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Monica Förster Design Studio Collaborates with Marrakech Design on Two Tile Collections

Monica Förster Design Studio collaborated with Swedish tile company Marrakech Design on two encaustic cement tile collections, one inspired by the …

Design

6 Strategic Moments When Design Thinking Makes a World of Difference

Design thinking adds value to your strategy tool box.<p>Design thinking is an iterative problem framing and problem solving process, 50 percent of which is applied ethnography, and the other 50 percent of which incorporates design principles like prototyping and visualizing concepts. It is a useful …

Design

Fabrizio Fabricatore: Course Certificate - Design Thinking: The Beginner's Guide

The Course Certificate below verifies that <b>Fabrizio Fabricatore</b> has completed the course <b>Design Thinking: The Beginner's Guide</b> with a <b>Top 10% …

Jelly Alchemy – The Amazing 3D Jelly Cakes of Siew Heng Boon

Jelly cakes don’t really sound very appetizing, or particularly impressive for that matter, but that’s only because you’ve probably never seen one of …

Why Great Employees Leave “Great Cultures”

“We have a great culture.” We have all heard it. We have all said it. But what does that mean?<p>Ping-Pong tables, free meals, and beer on tap? No.<p>Yoga, CrossFit classes, and massage chairs? I so need that, but no.<p>The promise of being part of a hip, equity-incentivized, fast growing team? Closer, but …

Team Building

Designing a Chatbot – Muzli - Design Inspiration

I have been extremely lucky to get a chance on designing a chatbot for one of our clients and the learning in the process has been massive. Most of …

Artificial Intelligence

A Jack Campbell Primer: What to Read, Where to Begin

If you like “boots on the ground” style military science fiction, then you’ll probably want to start with the <i>Stark’s War</i> trilogy. <i>Stark’s War</i> follows …

Science Fiction

14 Absolutely Perfect Paint Colors Designers Love

Choosing paint colors for your home is a big deal: Nothing sets the tone for a space like the color on the walls. So deciding what paint color to …

Home Decorating

How to Collaborate Effectively If Your Team Is Remote

Remote communication isn’t always easy. Do you recognize yourself in any of these examples?<p><i>At 10 p.m., a corporate lawyer gets a text from a colleague and wonders (not for the first time) if there’s a protocol about work-related texts after a certain hour.</i><p><i>After a long and liquid client dinner, an</i> …

Our Favorite Curly Hairstyles

Messy Topknot<p>This topknot lets your springy curls add some major personality to your easiest updo yet. Traceless hair rings, like these, help keep …

Explaining Side Chains, The Next Breakthrough In Blockchain

As an engineer and an entrepreneur, I truly believe blockchain technology is going to revolutionize the world. One of the biggest hurdles we need to tackle in the blockchain industry is scalability. Ethereum can only handle 15 transactions per second. I previously wrote about why that will prevent …

Blockchain

From #metoo to #RiceBunny: how social media users are campaigning in China

<i>Rice bunny says, “the only thing I want for the coming Lunar New Year is anti-sexual harassment rulings… You can take my plate away, but you cannot</i> …

Greedy, Brittle, Opaque, and Shallow: The Downsides to Deep Learning

Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, has said that AI “is more profound than … electricity or fire.” Andrew Ng, who founded Google Brain and …

This Human Heart-On-A-Chip Lets Us Test Drugs On Actual Human Tissue–Not Animals

Tara Biosystems is growing heart cells in a lab, which can then be given drugs and monitored for side effects, before putting the drugs in a living being.<p>It looks like an elongated blob: a pulsating, concave blob, suspended on wires. It doesn’t seem like much when I first see it in the flesh–except …

Drug Testing

Singapore has a flock of robo-swans patrolling its waters. Here’s why

Faced with the problem of how best to track pollution in the country’s reservoirs, engineers in Singapore have come up with a unique solution: robot …

These Electric Barges Are A Cleaner Cargo Solution Than Trucks

In the Netherlands, where transporting cargo on rivers is common, Port-Liner is working to make the barges all-electric. But the real opportunity may be in places like the U.S. where vastly more cargo could be shipped on our fresh waterways.<p>If you stand next to the Rhine River in Rotterdam and a …

Container Ships

Experimental AR projection system lets surgeons see ‘through’ a patient’s skin

Imagine if surgeons or other clinicians were able to more easily see their patients’ internal anatomy without having to cut into them. That’s the …

6 non-meat foods that are full of protein

If you're doing January veggie style.<p>Eating more protein is one of the best ways to feel more energised, happier and less hungry. Why? Well, to start, protein has a thermic effect on the body, meaning that up to 30% of the calories consumed from eating it are burned just by processing it (compared …

Nutrition

A Nobel Prize-winning economist thinks we’re asking all the wrong questions about inequality

America is trying to come to terms with its economic inequality. Does inequality spur growth or kill it? Is it a necessary evil—or necessarily bad? Angus Deaton, an economics professor at Princeton, and the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics, is asked questions like these all the …

Income Inequality

Edward Snowden made an app to protect your laptop

Wait, Snowden built an app?<p>Earlier this year, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden met with Jacqueline Moudeina, the first female lawyer in Chad and a legendary human rights advocate who has worked tirelessly to bring former dictator Hissène Habré to justice. Habré was convicted of human rights abuses …

Surveillance

19 Makeup Charts That You'll Cherish And Save Forever

The Lava Lamps That Help Keep The Internet Secure

At the headquarters of Cloudflare, in San Francisco, there’s a wall of lava lamps: the Entropy Wall. They’re used to generate random numbers and keep …

Apple brought back Braun design, but Google is bringing back Olivetti

1960s/70s Italian industrial design was led by Olivetti, featuring products with "touches of joy that enliven everyday tasks" featuring bright color …

Product Design

Researchers warn of new botnet that could take down the internet

Security group Check Point Research claims to have discovered a rapidly growing and evolving botnet which they believe could eventually take down the …

3 Things Smart Bosses Do to Effectively Manage Smart People

No matter how smart they are, one of the keys to motivating your smartest workers is to develop them.<p>If you've been charged with managing a group of really smart and savvy employees, you have your work cut out for you. Smart people obviously know they're smart, which works to their advantage. They …

workimprovement

How to Spot a Machine Learning Opportunity, Even If You Aren’t a Data Scientist

Artificial intelligence is no longer just a niche subfield of computer science. Tech giants have been using AI for years: Machine learning algorithms power Amazon product recommendations, Google Maps, and the content that Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter display in social media feeds. But William …

Machine Learning

As Your Company Evolves, What Happens to Employees Who Don’t?

When my company was young, we worked with two contractors who played key roles in client services. As we grew and defined our core values — singling out accountability as our top priority — it became clear that these contractors did not meet our newly defined standards. They were often difficult to …

Human Resources

If You're Looking For a Quick but Intense Workout, Do This 4-Minute Tabata Session

Cardio is out and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is in when it comes to losing weight. Which is why you should try Tabata, a quick, fun, and fast-paced form of HIIT that's just as perfect for beginners as it is for advanced athletes. It alternates between 20 seconds of intense bursts of …

Workouts

AI That Understands Design Can Now Critique Your Logo For Free

Image by Jack Qiao via Product Hunt<p><b>Design critique is important,</b> but feelings can get hurt as a result of ignorance and careless wording. Why not let …

Graphic Design

Before & After: A Dated '70s Living Room Gets Dark & Dreamy

We've seen Malcolm work his dark magic on a room before, and his living room transformation is just as impressive. After adding in enviable features …

Living Rooms