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    1. 12 Powerful Posters Of Female Scientists That Every Classroom Needs

      12 Powerful Posters Of Female Scientists That Every Classroom Needs

      Maybe you named one, or two. Chances are you remembered Marie Curie, the famed two-time Nobel Laureate whose work led to the discovery of radioactivity. Yet there are hundreds of female scientists whose work has been foundational to science as we know it today—but many people don't know their names, their faces, or their achievements. The neuroscientist-turned-designer Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya is on a mission to change that.

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      Mentions: Manhattan
    2. Can Politics Be Debugged?

      Can Politics Be Debugged?

      How do you fix U.S. politics? It's a question that seems almost too daunting to even begin to answer. But a team of developers and designers at the organization Debug Politics had an idea: Why not apply Silicon Valley's favorite way of generating new ideas to America's broken political system—and combat the conservative policies of President Trump in the process? That's right, they had a hackathon.

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    3. What Apple, Google, And Tesla Get Wrong

      What Apple, Google, And Tesla Get Wrong

      Don Norman is a technological optimist. The author of The Design of Everyday Things and head of UC San Diego's Design Lab believes that artificial intelligence might only take the worst parts of our jobs, and when it gets smart enough, it will pity us rather than destroy humanity. On these points, the scientist in him admits that he might be wrong, but Norman would prefer to live his life hoping for the best.

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    4. How The Gurus Behind Disney's MagicBand Are Remaking A $38B Cruise Giant

      How The Gurus Behind Disney's MagicBand Are Remaking A $38B Cruise Giant

      With his aw-shucks grin, neatly parted hair, and his strong resemblance to Richie Cunningham, you can easily picture John Padgett as a kid growing up in Seaford, Virginia, a small town hard by the Navy shipyards, where they built aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines. Nearly all his neighbors worked at yards as tradesmen—electricians and machinist and welders like his grandfather. What it taught him was that scale wasn’t anything to be afraid of.

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    5. The Biggest UX Challenges Of 2017

      The Biggest UX Challenges Of 2017

      2016 raised the stakes, didn’t it? Just a year ago, it seemed like a big deal that iOS is always bugging us about our iCloud storage. Now, designers are asking themselves questions like, "wait, did my UI just give rise to a megalomaniac?" We talked to designers from across the industry to find out what UX challenges await us in the coming year.

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    6. Designers: 2017 Is The Year To Find Your Purpose

      Designers: 2017 Is The Year To Find Your Purpose

      We all agree that 2016 was the worst. Everybody cool died, everybody horrible was elected, and our polar ice caps have probably reached their irreversible melting point. The world is literally ending. And yet, on the deck of this global Titanic, when we should all be MacGyvering lifeboats from the closest buoyant candelabras, I’m getting pitches for app-controlled light bulbs and smart ovens that can barely cook a piece of salmon. We’re all culpable for making a bad situation worse.

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    7. Designers: 2017 Is The Year To Design Your Purpose

      Designers: 2017 Is The Year To Design Your Purpose

      We all agree that 2016 was the worst. Everybody cool died, everybody horrible was elected, and our polar ice caps have probably reached their irreversible melting point. The world is literally ending. And yet, on the deck of this global Titanic, when we should all be MacGyvering lifeboats from the closest buoyant candelabras, I’m getting pitches for app-controlled light bulbs and smart ovens that can barely cook a piece of salmon. We’re all culpable for making a bad situation worse.

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    8. The Making Of Dyson's Multi-Billion-Dollar Family Dynasty

      The Making Of Dyson's Multi-Billion-Dollar Family Dynasty

      Dyson may be the world’s most interesting engineering and design firm. It’s not just because they manufacture 40,000 inventive products a day, from high-end vacuum cleaners to fans with no blades, but because it’s a multi-billion dollar empire that’s owned, not by shareholders, but by one man, its founder, James Dyson. James Dyson is approaching 70, and of three children, he has one son who has been anointed his successor: Jake.

