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The Most Simple Meditation Technique That Anyone Can Do

Have you ever heard of gazing meditation?<p>If you haven’t, it involves focusing your mind on an object in front of you.<p>Gazing has been a long-practiced …

Web typography is broken. Here’s how we can fix it

The secret messaging app getting millions of downloads

Harvard classmates Lei Guo and Oliver Hayen created what could have been just another messaging app. They knew they had something unique, as every app development team claims, so they put it in the hands of 2,000 people and hit launch.<p>Within 30 days, their app SOMA Messenger had 10 million users …

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The Genius Ramen Shop Staple That Will Make Your Lunches Better

<i>Every week—often with your help—Food52's Executive Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius.</i><p><i>Today: How to make perfect, Momofuku-style soy sauce eggs—the simple ramen shop staple that will be your new Not Sad Desk Lunch (and last-minute breakfast, dinner, and</i> …

Recipes

Looncup tracks menstruation and sends vaginal updates to your phone

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A Little Spice Makes Everything Nice: 16 Cozy Cinnamon Recipes

Is there anything that isn't made better by cinnamon? From braises to baked goods, these recipes all feature cinnamon as a starring ingredient.

Breakfast

An iPhone App To Help You Relax, Designed Around Brainwaves And Tai Chi

Ustwo, makers of Monument Valley, have released a new app to help you relax.<p>At the end of a long, stressful day, sometimes all you want to do is turn off your brain, but your phone is the worst escape. It’s holding emails to be answers, newsy tweets to be read, Facebook posts to piss you off, …

New book is a typographical treat for designers

Lawrence King's latest creative title is a typographic treat for designers and typophiles alike. Type: New Perspectives in Typography takes an A-Z …

Typography

20 awesome board games you may never have heard of

Put down that Monopoly money, cease your Trivial Pursuing. Here are the alternative board games you should really have in your life<p>We asked for your favourite board game, and you told us. Thank you. From ancient classics like Chess and Go to more modern staples like Scrabble and Monopoly, we heard …

The reason every meme uses that one font

If you've spent much time on the internet, you've seen a meme like the ones above: a picture, white words, a black outline, and the same exact font.<p>It's described everything from cats:<p>To German chancellors:<p>Why do so many memes have the same appearance?<p>The answer tells us something about design, …

Typography

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Oxford Dictionaries Adds 'Fat-Shame,' 'Butthurt' and 'Redditor'

Bill O'Leary—The Washington Post/Getty Images<p>Brian Harkin—MCT/Getty Images<p>Lucas Jackson—Reuters/Corbis<p>Ulf Andersen—Getty Images<p>Tina Fineberg—AP<p>Haraz …

These 9 common office policies actually limit productivity

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Companies need to have rules—that’s a given—but they don’t have to be shortsighted and lazy in order to create order.<p>I understand the temptation. As my company has grown, so has our difficulty maintaining standards. There have been …

The Workplace

50 Really Useful Photoshop Tips and Tools

50<p>SHARES<p>If you know Photoshop at all, you'll know that no matter how much you read up on it there will always be many useful tools, tips and tricks …

Tutorials

How to stop Android apps running in the background | Drippler - Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

The hunt is on for background apps. But before we go on an app massacre, let's remember that many apps run in the background for good reason: they …

Travel: Explore Colorado canyon country

<i>The somewhat secret arches of western Colorado</i><p><b>All photos by Stan Wagon</b><p>SUMMIT COUNTY — Utah may get all the press when it comes to natural sandstone …

20 Fresh Free Fonts for Designers

The new collection of <b>best free fonts</b> for designers. Highest quality commercial-use fonts are available for free download in .ttf and .otf format. …

Typography

Understanding Auto, Optical and Metrics Kerning in Adobe Illustrator

What is Kerning?<p>Kerning is the process of adjusting the space between pairs of letters to give them a more pleasing visual flow. Typically, kerning …

Typography

Aire – Festive Display Font Family from Lián Types

Aire, a big display font family with festive flourishes and frames.<p>Maximiliano Sproviero, a Buenos Aires based type designer has created the <b>Aire</b> font …

Typographer’s typefaces

The 25 most admired typefaces by typographers, type designers and letterers.<p>In case you missed our most popular post from last year, here it is again. It’s also been translated into Japanese.<p>Selecting the right typeface makes all the difference to effective design and communication. But with over 100,000 font families to pick from it can be a daunting task. There are some excellent guides on how to choose a typeface and helpful methods for pairing typefaces but in order to apply these …

DIY PC: How To Source Cheap And Compatible Parts For Your Next Build

Welcome once again to DIY PC, a regular feature customized for PC builders and PC gamers. Ordinarily we examine the week’s hardware news, but this time around we’re going to focus on one thing: finding the most affordable and compatible parts for your next build.<p>For people pondering their first …

Western Digital

10 Free Fonts for Making Your Own Graphic Wall Art

Nothing fills a home with personality quite like artwork, and who knows your personality better than you? Making your own typographic wall art is …

Mid-Century modern

A 24-Year-Old Transport Engineer Is About To Free Her City From Car Ownership

Now, they're set to rub their transportation superiority in our faces.<p>Finland's capital, Helsinki, is about to launch a program that could virtually eliminate car ownership and give its residents the ability to plot an on-demand commute from their phones.<p>It's mostly the vision of Sonja Heikkilä, a …

Transportation

A Designer’s Guide To Setting The Mood With Lines

Want to imbue an air of refinement with a single brushstroke? Rikard Rodin, who blogs at Zeven Design, put together a handy little infographic on how designers can use lines to set the mood, drawing from the “mood lines” in the book <i>Landscape Architecture</i> by John Ormsbee Simonds.<p>In graphic design, …

Google rolling out major update to Google Translate iOS app with Word Lens and near-realtime conversation translation

Google has announced that it will shortly be rolling out a new version of its Google Translate iOS app, with two significant enhancements.<p>First, it is replacing the existing camera-based text translation with the far slicker Word Lens system. Google acquired Word Lens back in May of last year with …

Google Translate

[For Developers] Android-Libs.Com Curates And Lists Hundreds Of Libraries, Tools, And Resources For Android Development

Android developers gain a lot of advantages from working on a platform with a wide variety of libraries, open source projects, and other resources to …

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