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Maybe the re-rise of the Rust Belt could come on the backs of designers

Check out the map above; it’s all the designers in America, both self-employed and firm-employed, and across a wide spectrum of types of design (architecture, graphic design, etc.) It’s from… 430 more words

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Can we all please stop talking about how much we're multitasking? The concept is basically a myth.

The free (blog) content on Harvard Business Review is endlessly fascinating to me, because the “most e-mailed” or “most shared” section typically involves a list of titles about “maximizing your day” or “spending your first 10 minutes at work” or “shuffling between competing priorities.” Clearly, people are  565 more words

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Did y'all know Transformers 4 is about to become China's highest-grossing movie ever? (And at a time when the U.S. box office is terrible.)

I haven’t seen any of the Transformers movies since maybe the first one — and I’m unclear honestly if I even saw that one — but regardless, the reviews for the fourth one have been kind of terrible. 425 more words

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Brief thought exercise: is the Monday after July 4th conclusively the worst work day of the whole year?

Admittedly, life would be better if every weekend was a three-day weekend, which is seemingly possible (and more possible in the summer). But when you think about the entire work year, can you conceive of a day worse than the Monday after the 4th of July? 479 more words

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You probably spend two years of your life waiting in line. Could technology disrupt that?

Waiting on lines is terrible, but a seemingly unavoidable fact of life, right? Think about this, though: 20 years ago, the Internet was nascent, and finding an effective way to search was hard, but an unavoidable fact of life. 563 more words

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