Melanie Upchurch

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Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests

One Friday night, 30 men and 30 women gathered at a hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. Their goal was love, or maybe sex, or maybe some combination of the two. They were there for speed dating.<p>The women sat at separate numbered tables while the men moved down the line, and for two solid hours …

The Science Behind Baking Your Ideal Chocolate Chip Cookie

You like soft and chewy. He likes thin and crispy. If only there were a way to bake chocolate chip cookies to please everyone.<p>There is! And, no, it's not Martha Stewart's way. It's science.<p>We've taken our cues from a few spots: a bioengineering grad student named Kendra Nyberg, who co-taught a …

Making Sense of Big Data With Virtual Reality And The Unconscious Mind

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic, is a well-known quote – often mistakingly attributed to Stalin. Regardless of the author, the sentence is interesting because it can be read in at least two ways: in one, it relates with compassion fatigue, our inability to feel outrage …

You Are Solving The Wrong Problem

There is some problem you are trying to solve. In your life, at work, in a design. You are probably solving the wrong problem. Paul MacCready, …

Fidel Castro

Google: 6 Reasons Why Nobody Uses Your App

Nobody using your app? It’s okay, you aren’t alone. Here’s what may have gone wrong, according to Google.<p>There’s a dirty secret behind many of those hot new app startups you hear about every week. They have seed funding and a flashy landing page. They have articles in <i>TechCrunch</i> and promises to …

8 Must Have Free Fonts for your Designs

Need some fresh fonts for your new projects? We got your back. We are always searching for good resources for our readers, and fonts are our top …

30 Amazing Examples of Outdoor Advertising

As all types of media advertising becomes more and more creative, we are lucky enough to be living in times when advertisements can amaze us with …

10 of the Most Beautiful and Inspirationally Designed Websites

I managed to gather a collection of eye-popping and most beautiful websites that would surely give you inspiration for the next project you’ll be …

UI Design

quick cityscape block-in using modo 701

iOS

sIBL Archive

Installation<p>Each thumbnail links directly to an archived sIBL-set. <b>Watch out, these are big downloads.</b><br>Click to download, then expand the zip achive as …

Creative Commons

Suspended-animation trials to begin on humans

Knife- and gunshot-wound victims will be placed in suspended animation as the first human trials begin on this emergency life-saving technique.<p>This month, the world's first attempts at placing humans in suspended animation using a new technique will take place at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in …

Photoshop Playbook: Removing Objects From Images (Advanced)

Photoshop

Sketching For Better Mobile Experiences

Mobile user experience design is maturing. One way to gauge this is to look at the tools at our disposal. Prototyping tools such as Balsamiq, Axure …

MeasuringU: 10 Things That Can Go Wrong in a Usability Test

Part of good planning means being prepared for the many things that can go wrong.<p>Here are the ten most common problems we encounter in usability …

UX Design

Must-Know Tips To Improve Website Usability

Top 6 Guidelines + Bonus<p><b>Who said it is that easy to design, craft and maintain great websites that are both beautiful and effective? Surely, there is</b> …

Common Misconceptions About Touch

You Can’t Rely on Designing 44-Pixel Touch Targets<p>Even with iOS clearly in second place behind Android, the Apple standard size for touch targets …

7 unbreakable laws of user interface design

Are you a web designer? If yes, then you are also a user interface designer, and in the near future, this role will become even more important for …

The essential secret to successful user experience design

For many, user experience design is about creating interfaces that are easy for users to understand and navigate. However, this isn’t what lies at …

8 Must-have Cheat Sheets for Web Designers and Developers

As a web designer or developer, it’s nearly impossible to remember multiple programming languages, frameworks, and keyboard shortcuts to various …

Web Design

Artificial muscles at MIT

MIT

Fun science experiments to try at home

If you have these everyday ingredients, you can do fun science experiments at home, as the Head Squeeze team demonstrates.<p>Pepper, washing detergent, vinegar and an egg. If you have any of these ingredients to hand, you can do science at home.<p>From chemical reactions to strange physics, the Head …

Chemistry

Nobel Winners Decoded How Neurons And Cells Talk To Each Other

The three scientists who shared this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine all made discoveries that illuminate how the body's cells communicate.<p>The research has sweeping implications for our understanding of how nerves in the brain transmit signals, how the immune system attacks pathogens …