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How to design exponential (10x) business models?

Leaders often encourage their teams to think big and be more disruptive—but to follow through, people need new tools. We believe that learning how to …

Innovation

How to Stop Procrastinating Using the 70% Rule

Why ‘A’ Students Work for ‘C’ Students and ‘B’ Students Work for the Government<p>“Whenever you feel that some situation or some person is ruining your …

Procrastination

Atomic Design Systems

In under 3 minutes…<p><b>There has been plenty of discussion on design systems over the last year as they have progressed both in terms of technical</b> …

UI Design

Here’s Why Time Off Work Actually IMPROVES Your Work and Life

What do you do when you feel tired or overwhelmed? Do you power through? Or do you take some time off?<p>In the past, I thought that you should always …

Andy Warhol

Consumerism’s Dirty Little Secret: Are We Buying All the Wrong Things?

I have some terrible news…<p>You’re stranded in the desert!<p>For three days, you’ve traveled in the heat without food or water. Your eyelids are heavy and …

Fair Trade

Imagining a world beyond consumerism(1)

I am responding to a brief about how we might go ‘beyond consumerism’, which is much harder than it sounds. Consumerism is deeply problematic, but …

Intellectual Property

Desperately seeking squircles

In a famous 1972 interview, Charles Eames answered a short sequence of fundamental questions about the nature of design. Answering the first …

Mathematics

The 3 Data Streams That Every Founder Needs

And why “just asking customers” isn’t enough<p>Gathering real-world feedback from customers is a core concept of Customer Development as well as the …

Sink or swim: why bootstrapping will make you a better entrepreneur

Back in 2005, I had a predictable routine.<p>I’d get up early, leave my apartment in Brooklyn Heights and tote my laptop to the local Starbucks.<p>After a …

Entrepreneurship

How this optical illusion made me question my reality

Are these colors even real?<p>The latest visual illusion to make me question my reality is a blurry swirl of colors that disappear if I stare at them for long enough.<p>The illusion popped up on the r/woahdude Reddit today, but versions of it have existed since at least 1804 when a philosopher named …

San Diego

How Netflix’s Customer Obsession Created a Customer Obsession

<b>Nir’s Note: This guest post is by Gibson Biddle, former VP at Netflix and CPO at Chegg. Gibson is speaking at the</b> <b>Habit Summit</b> <b>in San Francisco on</b> …

Product Management

How to Create a Million-Dollar Business This Weekend (Examples: AppSumo, Mint, Chihuahuas)

<b>Noah Kagan</b> <b>built three multi-million dollar online businesses before turning 28. He also looks great in green.</b> (Photo: Brandon Wells)<p>Mr. Noah has …

Profit

Shadow Casting by Usonian Perforated Boards

Abstract<p>This article explores whether the design of Usonian perforated boards might indicate an intention to cast shadows when illuminated by …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Water becomes magical with LeviZen, a gravity-defying device

LeviZen can levitate water. No, it's not magic.

Physically Realizing a Perforated Board Design

Introduction<p>Previous articles explored features of original Usonian perforated board designs, a representation method, and using a genetic algorithm …

Perforated Board Design with a Genetic Algorithm

Introduction<p>Previous articles in this series have investigated the features of Usonian perforated board designs and a method for representing their …

Design Representation for Usonian Perforated Boards

Introduction<p>The previous article examined feature parameters in Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian perforated board design. This gave a set of parameters to …

Feature Analysis of Usonian Perforated Board Designs

Characterizing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Light Screens<p>Introduction<p>Usonian homes are an important part of the rich legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright. They are …

How To Turn Your Biggest Goals Into Monthly, Weekly, And Daily To-Dos

You can’t eat an elephant in one sitting. But you can build your appetite for planning–and take small bites out of your biggest goals every single day.<p>You’ve heard the cliché that achieving a long-term goal is kind of like eating an elephant: You’ve got to do it one bite at a time. But most of us …

Productivity

Toys R Us’s baby problem is everybody’s baby problem

There are endless reasons a big-box toy store would collapse during a retail apocalypse — and Toys R Us acknowledged a number of them in its most recent annual filing: the teetering tower of debt incurred by its private-equity owners, competition from Amazon, Walmart and Target.<p>They even wrung …

Kids

These Lamps Display Time As An Accumulation Of Light

The first of a line of products that use time as design inspiration, Lightweights visually represent intervals of time from seconds to centuries

New York City

Introduction to Evolutionary Algorithms

Context<p>In the scope of this article, we will generally define the problem as such: we wish to find the best combination of elements that maximizes …

Only Six Months Left To Live

The ultimate exercise that helps you break patterns of inaction, paralysis and wrong focus.<p>Imagine for a moment that today you went to get the …

Don’t EVER Hire a Filipino Virtual Assistant…

…the way I did it.<p><b>Disclaimer:</b> this post has actually nothing to do with the origin of the VA. It just happens that most of the greatest people I …

Introduction to Markov Chains

What are Markov chains, when to use them, and how they workMarkov chains are a fairly common, and relatively simple, way to statistically model …

Algorithms

How to design a unique logo – Muzli -Design Inspiration

<i>You know the drill. A new project starts. Timings are tight. You look for insights, surround yourself with research. Anxiety starts taking over. You</i> …

30 Inspiring Mission Statements of Startup Companies That Went on to Earn a Billion Dollars

A mission statement can be a powerful tool to help ensure your company remains consistently excellent and focused. It is your “why” — it’s why you …

A quick introduction to Material Design using Materialize

What is Material Design?Material Design is a design language created by Google. According to material.io, Material Design aims to combine:…classic …

Web Development

Why The Younger Generation Doesn’t Want To Own Stuff.

<b>Baby boomers keep telling me I should own stuff. I’m not sold. In fact, I’ve done the exact opposite.</b><p>That nice BMW, sold; all of the stuff I never …