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Tesla’s Not as Disruptive as You Might Think

In the fall of 2014 an investor contacted HBS professor Clayton Christensen with a friendly challenge. Christensen is best known for his theory of disruptive innovation, which describes how firms that introduce rudimentary products can eventually overrun established players by systematically …

Innovation

I've gone from being homeless to making deals worth millions, and I think there's only one secret to creating wealth in real estate

The income dried up just as quickly as my debt grew. I started to cut out everything I could and even sold my car, books and anything else I could think of just to pay my tax bill. Eventually there was nothing left to sell …<p>And then someone invested in me.<p>To close my business would have cost around …

First Look: Google’s New Digs By Thomas Heatherwick And Bjarke Ingels

Woah!<p>Earlier this week, <i>The New York Times</i> broke the news that Internet giant Google is planning new starchitect-designed headquarters by Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas Heatherwick. Not to be outdone by Apple’s Norman Foster-designed spaceship or Facebook’s Frank Gehry-designed offices, the new …

Bjarke Ingels

Plan Your Spring Break: 12 Under-the-Radar Destinations

So what if Europeans get the entire month of August off—spring break is an American birthright. Whether you're toting the kids or fleeing civilization, we've got the trip for you.<p>Try an Island That's Better Than Bali<p><b>Raja Ampat, Indonesia</b><br>It’s hard not to love Bali, with its abundance of surf breaks …

5 (+ 1) Useful Design Apps That We Love

With every passing year, our tech devices become more and more a part of us and when companies create apps that make our lives just a little easier …

Apps

A Mobile Kitchen Designed To Help Kids Learn To Like Their Vegetables

A lot of energy goes into school gardens these days. But what about the other half of the healthy eating equation?<p>Kids who hate spinach or kale are proven to eat more of it after they’ve used it in a cooking class, and hands-on classes can also help fight childhood obesity and diabetes. But it’s …

Power Of The Sunflower

Trust Emami Design to come out with concepts that refine present iterations and take them to the next level by adding that extra layer of innovation. …

Flotspotting: Freddie Paul's Beer Tree

For most of us consumers, beer is something we buy in bottles and cans, its creation process something of a mystery; we have a vague notion of grains …

South Bank

16 Years In the Making: The Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum

James Dyson is not one to rest on his knighted laurels. Already synonymous with innovation in the vacuum market, it should come as no surprise Dyson …

Robotics

10 Personal Financial Management Apps You Need To Build Wealth

Financial advisors are great for those looking for long-term assistance, however you can handle your daily personal financial management with these …

GuiaBolso Brings Mint-style Financial Management To Brazil

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Julie Ruvolo is a freelance writer and editor of RedLightR.io and RioChromatic.com.</i><p>In August a new, homegrown entry raced onto Brazil’s top 10 most downloaded apps. It’s a list usually cluttered by American-made social media, music and gaming apps; but GuiaBolso, a Mint-style personal …

Sodavalve: The Hand-Saver

Designer Injoon Yang has grandma to thank for this clever gadget! After noticing her struggling near the refrigerator, he realized she was having …

An Elegantly, Mind-Blowing Home in the Desert

If ever there was a house to get me to move to the boiling hot desert, it would be this one – the Desert Courtyard House by Wendell Burnette …

Architecture

Leaning Lighter

Based around a design that’s gone largely unchanged for years, the Sway cigarette lighter is proof that even minor tweaks can mean greater …

Clever Trick Makes Physical Lego Calendar Sync to Online Calendar

We gave you a brief look at this awesome Lego Calendar project earlier in the year, but this is worth a closer look. The UK-based design studio …

Radical Cities – Latin America's revolutionary housing solutions

The Venice Architecture Biennale is usually a grand gathering of the biggest names in architecture, where they can display their brilliance to their peers. In the 2012 edition, however, the Golden Lion awarded to the best exhibit went to something whose fascination was not primarily to do with the …

Architizer

Next-Gen Solar Panels Are Nearly Invisible to the Naked Eye

It’s hard to see the latest solar panel technology — which is kind of the point.<p>Researchers at Michigan State University developed a new type of …

Body Fuel

I am training hard and on a mission to knock off some excess weight, so I totally understand the need to eat the right food at the right time. …

An Isolated Case: OM/ONE Is World’s First Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Audiophiles often debate the merits of coupling or isolating speakers from their stands: the “coupling” contingency believes speakers should be …

Audiophile

The Cleverest Clothes Hanger

In its regular form, the Inside Out Hanger looks like any ol’ clothes hanger… but with just one twist it transforms into a dual design thanks to its …

Brilliant Butter Knife Re-design

From Australia comes this clever re-think of the common butter knife. Sydney-based industrial designers Sacha Pantschenko, Norman Oliveria and Craig …

Kitchens

Rethinking the Ruler

Duplo might be a simplistic twist on the ruler but its basic redesign gives it much greater functionality! A sliding component makes it easy to draw …

Exploring the quiet side of California Wine Country

Blooming orchards under azure skies, vivid mustard flowers beneath budding vines, and rocky hillsides wrapped in fingers of fog – it’s no wonder California’s Wine Country receives millions of annual visitors. With its mild Mediterranean climate and mineral-rich soil, Napa and Sonoma Valleys seem …

Wine

In the Details: Building a Tip Jar for the Credit Card Era

As people get more and more used to paying for small transactions with credit cards, one group in particular seems to be losing out—baristas. At …

Columbia University

Studio Visit: Wood'd

by Heather Stewart Feldman<p>Italian company Wood’d makes tech accessories and other objects from wood and leather, seamlessly blending modern aesthetics and processes with artisan woodworking skills and techniques. Determined to contribute to the future of their family’s business—but in their own …

Bad News for Small Cars: The Crash Test Results are Horrifying

When I was still a motorist, I always owned small cars, and if I were to return to that mode of transportation, I probably will again. …

Traffic Safety

A Stainless Steel Kitchen Designed for At-Home Chefs

Architect Alberto Torsello is the design brain behind Abimis kitchens, a design that will bring a chef’s kitchen to your own home. The kitchens are …

Kitchens