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Google Maps can now create transit routes that take wheelchair accessibility into account

Starting today, Google is adding a “wheelchair accessible” routing option to Google Maps, as reported by <i>Gizmodo</i>. Tailored toward the use of public transit in metropolitan areas, when selected, the route that is presented will factor in the availability of wheelchair ramps and elevators on …

Google Maps

3 Essential Branding Lessons From A Rare Steve Jobs Interview

Jobs’s work with legendary designer Paul Rand taught him lessons that any designer, client, or entrepreneur should take to heart.<p>The year is 1986. Steve Jobs meets Paul Rand, the genius responsible for branding IBM, UPS, and Westinghouse. Having just been ousted from Apple, Steve asks Rand to …

Designers, Time to Sound Off on Your Favorite Fonts

Do you agree with the results of MOO's survey? What are your go-to fonts?<p>Print and design company MOO recently surveyed 1,300 of their US-based users …

Six Verbs That Make You Sound Weak (No Matter Your Job Title)

Sometimes it’s the smallest words and phrases that shape how you’re perceived around the office. Here are a few to watch out for at every level.<p>Your job title isn’t the only thing that determines how influential you are. Every word you use at work expresses your personal brand, from your confidence …

How To Build An Entrepreneurial Culture: 5 Tips From Eric Ries

The Lean Startup author sits down with Ideo U’s Suzanne Gibbs Howard to discuss how to instill an entrepreneurial spirit in any company, whether a startup, a design studio, or a corporate giant.<p>If you’ve ever been a part of a startup or a new business unit, you know the enormous amount of …

How Ikea’s Ingvar Kamprad Built The First Global Design Giant

Kamprad turned a tiny business into a company worth many billions of dollars. He leaves behind a complicated legacy that includes ties to Swedish fascism.<p>Ingvar Kamprad, a dyslexic boy who registered his mail order household goods business called Ikea at age 17, died on Saturday at his home in …

Incredibly Well-Planned One-Room Apartment in Stockholm

This small, one-room apartment in Stockholm, Sweden, is incredibly well planned. With the home at just about 344 square feet (32 square meters), it …

9 Big Design Trends That Will Shape 2018

Inclusiveness. Value. And super-powered AI.<p>Everyone thought 2016 was bad. That was before 2017. Over the past year, we learned Russia used social media ads to meddle in our election. Our data was stolen from Equifax, Yahoo, and Uber. It felt like virtually every man in a position of power was …

Software Design Is In Crisis. Here’s How To Fix It

Design is struggling to scale with the applications it supports because design is still bespoke–full of tailor-made solutions for individual problems. InVision’s Marco Suarez’s proposes a way forward.<p>In the 1960s, computer technology began outpacing the speed of software programming. Computers …

What Makes a Genius? The World's Greatest Minds Have One Thing in Common

Being a genius is different than merely being supersmart. Smart people are a dime a dozen, and many of them don’t amount to much. What matters is …

For your writing to spark fire in the minds of readers, ask these questions

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” <i>~William S. Burroughs</i><p><b>There is no greater satisfaction in writing</b> …

The Shazam of Typefaces

What is the font of a stop sign, or perhaps American Airlines’ logo? All these and more can be quickly answered with a simple smartphone photo, …

Typography

The Daan Roosegaarde interview | This rock star innovator is converting smog into jewellery

With boyish charms and uber cool appeal, Daan Roosegaarde is a rock star innovator. The 38-year-old, who is in news for his unique smog-free project, …

Innovation

Satellite Images Ranks Europe's Greenest (and Not so Green) Cities

With a growing global trend of rural to urban migration, a focus on an understanding of parks, gardens and general green space in city centers is …

European Travel

The Desks Of Top Creatives Prove That Offline Workspaces Still Matter

These photos will inspire you to clear away your desktop clutter.<p>Just as our offices today look nothing like they did 50 years ago, our desktops have undergone transformations of their own. We’re crammed into less space, computers have taken the place of typewriters, and even the phrase “desktop” …

The Success Path for Writers & Artists

For the past few years I have dug deep into researching what it takes to find success with your craft. How writers, artists, and other creative …

Self-improvement

Good writers are made, not born (essay)

Jill Parrott shatters the myth that you either have writing talent or you don’t.

Writing

Believe Me When I Tell You These Little-Known Facts About Color Are Fascinating

Who knew the Dutch were responsible for the prevalence of orange carrots?

Claude Monet

10 Design Leaders On How To Empower Women In The Workplace

Women design leaders at Uber, Facebook, Adobe, Pinterest, and more share stories of workplace sexism–and offer strategies for moving forward.<p>The tech and design worlds need more balanced leadership. Seventy percent of graphic design students are women, yet only 11% of creative directors are women. …

Mästerverk, a new webshop focusing on artists from Scandinavia - The Fox Is Black

Based in Malmö, Sweden, Mästerverk presents fine art prints, in super limited editions, from emerging Scandinavian artists. Their initial line-up so …

15 of the Most Popular Creative Online Classes People Are Taking This Fall

The time for hunkering down in our homes and watching the snow fall is quickly approaching. As the leaves continue to change color, now's the perfect opportunity to expand your art and photography skills with creative online classes. Best of all, you can learn art, photography, and design …

The 10 best free graphic design courses online

Want to learn new skills, or refresh the fundamentals of your graphic design knowledge? We’ve previously brought you some great graphic design …

Before and After: From Perfectly Fine Bath to Spa-Like Space

I'll confess: I got a bit confused when I first saw this bathroom photo. Marble(ish) tiles, white wainscoting, seaglass green walls, elegant …

Here’s How Much People Spend on Kitchen Renovations

<i>Originally published by Real Simple.</i><p>If you’re thinking about taking on a kitchen renovation project this year, you might want to look at these …

Kitchens

7 Colors to Use in Your Home to Create a Midcentury-Modern Look With a Twist

From the cheerful hues of the 1950s to the softer, earthier shades that were popular in the 1960s, your own take on midcentury-modern colors can add the perfect splash of nostalgia to your home.<p>Whether you gravitate to fun citrus tones and multicolored concepts or more mellow neutrals, …

Home Decorating

52 home decorating projects

Terrarium garden<p><b>More:</b> 8 cool DIY terrariums<p>Decorative terrariums are hotter––and easier––than ever. Create your own tabletop garden in 30 minutes or …

Finland's Government Uses This Simple Design Method. Why You Should, Too | Inc.com

Whether your business is large or small, nascent or established, there are continually questions you need to answer in order to improve your offering. One quick and low-risk way to answer these questions is to run experiments. Designing small market-facing prototypes or tests can get you closer to …

Product Management

IKEA's Creative Hub in Malmö features moody library and walls for scribbling

IKEA employees can "go bananas writing on every wall" inside its Creative Hub in Malmö, Sweden, which features interiors designed by Nanna …

Furniture

Gigantic Wood Tower by EFFEKT

The Danish leisure park <i>Camp Adventure</i> has teamed with the architecture studio EFFEKT in order to design a colossal tower, which will be built in 2018 …

This Room Was The Worst Part Of The House, Now It's the Best

When Kia Designs renovated a house in London that had been previously used as a house share, they knew they had a lot of work ahead of …