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UX needs to operate under a new set of rules within the Internet of Things

Internet of Things systems often don't have screens and other traditional outlets for the user experience. This makes development and design more …

10 ways to stay happy when traveling solo

I recently wrote a post called ‘Why I travel solo’. In it, I talk about being scared, lost, uncomfortable and vulnerable — and how important this is …

Tips on Producing More Creative Images

It doesn't matter who you are, we all can get stuck for ideas from time to time. The crazy thing is you probably have everything you need to produce …

Weird Bikes Done Right

If you're going to make a conceptual fixie at least make it funny<p>I'm on record as pretty unimpressed by most of the hubless and minimal frame and …

Western Riding

From Frog, 3 Myths About What Makes A Designer Great

One of the main takeaways? It’s not all about technical skills—curiosity, drive, and outside interests are also necessities of good designers.<p>Of the evolving list of dream jobs for designers just out of school, the global design firm Frog might have the broadest appeal simply based on the nature of …

Natural User Interfaces – What are they and how do you design user interfaces that feel natural?

User interfaces that you interact with using modalities such as touch, gestures or voice are often referred to as Natural User Interfaces (NUI). We …

Interaction Design

Designing Conversational UI with Information Architecture — Part 3

Designing Conversational UI with Information Architecture — Part 3<p>An IA for AI Learning<p>Welcome to part 3 of a series on designing for conversational …

UX Design

Designing Conversational UI with Information Architecture — Part 1

Content modeling is hard because there are many different ways to achieve that same result, but one way will be more elegant than another. You just …

David Fincher

Mobile UX Trends For 2017

Oh boy, how things have changed in the past few years. Two years ago, mobile app professionals were still clinched with issues regarding gestures. …

Creative Commons

Small Space Challenge: Storing Bicycles Indoors

Solutions for apartments, studios and more.<p>Professional organizers know how challenging it can be to store bulky items in small spaces and bicycles …

Samsung has an all-in-one health chip for wearables

Samsung's already wide product family is getting even bigger thanks to its new chip dubbed the "Samsung Bio-Processor." As the company tells it, it's already in mass production and is "specifically designed to allow accelerated development of innovative wearable products for consumers who are …

Google Asks 18 Artists To Redesign The Router

Why should a router look like a black box when it can look like a slinky, a lamp, or an oven mitt?<p>Google’s OnHub project is all about making Wi-Fi–and therefore, Google itself–better in people’s houses. Google hopes to achieve that by making OnHub software simple and powerful, but an equally …

10 Vacation Spots That Are About To Get Huge

Whoever said that patience is a virtue had no comprehension of just how badly you needed a vacation. And one of the biggest things to look forward to …

The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

Geography

Nomadic Couple Built a Stylish Trailer Home for $50,000

Like many people, Brian and Joni Buzarde wanted to own a home, but they didn't want to be tied to one particular location. Their solution for housing mobility was an unconventional yet practical one–they built a dwelling that would travel with them. The couple's trailer, nicknamed <i>Woody</i>, was …

Stylish
Augmented Reality

Secluded Treehouse Hotels Allow Guests to Completely Disconnect from Outside World

Nestled within a forest in Hesse, Germany is Robin's Nest Treehouse Hotels, a destination spot for those wanting a unique and rustic getaway. The gorgeous and scenic locale offers a host of housing options, with the most striking being its elevated structures. There, visitors can sleep among the …

Loneliness

Charting 52 Years Of Lego Brick Colors

In what is perhaps the most literal chart you will read today, one member of the Lego fan site Brickset has graphed the last 52 years of Lego bricks sold, by color.<p>That’s right: the actual colors you see on this stacked area chart are actually the colors of Lego bricks sold each year (calculated by …

This HUD For Doctors Proves Less Is More For Future Wearables

Vivi, a Google Glass-like device, helps keep doctors up to speed in the operating room.<p>For all of its promising ideas and potential, Google Glass can, at best, be summed up as a noble failure. In trying to appeal to as broad of an audience as possible, the resulting device offered little in the way …

Smarter Solutions for Smarter Ideation

An Interview with Anne Asensio, VP Design Experience at Dassault Systèmes<p>While the terms 'internet of things,' 'smart objects' and 'connected …

21 Portraits That Gaze Into Your Very Soul

When it comes to portraits, it's hard to argue against the saying, "it's all about the eyes." The so-called windows of the soul can draw you in like few other features have to power to. There's a reason one of (if not the) most popular National Geographic cover ever was Afghan Girl by Steve …

Spotify told us the top 20 songs people listen to in the shower — here they are

At a conference earlier this week, Ek revealed that there are 39,000 active playlists named "Shower." And these playlists get 550,000 streams every day. (No pun intended).<p>But what songs are these people listening to in the shower?<p>Business Insider reached out to Spotify to find out which songs go …

Shawn Mendes

Beijing Design Week 2015: The Joy of Joinery

Dating back some seven millennia, Chinese mortise-and-tenon techniques stand the test of time.<p>The use of wood is by no means a trend, at least not in …

Ceramic Glasses Reveal the Different Phases of the Moon as You Drink

It’s now possible to synchronize the look of your drink with the phases of the moon, thanks to Korean design studio Tale. They’ve created beautiful ceramic Moon Glasses that mimic cyclical lunar faces once you’ve poured your beverage in—it's especially effective with a white-colored refreshment …

Astronomy

Sweet Animated Illustrations Show Happy Moments in Everyday Life

Japanese illustrator Maori Sakai takes our everyday moments in life and turns them into sweet animated illustrations. While her gifs sometimes carry a blatant message like “Happiness is by your side,” many times you're left trying to decipher what feelings she wants to convey. Overall, there's …

Positive Thinking

A Glimpse At Hong Kong’s Ingenious DIY Storage Solutions

Tight spaces force private life outside.<p>In Hong Kong, where a single square foot of real estate can cost $1,300, residents cram into the tiniest of apartments. But only so many sardines can fit in a can, so people’s personal belongings spill into Hong Kong’s alleys–not to be collected as trash, but …

15 Packing Tips That Will Forever Change Your Toiletry Bag

We're always in for a good packing hack, whether it's the lazy way to stockpile shampoo or the brilliant carry-on bag that feels like you're carrying nothing at all.<p>One of the biggest packing headaches we face is, well, the stuff for our face (and hair, and nails...). Toiletries and bathroom …

Stunning Portraits of Owls Captured in Up-Close Detail

In this stunning series by Brad Wilson, the photographer captures up-close portraits of different owl species. Each bird is set against a stark black background, and the brilliant vantage point allows us to marvel at their unique qualities. Tiny feathers, short beaks, and glassy eyes stare straight …

Nature