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      Mentions: Apple Inc. Malaysia
    9. Trump Threatens The Design Industry, And Design Is Fighting Back

      Trump Threatens The Design Industry, And Design Is Fighting Back

      On the morning of November 9, just a few hours after news broke that America had elected Donald Trump as its 45th president, Diego Zambrano was walking to the Supreme Court in downtown Brooklyn, where he would finally be made a citizen of the United States. When Zambrano made it to the courtroom with his wife, who was also being naturalized, the mood was somber. Zambrano hadn’t expected that.

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    10. Frog's 5 Steps To Predicting The Future

      Frog's 5 Steps To Predicting The Future

      People everywhere wish they could look into a crystal ball and see their future—or at the very least, the future of their investments, business, and career. Frog, the global design consultancy, has developed a technique that’s probably about as close as we’ll get to prophecies told via glass orb. It’s called "futurecasting." And Frog’s clients hire the design firm to spend weeks or months evaluating how the world may change, and what new products and services may be needed as a result.

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    11. We Asked 3 Designers To Sum Up This Election With A Single Image

      We Asked 3 Designers To Sum Up This Election With A Single Image

      It's been quite the year. From the FBI's Clinton email bombshell to Trump's bragging about sexual assault, this election has been unlike any other in memory. It's also been full of visual emblems, from red Make America Great Again hats to the near-constant stream of memes both campaigns churn out. Yet there hasn't been a single image that truly encapsulate the mania of 2016: Where is this election's Hope poster? There are several reasons for that, as I wrote back in August.

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    12. Cher On Creativity And The Power Of Authenticity

      Cher On Creativity And The Power Of Authenticity

      Doreen Lorenzo: Everybody knows you as a musician, but you’ve done so much more, from acting to design to humanitarian work. What drives you to explore so many different creative pursuits? Cher: Things present themselves in so many different ways. Sometimes you just keep walking and you don’t pay any attention, and sometimes you just go, "What can I do?" I learned it from my mother, and later from friends like Mitch Schneider.

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    13. This App Knows When The Internet Is Making You Miserable (And Blocks It)

      This App Knows When The Internet Is Making You Miserable (And Blocks It)

      "This is a test," I write to my editor over Slack. "Does talking to you make me HAPPY? Or make me SAD?" "Oh no, so much pressure," she responds. "Uh . . . I think now is a good time for me to make coffee." And with that, a web plug-in I’d installed just hours before froze Slack, informing me that, "This page has been blocked by Blissify for making you unhappy." Let's rewind.

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    14. Brainstorming Is Dumb

      Brainstorming Is Dumb

      If you work in an office, your boss has probably forced you into a brainstorming session or two (or 12). Brainstorming, after all, is supposedly a killer way to come up with ideas, and businesses want to take advantage of all that collective creativity. But it turns out that brainstorming is actually a terrible technique—in fact, people generate fewer good ideas when they brainstorm together than when they work alone.

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    15. You Can Design A Happier Office Culture. Here's How

      You Can Design A Happier Office Culture. Here's How

      In the 1960s and '70s, the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi gave pagers to study subjects, ranging from motorcycle gang members to sheepherders. When the pagers buzzed, the participants' job was to record their happiness levels. These studies ushered in the modern era of happiness research (and gave birth to an idea you’ve probably heard about—the times when productive hours float by like minutes in "flow").

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    16. 4 Ways Your Office Is Crushing Your Creativity

      4 Ways Your Office Is Crushing Your Creativity

      Is your office stifling your creativity? A recent survey, conducted by the global architecture firm Gensler, suggests as much. The good news: You can do something about it. The online survey, called the 2016 Workplace Survey, sought to uncover whether a workplace can make employees more creative and entire organizations more innovative. It drew more than 4,000 people from 11 different industries including tech, government, finance, media, and biological sciences.

