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The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.<p><b>S</b>omething strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …

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Delightfully Simple Animation Shows Kids Why Design Matters

How do you get young people thinking about design? Such a task requires first explaining what design is, exactly, which can be tricky even for adults to grasp. The meaning of design is made delightfully simple in “Shape,” a wordless six-minute animation designed and directed by Johnny Kelly for …

American Firms Dream of Growth but Invest in Efficiency

After more than five years of sluggish growth, U.S. companies are finally starting to feel a bit more optimistic. The Federal Reserve is projecting GDP growth of 2.8 to 3 percent in 2014 (U.S. Economic Outlook for 2014 and Beyond, January 13, 2014, About.com), and our own research, “CEO Briefing …

Soundfreaq Re-Imagines the Alarm Clock

Are you one of those people that likes a traditional alarm clock/radio but also keeps your phone within hand’s reach? Soundfreaq has launched the …

11 Ways Big Companies Undermine Innovation

In centuries past, explorers searched for the legendary city of El Dorado, where everything was made of gold. Today, at large organizations, innovation is the new El Dorado. Consultants and keynote speakers all purport to provide maps to it. Chief executives and business unit leaders weave the word …

Design as a New Vertical Forcing Function

From Microsoft’s latest radical reorganization and subsequent purchase of Nokia’s devices unit to Google’s acquisition of Motorola, it’s clear that after decades of horizontal integration, high tech is in an age of increased verticalization. Samsung is customizing ARM Holdings’ processor chips, and …

Dismantling the Sales Machine

Sales leaders have long fixated on process discipline. They have created opportunity scorecards, qualification criteria, and activity metrics—all part of a formal sales process designed to help their team members replicate the approaches of star performers. This is the world of the sales machine, …

How to Listen When Your Communication Styles Don’t Match

Why do people who consider themselves good communicators often fail to actually hear each other? Often it’s due to a mismatch of styles: To someone who prefers to vent, someone who prefers to explain seems patronizing; explainers experience venters as volatile.<p>This is why so many of us see our …

Articles about top 10 houses dwell week 0 on Dwell.com - Dwell

From a home designed by David Chipperfield in London to WORKac's New York duplex, here is what caught our eye over the last few...<p>From floating student dorms to concrete homes, catch up from the week with these abodes from around the world.<p>John Pawson's minimal home and an experimental residence by …

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: October 2013

7 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

Story-driven Data Analysis

Great analysts tell great stories based on the results of their analyses. Stories, after all, make results user-friendly, more conducive to decision-making, and more persuasive.<p>But that is not the only reason to use stories. Time and time again in our experience, stories have been more than an …

Nate Silver Predicts That You, Too, Can Be A Data Master

The Web’s greatest prognosticator believes that you–yes, you–can learn to be data literate, if you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty.<p>Everybody has a crush on Nate Silver.<p>The statistician-author-blogger calls elections and awards with titillating accuracy–and from what he’s said before, …

CareCloud Raises A New $9M In Oversubscribed Round For Physician Care SaaS Platform

CareCloud has followed up the $20 million that it received in June with a new $9 million investment from Adams Street Partners. The new investment brings its total funding to $55 million.<p>The oversubscribed $20 million Series B round was led by Tenaya Capital and included existing investor Intel …

Tessellating Black Blocks Create Free-Form Furniture

Design your own mathematically inspired free-form furniture with a series of identical lightweight five-sided units that come together in creative …

What the Obama Campaign's Chief Data Scientist Is Up to Now

The short version: trying to keep the best minds of his generation from working on advertising.<p>By all accounts, Rayid Ghani's data work for President Obama's reelection campaign was brilliant and unprecedented. Ghani probably could have written a ticket to work at any company in the world, or …

Do Good Logos Need to Actually, You Know, Look Good?

The definitive book on corporate branding makes the case that successful companies have successful designs—but the relationship between those successes remains mysterious.<p>There are good logos and there are bad logos—who can tell the difference between the two? Per Mollerup, an economist whose …

How GE Uses Data Visualization to Tell Complex Stories

<i>GE, perhaps more than any other major company, is dedicated to the use of data visualization as a key part of its marketing and communications efforts. Stemming from our Insight Center on visualizing data, I spoke with Linda Boff, GE’s executive director of global brand marketing, about the</i> …

Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop

So your trusty laptop is starting to show its age. No one can blame you for wanting a new one, but we've got just one piece of advice: <b>WAIT</b>. This is a …