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The luxurious Pohutukawa tiny home on wheels lets you live large in style

The notion of living large in small spaces is perfectly captured in the Pohutukawa, a tiny home on wheels that fits up to six people and boasts a …

Washing Machines

Thinking About Design Thinking

I had a great morning convo with my Automattic Design colleague Mike Shelton that took me down the rabbit hole of successive Google image searches …

Design principle: Hick’s Law — quick decision making

This week’s design principle is focusing on Hick’s Law, which is related to the KISS principle. Let’s first say a few words to introduce Hick’s …

A furniture design show for cats is a thing meow

9 Lives will open at Singapore Design Week next month<p>Cats make great pets, especially in small urban apartments, which is why we love them so. Designers are catching on, too, creating sleek furniture to accommodate our furry friends, like Katris, a modular cat tree system that can be arranged like …

5 Scientific Ways to Build Habits That Stick

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”</i> Sobering words from Aristotle, and an astute reminder that success …

9 Preview app tips every Mac owner should know

The Preview app ought to have a better opinion of itself. This stock Mac app goes around calling itself "Preview" when it can do so much more than just preview files. To help Preview form a more positive view of itself and help you get the most out of the app, I present 9 things Preview can do …

Your Brain Benefits Most When You Listen to Absolutely Nothing, Science Says

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

After Ikea: 10 mid-range furniture stores that won't break the bank

Graduating from Ikea? Here’s where to start<p><i>Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information</i>.<p>What do you do when you graduate from Ikea? Where should you shop when you’ve outgrown the DIY-attitude of easy assembly and flat-packed …

Home Decoration: 11 clever ways to use mirrors

Mirrors are often disregarded as functional elements that are added to a space simply because you want to be able to see what you look like …

Interior Design

Room Design Hints To Help You Along The Decorating Path

It’s hard to describe the interior design process in a way that encompasses all the possible options and includes all the rooms and styles. Although …

Living Rooms

5 Tactics to Win a Negotiation, According to an FBI Agent

It was 1998 and I was standing in a narrow hallway outside an apartment on the 27th floor of a high-rise in Harlem. I was the head of the New York …

How To Tell Great Stories During Presentations

By now, most of us have heard how crucial storytelling is to a presentation. But it's not always the easiest thing to do: Which story do you choose to illustrate your message, and what parts do you leave out? What's the best way to deliver the story once you've chosen it? I've provided an easy …

Public Speaking

Why we have blood types and why they matter

If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was also the most excellent of blood types - a biological mark of distinction.<p>It didn't take long for me to recognize just how silly that feeling was and tamp it down. But I didn't learn much more about what it really meant to have type A+ blood.<p>By …

Medical Research

Why Apple employees learn design from Pablo Picasso

When Apple employees go to the tech company's super-secretive course on How Apple Does Things, they're treated to this famous series of drawings by Pablo Picasso:<p>The first drawing is a hooved, horned, and muscled life-like representation of a bull.<p>The last is just a few lines, though definitely a …

Pablo Picasso

The 4 Rituals That Will Make You an Expert at Anything

We hear a lot about “10,000 hours” being what it takes to become an expert. But the majority of people totally misunderstand the idea.<p>So I decided to …

You Need to Be Creative in How You Introduce Yourself

How do you want someone to remember you? Sometimes you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. Here are 14 ways to be memorable.<p>How many times have we heard it?<p>First impressions count.<p>We all want that first impression to be a good one, whether we're meeting a new boss or a prospective …

New Lifelike Paper Birds and Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera

Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera has been continuing to grow her collection of paper bird sculptures to include over 100 species, and she's expanded her paper zoo with a few beautiful butterflies. While she does use different methods to produce her pieces, Herrera always aims to use …

Award-Winning Photographer Drains the Color from Fruits and Veggies

"We’re destroying our world, and sooner or later someone has to pay the bill," explains Giorgio Cravero with photo series, 'Colors.'<p>Decaying food spurs an instant emotional reaction when encountered by any sense: revulsion at the smell, upset stomachs at the sight, and the thought of touching or, …

Using Shelves to Make the Most of Any Available Wall Space

Providing a place for books and much more<p>When I work with clients needing more storage space, the walls are one place where we look for options. As …

Secrets of Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle

Behind the scenes (and doors) of Downton Abbey and its real life counterpart.<p>Perhaps no other show on television has better captured the reality of …

Downton Abbey

Top 10 Ways to Fix Your Terrible Posture

Good posture isn’t just about looks. How we sit, stand, and walk affect both our health and our moods. So stop slouching and get centered with these …

Ergonomics

A Magazine That Luxuriates in Design’s Subtleties and Obscurities

Laura Houseley on the making of Modern Design Review<p>Everyone knows that print is dead, but anyone who visits the newsstand regularly has probably …

16 pieces of fantastic career advice from successful people to try in 2016

Sure, the next 12 months will bring your share of troubles, issues and setbacks.<p>But they will also usher in a heaping load of opportunities, experiences, and victories.<p>To help guide you to make the most of all them, here's 16 pieces of fantastic and thought-provoking career advice from 16 …

Success

Productivity Tips from Flipboard Curators

Every Monday, we put the spotlight on a wonderful curator in our MagMaker blog. We ask them to share insights about their media diets and habits, both on and off Flipboard. In doing so, we also learn about what makes them tick.<p>At the end of each post, we ask for a special productivity tip. And …

Snapdrop is a handy Web-based replacement for Apple’s fiddly AirDrop file transfer tool

Anyone who’s used AirDrop knows it can be a bit fussy. A new web-based option named Snapdrop might actually be a better choice.<p>It works simply enough: open the Snapdrop Webpage on two devices while on the same network, then transfer files between the two with a few clicks. Discovery happens only …

Handy

Key points of the landmark Paris agreement

U.N. climate talks reached a milestone Saturday when more than 190 countries adopted the first accord asking all countries to join the fight against global warming.<p>Here are some of the key elements of the deal:<p><b>LONG-TERM GOAL</b>: The long-term objective of the agreement is to make sure global warming …

7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.<p>He and nine other finalists competed …

Public Speaking