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An Oral History Of Apple Design: 1992–2013

The greatest business story of this generation is a design tale.<p>Most efforts to explain design at Apple end up reducing a complex 37-year history to bromides about simplicity, quality, and perfection–as if those were ambitions unique to Apple alone. So <i>Fast Company</i> set out to remedy that deficiency …

Are Star Performers The Only Employees Who Matter?

Research shows that companies get 80% of their value from 20% of their employees. What does that mean for your business?<p>“Someone who is exceptional in their role is not just a little better than someone who is pretty good,” Mark Zuckerberg famously said. “They are 100 times better.”<p>And then Marc …

Autonomous Vehicles, Big Data, And 3-D Printing Are All Nearing The Top Of The Hype Cycle

Think 3-D printing and big data is a little overhyped? You’re not alone. Gartner’s annual Hype Cycle report reveals all the technologies that are at the “peak of inflated expectations”–and the technologies have already let us down.<p>Is that new gadget you’re developing on the “Slope of …

Patent Suggests Google Is Designing A More Normal-Looking Google Glass

An unearthed Google patent, originally filed in March 2012, documents a new variant on the Google Glass headset. In the patent, Google described a Glass edition built into a traditional-looking set of eyeglasses. Perhaps soon, users with who already have spectacles won’t need to hack Google …

6 Ways To Be A Hemingway-Level Productive Badass

Like they always say: Where there’s an indomitable will, there’s a Hemingway.<p>To say that Ernest Hemingway is a writer’s writer is an understatement, just as to say that George Plimpton is an editor’s editor is an understatement. And in the mid-1950s, the author of <i>Farewell to Arms, the Sun Also</i> …