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    17. How To Handle Criticism Like A Boss

      How To Handle Criticism Like A Boss

      When life gives you lemons, it doesn’t always politely drop them into your palms. Sometimes, it slings them at you. Julie Zhuo, Leila Janah, and Brit Morin would know. As executives and founders of successful tech companies, they’re pelted with criticism regularly. Make a tough leadership decision? You’ll disappoint one favorite colleague instead of another. Launch a new feature? Your customers protest. Slip up in an interview? The press is all over it.

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      Mentions: California Ohio Voice
    18. I Built Noah's $100 Million Ark

      I Built Noah's $100 Million Ark

      At the theme park Ark Encounter, which opened last week in Williamstown, Kentucky, thousands of visitors can step inside a recreation of Noah’s Ark—built to spec as detailed in the Bible. Inside, exhibits attempt to explain how two of each animal might have fit on the boat, while visitors can pick up souvenirs at the gift shop or eat at a 700-person restaurant on the ship.

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    19. Why More Women Should Tackle Technology's Design Problems

      Why More Women Should Tackle Technology's Design Problems

      Doreen Lorenzo: Tell me about your journey. How did you get there? Did you know exactly where you were going, or did you take that curvy road? Kim Erwin: I love the metaphor of the curvy road, because I would say that my road is not only curvy, it’s probably several roads connected by marshes and swamplands. I did not have a strong North Star about a career path, but I did have a strong North Star about doing interesting work and helping other people do interesting work.

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    20. The UX Secret That Will Ruin Apps For You

      The UX Secret That Will Ruin Apps For You

      A friendly robot greets me on Facebook. He’s dressed like a doctor, stethoscope and all, here to do a security checkup. So for the next 5 to 10 seconds, I wait as he pokes and prods my account. "He’s really taking good care of me!" I think, when I start to wonder: Are Facebook's servers really taking that long? The short answer is no. Facebook actually slows down its UX to make users feel safe, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed in an email.

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      Mentions: Harvard
    21. How Anki Created A Pixar-Inspired, AI-Powered Toy Robot That Feels

      How Anki Created A Pixar-Inspired, AI-Powered Toy Robot That Feels

      It’s hard to say the exact moment when I think of Cozmo as an actual little creature. One minute he’s snoring on the table in his charging station, and the next he’s looking up at me with his bright, blinking, digital blue eyes. He wants to know my name. He challenges me to a game of "speed tap" (the first to tap his block when the colors match wins), sulking when he loses and raising his arms victoriously when he prevails. At some point, I make the leap that Anki is counting on.

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    22. Today's Workplace Is A Stage, Not An Office

      Today's Workplace Is A Stage, Not An Office

      To architect David Rockwell, the best clients are a lot like great theater directors. "They know what they want, but they don't describe what it looks like," he says. "There's a lot of open space and a lot of dialog." It's in this mindset that he collaborated with Knoll on a new office collection—called Rockwell Unscripted—which debuts today at NeoCon, the annual contract furniture fair in Chicago.

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    23. Brilliantly Mundane: 9 Ways Boring Brands Turned Ugh, Meh, And Bleh Into Big Business

      Brilliantly Mundane: 9 Ways Boring Brands Turned Ugh, Meh, And Bleh Into Big Business

      Health insurance. Bras. Tax prep tools. Investment products. Chinos. These aren’t products that people are typically excited to talk about, let alone shop for. Yet these product categories have enjoyed a surge of youthful relevance, and a handful of "boring brands" are attracting loyal—and in some cases outright fanatical—consumers by designing shopping experiences that can actually border on pleasant.

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    24. Ideo, Astro, And Whipsaw: What Every Startup Should Know About Design

      Ideo, Astro, And Whipsaw: What Every Startup Should Know About Design

      At Highway1, a design accelerator based in San Francisco, startups have four months to transform a prototype into a market-ready product, develop a business plan, create a brand identity, and craft a manufacturing strategy. To ease the process, Highway1 pairs the young entrepreneurs in the program with seasoned pros from top design consultancies.

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