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Slow Fashion That Lets You Be Involved In Designing Your Clothes

Carte Blanche gives sustainable fashion to the crowd.<p>If you’re like the average American, you buy more than one piece of clothing a week, but you don’t actually wear it–80% of what we own just sits in our closets, and we each toss out around 70 pounds of clothing each year. Meanwhile, clothing …

A Reformed Workaholic On How to Work Smarter

Instead of fighting the workaholic spirit, make a plan to work smarter.<p>I am an advocate of hard work.<p>I have been known to say things like, “I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I know how to outwork everyone else.” And it’s true–I’ve done it my whole career.<p>In fact, I never took more …

Time Management

6 Tips On How To Make It In Silicon Valley, From A Successful Expat Transplant

After landing in the States, it wasn’t easy for Toca Boca CEO Björn Jeffery to crack the code on how to live and thrive in the Valley. Here the Swedish intrapreneur shares what he’s learned and his secrets for survival.<p>Björn Jeffery is among the world’s most successful digital toy developers. As …

Silicon Valley

The Makings Of A Great Logo

Six questions to ask yourself when designing a brand<p>Your company’s logo is the foundation of your business branding. It is probably the first interaction that you will have with your customers. An effective logo can establish the right tone and set the proper ethos. After years of crafting logos …

Graphic Design

TrendViz Turns News Relevant To You Into Sleek Data Visualizations

TrendViz, a new data visualization tool, streamlines your ability to filter and understand news relevant to your brand.<p>In the age of information overload, it can be hard for companies to keep track of every bit of news, social media, and online dialogue relevant to their brands. Even more difficult …

Data Visualization

Metropolitan Museum Provides Free Access to 400,000 Images

The Metropolitan Museum has just announced that more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s …

5 Free Apps For Doing Less Paperwork

If you’re sick of paperwork and the headaches that come with it, this edition of Free App Friday is for you.<p><b>FaxFile (Android and iOS)</b><p>Fax machines are going the way of the phone booth, but some companies still rely on them–and force the rest of us to figure out how to fax something in 2014. This app …

Apps

Is This The Medium Of Image Sharing? Storehouse Wants Your Online Stories To Be Simply Beautiful

The photo-sharing platform announced a $7 million funding round today, led by Sherpa Ventures.<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vma4zr5jYWs<p>Image hosts like Flickr and SmugMug are a dime a dozen. On the portfolio front, platforms like Cargo Collective do a fine job of presenting your work without the …

War

This Automated Knitting Machine With 340 Needles Is Old-School 3-D Printing

Upload your design files and watch this 3-D printing-inspired machine, armed with 340 sewing needles, do its magic.<p>If you’ve always wanted to make your own clothes, there’s now a relatively easy way that doesn’t involve any cutting or sewing. All you have to do is download some designs from the …

How To Make An Instagram Mood Board, Courtesy Of Nail-Art Phenom Fleury Rose

Lazily scrolling through your feed is just the beginning to mining creative inspiration from Instagram. Fleury Rose delves into her process.<p>Fleury Rose is an Instagram poweruser. The nail artist, and one of <i>Fast Company</i>‘s Most Creative People in Business, can spend an hour or two getting lost in her …

Samsung Galaxy

4 Things Successful Businesses Do To Get Consistent Results

From setting measurable goals to hiring the right people, leadership consultant Jim Sullivan shares four tips to help your team reach your business goals.<p>“Ideas are easy, execution is hard,” says Jim Sullivan, CEO of Sullivision, a Wisconsin-based marketing, sales, and leadership consulting company …

Employment

5 Brilliant Business Lessons From Mötley Crüe (Seriously!)

Nikki Sixx and longtime manager Allen Kovac explain how the notoriously messy metal band grew into a business powerhouse.<p>Looking to Mötley Crüe for advice about business might sound a little like asking Warren Buffett for tips on headbanging. Are there really lessons to be learned from the band …

Rock Music

Square Capital: Small Business Financing That You Pay Back With Swipes

Jack Dorsey’s mobile payment startup, Square, is getting into the lending business.<p>Square Capital, officially announced today, is a new program that grants small businesses an influx of cash to get things off and running. “The biggest blocker for any seller is access to capital,” Dorsey said in an …

