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Doing the right things and doing things right: a design researcher’s process model

Understanding your UX role at the micro and macro levels matters greatly. Sharing case studies shows your ability to “do things right.” Additionally, …

UX Design

6 Key Ways Design Thinkers Approach Problems

How design thinkers think.<p>Design thinking is a popular strategy for solving thorny problems, both inside and outside the business world. Countless articles detail how to do it. This is not one of those posts. This is a look at how veterans of the process <i>think</i>: what goes on in their minds when they …

The Best Business Dashboard Apps For Small Businesses

The modern business is bursting at the seams with data, but making sense of it all can feel like the job of a master mathematician. Because there’s …

Love Actually Is the Least Romantic Film of All Time

The movie knows little—and cares less—about how people fall in love.<p>I confess that it wasn’t until recently that I understood the degree to which <i>Love Actually</i>, the 2003 romantic comedy by writer/director Richard Curtis, had been gradually reevaluated and granted the status of a “classic” holiday …

Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?

Between August 13 and September 4, 2002, the Oakland Athletics baseball team didn’t lose a single time. For twenty consecutive games—an American …

The Best User Interfaces Of 2014

In terms of smartphones and tablet interfaces, Google may have stolen 2014 with their landmark Material Design philosophy. But outside of that space, things are about to get weird. Really weird.<p>We sit on the precipice of a war for your face, in which companies like Facebook, Samsung, and Sony are …

On Muppets & Merchandise: How Jim Henson Turned His Art into a Business

<i>Elizabeth Hyde Stevens | Make Art Make Money | September 2013 | 17 minutes (4,102 words)</i><p><i>In 2011, Longreads highlighted an essay called “Weekend at</i> …

Marketing Automation Could Be Harming Your Business - Here's How to Tip the Scale

The notion of automation in business usually by default offers some very attractive and on the surface, lucrative prospects. Automation simply allows us to focus on tasks we view as more mission critical and worthy of our direct attention and input. We’re always trying to escape manual labor and …

The ERP monolith begins to unravel, sort of

Will all-encompassing enterprise application suites survive what the cloud has in store?<p>Call it the great enterprise unraveling. The days may be …

Pharrell made less than $3,000 in songwriter royalties from 43 million Pandora streams of "Happy"

Pandora

Why Apple-IBM mobile apps could be really good for IBM

If the terms “deep analytics” and “workflow design” make your eyes glaze over in boredom, you’re not alone. But IBM—with the help of its now-partner …

3D Printing: Is Your Business Ready for the Next Industrial Revolution?

December 5, 2014<p>Embed<p>Disruption displaces old business models but creates opportunities, if one has the vision. For example, it is no secret that the …

Instagram Is Getting So Good at News, It Should Scare Twitter

It's raining in San Francisco. Hard. Trees have already fallen, and the skeletons of cast-off umbrellas are tumbling down the street. This is the …

HP Stream 11 review: meet the next generation of cheap laptops

Why Live Jazz Is So Important To New Orleans

Punk rock was getting boisterous, trying to make his point by being louder than anyone else. Pop was pretending not to care, but was dancing …

New Orleans

Apple and IBM launch first wave of enterprise apps

After unveiling a partnership with IBM back in July this year — designed to combine IBM’s enterprise data specialties with Apple’s iOS hardware and software — Apple today announced the first 10 of its iOS apps released as part of the agreement.<p>In a press release, Apple’s Phil Schiller describes it …

Financial Services

Apple and IBM launch their business invasion with new iOS apps

Apple and IBM are starting to deliver on their "landmark partnership" to transform business use of iPads and iPhones today. After a deal earlier this year, the first apps designed by the two companies will start being used by Citi, Air Canada, Sprint, and Banorte this week. The first round of 10 …

5 Ways to Have Your Customers Fund Your Business

Author John Mullins challenges the wildly held notion that startups need to raise institutional dollars to succeed.<p>A long-held notion in entrepreneurial circles is that the way to start and grow a thriving business is to come up with a great "idea", write a great business plan, raise capital from …

OrderWithMe Raises Another $28M To Help Small Businesses Procure Like Big Ones

OrderWithMe, a startup based out of Las Vegas that has built a platform for small businesses to come together to effectively act like big ones to source, order and pay for supplies and components — has raised another $28 million in funding.<p>The company says the money will be used to build out its …

5 Tech Tools that Help Businesses Compete With the Big Guys

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the past few decades, the Internet has been touted as "the great equalizer," and small businesses have found some great successes in virtual spaces. However, the realities of online business haven't consistently allowed independent …

The Google-backed password-killer just crossed a major milestone

In October, Google unveiled a surprising new way to log into Chrome and Gmail: a USB key. It only worked as part of a two-factor setup, standing in for an authentication code, but it served as a wakeup call to anyone tired of the standard username-and-password login. Smart people are thinking of …

The Trailer for <em>The Last Days of wd~50</em> Has Landed

The attention given to Wylie Dufresne’s restaurant wd~50, which closed last month after 11 trailblazing years, has been totally warranted — just take …

The 100 Best Albums of 2014

<b>The 100 Best Albums of 2014</b><p>I am counting down the 100 best albums of the year—all styles,<br>all genres.<p><b>HONORABLE MENTION</b><p><b>Here is my honorable mention</b> …

Monday's Musings: Why The Third Generation Of Enterprise Mobile Is Designed For Digital Transformation

Mobile Is The Main Entry Point For Digital Transformation<p>Mobile initiatives provide an entry point into digital. Mobile first is more than a mantra. …

Miles Davis Did More for Modern Music Than You Probably Ever Thought

At a White House dinner party in 1987, a politician's wife made the mistake of asking Miles Davis why jazz was essentially dead in America.<p>"Jazz is …

The American jazz musician who saved my life

One day, when I was a student in Paris, I went to my father’s home for dinner. When I arrived, I saw that there was a guest there. My father introduced him to me, “This is Jimmy Davis. He’s a jazz musician and you owe him a lot.”<p>I smiled at this man, who must have been in his 50s, and said hello. …

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There will be a Season Two of Serial! Thanks to everyone who donated.

Last week, we asked people who’ve been listening to <i>Serial</i> to chip in if they wanted a second season. <i>This American Life</i> funded the bulk of Season One, …