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8 Incredible Online Resources for Creative Design Inspiration

<i>Design, whether it’s for print, digital marketing, editorials or websites, requires constant creative juice. But even the most prolific and</i> …

Graphic Design

10 Of The Coolest Restaurant Trends In 2015

<i>Photo: Bon Appétit.</i><p>BY ANDREW KNOWLTON, JULIA KRAMER, AND BELLE CUSHING<p>Our search for the nation's best restaurants revealed far more than the Hot 10--like croissants gone wild and a tropical wallpaper boom. Here's a look at the coolest, tastiest trends we uncovered in 2015.<p><b>1. Where's the …

San Francisco

7 Japanese Green Teas You Should Be Drinking Right Now

Shincha's microseason is back. Here, the tea master, matriarch and vice president of Kyoto’s 300-year-old Ippodo Tea Co. explains how the leaves of …

India Mahdavi's Bold Bisazza Tiles are Cement, not Ceramic

This is the flooring version of "I can't believe it's not butter"<p>Bisazza may be known for their glass mosaics and ceramic tiles, but lately they've …

Rich, cultured, and lonely: How India’s rising class looks for love now

In urban India’s new cultural hierarchy, the top rung is reserved for the global Indian: The foreign-educated, career-oriented, well-read, well-paid, well-travelled and socially savvy men and women who are held up by an increasingly aspirational society as the embodiment of success.<p>The deeper the …

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

The Best Sites for Buying Chic, Cheap Art

<i>Below is an excerpt from "The Best Sites for Buying Cheap Art," which originally appeared on PureWow. Read the full story at purewow.com.</i><p>Step away …

The 11 Best Books of 2014 That You Can Spend 2015 Reading

Did you read any books this year? I hope so! It was a great year for women writers, who dominated critics lists (spoiler alert: including ours), highly anticipated follow-ups, and out-of-left-field debuts.<p>No? Maybe you pretended to read a book this year, lugging around that copy of <i>Oblomov</i> waiting …

The many layers of global insight contained in one Delhi club sandwich

Could the cost of a chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich help you decide where you’re headed on your next holiday?<p>That’s what travel and hotel accommodation agency Hotels.com believes. Much like <i>The Economist’s</i> Big Mac Index which gauges the price of a McDonald’s hamburger around the …

Travelers

The complete guide to having a productive weekend

Some weeks, the thought of the weekend is all that keeps us going. Then we finally get there, and the two days seem to fly by. Sunday evening comes around and often we’re struck by Sunday sadness, soon followed by Monday misery. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some tips for spending …

Time Management

3 Customer Service Innovations To Help You Never Disappoint A Customer Again

No matter how perfect your product, customer experience, or service is otherwise, in the eyes of the customer it’s <i>broken</i>if you deliver it late.<p>Worse, the concept of what constitutes on-time delivery is the most movable of moving targets.<p>While timeliness has been a commercial expectation since the …

The 15 Best and Worst Words to Use on Resumes According to Recruiters

Given how little time recruiters spend on a resume, you should use any edge available to stand out from the crowd. A recent survey of over 2,000 …

What the government of Gujarat is encouraging children to read is dismaying

<i>Once Dr Radhakrishnan went for a dinner. There was a Briton at the event who said, “We are very dear to God.” Radhakrishnan laughed and told the gathering, “Friends, one day God felt like making rotis. When he was cooking the rotis, the first one was cooked less and the English were born. The</i> …

India

Blogs | Food & Wine

They're just doing their best!<p>Wolfdown, Bites & Bashes, and Makani go beyond traditional bulgogi and bo ssam.<p>The company says plastic straws will be …

9 Must-Read Blogs (You Might Not Even Know About)

Take a look at these nine blogs that we think are worth reading. Subject matters range from technology and design to marketing and sales best practices.

Seven Management Lessons From The Legendary French Restaurants

In between giving lectures on moral philosophy to errant professors of economics, I have been making my way from Nice to Paris, stopping at the top-rated restaurants of the Michelin guide. So far, we have visited <i>La</i> <i>Palme D’Or</i> in Cannes, <i>Maison Pic</i> in Valence and <i>La Pyramide</i> in Vienne.<p>Still ahead lie</i> …

Tone Your Abs, Arms & Ass With This 15-Minute Workout

'Tis the season for short-shorts, bikinis, and the quintessential sundress. Though you may have body envy for the ladies who model that swimsuit you just bought, there's a sure-fire way to quickly tone your three most in-demand areas for summer: your arms, abs, and ass. We talked to Rachel …

Hospitality: The Impact of Tech on Customer Loyalty

It's a tough time for those in the airline, hotel, and cruise industries. Customer loyalty is eroding—and with good reason. Many brands aren't …

Why You Should Hug Your Customers (or at Least Treat Them Well)

The first-annual Welcome Conference offered a intense day of speeches all about the hospitality industry.<p>The woman was throwing a fit. Stamping her feet on the floor of Joseph Leonard, one of <b>Gabe Stulman</b>'s six West Village restaurants, she'd just approached Stulman to ask about the wait time for a …

The 13 Greatest Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer

Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home!<p>Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home! Via Redbook.com

Wines Around The World

Love wine? Then you'll surely enjoy this collection of Top Ten Wines and Vineyards from Around The World

Winning Social Media Strategies For Public Relations

Most social media is a waste of time. It’s a great place to post photos of your cat, announce your opinion on politics or music, exercise your thumbs by clicking “Like” and “Follow,” and other harmless endeavors. Less nutritious than cotton candy and more repetitive than Candy Crush, social media …

What I Learned Watching 150 Hours of TED Talks

What makes for a great presentation — the kind that compels people’s attention and calls them to action? TED talks have certainly set a benchmark in recent years: HBR even asked Chris Anderson, the group’s founder, to offer lessons drawn from the three decades he’s run TED’s signature events in an …