Small Business

This Redesigned Cap Turns Any Water Bottle Into A Vegetable Garden

The Petomato allows you to actually grow tomatoes inside any plastic water bottle. “When the fruit ripens, it’s kind of shocking.”<p>As a gardening-obsessed college student in Japan, Takuya Hasegawa wanted to figure out how to help more people start growing their own food–even if, like many people …

In Defense Of Culture: Why Creatives Should Mimic The Sustainable Food Movement

Free culture, like cheap food, incurs hidden costs. At a time when digital technologies are stripping creators of the institutions that once made their work possible, it’s time to envision a new cultural ecology.<p>It may seem counterintuitive at a time of information overload, viral media, …

Designer Makes Gorgeous Tableware From Scrap Stone And Wood

Stone milling companies tend to leave a lot of material on the cutting room floor. In the process of milling, say, a round marble tabletop, a pile of scrapped stone, with rough-hewed edges, will inevitably be left behind.<p>Product designer and American founder of Rotterdam-based Earnest Studio, …

Woodworking

Nomadic Designer Makes Cool Furniture From Trash

A Dutch designer creates complete interiors in just one week using discarded materials found on city streets.<p>In 2013, designer Francois Duquesnoy moved from Eindhoven, where he was a student at Design Academy Eindhoven, to Berlin, and then to Normandy. As anyone who’s changed homes knows, moving …

Furniture

Branding 101: We Respond Emotionally To Numbers

Radiolab recently examined the emotional power of digits when guest Alex Bellos, who writes and lectures on mathematics, discussed a global survey he conducted–on favorite numbers.<p>What he found, among 30,000 responses from across the world, is that we have a universal tendency to anthropomorphize …

Letterpress

Pratt Student’s Nerve Disorder Inspired Award-Winning Clothing Collection

Julia Wollner channeled her struggle with Bell’s palsy into a striking collection, and it won her the $25,000 Liz Claiborne Award.<p>In 2012, during her second year as a fashion design student at New York’s Pratt Institute, Julia Wollner woke up unable to move the muscles in half of her face. She was …

Fashion Shows

Your Cheatsheet For Creating Memorable Design

Our memories of experiences–more than the experiences themselves–drive decision-making. Jeremy Finch of Altitude explains how to incorporate this into your business.<p>What we experience and what we remember about what we’ve experienced are two totally different things. Most product design efforts are …

Bank of America

Kaleidoscopic NYC: An Illustrator’s Visual Homage

Julia Rothman’s book, Hello NY, pays tribute to her hometown, from taxi cabs to the Troll Museum.<p>Julia Rothman, an artist and partner at ALSO Design Studio, has combined her love of drawing with her other great love–New York City, where she has lived all her life, save the four years she spent at …

Staten Island

The Warby Parker Book Club

Book clubs are something many of us do in our free time. At Warby Parker, they do it at work. Here’s why.<p>The Warby Parker book club has gone through multiple iterations in the last four years. What began as a few people talking about their current reads has evolved into multiple department-specific …

Books

ModCloth Founder’s Five Lessons To Her Younger Self

What could a young entreprenuer have to say to her past self? Lessons we can all use–at every stage of our careers–including asking mom for advice and embracing the unknown.<p>Susan Gregg Koger was 17 when she started ModCloth, selling vintage clothing online out of her college dorm room at Carnegie …

Entrepreneurship

8 Tips From Apple’s Official Guide To App Design

The book is 245 pages long, and free as an iBook now.<p>Anyone who’s spent $100 to register as an iOS app developer has already had access to Apple’s <i>iOS Human Interface Guidelines</i>. Now, the 245-page design tome is free for anyone to download in the iBooks store.<p>Delay a login requirement for as long as …

Apps

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Metal and glass, water and flame. In this great short video, jeweler Mark Poulin of marmar shares how all of these elements come together to create a unique handmade Valentine.<p><b>Watch Etsy Videos</b>

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Jeweler Panagiotis Gourlonis’ shop, L’argento Lab, resembles a captivating periodic table of tinted-silver emoticons. Mini rabbits and umbrellas, pinwheels and tiny footprints are carefully crafted from titanium, silver and enamel, each a playful fragment of their creator’s personality. This …

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The Shoemaker

Falling Fruit

A massive, collaborative map of the urban harvest uniting the efforts of foragers, freegans, and foresters around the world. Explore and share …