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9 Gadgets That Make Cool Gifts for Under $50

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Top 10 Sites for Designers: September 2016 Edition

Every month, HOW art director Adam Ladd curates a list of inspiring websites of particular interest to designers and creatives. This month’s …

Graphic Designers: Cheat Sheets That Simplify Design Elements, Print Terms, More

Image via Canva<p><b>Graphic designers</b> who are just starting out may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the myriad jargons used in the field.<p><b>Adding on to</b> these …

What Happened When I Got Rid Of Everything In My House That Doesn’t Spark Joy

Do socks really “spark joy?” This writer went through (nearly) every item in her house with some surprising results.<p>I hate clutter. Growing up, my favorite book (and the only one I kept from my childhood) was <i>The Boxcar Children</i>, a story of four orphans who live in an abandoned train car with few …

Here's How to Shine Your Shoes Like a Pro

You've invested in your footwear. You should also invest in its upkeep.<p><i>Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert and advice columnist. She'll be here</i> <i>every week</i> <i>helping to answer your filthiest questions. Are you dirty?</i> <i>Email her</i><i>.</i><p><b>I had a pair of light brown/beige wingtips repaired and shined recently, but when</b> …

90 Instagram accounts to follow for daily graphic design inspiration

When it comes to getting a daily dose of inspiration for your graphic design projects, nothing beats the visual delights of Instagram. From global …

A new productivity trick created by a product designer could change the way you get things done

A large community of people are obsessed with bullet journaling because it's customizable for every person; you can alter it to fit your needs.<p>Designer Ryder Carroll created this analog system to give his notebook more purpose than ever.<p>The basic components of a bullet journal, according to the …

House Tour: A Bright Vintage Modern Loft

<b>Name:</b> Katie Hackworth, principal designer and owner of H2 Design + Build, her husband Paul, their two daughters & three rescue mutts<b><br>Location:</b> …

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

A "Big Change on a Small Budget" Bathroom Makeover

(Image credit: Submitted by Gretchen)<p><b>Project by:</b> Gretchen <b><br>Location:</b> Roswell, Georgia<p>When we moved into our house three years ago, the master bathroom …

10 Ways to Beat Boredom on Your Run

Dealing with lulls on the road? Try these workout suggestions to engage your mind and body.<p><i>Jack asks: I just started running a few months ago, and my biggest problem has been boredom. Any suggestions for dealing with that? Do you have workout suggestions for beginners?</i><p>To fight boredom, engage your …

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29 Runner-Friendly Summer Recipes

Fuel, recover, and impress with these outdoor favorites.<p>1 of 29<p>Black Bean Salsa<p>Hearty but refreshing, this no-cook appetizer is perfect for a hot summer day. Black beans provide lots of filling fiber and protein without a ton of calories.<p>2 of 29<p>Tomato and Roasted Pepper Bruschetta<p>This fast and easy …

Can a Drink Hurt My Running Performance?

"A drink" won't have much of an effect. Many drinks, however, can hurt your performance.<p><i>After a hard day at the office, I enjoy a beer as I relax and unwind. I’m not a heavy drinker, but I’m in training for a 10-K, and I was wondering if a drink now and then might hurt my performance?</i><p>Alcohol …

10 Alt-Country Songs for Running

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with some American roots-style music.<p>Memorial Day weekend is here, so while we’re paying tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives in the U.S. military, let’s also pay tribute to another distinctly patriotic tradition: Americana music.<p>Although not always …

Damien Echols: how I survived death row

In 1993, three eight-year-old boys – Steve Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers – were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. "It was the subject …

How America's 2-Tiered Education System Is Perpetuating Inequality

And how online courses might only exacerbate the problem<p>In 2006, Amherst College made a decision that administrators at some other schools considered radical. The critics said it would dent the value of the school's degree, or force it to "lower its standards." The school's then-president pushed …

Japanese specialist test breast cancer cure

A Japanese cancer specialist said on Wednesday she is clinically testing a new cure for breast cancer. The treatment called “heavy ion radiotherapy” …

This Black and White Video Can (Sorta) Predict Your IQ

OK, you want to try it? Then watch the video above—the whole thing, preferably full-screen—before you read any further. Got it? Good. Let's see how …

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Ghost Army: The Inflatable Tanks That Fooled Hitler

The Allies saved thousands of lives by embracing the artistry of war.<p>These props -- "advanced technology" as advanced technology -- were amazingly effective, doing what all good theater props will: setting a believable scene. The Ghost Army, some 1,100 men in all, ended up staging more than twenty …

The Most Creative People In Mobile, 2013

They’re designing your mobile experiences with apps such as Google Maps, Foursquare, and Live Nation, and protecting your security on them, too. Meet the mobile masters from our Most Creative People In Business 2013 list.<p>KIRTHIGA REDDY (No. 4)<p><b>Director Of Online Operations, Facebook India</b><p>When …

The Most Creative People In Style, Retail

From a coffee hawker to designer clothes to hair, hair, and more hair, here are the innovators from our Most Creative People In Business 2013 list who are creating new ways to answer the demands of fashion-conscious consumers.<p>TRACEY BLECZINSKI (No. 9)<p><b>VP Of Consumer Products, National Football League</b><p>…

50 Design Problems In 50 Days: Real Empathy For Innovation (Part 1)

Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. Sent 2× a month.<br>You can unsubscribe any …

Love and Art: The Secret to a Romantic Relationship That’s Also a Creative Collaboration

If you, like me, thought it wasn’t possible to admire the writer-illustrator battery of genius behind the recent gem <i>Lost Cat</i> any more, you’re about to be, like I was, promptly proven wrong. In a recent episode of her award-winning <i>Design Matters</i> radio show, interviewer extraordinaire and Renaissance …

Tapping 'noise canceling' data signals for faster Internet

At the moment, sending data via fiber means blasting a light signal down the line. The farther you want the data to travel, the more power you need …

Going Solo: A Brief History of Living Alone and the Enduring Social Stigma Around Singletons

In the 4th century BC, Aristotle admonished:<p>The man who is isolated, who is unable to share in the benefits of political association, or has no need to share because he is already self-sufficient, is no part of the polis, and must therefore be either a beast or a god.<p>Indeed, the ancient world held …

The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors

“Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers’ success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. <b>The Top Ten: Writers</b> …

100 Ideas That Changed Film

When a small handful of enthusiasts gathered at the first cinema show at the Grand Cafe in Paris on December 27, 1895, to celebrate early experimental film, they didn’t know that over the next century, their fringe fascination would carve its place in history as the “seventh art.” But how, exactly, …

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