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NPR Music's 40 Favorite Albums Of 2018 (So Far)

<i>Let's face it: We live in an era dominated by playlists. Whether you listen to one of the chart-defining destinations on Spotify, let YouTube's algorithm be your guide, follow a friend's listening habits or create your own mixtapes, the idea of listening to an entire album in one sitting becomes</i> …

Indie Pop

The Best Pizza in New York City, According to Top Chefs

If it’s possible, pizza is more popular than ever. And not just with diners; some of the world’s best and most notable chefs have their own favorites …

Learn How to Fold a World-Record-Setting Paper Airplane

Growing up with six brothers, John Collins got really good at folding paper planes.<p>"Anything you can beat your siblings at is good," he says.<p>But he …

Siblings

15 influential art and design movements you should know

Art and design movements: Quick links<p>As a designer, inspiration can come from anywhere. But sometimes influences, attitudes and approaches converge …

8 Of The Most Unique Experiences To Have in Madrid

Madrid has plenty of tourist attractions to see, such as the famous Museo del Prado‘s artistic masterpieces or the picturesque Plaza Mayor. But if …

Lovely Recordings Hosted by Richard Crimi (Part 4)

This is a list of albums in my collection that I like to listen in their entirety. I call it 'Whole Albums Worth Listening To”. There's not a clinker …

Lovely Recordings Hosted by João Feiteira

I've been feeling for quite some time an increasing interest in finding music that adds a new texture to my collection, as opposed to buying multiple …

Guitar

How Good Are Your Headphones? This 150-Song Playlist, Featuring Steely Dan, Pink Floyd & More, Will Test Them Out

Back in the <i>Mad Men</i> heyday of high-end home stereo, audiophiles could buy records full of sound-but-not-exactly-music, specifically engineered to test …

The Science Behind Fonts (And How They Make You Feel)

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I’ve noticed how seemingly small things like font and the spacing between …

Infographic: The Visual Guide To Font Styles

<b>Font styles</b> can make or break a project. Cramming out ideas for hours on end to cooperate different fonts together can be a mentally-draining process.<p>…

Free Fonts With Personality And Style

Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. Sent 2× a month.<br>You can unsubscribe any …

Typography

20 Free Brush Fonts with Elegant Details

Looking for some elegant, free brush fonts? Here’s what you’ve been looking for, a hand-picked collection of brush fonts with beautiful …

Choose A More Exciting Wine Tasting Adventure in Napa and Sonoma

It's easy to enjoy a lovely day in wine country tasting at different wineries, but there are some obstacles: crowded tasting rooms and lineups of …

Wine

Your Napa Valley Winery Guide, Part One

Whether you’re looking for a classic winery, word-of-mouth indie or an off-the-beaten-track destination, this is your guide of Napa Valley wineries …

Stay strong in 2017

If you got started on your 2017 New Year’s resolution last week with our CultFit Home Workout, we’re here to help you keep up the good work with Week 2. (If you missed it, it’s still not to late to start with Week 1).<p>All you need is your iPhone, plus your Apple Watch if you have one, and some …

Shoot This 52 Week Photo Challenge in 2017 to Improve Your Skills

My original 52 Week Challenge in 2016 was a huge success, with tens of thousands of photographers participating from around the world. In celebration …

Do This 52 Week Photography Challenge to Improve Your Skills in 2016

If you’re looking to get better at photography in 2016, one great option is to do a 52-week photography challenge that forces you to complete regular …

Photography

Squat Exercises You Don’t Need the Squat Rack to Do

It’s squat day, and you’re excited to show that barbell who’s boss, but there’s just one problem: The squat racks are all taken. You can be a good …

Stravinsky and Jazz

Igor Stravinsky is probably one of the two most important composers of the 20th century, alongside Arnold Schoenberg. While Schoenberg started …

Flute

The Proper Way to Finish Surfacing Wood Furniture

One of the appealing things about crafting a piece of furniture from wood is that it already has a pleasant color and texture. You might not want to …

What to look for when buying a pair of Bluetooth headphones

There are so many different Bluetooth headphone models from different companies — and of course, they all claim they are the best — and so many …

Recommended Components: Fall 2016 Edition Headphones

Headphones & Headphone Accessories<p>Editor's Note:<p>We strongly recommend those interested in headphone listening visit our sister website, …

Audiophile

InnerFidelity's "Wall of Fame"

<i>Editor's Note: The following is my first of many passes at creating a one-stop spot for getting advice on the best headphones available. I've</i> …

The Most Common Push-Up Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Push-ups look so deceptively easy. Everyone knows how to do them in theory, but when asked to do one, most people make various little mistakes that …

WhatsApp privacy backlash: Facebook angers users by harvesting their data

Facebook is being accused of backtracking on its pledge not to use the data of the 1 billion users of the WhatsApp messaging app it acquired two years ago<p>Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Facebook rolls out a new feature and/or acquires a new company, vowing to protect the privacy of its users’ …

Get Ready for the Perseids Meteor Shower: ‘It Will Rival the Stars in the Sky.’

Prepare for the Perseids.<p>This week, the annual meteor shower will illuminate the night sky with cosmic fireworks, creating a particularly dazzling display for skygazers across the Northern Hemisphere.<p>NASA estimates that between 160 and 200 meteors will ignite in Earth’s atmosphere every hour during …

Everything You Need to Build Your Own Bodyweight Workout

An effective bodyweight training program can whip you into shape and even pack on muscle, but “effective” doesn’t look the same for everyone. Some …

Workouts

The Basics of Five Popular Coffee Brewing Methods

There are a number of options for making a great tasting cup of joe, but those options can differ quite a bit. This infographic runs down the basics …

Coffee

Combining Typefaces: Free guide to great typography

Originally published by Five Simple Steps in 2013, my <i>Pocket Guide to Combining Typefaces</i> has sold thousands of copies, been used in college …

Toasted Sugar Recipe

Toasting sugar in a low oven allows for a range of caramelization without ever sacrificing its crystalline structure. The result is a sort of "granulated caramel" that can be used in any recipe as a one-to-one substitution for plain sugar. A mere hour of toasting will dramatically tame the sugar's …

Dessert