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Why work doesn’t happen at work

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. At TEDxMidwest, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work. Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals , a Chicago-based company that builds web-based productivity tools

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Vinyl toys: How it’s done

  Take a peek inside the Obitsu Factory, which has been manufacturing Japanese toys since 1966. Rotational molding, also known as rotomolding, rotocasting or spin casting, is a molding process for creating many kinds of mostly hollow items, typically of plastic. A heated hollow mold is filled with a charge or shot weight of material,

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Color Trend Forecast:

If you’re wondering what the upcoming color trends are, look no further. We’ve prepared a list of inspirational color chips and resources with expert advise from the fashion world and Pantone Color Institute: Color Report for Fall 2010 Pantone Fashion PANTONE Fashion Color Report Fall 2010 features the top 10 colors for women’s fashion for fall 2010,

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Pointing to the future of UI

Remember the data interface from Minority Report? Well, it’s real, John Underkoffler invented it — as a point-and-touch interface called g-speak — and it’s about to change the way we interact with data. When Tom Cruise put on his data glove and started whooshing through video clips of future crimes, how many of us felt

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Adding some “umpf” to an old townhouse kitchen

A few years back I gave my depressing town house kitchen an uplifting renovation. The house was built in 1980 and the kitchen had not been touched since then. The glass mosaic was fun! And time consuming. I put down cement boards on the floor to handle the distribution of weight added by the new

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Custom Gecko Coffee Mug

  I’ve been fortunate enough to work on several recent custom product concepts for a famous US auto insurance company. When Kevin Silver came across an opportunity to present promotional ideas, we sat down one day to brainstorm on some cool concepts.  They were specifically looking for a custom ceramic coffee mug that incorporated their famous gecko.

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Get ready for SPARKcon 2010! – Sep 16-19th

Although I have not had the chance to attended in previous years, I’m really excited about SPARKcon 2010, which will take place right here in the Triangle. For 4 days, Raleigh’s Fayetteville St, public spaces, clubs and stages will be filled with art, music, dance, film, fashion, design and more. SPARKcon showcases local cultural richness

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Bringing back forgotten engineering from the 50’s

The initial idea of our unique utility strength stand up stapler came when I visited a neighborhood yard sale. I found a “hand vice stapler”, commonly used in industrial settings, dry cleaners etc. The interesting thing about them to me was the hinge location. A normal stapler has a hinge at the furthest end from

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Follow safe handling instructions of raw thinking

When I started The Product Farm in late 2007, I wanted to make a creative stand and differentiate myself from competitors. To promote my new business in a unique way, I had the idea of printing up some red T-shirts, then package them into butcher style foam trays, tightly vacuum seal them together with business

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