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AC Bottle Holder by Alex Casabo

<b>AC Bottle Holder</b> is a lovely creation of Alex Casabo, the same designer behind elegant iPad stand. Manufactured with the best wood, this bottle …

AT-AT Walkers And Futurama’s Bender Sneak Into Thrift Store Paintings

“This story, as with so many others, starts with a lady,” says Dave Pollot. In Pollot’s case, the lady is his girlfriend, and the story is how he came to start painting the likes of Bender from <i>Futurama</i> onto chintzy paintings found at thrift stores. “On one particular visit [to a thrift store], we …

Thrifting

Designing for Knife Storage, Part 1: Blocks and Wall Racks

When I work with clients to organize their kitchens, knife storage is one of the issues we tackle. Everyone has different needs and constraints—but …

Knives

The Cutting Board Gets An Op-Art Makeover

Being pretty isn’t usually the prerogative of the humble cutting board, which spends most of its time getting hacked at, covered in a mess of food. But with Shape Boards, Brooklyn-based design firm Bower gives cutting boards a stunning makeover, turning them into playful pieces of op-art.<p>Designed …

Woodworking

The Best And Worst Design From The 2014 Olympics

From the minimal logo to the super-sized halfpipe, here’s a roundup of the best and worst design at the Olympics this year.<p>1. BEST: Photographs Of Life In Sochi Before The Olympics Swept In<p>Before the 2014 Olympic Games came along, Sochi was a humble little seaside city. Residents there hardly knew …

Posters

Tiebreaker Selling

Customers in B2B markets are becoming increasingly sophisticated about purchasing. Recognizing that most products and services they buy are not strategic to their businesses, they begin by simply seeking suppliers that will meet their basic specifications at a competitive price. Then, after they’ve …

Biscuits

Does Your Company Make You a Better Person?

When we hear people talk about struggling to maintain work-life balance, our hearts sink a little. As one executive in a high-performing company we have studied explained, “If work and life are separate things—if work is what keeps you from <i>living</i>—then we’ve got a serious problem.” In our research …

Mo' Pencils, Mo' Problems

Whether you're an ID student working wood or an architecture student making foamcore models, you need a pencil to mark dimensions on the material …

Woodworking

Squarespace Logo offends designers, rationality goes out window - The Fox Is Black

Earlier today Squarespace launched a new feature to their site called Squarespace Logo, a WYSWIG editor that allows people to create their own logos. …

Thai Larb

4 Servings<p>Larb is one of our favorite recipes to make for friends and family. Adjust the amount of chiles and Sriracha as needed.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>Dressing<p>1/3 cup fresh lime juice<p>2 tablespoons fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)<p>2 tablespoons (packed) light brown sugar<p>1/2 teaspoon Sriracha …

Sriracha Sauce

10 Tech Necessities for Travel: Stay Grounded While Up in the Air

Travel interrupts our naturally scheduled programming and is an easy scapegoat for not maintaining our health, productivity or communication. Don't let a change of scenery spoil your New Year's resolutions -- gear up for 2014 with these 10 apps and gadgets to help make your travel experiences …

Google Glass

Where Were You When Kennedy Got Its First Major Update?

• Fixed an issue that caused the keyboard to cover up text when writing long notes.<br>• Added confirmation when closing a new capture to let you know the …

The Eight Archetypes of Leadership

Although the ghost of the Great Man still haunts leadership studies, most of us have recognized by now that successful organizations are the product of distributive, collective, and complementary leadership. The first step in putting together such a team is to identify each member of the team’s …

An Old-Boys’ MBA Is Not High-Value Management Education

How much value does your MBA provide? The value of your management education derives partly from the skills it helps you develop and partly from the school’s reputation. High-value management education prepares leaders to navigate the most complex challenges organizations face. It forces you to …

Has Maximizing Shareholder Value Gone Too Far?

