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Inside Spotify's redesign

Spotify’s New York office is any teenage boy’s dream.<p>We are not talking just about the obvious perks of working for a hip startup or the array of cool musicians parading through the office. We are talking about the New York office’s unofficial mascot: Spiderman.<p>The walls separating many of the …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

12 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like …

Creativity

8 Tips From Apple’s Official Guide To App Design

The book is 245 pages long, and free as an iBook now.<p>Anyone who’s spent $100 to register as an iOS app developer has already had access to Apple’s <i>iOS Human Interface Guidelines</i>. Now, the 245-page design tome is free for anyone to download in the iBooks store.<p>Delay a login requirement for as long as …

Apps

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 …

UX Design

George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview

On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a revival theater that he owns in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he …

TV Series

Exclusive: Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware

Nike is gearing up to shutter its wearable-hardware efforts, and the sportswear company this week fired the majority of the team responsible for the development of its FuelBand fitness tracker, a person familiar with the matter told CNET.<p>"As a fast-paced, global business we continually align …

8 Of Google’s Craziest Offices

Google is known for its zany office designs, from stroopwafel ceilings to slides to scooters. And you thought your office’s foosball table was cool.<p>While most of us 9-to-5ers hunch over in boxy, fluorescent-lit cubicles, feeling lucky if our office has a snack machine, the Google employees of the …

Tel Aviv

How Mad Men Gets the Writing Right: Q&A

There is no show on television that is more combed through, picked over and squawked about than <i>Mad Men</i>. Whether Joan mentions lustrous restaurant Le …

Mad Men

Google Ventures: Your Design Team Needs A War Room. Here’s How To Set One Up

Want to foster creativity? Skip the foosball table and opt for a war room instead. Google Ventures’s Jake Knapp shows you how. Plus: a peek inside Google Ventures’s own war room<p>In the last two years at Google Ventures, I’ve done design sprints with more than 80 startups. One of the simplest tricks …

Short-Term Memory

Ben Terrett on Making the U.K.'s One-Stop Government Website Cool

I don’t know if you’ve ever used a government website, but typically no one wants to hang out there. No one’s ever paid a tax and then said, …

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Dialogue: Partha Sinha of Publicis Worldwide

For a second, we presume that there must be a glass door or some kind of an invisible partition between the offices of two of the senior-most people …

Read Satya Nadella's first letter to employees as Microsoft's CEO

CEO calls for focus as he warns that "our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation."<p>It's official, Satya Nadella is Microsoft's next CEO, and on his first day on the job he's sent a letter to the whole staff. In the letter, Nadella speaks of what he thinks makes Microsoft a …

Why free games are increasingly the most profitable apps

With the possible exception of Pou, every one of the 10 most downloaded apps worldwide, when you include downloads on both Apple and Android devices, is a game. (Pou is a virtual pet, which is not strictly a game, but it’s also not not a game, depending on how you look at it.)<p>There’s no ambivalence …

Apps

Facebook Turns 10: The Mark Zuckerberg Interview

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t usually observe sentimental anniversaries. This year he’s confronted by three of them. On Feb. 4, Facebook, the company he …

How Designers Destroyed the World

“Sleepy Hollow” Creator Roberto Orci Explains How To Pull Off An Improbable Idea

If you were skeptical of an ongoing network television drama based on a 200-year-old, 17-page short story about a headless horseman–set in the present day–you weren’t alone. Sleepy Hollow creator and executive producer Roberto Orci explains to us how they managed to turn that premise into one of …

How to become a World Memory Champion in ten steps

As you throw back another egg nog, mulled wine or other variety of sickly Christmas cheer, save a thought for the brain cells that take a hit with …

The 10 Best Design Books Of 2013

No matter how convenient Kindles are, they will never do justice to beautifully printed, full-color art and design books. (And reading them often doubles as a workout–the big ones require serious biceps to even lift.)<p>See more of the year’s best design: <br>Branding <br>Houses <br>Interfaces <br>Apps <br>Photo Essays …

Book Publishing

This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business

The future of business is pure chaos. Here’s how you can survive–and perhaps even thrive.<p><b>DJ Patil pulls a 2-foot-long metalbar</b> from his backpack. The contraption, which he calls a “double pendulum,” is hinged in the middle, so it can fold in on itself. Another hinge on one end is attached to a …

Innovation

How Design Matters--More Than Ever--In 2014

Several months ago, tongue in cheek, I made the case that design no longer matters—that in today’s world, the words and content on websites means more for supporting SEO and overall online business strength.<p>And today, my great friend Randall Smith, founder of Salt Lake City brand management agency …

Jogging: The Body Killer

This article is for the joggers, the recreational runner, the marathon runners, and even for those that are thinking about training for a marathon or …

How to Truly Measure Customer Feedback

Here's how to assess whether your company is actually doing the right thing.<p>When determining whether your company's course is the right one, it's vital to listen to your customers' feedback--and adjust accordingly. Only trouble is, measuring that feedback can be tricky.<p>You'll need to collect …

Customers

How to Make the Most of Your Brand's Social Media Content

Your followers are looking for content that is helpful or entertaining. Here's how to offer them something they can use, love and share with their friends.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> Tweet Naked<i>, online marketing expert and social media agency</i> …

Social Media

The Wired Smart List 2013

<i>This article was taken from the December 2013 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online,</i> …

4 Ways Digital Technology Boosts Innovation

And four ways it hinders it. Here, we consider the evidence on both sides.<p>Earlier this year, Yahoo put an end to employee telecommuting in the name of innovation. Company CEO Marissa Mayer was attacked as someone who opposed work-from-home options, but the decision was her effort to emphasize …

Innovation

Google Reveals Its 9 Principles of Innovation

Want to know what’s in Google’s secret sauce? Chief social evangelist Gopi Kallayil dishes out the tech giant’s success recipe.<p>Ever wonder what makes the Google the holy grail of productivity and creativity? There’s no magic in the drinking water at the Mountain View, CA company. The tech giant …

Google Earth

5 Questions All Marketers Need To Ask Themselves

In order for your campaign to really cut through the noise, you need to know what your customer wants–not what you want.<p>Sometimes the biggest ideas come from unexpected places. Twitter was born out of a dispatch routing software for taxi cabs that Jack Dorsey developed as a teenager.<p>He was …