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Man Builds Home for $11,000 Using Local Found Materials

Kayaking instructor and boatbuilder Brian Schulz embarked on an ambitious construction project that took him about a year and a half to complete. The end result is a beautiful home in the woods that cost only $11,000! Inspired by Japanese architecture, the <i>Japanese Forest House</i> (as Schulz aptly …

Our Favorite Maps of 2013

Modern Glass Extension on a 5-Story London Townhouse

When an interior designer and a media company CEO bought and moved into this 5-story, 6-bedroom townhouse in 2011, it became clear that the …

Living in: The world’s healthiest cities

Five destinations across the globe that have excellent mass transit, ample green spaces and readily available healthcare.<p>What makes a city healthy? A combination of factors, ranging from readily available healthcare to excellent mass transit to a commitment to improving access to green spaces. …

13 Ways Science Could Make You A Better Designer

According to the number of searches it garnered on Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, the word of the year is <i>science</i>. Here in the design world, we learned a lot from the world of lab coats and microscopes in 2013, from why Frank Gehry’s architecture is inherently alluring to why it’s so tough to …

German Cities Fear a Fresh Immigration Wave

CrunchBase Reveals: The Average Successful Startup Raises $41M, Exits at $242.9M

The CrunchBase dataset has now captured more venture exits than ever, so we decided to take a closer look at what successful startups can tell us about venture investing and the startup landscape.<p>We found that the average successful US startup has raised $41 million and exited at $242.9 million. We …

8 totally awesome maps to help you get around

While there’s nothing wrong with the tattered stack of interstate guides you’ve got in the truck, these innovative maps offer new ways to see the world. Whether you’re navigating a Super Mario-themed subway system or geolocating tweets from local food trucks, these eight maps will make travel so …

TIME's Best Photojournalism of 2013

Jan. 21, 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama places his hand on two bibles as held by first lady Michelle Obama as his rec<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Brooks …

A New Kind of Street Sign for New York City

On a bright and chilly November morning, Killy Kilford, 37, stands on a street corner in downtown Manhattan, watching bundled-up pedestrians scurry …

7 Essentials For A Happy And Fulfilling Career

<i>Part of the series “The Happiness – Success Connection”</i><p>If you conduct a Google search for “great career,” you’ll find over 1.4 million hits – articles, interviews, books, videos, training programs, ads and much more (and some of these will be my own posts about what it takes to have a satisfying …

Couchsurfing’s Sex Secret: It’s The Greatest Hook-Up App Ever Devised

He describes himself as "amazing, outgoing, funny, smart" and says his interests include friends, eating, drinking, the gym and puppies. His photos show the good-humored Latin American native — dark, handsome, and fit — in exotic destinations around the world, from Cairo to Capri. Nowhere does the …

Mapping The Wealth Of U.S. ZIP Codes Shows The Haves Hiding From The Have-Nots

This interactive graphic, which lets you see the economic stats for every ZIP code in the country, shows the emergence of “Super ZIPs”–communities where nearly everyone is wealthy.<p>The Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel calls it the “skyboxification of American life”–the way in which the wealthy and …

With The Help Of Smugglers, Syrian Refugees Sneak Into Europe

The 27-year-old Syrian, who once smuggled arms for Syrian rebels, is now waiting in Istanbul for a human smuggler to get him to Europe. He says his name is Mohammed. He does not offer a second name. He will go by air, he says, the safest route. He has paid a smuggler more than $8,000, and he's sure …

This company wants to help you escape your terrible corporate job

After three years of working at Ernst & Young in London as a management consultant, Dominic Jackman felt unfulfilled and decided it was time for a change. In 2009, he asked his boss for a sabbatical but was told “no.” In the past three months, six of his colleagues had also asked for sabbaticals …

The Science Of Great Ideas–How to Train Your Creative Brain

Creativity is a mystery right? Maybe not. Here’s a look at the science of the creative process and how to harness your brain’s power to come up with more great ideas.<p>Ah, ideas. Who doesn’t want more great ideas? I know I do.<p>I usually think about ideas as being magical and hard to produce. I expect …

6 Things Really Thoughtful Leaders Do | Inc.com

The last month of the year is a great time for introspection, enhancing relationships and setting a course for the year ahead. This is the time when it's easy to notice those people who are thoughtful. They are the ones who stand out because of the way they treat people, manage their careers, and …

Etsy-nomics lets sellers stitch together a living with new pattern

The creations are tiny — images painted on 3-by-5-inch discarded library catalog cards. But they’re a big hit on Vickie Moore’s Etsy shop, WingedWorld, allowing the 41-year-old mother of two to supplement her part-time job as a newspaper reporter.<p>“I thought I would have a few sales a month,” she …

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone

Chris Pardo, of Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture, designed this modern island retreat as a small vacation cabin on the island of …

Top 10 Cities For Young People

How do you determine the best city for young people to live in the entire world?<p>It’s a tricky and subjective endeavor to say the least, but a new global index has ranked 25 of the world’s major cities based on qualities most attractive for people between the ages of 15 and 29.<p>YouthfulCities, a …

38 ways to truly feel thankful this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favourite American holiday, because in its essence it’s an officially recognized celebration of that great universal truth: It’s …

The Wealthy Country Trap

Awesome, Imaginary Cities Carved Out Of Wood

James McNabb spends months carving elaborate skylines into sculptures, creating imaginary cities out of wood.<p>A city skyline can be a hopeful, inspiring testament to man’s life on Earth. Would these staggered vistas be so evocative of creativity, innovation, and new beginnings if their stalagmites …

Can You See the Opportunities Staring You in the Face?

We all suffer from inattention blindness. We focus so intently on a particular task that we don’t notice the weird thing that’s right there in plain view. The person walking by in a gorilla suit, for example.<p>Companies suffer from inattention blindness too. And in a business context, the weird thing …

Best Trips 2014

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

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Yes or no: If you keep living the life you’re living, will you be happy in 10 years?

Yes or no: In ten years’ time, if you have made no changes to your current life, do you think it will have taken you in a direction that will be …

How to Explore Multiple Passions in One Job

You like to paint and do public relations and plan awesome parties, too. But if you think it’s impossible to combine all your passions into one …

Best of the Week: Websites, PS4, Tech News and more

It's time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other …

Experience an aurora borealis in your browser with this stunning panorama

On March 17th a beautiful light show appeared in the skies above Östersund, Sweden — and now you can experience it for yourself. Photographer Göran Strand captured more than 2,400 images of the aurora borealis that night with a Nikon D3s to create a time lapse that covers around four hours of the …