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The 8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard

Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp takes us through the lightning-fast process he employs to get a team’s ideas down on paper.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Read the first part here, the second here, and the third …

Making Things People Want

The problems people encounter in their lives rarely change from generation to generation. The products they hire to solve these problems change all …

Product Management

Why Designers Need A DJ-Style Mixing Board

The Palette allows designers and other creatives to roll their own physical deck to use with Adobe CC apps and more.<p>Mixing boards have long been the domain of DJs and music producers, but why haven’t hardware interfaces caught on with designers and creatives? If Calvin Chu gets his way, they will. …

7 tips to create awesome mobile app designs

Yelp is a good example of intuitive mobile interaction design. The app is very clean, with nice, big buttons that state their purpose. The buttons’ clear labels are easily understood by just about any user. Much more than that, the app uses some common mobile UI patterns, like the toolbar at the …

UI Design

The Great Lie of Apple Music

The latest wave of streaming services talk a lot about making the art form better. Does anyone believe them?<p>Drake started from the bottom, now he’s at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference to tell you about a great new product. He took to the stage in San Francisco on Monday with a swagger, …

Music Industry

Applying The Addictive Psychology Of Slot Machines To App Design

The secret to slot machines’ addictiveness can be reduced to a few basic psychological principles.<p>Slot machines were once an afterthought on casino floors, where table games were the real action, but as Andrew Thompson details in a piece on the <i>Verge</i>, slots have come to represent the majority of …

Reusable Bags Make People Buy Organic—and Junk: An Interview with Uma Karmarkar

Lew Robertson/Getty Images<p><b>The research:</b> Uma Karmarkar, an assistant professor of marketing at Harvard Business School, and her research partner Bryan Bollinger, of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, studied the grocery bills of thousands of California shoppers. Because the receipts noted small …

Robert Redford on Risks, Sundance Startup Doubts, and Picking the Wrong Investors

The founder of the Sundance Film Festival talks about what it's like to start from scratch and change an industry.<p>Think of Robert Redford, and you picture an actor, environmental activist, Oscar-winning director, or, perhaps, heartthrob. You're probably less likely to think of Redford as a serial …

Entrepreneurship

Hacked Sony Emails Will Change the Way You Look at Snapchat's CEO

A leaked exchange with a Snapchat board member shows just how business-savvy 24-year-old Evan Spiegel really is.<p>Leaked emails have revealed fresh details about Snapchat and its 24-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel.<p>While some of the emails are embarrassing--try opening your inbox to the world and seeing …

Advertising

The Dalai Lama Taught Me the Most Powerful Skill in Business

The power of prioritization in business and life.<p>What is the one skill that differentiates great business leaders from good ones? I'd say it is the ability to prioritize successfully. This is such an incredibly hard skill to gain and almost impossible to hire for. Successful prioritization requires …

Dalai Lama

Do dreams occur in slow motion?

When we dream, does time pass at a different pace? David Robson investigates.<p>When my alarm wakes me up, I’ll often hit the snooze button before returning to the warmth and safety of my duvet for another quick doze. But although what follows can seem like a short dream – perhaps a single …

Consciousness

An Algae Farm Designed To Suck Up Highway Pollution

Car exhaust turns out to be the perfect fuel for making algae grow.<p>A highway overpass might seem like an unlikely place for a garden, but if you’re growing algae, it’s ideal: All algae need to thrive are sunlight and CO2. The pollution from cars driving below is actually an asset.<p>In a prototype …

Biofuel

President Obama Wants To Put Body Cameras On 50,000 Police Officers

The White House is putting together a package that will allocate $75 million to lapel-mounted cameras.<p>Last week, when President Obama addressed the nation following a grand jury decision to not prosecute Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, he seemed to bite …

How to become wealthy: It's simpler than most 'experts' say

Ask any honest financial planner how to become wealthy, and they'll tell you the simple act of saving money is far, far more important than picking the next hot stock.<p>So I was surprised when I came upon an article from The Billfold titled "You Don't Get Wealthy from Savings." The article was so …

The future of books is on your phone, not your tablet

An interview with Oyster co-founder Willem Van Lancker<p>Subscription book app Oyster has come a long way since launching just over a year ago. The service has more than quadrupled its library of books to 500,000, landed big publishers like Disney, and released apps on several new platforms like the …

Have the Danes cracked childhood obesity?

