Michelle Lau

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Exclusive: Airbnb’s new font holds the secret to design’s future

With Cereal, Airbnb’s custom font that spans everything from billboards to buttons, the company is rethinking how marketing is done.<p>For a company like Airbnb whose growth hasn’t depended on traditional marketing, its products are its brand. A Super Bowl commercial isn’t as important in spreading …

Typography

Evolution of the English Alphabet

<i></i><p>I made this chart last year as a bonus award on Kickstarter but am now making it available as a free download. Just right click on the above image …

Bless This Designer for Remaking Famous Logos to Teach Us Which Fonts They Use

You know the logos, but do you know the fonts?<p>That was the question that clearly obsessed Emanuele Abrate, an Italian graphic designer and educator. …

How Ordinary People Become Extraordinary

Everyone has the potential, but the habits necessary are adopted only by the few. Will you be one of them?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Elon Musk has been quoted as saying, “I think it’s possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” Now, whether you …

Google Maps’ Cool New Tool Turns Your Real City Into A Game

For decades, game studios have spent big bucks attempting to digitize our real cities for their games. <i>Grand Theft Auto</i> captured the sprawl of NYC and L.A. <i>Watch Dogs</i> paid homage to the El, lift bridges, and streets of Chicago. All these projects took tremendous effort–and as a result, most game …

What Is It Like to Live Alone on an Island for 30 Years?

Mauro Morandi has been the sole resident of Budelli, Italy, for decades, but that time may be coming to an end.<p>In 1989, Mauro Morandi set sail from …

National Parks

How to read less news but be more informed, according to a futurist

You might think someone who gets paid to predict the future would be mad for gadgets and forever spouting off on social media. But you’d be wrong. Writer and futurist Richard Watson may teach London business students and Silicon Valley tech companies how to think about crafting tools for tomorrow, …

The Dangers of Keeping Women Out of Tech

In 1978 a young woman named Maria Klawe arrived at the University of Toronto to pursue a doctorate in computer science. She had never used a …

Computer Science

10 Questions with YouTuber Chase vs Everything – Greenhorn

Want to Raise Kids Who Won't Give Up Easily? Teach Them the 'Batman Effect' | Inc.com

It's tough to teach kids perseverance and mental strength in the modern world. Technology allows for instant gratification and our digital devices offer an easy escape when things get tough.<p>Kids have shorter attention spans and less patience than ever when things aren't going their way. The good …

Kids

I was getting buried in clutter. Here’s how I finally got free.

With closets overstuffed with clothes that didn't fit, pots that threatened an avalanche every time I wanted to boil an egg and bookshelves packed two volumes deep, my apartment felt burdened. Growing piles of rubber tubs made it onerous to clean the floors — especially because my vacuum resided …

Minimalism

What To Say When You’re Asked “What Is Your Current Salary?”

Here are a few strategic ways to dodge (or kind of answer) the question without sounding shady or defensive.<p>You’ve finally decided to take the leap and apply for that job that you <i>really</i> want. You made it through the interview stage, and so far you and the hiring manager are hitting it off. They …

Employment

The best thing you can put on your resume isn't a job, skill, or degree

The resume is dead.<p>I've been saying this for a while now, and usually my perspective is rooted in this belief that having a personal brand is far more valuable than a sheet of paper that says where you went to college and what other jobs you've previously held.<p>But ever since I started my own …

10 Women Share Career Advice They'd Give Their 20-Year-Old Selves

As much as my undergraduate self wanted to wish it true, there is not a three-credit class for every aspect of life. There are, however, plenty of …

Employment

You are an Impostor

<i>“What, the actual f--k, are you doing here? You have no clue what you’re doing. You are pretending to be an editor.”</i><p><i>You know what you just did?</i> <i>You</i> …

You Don’t Find Your Purpose — You Build It

“How do I find my purpose?”<p>Ever since Daniel Gulati, Oliver Segovia, and I published <i>Passion & Purpose</i> six years ago, I’ve received hundreds of questions — from younger and older people alike — about purpose. We’re all looking for purpose. Most of us feel that we’ve never found it, we’ve lost it, or …

