Why two of the world’s most innovative design firms are moving to an old shipyard

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This 115-year-old building has housed ships and Sweet’N Low. Now it’s home to Smart Design, known for its iconic work on OXO kitchen tools, and Daedalus Design & Production, set designer of ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Frozen.’ After years of sitting in the dark, its massive windows bricked over, a huge and historic building in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard is going back to its manufacturing roots. An extensive $42 million renovation of the century-old boat-building facility by S9 Architecture has turned it into a space for modern design and manufacturing. And soon it will be home to two of the most innovative design and manufacturing firms in New York. Read Full Story

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Is your home office chair destroying your body? Herman Miller wants to help

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Herman Miller’s new store brings in ergonomic experts to let you try before you buy. While the pandemic has forced many stores to shut their doors , the 115-year-old design firm Herman Miller is going in the opposite direction. This week, it will open two 1,500-square-foot stores in Los Angeles and New York, where customers can test drive the brand’s well-known desk chairs with ergonomics experts on hand to provide insight. Read Full Story

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The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum celebrates all athletes—and was designed for all visitors

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Paralympians helped make this the most accessible museum in the U.S. In its design of the new U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum , architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro wanted the building to represent the physical prowess of some of the world’s most talented athletes. But they also wanted the space to acknowledge that physical prowess—and physical ability—take many forms. Read Full Story

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How to get the most out of Wayfair’s end-of-year clearance sale

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The retailer’s Boxing Day discounts are already available. Here’s where to find up to 70% off on home office furniture, storage, decor, and more. Following 2020, the phrase “out with the old and in with the new” has never felt so necessary. Give your personal space a joy-sparking makeover with Wayfair’s End-of-Year Clearance sale . The mega e-retailer and its sister sites— Joss & Main and AllModern —are giving 2020 a proper send-off with up to 70% off their home furnishings, appliances, and accessories. Read Full Story

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Three ways Walmart has created a better store

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The shopping giant has recently introduced multiple initiatives to earn 2020 Innovation by Design award recognition. Most people don’t associate Walmart, the original big-box store, with good design. But under VP and head of design Valerie Casey, who has worked at the world’s three most iconic design firms—Pentagram, Ideo, and Frog—that’s changing. “Hundreds of millions of people walk into a Walmart each week,” Casey says. “How do we convert [them] to more satisfied shoppers with digital tools?” Case in point: Ordering grocery pickup from Walmart is now a smoother process than getting grocery delivery from Amazon Prime Now. Walmart lets you add additional items to your order after checkout (Amazon doesn’t), and the company doesn’t increase its shelf prices for the convenience of pickup or delivery (which, during COVID-19, has allowed customers to social distance without paying premiums for service). Here are three initiatives that the company has rolled out …

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Why Hyundai created a universal charger for cars

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The Hi-Charger for electric vehicles is a 2020 Innovation by Design honoree. A dozen major auto manufacturers are now building electric vehicles, but the charging ports are all over the place. Some companies design on the front of the vehicle, others on the back or side. As Hyundai planned its first public charging stations in Seoul, the company tapped McKinsey to design a more universal charger that could accommodate as many brands as possible. Read Full Story

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The Entrepreneur’s Guide of Outsourcing Work Without Losing Quality

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No matter what industry you’re in, there’s always more work than time to do it. This means that there is always something lacking, always more work to be done, and new companies often fall behind their expectations and deadlines. One of the most insidious parts is that it leads to massive stress. According to business coach Michael Hyatt, 45% of entrepreneurs are stressed . So, what’s an overworked entrepreneur to do? There are plenty of answers, and not everyone works for every type of entrepreneur. But the answer more and more business owners are turning to is a simple one: outsourcing. Outsourcing is giving your work to someone else outside of your main business. That could be through freelancing, or by hiring another firm (like a call center) to handle segments of your business. You could even outsource by shipping a business process like manufacturing overseas. For most small business …

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The MozCon Virtual 2020 Initial Agenda

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Posted by cheryldraper It's the question that's been on plenty of people's minds: What's up with MozCon this year? We're happy to report that 2020's MozCon is on like Donkey Kong, and as you can tell from its brand-new name, the format this year is just a tad bit different. MozCon 2020 is now MozCon Virtual , an online conference experience delivering every ounce of digital marketing expertise you expect in-person with the safety and security of social distancing at home. Today, we're here to tell you all about it — changes, challenges, nitty-gritty details, who's speaking and what you'll learn , and more! Here's the skinny on MozCon Virtual MozCon Virtual will take place from the comfort of your at-home office space across July 14 & 15, 2020. Business on top, social distancing sweatpants on the bottom — you'll be cozier than ever while learning all the latest and …

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Best ERP Software

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Historically, ERP (enterprise resource planning) software was used by large corporations and multinational organizations for managing their entire operation from a single platform. But now these solutions are more accessible than ever before. In addition to enterprises, lots of SMBs have started to leverage these tools over the past several years. ERP software essentially combines all of your business tools into a centralized console. It encompasses components like accounting, HR, CRM, supply chain management, and more. By consolidating your business tools into a single ERP solution, it’s much easier to manage. Plus, ERP software gives you tons of extra value from a big-picture point of view, that you normally wouldn’t see from standalone software. So which ERP software is the best? Find out below. The Top 5 Options For …

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