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Surprise, Surprise: Money Can Buy Happiness After All

A new study shows that more money does mean more happiness, no matter the income level.<p>Maybe that old saying about money not being able to buy happiness made sense in like 1812, when all you could buy were horseshoes, but today it just sounds silly. And in recent times, experts thought they’d …

Happiness

An Effortless Fitness App That Will Get You Moving

Moves is free, lives in your phone, and requires zero interaction. If this doesn’t get you motivated to move your ass, nothing will.<p>Personal fitness trackers like Nike Fuelband are the thin end of the wedge for mainstream wearable computing. But if, like me, you’ve ever thought, Why would I buy a …

iOS Apps

An Overlooked Key To Innovation: The Right Sacrifices

How could one of the world’s best restaurants fail to get a third Michelin star? In its pursuit of an overall excellent experience may compromise its star product: the food.<p>This is the season chefs all over the world look forward to with a combination of anxiety and excitement, for is the time when …

Innovation

A Design Blog Experiments With The Printed Page

Why pay for a print compilation of projects you could see for free on the web? Because sometimes the web doesn’t do them justice.<p>You don’t need me to tell you that for so much of 21st-century digital art, medium matters. Which is why the UC Quarterly, a print repackaging of visual content from the …

Graphic Design

To Create The Future Of Brand Identity, Ideo Looks Inward

The trailblazing firm is knee deep in a massive, all-hands project to rebrand itself–and it’s doing it in public.<p>On March 25, the designers at each of Ideo’s 11 international offices put their other projects aside and spent the day thinking about Ideo. The aim was to brainstorm a new identity …

Design

Brilliant Words Of Advice From 14 Great Graphic Designers

A new book anthologizes the wisdom of the most influential designers in the world.<p>It’s late in the day, you’ve been working on a project for weeks, and you’re stumped. The client meeting is in hours, and you’ve got tons of ideas, none of which seem to be quite right. Then, self-doubt creeps in: …

Graphic Design

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 …

Calligraphy

A Micro Loft Designed For Maximum Impact

New York architects demonstrate just how good micro-living can be with their surprisingly spacious Manhattan Micro Loft.<p>Design constraints can breed invention. Few have tested this thesis more fully, perhaps, than architects Specht Harpman, who have transformed a dreary 425-square-foot New York …

Architecture

How To Design For The Sharing Economy

How do you create the next Zipcar, Netflix, or Airbnb? Follow these five rules, from Artefact’s Lada Gorlenko.<p>The definition of ownership is changing. We are becoming less interested in owning products and accumulating wealth through long-term purchases. Instead, we crave experiences, seeking out …

Sharing Economy

How To Reinvent An Icon: Behind Microsoft’s Rebuild of Team Halo And The Making Of Halo 4

To continue its best-selling Halo franchise, Microsoft had to create a new game company from the ground up. The new studio, 343 Industries, then had the challenge of continuing the storied game while giving it new life. We speak to franchise director Frank O’Connor and some of the key players …

Restarting Neighborhoods By Reactivating Abandoned Buildings

Impossible Living lets you tell the world about abandoned buildings in your neighborhood and crowdsource possible solutions or capital to get things humming again.<p>From Detroit to recession-hit Spain, the world is full of abandoned buildings: factories left by companies that went somewhere else, …

Making Renting A Store As Easy As Booking A Hotel Room

Storefront matches potential short-term leasers with landlords sitting on idle real estate space. In an age of pop-up stores and poor prospects for long-term tenants, could it be a shot in the arm for commercial real estate?<p>Opening a business can cost a lifetime of savings–$30,000 on average …

Social Enterprises Must Move Beyond Purpose

Now that every marketing campaign involves a slice of giving back, what can businesses for good do to set themselves apart?<p>Once upon a time, it was easy for a social enterprise to stand out and get noticed. Early entrants to the space were rewarded handsomely with attention and accolades because of …

Connecting People To Cheap Personal Trainers, From The Comfort Of Home

The personal trainer is in the computer? Ann Scott Plante wanted a better way to stay in shape and promote public health, so she built Wello, an interface that connects users to personal trainers through video chat.<p>Editor’s Note<p>This piece is part of Change Generation, our series on inspiring young …

5 Business Models That Are Driving The Circular Economy

We need to move from a system of waste to a system of reuse–an economy that’s a circle and not a line. Some businesses are getting closer to this ideal than others.<p>Since the Industrial Revolution, humanity’s use of natural resources has been basically the same: take, make, throw away. The World …

A New Layout for New York’s Subways

Anyone who has spent a morning commute with his face pressed into a stranger’s armpit has asked himself: Isn’t there a better way?<p>According to researchers, the answer is yes, and the solution isn’t a bike: it’s rearranging the train car’s furniture.<p>The draft report was put out by the NYC Transit …

How Networked Insights Makes Sense Of Internet Chatter To Help Big Brands Create Better Ads

Discussions around brands are happening everywhere, all the time. Networked Insights gives marketers a way to measure the noise.<p>It used to be that brands and agencies would create ad campaigns, push them live, and use the resulting consumer reaction to help inform the next campaign. But with the …

When A Name Brand Just Won’t Do: Hollywood’s Best Fake Products

Spark up a Bilson and read this story about when content producers eschew realism (and revenue) and go for fake-product placement.<p>This season on <i>Sons of Anarchy,</i> biker henchman Tig gets shot in the ass. As you’d expect, he skips the emergency room; instead getting operated on in the clubhouse. No …

Seth MacFarlane’s Dad Couldn’t Care Less That He’s Hosting The 2013 Academy Awards

Seth MacFarlane is having quite a year. He made a hit movie, got profiled by <i>The New Yorker</i>, hosted the season premiere of <i>Saturday Night Live</i> to warm reviews, he’s dating Daenerys Targaryen and to top it all off, now he’s been asked to host next year’s Academy Award ceremony. But there seems to be …

Take Your Remixing Skills Public With Nokia’s Open Song Project

Danish electro-rockers Spleen United lay out the building blocks for their new song, giving you the opportunity to put it together any way you’d like.<p>Interactive music videos are getting more and more popular and sophisticated. Most of the time, though, the interactivity is bound up more in the …

Joi Ito’s Plan For Urban Innovation: “Let A Thousand Weirdos Bloom”

Instead of planning for an urban renewal, the head of MIT’s Media Lab says cities should just get out of the way and make it easier for young and interesting people to do what they do best: innovate.<p>Ever since Richard Florida published <i>The Rise of the Creative Class</i>, back in 2002, urban planners …

Paula Broadwell Talks About, Shoots Guns In Infomercial

When engaged in close-quarters battle, you’re going to want a lightweight weapon that looks like something out of a <i>Terminator</i> movie and sprays hot lead efficiently and effectively. At least that’s what I learned from this gun infomercial featuring Paula Broadwell.<p>This past week, a video promoting …