily the solution to communication problems — it's how it is carried out.<p>Compare the interactions at a small dinner — or pizza — party with a larger …

Jeff Bezos

3g Office

The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day

New research reveals exactly how much downtime you should be taking.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>You know that taking frequent breaks is good for your productivity, focus, and creativity, but you just never seem to get …

Office Tour: IND Architects’ Moscow Architecture Studio

IND Architects’ Moscow Architecture Studio<p>Firm<p>Client IND Architects,<p>size 3,013 sqft<p>Year 2013<p>Location Moscow, Russia,<p>Industry Architecture Firm,<p>IND …

Why HubSpot Changes Where People Sit Every 6 To 8 Months

Just ask inbound-marketing startup HubSpot.<p>"Proximity builds relationships," HubSpot Chief Marketing Officer Mike Volpe tells Business Insider. "When you think back to who you sat near, they might not have been your best friends in the office, but you certainly had different relationships with them …

Marketing

Workers In Windowless Offices Lose 46 Minutes Of Sleep A Night

Time to start petitioning for that corner office.<p>Nothing tops an office with a door on the universal workplace wish list, but a desk near a window that lets in natural light probably ranks a close second. Outside views are often badges of seniority or achievement in the work world–understandably, …

Frank Gehry