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Mailbox’s Gentry Underwood: What Hackers Should Know About Design Thinking

By Chris Dannenlong Read<p>When Mailbox CEO Gentry Underwood and his cofounder Scott Cannon left Ideo and Apple, respectively, to start a little …

Daft Punk Detail ‘Random Access Memories’ Track By Track

After revealing some secrets to Rolling Stone, Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas<p>After revealing some secrets to <i>Rolling Stone</i>, Daft …

Cognitive Overhead, Or Why Your Product Isn’t As Simple As You Think

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>David Lieb is co-founder and CEO of</i> <i>Bump</i><i>, creators of the popular app that lets people share contact information, photos, and other content by bumping their phones together.</i> <i>Bump has been downloaded more than 130 million times.</i><p>It’s been hard to ignore the massive shift in the last …

How A Young Community Of Entrepreneurs Is Rebuilding Detroit

Can entrepreneurs save the city? Nothing else seems to be working.<p>“My cell phone was blowing up. It was 7:30 in the morning, two hours before I usually get up. It kept ringing, buzzing. I finally checked it. People were sending me pictures of the place I bought, the Imagination Station, on fire. …

How Facebook Did UX Testing For Facebook Home (With Fewer Than 60 People)

By Chris Dannen10 minute Read<p>Facebook Home is a project so monumental, it could actually redefine Facebook as a corporation–assuming it succeeds. …

What's Tylenol Doing to Our Minds?

The same pathways that help with physical pain seem to moderate existential distress.<p>A scene from David Lynch's <i>Rabbits</i><p>The active drug in Tylenol, acetaminophen, is one of the best medications we have for helping people in pain. It's also one of the most commonly overdosed substances in the world, …

You don’t need every customer

No matter what you make or how much you charge, some people will find things to complain about. If you drop your app’s price all the way down to …

Daft Punk Reveal Secrets of New Album – Exclusive

Last night, at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in southern California, Daft Punk debuted a teaser trailer for their new album, <i>Random Access</i> …

Dennis Crowley and the cycle of second-guessing

It was a lovely spring day in San Francisco, which is why it made sense for me to meet up with Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare to catch up …

Transitional Interfaces

<b>Designers love to sweat the details</b>. Much time is spent pixel-fucking buttons, form styles, setting type, & getting those icons as sharp as a tack. …

The Secrets Of Generation Flux

How brilliantly managed chaos sparks success inside Nike, Box, Cisco, Foursquare, Intuit, and more.<p><b>If Wes Anderson ever</b> conjures up a hipster mad scientist, he’ll look a lot like Aaron Levie, the cofounder and CEO of an Internet company called Box. Levie’s a mess of jangly nerves, topped by a wild …

The Rules of Good Nutrition (That Absolutely Everybody Agrees On)

Fewer things can generate more controversy and disagreement than discussions about food and nutrition. It often seems that people will never reach …

Smart Readers Are Too Distracted to Dig Smart Content

Author: Pete Brook. Pete Brook Photo<p>Date of Publication: 04.04.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Andrew DeVigal knows how to tell a story. For …

Personality in Design

Our lasting relationships center around the unique qualities and perspectives we all possess. We call it personality. Through our personalities, we …

Material Honesty on the Web

Material honesty—the idea that a substance should be itself, rather than mimic something else—has guided everyone from Ruskin, an art critic, to …

Web Design

tDCS and rTMS: Is brain stimulation safe and effective?

Scientists have rediscovered a centuries-old procedure for supercharging your brain. Depending on how it’s used, it could improve anything from focus …

Rap Sheet

Here’s the origin story for Hip Hop Word Count, the database of fifty thousand rap songs, beginning in 1979, which, among other things, can tell someone when a particular word, such as “champagne,” first appeared in a rap song, whose song it was, and where he or she came from (February, 1982; …

When Simplicity Is the Solution

From tax forms to medicine bottles to store shelves, we are facing a crisis of complexity. But there's a way out.<p>At the beginning of "Walden," Henry David Thoreau makes a concise case against the complexity of modern life. "Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to …

Henry David Thoreau

Avicii, the King of Oontz Oontz Oontz

Four years ago, he was just some Swedish kid named Tim who liked messing around on his laptop at home. One iTunes-dominating dance hit ("Levels") later, he's Avicii, world's hottest DJ, making $250,000 a night to keep the Ecstasy-dosed, champagne-soaked masses moving. Jessica Pressler spends a wild …

Coffee & Empathy: Why data without a soul is meaningless

While on my way back from New York, for some odd reason I started playing around with Foursquare and plotting my check-in data using a handful of …

Lil Wayne, Human Being: The Latter-day Stumblings of the Former Greatest Rapper Alive

The beginning of the end for Lil Wayne came on July 23, 2007. We didn’t know it at the time. But you usually don’t.<p>That night Wayne played the Beacon …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Next Big UI Idea: Gadgets That Adapt To Your Skill

As gadgets get more complicated, UIs must be able to teach their users over time. Philip Battin shows how.<p>More and more interactive products are being returned. In 2002, 48% of all returned products were technically fully functional but were rejected for failing to satisfy user needs (28%) or …

Televisions

How the Science of Swarms Can Help Us Fight Cancer and Predict the Future

Author: Ed Yong. Ed Yong Science<p>Date of Publication: 03.19.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>The first thing to hit Iain Couzin when he walked …