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Why Samsung Design Stinks

Blame Steve Jobs Syndrome.<p>Kevin Lee calls it “Steve Jobs Syndrome.” As the former head of product strategy and user experience design at Samsung Design America, Lee watched as the $100 billion Korean tech giant wrote check after check to countless Western design firms to develop future products for …

Your Brain May Want That Bottle Of Soda Because It's Easy To Pick Up

Here at Goats and Soda, we can't resist a good story about goats. (See our story about how you know if your goat is happy.) The same goes for soda.<p>So we were intrigued to learn that soda plays a part in a new book called How the Body Knows Its Mind by Sian Beilock, a psychologist at the University …

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The Architecture of Product Design: Cross-Disciplinary Sketching Tools

<i>A version of this article originally appeared on the Percolate Blog.</i><p>In spring of 2009, I graduated from architecture school. At the time, the …

Elon Musk donates $10M to keep AI from going full Skynet

Elon Musk hasn't been shy about bringing up the potential dangers of artificial intelligence -- now, he's actually doing something to help prevent an AI takeover. Musk just announced that he's donating $10 million to the Future of Life Institute (FLI) for a research program that will focus on …

Whistleblower Lawsuit Calls Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong's Healthcare Startup 'Fraudulent' And Dangerous

On the television newsmagazine “60 Minutes” and in a cover story for Forbes, Patrick Soon-Shiong, the world’s richest doctor, has promised that his new company, NantHealth, can dramatically improve care for cancer patients everywhere. “I’m incredibly encouraged to say that we are on the path,” …

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Innovation vs. Invention: Make the Leap and Reap the Rewards

• Partner Content<br>• Author: Bill Walker. Bill Walker<p>People often use the words “invention” and “innovation” interchangeably. This is not only incorrect, …

10 Lessons Learned From Working With 85-Plus Startups

<i>By</i> <i>Firat Parlak</i><p>After working with more than 85 startups, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes for a startup to thrive. I’ve worked with notable brands like Thought Catalog, NY Tech Meetup, Clubs.com, DateMySchool, Udemy, Skift and Wanderfly, which was acquired by TripAdvisor. Here are 10 of the …

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The Endangered Art of Product Design Sketching, Explained By the Pros

When it comes to design, nothing beats a model. But it's also hard to overstate the importance of being able to draw while you develop an …

18 Reasons Your Startup Failed, Visualized

What determines whether your startup sinks or swims? To help you avoid startup doom, designer Mark Vital has visualized 18 mistakes that kill startups. The infographic is adapted from an essay by programmer and investor Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator, an incubator that has funded more than …

The World Now Has Its First E-Resident

Estonia has begun issuing digital identities to people around the world, starting with the journalist Edward Lucas.<p>Edward Lucas has a habit of popping up at pivotal moments in European history.<p>In March 1990, shortly after Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union, the <i>Economist</i> editor …

Nasa launches satellite to track CO2 in the atmosphere

Rocket blasted off from California and released satellite 56 minutes later, five years after similar mission ended in failure<p>A rocket carrying a Nasa satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track atmospheric carbon dioxide, the chief culprit behind global warming.<p>The Delta 2 …

The 12 most important moments in science in 2014

Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Two crashed – and then, 300m miles away, Philae landed on a comet. From the distant origins of humans to our future on the planet, 12 leading scientists pick their key moments and stories of the year<p>1 The West Antarctic ice sheet enters irreversible decline<p><b>13 January</b><p>In …

Designing For Misuse: Odyssey Works’ Abraham Burickson On How Architecture Inspires His Art

Burickson’s collective creates epic art experiences for one individual.<p>In the 13 years that art collective Odyssey Works has been active, only a few dozen people have ever seen their work. They create experiences for an extremely narrow demographic–one person at a time, who they select through an …

Yiwu: The Chinese city where Christmas is made and sold

Forget Lapland. The real home of Christmas is a strange and unknown Chinese city called Yiwu. Tim Maughan visited the global epicentre of festive decorations and plastic gifts.<p>I’m a few hours away from Shanghai and I’ve not seen daylight for over three hours. I’m also hopelessly lost. I’ve been …

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[Best of 2014] The Year in Robots

2014 was a high-powered year for robots.<p>Robots have captured the imaginations of storytellers for centuries, from Asimov's <i>I, Robot</i> to TARS in Christopher Nolan's <i>Interstellar</i>, to tales of Hephaestus' bronze sentinel from Ancient Greek mythology. In 2014, we saw dozens of sculptors, engineers, …

