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Dieter Rams’s Lesser-Known Genius As A Furniture Designer

Before modularity was a design buzzword, Dieter Rams made it matter.<p>In the 1970s, Dieter Rams began formulating his 10 principles of good design, which designers today still interpret as gospel–a testament to Rams’s unquestionable foresight and greatness. If you were to quantify his impact, you …

Furniture

Secret recipe for KFC fried chicken (probably) revealed by the Colonel's nephew

What started as a travel story for the Chicago Tribune has morphed into one of the biggest fast food recipe reveals: the original recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken.<p>The story of the how the recipe was (literally) placed into a reporter's hands started simply enough. A reporter travelled to the …

Cooking

Apple Takes Retail Design in New Direction with SF Flagship Store

When the sleek Apple Store on New York’s Fifth Avenue opened in 2006 with its 32-foot glass walls and an array of products for consumers to try …

Tomorrow's Retail with Christian Davies | Fitch | MiND

Our MiNDs 26 Feb 2016 | Columbus<p>Tomorrow’s Retail with Christian Davies | Fitch<p>Share<p><b>Agile Retail, Experience Signatures, Retail 2020 – all forward</b> …

The retail industry is transforming, but not the way you think it is

Goldman Sachs' global cohead of consumer retail and healthcare banking, Kathy Elsesser, described the impacts of e-commerce on the sector in a company podcast released Wednesday.<p>She said those impacts were significant yet often misunderstood.<p>"I recall about five or six years ago being on an …

eCommerce

Apple's Wacky Vision of the Future From 1987 Never Gets Old

It's never a bad time for this classic 1987 forward-looking Apple ad.<p>Step into this YouTube time machine to see Apple's past vision of its weird future.<p>A video made by Apple in 1987 predicted a world of ubiquitous Apple products. Therapists and news anchors were things of the past, and Apple had …

Google Glass

The Health Benefits of 4 Types of Running Workouts | Men's Health

Shorter intervals, for instance, increase your VO2 max (one measure of aerobic endurance), while longer sessions boost your “Qmax,” the volume of blood your heart can pump.<p>Smart (and fast) guys take advantage of four key types of training—speedwork, threshold sessions, speed-stamina workouts, and …

5 Tech Trends That Will Hit Every Retail Store By 2020

Showrooming—the practice of shoppers using retail stores to discover products they’d like to buy, then completing their purchases online where they can find better deals—is often cited as a concern of physical retailers. With an enticing mix of low prices, breadth of selection, and convenience, …

eCommerce

Tim Cook Talks to 'Fast Company' About Apple's Future

Superseding the immensely large shoes left behind by Apple Founder Steve Jobs is not an easy task<p>Superseding the immensely large shoes left behind by Apple Founder Steve Jobs is not an easy task for anyone. Asked to join the company in 1998 by Jobs, Tim Cook has done a fulfilling job at Apple so …

5 Things Life's High Performers Know and Master

In today's hyper-paced society it can be challenging to keep up with the rate of change. Especially if you are someone who is constantly looking to achieve high performance in life. In our quest to always be one step ahead and succeeding we often look for new and innovative ways to stay ahead.<p>One …

Self-improvement

Seven reasons why every industry should recruit teachers

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. You can follow Ryan here.</i><p>Not only do great teachers perform a difficult and exhausting job—they could probably outperform many of your salespeople, project managers, and executives.<p><b>1. Great teachers are creative geniuses</b><p>Great teachers aren’t just cutesy …

Pedagogy

How Target Lost Its Edge

In May, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel resigned after a massive data breach in which hackers stole personal data and credit card information from millions of customers. The $40 billion (market cap)* big box retailer is being temporarily headed by CFO John Mulligan until the company finds a replacement.<p>…

Market Capitalization

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books

Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail

So far this year, retail chains have announced some heavy cuts. J.C. Penney said it would close 33 stores. Macy's said it would lay off 2,500 workers. Sears will close its flagship Chicago store in April.<p>That's creating a glut of excess space. But that's just one of several forces changing the face …

Study: Good Design Is Good For Business

Here at Co.Design, we’re constantly singing the praises of design-driven businesses. But “good design” can seem subjective and nebulous. Worse, it can be difficult to quantify how much design really impacts a company’s bottom line.<p>A new analysis by the Design Management Institute, a Boston-based …

Design

Not just for small merchants anymore, Square Stand debuts in Whole Foods

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Whole Foods<p>Square’s sleekly designed point-of-sale terminals have started popping up at Whole Foods(s wfm) delis, …

Move Over Product Design, UX Is The Future

Rick Wise, CEO of Lippincott, says experience innovation is the next design imperative. Here are five things you can do this year to make that happen.<p>Editor’s Note<p>2/17/14<p>Happy Presidents’ Day! To celebrate, we’re revisiting some of our most popular stories of the year. Enjoy.<p>For decades, the most …

Customer Experience

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FORTUNE — Indra Nooyi has been CEO of PepsiCo since 2006 and during her tenure has seen a remarkable amount of change: from a financial meltdown to recovery, huge new scrutiny for her company’s products, and a revolution in consumer technology. She also faced criticism over how she was running …

Is this the end of retail as we know it?

Target Corp. has been in the headlines a lot lately, and not for the right reasons.<p>Yes, there’s the hacking you’ve heard about. But that’s only the …

eCommerce

Six Things Every Designer Should Know About Copyright

<b>1. The Law Protects Your Work, Not Your Idea</b><p>Copyright law, which is the body of law that protects original and creative works from misappropriation, …

Intellectual Property

Attention, Amazon! Students Have Designed The Perfect Cardboard Box

Two Cooper Union undergrads constructed a box that’s less wasteful, easier to pack, easier to open, and good looking, too.<p>While some companies, like Ecovative, are tooling around with highly sustainable alternatives to shipping products around the world, two undergrads have just reinvented the …

Product Design

Helpful Infographic Perfectly Pairs Wine with Food

Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or not, you could probably use this infographic to learn a thing or two about the liquid of the gods. How many calories does a typical glass of white wine versus red wine have and, more importantly, which wine should you pair with tonight's dinner? …

Infographics

What is the future of sustainable design? - open thread

As we launch our sustainable design hub, we would like you to share your thoughts on what lies ahead, where innovation is happening and what you'd like us to cover<p>Designers have shaped every aspect of the world we live in today. From the chair you're sitting in, to the window you may be peering out …

Sustainability

Designers have an obligation to make sure their work is truly sustainable

From high-concept chairs to low-impact packaging, there is a greater emphasis on materials and processes that designers use<p>"There's this very vulnerable planet of ours with finite resources. Architects and designers have, I think, a fair responsibility for conserving energy and materials and making …

Sustainability

Designing for sustainability: what are the challenges behind green materials?

Sustainable materials are gaining ground, but long development time frames and gaps in knowledge make commercialisation tricky<p>Learning to surf in California's frigid breakers, Todd Copeland, a design guru at the Patagonia clothing company, concluded that wet suits weren't cutting it. Sure, a …

Sustainability

The Perfect Office - Hollowed Out Chair, Structure Sensor for iPad and Office Ideas

We've seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. So many cool stuff, that we could actually assemble infinite perfect office spaces! Every …

Gear & Gadgets

Hey, Designers: Stop Trying To Be So Damned Clever

Clever is nice, but effective interfaces matter more. Here, Etsy’s Creative Director Randy J. Hunt explains why.<p>In every Web product you create, you should prioritize effective over clever. As you probably already know, sometimes the equation gets reversed. During the design process, you can easily …

UX Design