<b>Childhood obesity has become a global epidemic, but it is not easy to treat. Now a scheme proven to help children shed pounds by asking them and their families to make numerous lifestyle changes has been adopted across Denmark.</b><p>A Danish paediatrician claims his pilot project has made a significant …

Diabetes

How Wearables Are Being Used For Social Good

Even the Embrace, a sleeping-bag like device to keep premature babies warm, can be considered a wearable.<p>Most wearables are focused on feeding off of self obsession: How many miles you ran in a day, how much stress you’re feeling, how many hours you slept last night. And while there’s obvious value …

Wearable Tech

Daylight Saving Time Is America's Greatest Shame

Daylight Saving Time is the greatest continuing fraud ever perpetrated on the American people. And this weekend, the effect of this cruel monster will rear its ugly head again.<p>This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Daylight Saving Time is the greatest continuing fraud ever perpetrated on …

Dropbox, Airbnb, and the Fight Over San Francisco’s Public Spaces

On most mornings in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, elderly Asian women practice tai chi under the pollarded sycamore trees. Last Thursday morning, this long-running scene was disrupted by protesters, who gathered on the steps of City Hall to speak out against the privatization of public parks. …

Working-class

Scheherazade

Each time they had sex, she told Habara a strange and gripping story afterward. Like Queen Scheherazade in “A Thousand and One Nights.” Though, of course, Habara, unlike the king, had no plan to chop off her head the next morning. (She never stayed with him till morning, anyway.) She told Habara …

The Creative Life

How is the life of a creative person—an artist, a designer, a composer—related to his or her work? This week, we’ve brought together stories from the archive that explore that question. Some, like Janet Malcolm’s Profile of the painter David Salle, speak to the elusiveness of the artist’s “real” …

What “Gone Girl” Is Really About

According to Anthony Lane, there are approximately “twenty-one people” who haven’t read Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl.” I’m one of them. This past weekend, when I saw the movie, I liked it so much that I felt sad about missing out on the book when it was published, two years ago. At the same time, …

Watch drone flyers compete in a Star Wars–style race in a French forest

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Airgonay<p>Dozens of drone owners conducted a three lap circuit through trees last month in what organizers, who compared …

Drones

Mark Bittman's case for savory food in the morning, and his favorite 15-minute breakfasts

When he isn't running or writing, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman is constantly traveling — or eating. Here, the author of "How to Cook Everything Fast" shares his morning routine, and his two go-to 15-minute breakfasts for people in a rush.<p><b>Would you call yourself a morning person?</b><br>I am <i>the</i> …

Near death, explained

New science is shedding light on what really happens during out-of-body experiences — with shocking results.<p>In 1991, Atlanta-based singer and songwriter Pam Reynolds felt extremely dizzy, lost her ability to speak, and had difficulty moving her body. A CAT scan showed that she had a giant artery …

Advice to High-School Graduates: 'You Are Not Special'

English teacher David McCullough Jr. thinks students need to stop trying to excel at everything.<p>On a spring day in 2012, Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough Jr. stepped onto the school’s football field, then covered in a sea of seniors dressed in identical caps and gowns. Clad in …

When A Simple Logo Isn’t The Best Choice

Straightforward logos are easy to love. But are they always better? Not when your brand is complex.<p>Betaworks is known as a hip, media-focused company out of New York, which probably made it sting when somebody on Twitter equated the company’s logo to a coffee stain. It was time to rebrand. After …

How New York’s Subway Signs Came to Be

To a vacationer in the nineteen-sixties, the New York subway must have been confounding. Station names written in mosaic tile in 1904 vied for attention with enamel signs from the thirties, silk-screened tiles from the fifties, and printed or hand-painted signs from as recently as the sixties, as …

Graphic Design

The Unmasking of “Japan’s Beethoven”

The strange saga of the man once dubbed “Japan’s Beethoven,” Mamoru Samuragochi, was first made public this winter, amid the Sochi Olympics and Tokyo’s worst snowstorm in forty-five years. That was when Japanese television networks interrupted daytime programming for a press conference held by a …

The Arts