Autonomous Cars Will Require a Totally New Kind of Map

Author: Greg Miller. Greg Miller Science<p>Date of Publication: 12.15.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:45 am. 6:45 am<p>As the vehicle navigated the labyrinthine …

How a Medical Stress Sensor Evolved Into a Beautiful Wearable For All

Seven years ago, an MIT professor named Rosalind Picard developed a wristband called iCalm to help autistic kids manage stress by measuring …

For $29, this wearable has ‘no display, no lights, no gimmicks’ — but it could be indispensible

Bob Olodort spent years working as a consulting designer for Samsung, in the years before the iPhone turned the phone industry upside down.<p>Four times a year, he’d visit Samsung headquarters in South Korea to present a handful of elegant, innovative phone designs that he had created, each one …

Tom Cruise, Christopher Nolan, and the new anti-CGI snobbery

Tom Cruise has been pictured hanging off the side of a plane while filming Mission Impossible 5, while Christopher Nolan frequently rejects digital trickery. But is their quest for the ‘real’ worth taking?<p>Christopher Nolan: the man who rebooted the blockbuster<p>Tom Cruise is at it again, churning the …

The city of the future "will be both physical and digital"

<b>Dezeen and MINI Frontiers:</b> cities in the future will exist in both a physical and digital form says William Trossell of 3D-scanning company ScanLAB, …

What Happened When Ideo Tried To Teach Us How To Be Better Listeners

Is it possible to listen like an Ideo researcher? We find out.<p>“I think our world has gotten less and less good at listening.”<p>Much of your life is trying to tune out the world as much as possible. That’s a lost design opportunity.<p>That’s Fred Dust, a partner at Ideo, talking, and he’s walking us …

The Votr App Is “Tinder For Politics”

Are you #NoH8 or Adam and Eve? Beyoncé or Rihanna? Swipe left, swipe right. You might be surprised to find out which Senate candidates match your preferences.<p>A few months ago, Scott Cohen, CEO of data-driven online publication Vocativ, sat down with a handful of his employees to try and figure out …

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New Wearables Incubator Claims To Be A First In Europe

Wearable World, best known as the San Francisco-based conference and media site, is to launch what it claims is the first ever purely wearable technology accelerator and incubator programme in Europe.<p>The Labs will be headed up by Marcus Sandberg, a co-founder of Proleads (and a former member of the …

L.A. Turns To Rogue Designer To Fix Its Confusing Parking Signs

A guerilla mission to fix incomprehensible parking signs is going from concept to reality.<p>When designer Nikki Sylianteng created her humorous website To Park Or Not To Park, inspired by the absurdity of parking signs in cities like Los Angeles, she probably didn’t foresee fixing the broken system …

Why Technology Isn’t Truly Wearable

For a week, I wore all the fashionable technology I could get my hands on. But it only made fashion and technology seem farther apart.<p>Before I preview the biometric compression shirt that Ralph Lauren designed for U.S. Open ball boys, I’m served a wineglass of blueberry smoothie in a room lined …

Microsoft Research Invents A Stylus That Can Read Your Mind

How you hold things can reveal a lot about how you will use them. This stylus can detect it.<p>“If you see a stylus, they blew it,” Steve Jobs once famously said about tablets. Yet despite Jobs’s best efforts, the stylus is not dead. Designers are obsessed with them. Apple’s started embracing them …

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9 Books That Inspired Elon Musk

"I read books," he reportedly likes to say.<p>Musk — who was smart enough to get into a physics Ph.D. program at Stanford University and then drop out because it didn't seem that relevant to him — has always been hungry for the written word.<p>In its profile of the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, the New Yorker …

The Most Beautiful iPhone Charger We’ve Ever Seen

Part sculpture, part charger, part clock, the Spira is magnetic . . . literally.<p>Wondering if there was a way to design her way around the disadvantages of wireless charging, interactive designer Alice Robbiani created the Spira, a sculptural charger that turns an iPhone into a magnetic objet …

A Designer’s Guide To Launching A Successful Kickstarter

Four tips on how to get your project funded from a Kickstarter crowdsourceress.<p>They call her the crowdsourceress. Vann Alexandra Daly is a New York-based crowd funding consultant who was responsible for marketing the record-making $6 million Kickstarter campaign for Neil Young’s Pono Player, a …