By the People, Not for the People<p>Maximizing Shareholder Value: The Goal That Changed Corporate America<p>Washington Post<p>In 1963, IBM CEO Thomas J. Watson published <i>A Business and Its Beliefs: The Ideas That Helped Build IBM</i>. The text listed the company’s values in the following order: respect for the …

Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are

We’re all just so “busy” these days. “Slammed” in fact. “Buried.” Desperately “trying to keep our heads above water.” While these common responses to “How are you?” seem like they’re lifted from the <i>Worst Case Scenario Handbook</i>, there seems to be a constant exchange, even a a one-upping, of just how …

Should MBAs Learn to Code?

<i>This post was originally published on the author’s blog. It has been edited slightly.</i><p>“Should I learn to code?”<p>MBAs who lack programming skills often ask this question when they pursue careers in technology companies.<p>Bloggers like Yipit co-founder Vin Vacanti have shared views on the payoff from …

Saving Economics from the Economists

Economics as currently presented in textbooks and taught in the classroom does not have much to do with business management, and still less with entrepreneurship. The degree to which economics is isolated from the ordinary business of life is extraordinary and unfortunate.<p>That was not the case in …

How to Make Preserved Lemons at Home

Step-by-step instructions for making your own preserved lemons at home, according to Rolf and Daughters chef Philip Krajeck<p>We love using preserved lemons in the <i>BA</i> kitchen, and Rolf and Daughters chef <b>Philip Krajeck</b>'s recipe makes the best we've ever tasted. They take 10 minutes to prep and need only …

Food Preservation

Women Don’t Need to Lead Better Than Men. They Need to Lead Differently.

In the summer of 2008, I experienced a massive hormonal shift, moving from the largely-male, testosterone-charged environment of Harvard Business School, where I had spent the first 18 years of my career, to the nearly all-female realm of Barnard College, the all-women’s liberal arts college where …

To Reduce E-mail, Start at the Top

The main reason our e-mail in-boxes consume so much of our time is that we have little control over how many messages we receive. But we <i>can</i> control how many messages we send. That seemingly obvious insight sparked a significant reduction in one company’s e-mail traffic: After the executives reduced …

How to Manage Someone You Don’t Like

Everybody complains about incompetent bosses or dysfunctional co-workers, but what about irritating direct reports? What should you do if the person you manage drives you crazy? If the behavior is a performance issue, there’s a straightforward way to address what’s irking you — but what do you do …

Make Time for the Work That Matters

More hours in the day. It’s one thing everyone wants, and yet it’s impossible to attain. But what if you could free up significant time—maybe as much as 20% of your workday—to focus on the responsibilities that really matter?<p>We’ve spent the past three years studying how knowledge workers can become …

Master Buttermilk Brine

Makes 1 quart<p>This recipe makes enough brine for one 3½–4-pound chicken or 4 pounds of chicken pieces.<p>July 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 quart buttermilk<p>4 teaspoons kosher salt<p>1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper<p>Whole chicken and/or chicken pieces<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Combine buttermilk, salt, and pepper in a …

Don’t Make New Hires Conform; Instead, Focus on Their Individual Strengths

Newly hired employees of an Indian call center were at least <b>60% less</b> likely to leave within a period of a few months if they went through an onboarding process that, instead of emphasizing conformity, focused on their individual strengths, for example by highlighting what was “unique” about them, …

The Two-Minute Game that Reveals How People Perceive You

We often write about B-school research findings in this space. Now we’re going to let you take part. This video, presented by Harvard Business School associate professor Michael Norton, is a game. In fact, it’s the same game Norton used in research he recently conducted, so when you play the game …

Craft a Sustainable Career

Imagine crafting a sustainable career for yourself. Year after year, you perform work that makes full use of your skills and challenges you to develop new ones. Your work not only interests you, it gives you a sense of meaning. You enjoy opportunities for learning and development. You work with …

Three Rules to Make Your Company Exceptional