I Used Design Thinking To Reinvent My Career—Here’s Why It Worked

A former lawyer explains how the methodology led her to try out life as a pastry chef before getting a master’s in psychology.<p>In 2009, my law career stalled. I was burned out and ready to make a professional change, but I had no idea where to start or what my next step should be. Should I continue …

UI, UX: Who Does What? A Designer’s Guide To The Tech Industry

Plus: How Apple, Facebook, Google, and more tech-world heavyweights describe their design jobs.<p>Design is a rather broad and vague term. When someone says “I’m a designer,” it is not immediately clear what they actually do day to day. There are a number of different responsibilities encompassed by …

Dead-End UX: The Big Problem That Facebook, Twitter, And Others Need To Solve

Personalization was great, until it wasn’t.<p>I think I broke my Facebook.<p>That might sound like something your Luddite aunt would say, but I’m being serious. It started about two years ago, when, in a fit of annoyance at all the baby pictures flooding my news feed, I systematically unfollowed every …

Why it's time for students to stop relying on software

Every summer in the UK, thousands of graphic design students graduate and start looking for jobs. It’s a massively competitive market, so if a …

Graphic Design

Amazing maps show the world as you've never seen it

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Redesigning the Portuguese Postal Service: A Service Design / UX case study.

Flying back home as a Dutch guy isn’t always a pleasure. Especially when changing the climate, food and beer prices of Lisbon for the grey and rainy …

8 Design Principles To Live And Die By, According To Facebook, IBM, Pentagram, And More

Buck the trend and never be mediocre.<p>Most designers have a set of principles upon which they loosely base their work. Dieter Rams, famously, had 10. But how often do you satisfy all of these tenets of your practice at once? Once in a while, if you’re lucky.<p>So we asked eight prominent designers who …

6 ways to fix your to-do list when you can't seem to get anything done

To-do lists are great, until they aren't<i>.</i><p>They seem like great tools to keep us on track and remind us of what needs to get done, but most of us can admit we're better at making them than we are at accomplishing them.<p>That's because it's easy to think of things we need to do, and it feels good to …

Price-gouging during Hurricane Irma highlights a sad truth — consumer fleecing is the new normal

The most notable complaint was not, however, the one alleging a $72 charge for a six-pack of water. Rather, it was the $3,200 reportedly asked by Delta for a ticket out of Florida.<p>That's because it wasn't actually hurricane-related price gouging. Airlines were charging similar fares to last-minute …

This Font Makes Graphics Out Of Numbers In Seconds

Inspired by Edward Tufte’s “sparklines,” the typeface turns typed numerals into inline data visualizations.<p>Data is always more accurate and informative in context. Take Hurricane Harvey, for example. Some parts of Houston had more than 50 inches of rain. But it’s hard to understand just how crazy …

Al Gore’s New Movie Exposes The Big Flaw In Online Movie Ratings

RATING DIST.<p>MOVIE▲▼<p>RATING▲▼<p>1 OUT OF 10▲▼<p>2-9 OUT OF 10▲▼<p>10 OUT OF 10▲▼<p>TOTAL POLARIZED VOTES▲▼<p>POLARIZATION SCORE▲▼<p>An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power<p>…

World's Most Stunning Public Staircases Photos

Sure, elevators are more convenient, but staircases provide a window to the world so rarely seen from any other vantage point. No matter if they are etched into the side of a rock face, as the 740 steps are at Colombia's 10-million-ton Stone of El Peñol, or cut through water, like the Moses Bridge …

South America

How to use webfonts

<i>The following is an excerpt taken from Bram Stein's new</i> <i>Webfont Handbook – out now</i><i>.</i><p>Webfonts are defined in CSS through the <b>@font-face</b> rule. If you’re a …

12 stunning train rides you should take before you die

The August/September issue of National Geographic Traveler rounds up images of the best train trips in the world, according to one seasoned rail rider. It's available on newsstands now.<p>Here are 12 of our favorites.