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How to Write a Limerick

A limerick is a short, comical poem that often borders on the nonsensical or obscene. They are fun to write and to read, as they are meant to make …

How to Self Publish Poetry

Building a readership for your poetry can be difficult. Self-publishing is a great way to take control of the publication process and to build an …

A Look Inside The Sketchbooks Of 10 Terrific Creatives

“A sketchbook is like a valve, a pressure release system,” the German designer Daniel Kluge tells Richard Brereton, the author of <i>Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators & Creatives</i>. “Instead of weighing things up in my head, I give them a place in my sketchbook. Sketches are like …

A Gorgeous New Petri Dish Painting For Every Day Of 2013

The humble Petri dish has played host to countless scientific marvels over the years. In many cases, all the action transpired on a microscopic scale. Thankfully for us, Klari Reis’s experiments are visible to the naked eye.<p>The San Francisco–based artist is currently in month three of “The Daily …

10 Excellent Ads For Green Living, From Top Designers

The environmental charity Do The Green Thing tapped 23 top-tier designers to envision a poster campaign to help save the planet.<p>Good ads are continuously making us buy stuff we don’t want, and even stuff we don’t <i>want</i> to want. But unlike limited-time-only fast food curiosities and all those other …

How Being Helpful Can Make You Happier And More Productive

Adam Grant helps others chronically and compulsively. And when you hear about his research, you’ll wonder if you should be doing the same.<p>Adam Grant, just 31-years-old, is both the youngest and most highly rated professor at the Wharton School. But if you had to pinpoint the one thing that really …

4 Career Lessons From A Former Design Intern

Amateurs and established professionals alike can benefit from the pearls of wisdom Geoff Ledford learned the hard way.<p>The U.S. armed forces have a practice of formally recording the stuff they’ve learned in the course of any conflict. In military parlance, it’s called making an “after-actions” or …

Infographic: A Flowchart Maps Time Travel In The Movies

What do <i>Groundhog Day</i>, <i>Twelve Monkeys</i>, and <i>The Time Traveler’s Wife</i> have in common? Yes, exactly: They’d all be better with Nicholas Cage. But also: time travel! As we see in this flow chart, however, not all time-bending cinema approaches the concept in quite the same fashion.<p>The flow chart, created …

10 Ways To Rescue Handwriting From The Grave

In The Missing Ink, Philip Hensher argues that handwriting is good for us and one of the defining behaviors that make us human. Here is his guide to help you reclaim the written word.<p><i>Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting by Philip Hensher.</i><p>From …

An Ingenious Cookbook Uses Infographics Instead Of Words

Ever get lost in a cookbook’s long narrative of instructions? Us too. One illustrator boiled 50 recipes down to simple sketches.<p>How do you make lasagna? Even though it’s not that complex of a dish, to spell out the methodology–the specific ingredients and the many small, easy steps of prep work–it …

The Ultimate Wine-Pairing Infographic

I’ve never understood brussel sprouts. Oh, they’re delicious, roasted in a cast iron pan with big hunks of garlic. But I’ve tried reds, and I’ve tried whites. Neither seems to pair all that well. And wouldn’t you know it? Brussel sprouts are a footnote on this incredible infographic: Foods that …

Watch: A Clever Stop-Motion Video Tells The History Of Typography

The history of typography began with a German man, named Johannes Gutenburg. Many people know this bit of trivia, but likely in the context of him as the inventor of the printing press. Less known, perhaps, is that Gutenburg is also the grandfather of printed type, first creating a type known as …

Infographic: 19 Emotions For Which English Has No Words

Love and sadness are far more nuanced than the English language permits.<p>We’ve all heard that the Inuit people have countless words for snow. That’s a bit of a misnomer, but the sentiment is powerful all the same: Some cultures have rewritten language itself in order to better express the things …

Two Dozen 15,000-Year-Old Words We Still Use Today

A new study identifies the 23 words you need to know in case you accidentally set your time machine to 13,000 BC.<p>Language is flexible, fluid, and ever-changing–something we’re reminded every year when Merriam Webster adds words like “Bootylicious” to the dictionary. But that evolution isn’t just a …