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9 tips for improving your time management

It's no good dazzling clients with design skills or an amazing design portfolio if you can't meet a deadline. Whether you're a designer, illustrator …

Productivity

The Future of Workplace Design: The FETCH Model

Corporate workspaces, physical offices and “places to work.” In the digital age, where the lines between work and life blur further, workplaces are becoming more than just offices. Both employers and employees are wanting more from these physical spaces. And, with good reason.<p>Even in the midst of …

The Workplace

CMO One-to-One: How Papa John's Uses Social Media to Change Brand Perception

When he was vice president of advertising at Wendy’s, Brandon Rhoten made a bold decision to embrace a sassy, aggressive tone in social media, …

Public Relations

Levi's Head of Design Jonathan Cheung on Productive Procrastination and Foolproofing Product Ideas

The seasoned designer offers up useful advice for designers at all levels<p>After hearing Jonathan Cheung give an insightful speech on the future of …

10 Social-Media Trends to Prepare for in 2018

Powerful social-media trends affecting both users and brands are strengthening and accelerating.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the past year, a number of significant stories involved social media: Facebook lured Snapchat users to Instagram, the president of the …

Public Relations

Building Trust at Work through Play

<i>“Trust is not a default. It is work and it is intentional. It is structured and it is disciplined.”</i> <b>Rex Miller ,</b> <i>Author & Culture Change Expert</i><p>“We need …

Employee Engagement

Future-proof your organization in a changing world

Coworking, the war for talent, digital disruptions… These are real issues that corporate real estate professionals face daily in a fast-evolving …

You should let go of these 5 bad habits if you want to be mentally strong

Without having your mind in the right area, you can easily lose focus, leading to a one-way street of overthinking, overanalyzing, critical judgment, and playing it safe, thus making your goals feel like mission impossible.<p>Mindset traps are the result of past environmental conditioning and beliefs …

Self-improvement

Amazon dreams of underwater warehouses

As dreamed up by the e-commerce giant's big thinkers, the aquatic warehouse would be filled with goods stored in super watertight containers, placed there by conveyor belts, humans, trucks, or planes. The containers would be outfitted with cartridges that would act like a fish's swim bladder, …

Cloud Computing

Indiana University invests in 'active learning classrooms' for the future

IU Bloomington's Collaborative Learning Studio, which formerly housed a swimming pool, now outfitted with a 16-panel video screen. (Courtesy …

Education Technology

The Ins and Outs of a Design Sprint

Finally, a design approach you can't afford to ignore.<p>"We wanted to make the best for the most for the least"<br>- Charles Eames<p>When was the last time …

Design

6 Things The Average Instagrammer Does Better Than Most Marketing Professionals | Inc.com

You know the scene:<p>A room full of twenty-somethings, all staring at their phones, scrolling through eighteen different versions of the same picture, obsessively trying to figure out which one to edit and then post to their however-many Followers.<p>But behind this seemingly surface level behavior (and …

Public Relations

When My Employees Ask Me for a Raise, I Always Tell Them This | Inc.com

Startups often house a recognizable cast of characters.<p>In my current version, I play the part of the seasoned veteran. Even though, and don't tell my people this, I don't really have it figured out either.<p>I'm the CEO. And, as many startups do, we carry a bench of 20-somethings, 30-somethings, and …

Startups

Real Productivity Isn’t What You Think It Is | Heleo

“Shallow work is what prevents you from being fired. Deep work is what gets you promoted.”<p>Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science …

Time Management

Meet Ava - The App to Transform Interior Design

Today, app developer Morpholio has unveiled the newest addition to its collection of architectural aids. Ava, short for Automated Visual Assembly, …

Interior Design

The 4 Traits Every Good Project Manager Needs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I did not set out to be a product manager. That seems strange for me to write, considering I have led product and strategy at six companies now. When I started my career, though, I was happy just finding great market opportunities and …

Product Management

Understanding Furniture Design and Construction by Looking at Chair Skeletons

X-ray vision comes in handy here<p>Given a choice between having the superpowers of invisibility, flight or X-ray vision, designers should always choose …

Furniture

Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class

Sit still. It’s the mantra of every classroom.<p>But that is changing as evidence builds that taking brief activity breaks during the day helps children learn and be more attentive in class, and a growing number of programs designed to promote movement are being adopted in schools.<p>“We need to …

Education

How to Learn New Things as an Adult

A new book explores the psychology of mastering skills and absorbing information.<p>Quick, what’s the capital of Australia? No Googling! (And no points if you’re Australian—that means the information is more meaningful to you, which means you’re more likely to know it.) Did you get it? Or are you sure …

Learning

To Motivate Employees, Show Them How They’re Helping Customers

Think back to your first day on the job. If you’re like most people, you felt excited and were eager to get down to work. But, based on the results of field research I recently conducted, I am willing to guess that just a few months later that excitement dissipated and you began to feel …

Employee Engagement

There’s a very good reason to hire overqualified workers

For a job seeker, few things are more discouraging than hearing you’re overqualified.<p>Employers have sound reasons for turning away candidates with more experience or training than the openings require. Candidates might soon ask for a higher salary, they could lose interest in work that isn’t …

Employment

25 Must-Have Office Furnishings

Marin workspace in white oak by West Elm Workspace.<p>Steve Verbeek’s upStage units with laminate tops, aluminum bases, and glass screens by …

Flat-Pack Heirloom-Quality Furniture, Made in San Francisco

Our friend Regina Connell of Handful of Salt clued us in to Fyrn, a new line of high-end flat-pack furniture that launched late last year.<p>Founded by …

A 5-Step Checklist to Maximize Press Coverage for Your Business

You're doing PR all wrong. The good news: It isn't hard to start doing it right, and it might even cost less than you think.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In 2012, Mashable published an article titled, "Who Googled You? This Website Knows.<i>"</i> The pieced trended on …

Marketing

Muka Design Lab's Reves Chair has a backrest "like a shirt collar"

The quilted back of this chair by Spanish studio Muka Design Lab can be stood up straight or folded down.<p>Made from an oil-treated beech structure, …

Furniture

5 Flat-Pack Furniture Companies That Are Cooler Than IKEA

Sick of disposable furniture but can’t afford high-end stuff? A new genre of companies fit somewhere in between–and they ship to your door.<p>While companies like ABC Home and Design Within Reach tout the idea of bringing high design to the masses, their items are still out of reach for most of us. …

Furniture

How Ikea's New Joinery is Advancing Their Design

The Lisabo does more with less<p>Let's get into table design for a second. If you look at your average dining table, you'll see most have aprons. The …

Furniture Disruptors: 5 Fast-and-Easy Flatpack Sofas

The single most daunting piece of furniture in the house is, if you ask us, the sofa. First you have to find The One and commit to it. Then there’s …

Furniture

Iratzoki Lizaso brings "warmth and richness" to the office with Heldu tables

Basque studio Iratzoki Lizaso has designed modular tables with leather details that hark back to traditional office furnishings.<p>Produced by Basque …