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Can Good Graphic Design Help The Homeless?

A new project replaces the handwritten signs of homeless people with eye-catching recreations, but maybe the graphic design isn’t the point.<p>The least visible franchises can be given a new voice through the power of good branding and great graphic design. Will it do the same for the voiceless, the …

Good Work Habits That Nearly All Geniuses Have In Common

Good Work Habits Of Geniuses<p>A very interesting new book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, examines the good work habits of over 150 of the greatest …

Manage Your Day-to-Day

Stop doing busywork.<br>Start doing your best work.<p>Are you over-extended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only …

Time Management

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Successful Founders Share 4 Must-Have Skills To Bolster Any Career

Every career is different. But some skills cut across all of them. Here are four.<p>Some skills may be awesome but not in demand: While a sonnet might take your breath away, iambic pentameter doesn’t have a high market demand. But some skills by any industry are wanted just as sweetly–and as founders …

Not All To-Do Lists Are Created Equal–Here’s How To Do Yours

Every day, our to-do list gets filled with various tasks. But not all “to-do’s” are created equal. Far from it.<p>Unfortunately, our natural tendency is to start with the small, easy tasks first, and push back the big, important ones because they’re more uncomfortable.<p><b>TO DO: READ THESE OTHER HELPFUL</b> …

How To Completely #Unplug Your Morning Routine

Most days are abuzz with activity. Which is why you need to begin them with calm.<p>“Just as noise is meaningless without quiet,” Fabrica CEO Dan Hill once observed, “connectivity becomes meaningless when pervasive, when it is without a few ‘sanctuary spaces’ as contrast.”<p>For many, that contrast is …

The Science of “Intuition”

The power and fruitfulness of intuition has had innumerable and celebrated champions — from Einstein, Anne Lamott, and Steve Jobs to some of history’s greatest scientists and philosophers. But what, exactly, lies behind this amorphous phenomenon we call “intuition”? That’s precisely what CUNY …

Marina Abramovic Wants You to Stop Multitasking

The average attention span, which began eroding at a breakneck pace when the Internet arrived, shrunk to seconds with the widespread adoption of smartphones. It’s a problem that Marina Abramovic is hoping to curb.<p>Concentration is the key to the celebrated performance artist’s projects, most of …

Lady Gaga

How Kindness Makes Or Breaks Careers

You don’t break in, you’re let in, as the career trajectory of Etsy design lead Cap Watkins illustrates. Now go return the favor.<p>Cap Watkins is now the design lead at Etsy, but before that he was a lonesome Louisiana-bred web designer living in Oakland, working from home and not knowing a soul …

Five Timeless Books of Insight on Fear and the Creative Process

“Creativity is like chasing chickens,” Christoph Niemann once said. But sometimes it can feel like being chased by chickens — giant, angry, menacing chickens. Whether you’re a writer, designer, artist or maker of anything in any medium, you know the creative process can be plagued by fear, often so …

10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today

Did you know that the perfect temperature for happiness is 13.9°C? Adjust your thermostat, then check out these quick tips for maximizing mirth.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Happiness is so interesting, because we all have …

The Ultimate 4th of July Dessert

Layers of meringue, fruit, and whipped cream become a simple yet sublime dessert that's perfect for a summer evening. Alex Hitz shows us how to make summer berry pavlova with bourbon whipped cream.<p>Have you ever seen anything so gorgeous?! This is a masterpiece of a dessert, a show-stopper made from …

Rebecca Minkoff's Beauty Picks, Plus a Look Inside Her Bathroom

The fashion designer shares what's on her vanity.<p>Her handbags, accessories, and clothing are loved for their edgy yet playful style. Here, the fashion designer shares the romantic spot where she starts her day as well as her favorite beauty products.

17 Startup Founders on How to Become Insanely Successful

Here's what it takes to launch a business, from those who have been there before.

Startups

A Bible Of Color Theory Is Now An App

On the 50th anniversary of Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color, Yale University Press has released the work as an interactive teaching tool along the lines of what the Bauhaus master originally intended.<p>Josef Albers, one of the best-known painters and educators to emerge from the German Bauhaus, …

You Are Bad At Assessing People (But So Is Everybody Else)

We like to think we are objective, rational people when it comes time to hire a new employee, evaluate an existing member of your team, or form a new …

Psychology

6 Behance Tips to Promote Your Design Work

133<p>SHARES<p>Behance is a very cool site. It is incredibly useful to designers and creative people of all types because it has a wide variety of …

Federal Officials Boosting Security Efforts Inside US Homeland

Federal authorities are boosting security in the United States after intelligence agencies detected a credible threat to Western interests overseas …

Middle East

How To Schedule Your Day For Peak Creative Performance

Are you a certified organizational ninja? It’s okay, nobody is–so steal this idea from career kickstarter Amber Rae, who shares her “Work, Play, Fit, Push” framework for getting things done while staying inspired.<p>About four years ago I started working for myself. I wanted the freedom and …

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.<p>On October 10, 2011, …

Meet England’s Six King Georges (PHOTOS)

Most of them were German, one didn’t speak English, one secretly married a Catholic, and two had Oscar-winning movies made about them. Meet England’s …

11 All-Natural, Instant Energy Boosters

The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

Charles Day outlines four perhaps unexpected but effective weapons that the best creative leaders use in their battle for creativity and profitability.<p>For the leader of a company powered by creativity, the difficulties of navigating today’s complex marketplace are compounded by the fact that, in …

25 Ways to Win With Watermelon

There’s something about watermelon—it just isn’t summer without it. But you can do more than just serve it in wedges or in a fruit salad. Paired with basil and feta, it becomes a savory salad, and paired with vodka it becomes…well, the best cocktail to round out the summer months. So, for National …