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Launched in November 1995 by Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, two former Harvard Business Review editors, Fast Company magazine was founded on a single premise: A global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world. Discarding the old rules of business, Fast Company set out to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business.

Why bad technology dominates our lives, according to Don Norman

“We are serving the wrong masters.”

“Science Finds–Industry Applies–Man Conforms.” That was the motto of the Chicago 1933 International Exposition. I used it as the epigraph of my 1993 book, Things That Make Us Smart, suggesting that it be flipped to read “People Propose, Technology Conforms.” I have helped develop design principles that make technology easier to use and understand, principles that evolved into my book Design of Everyday Things, and that today are called human-centered design.

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Ikea recalls its new pet water fountain after two dogs die

Less than a year after launching its first pet-focused line of furniture, the company issued a recall on a dangerous water dispenser.

Ikea’s new Lurvig water dispenser looked like a great idea–until it started to kill pets. After two dogs died after getting their heads stuck in the device, the Swedish company has decided to recall all units, warning that its product can become a deadly trap if your small pet decides to stick its head up the dome-shaped water container.

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A shocking map of America’s vast “immigrant detention machine”

“Immigrant detention is a multibillion-dollar business, and it’s happening in our own backyards.”

In the last month, the results of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy have become resoundingly clear. Zero tolerance means tearing children from their parents, with no clear way of reuniting them, for the sole purpose of deterring people of seeking asylum in the U.S.

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How Facebook makes it way too easy to share your data, visualized

Curious how the company employs dark patterns? Unleash the flowchart!

In a post-GDPR world, opting out of data collection is supposed to be easier and clearer for the average person. But the world’s biggest technology companies are still making users jump through hoop after hoop to get there. A new infographic from the Norwegian Consumer Council perfectly illustrates how convoluted the process can be.

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Anish Kapoor is suing the NRA for using the Bean in an ad

Artists are coming for your guns!

The curvy, reflective sculpture Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”) has become Chicago’s most recognizable icon since it was installed in 2006–largely thanks to its limitless Instagram appeal. But that doesn’t mean its creator, Anish Kapoor, ignores how it’s being photographed. Because Kapoor has filed a federal lawsuit against the National Rifle Association, alleging that the organization violated his copyright by using an image of Cloud Gate in a 2017 ad titled “The Clenched Fist of Truth.” (See it for yourself 17 seconds into the video below.)

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Inside a wildly futuristic, gender neutral hair salon

Ufsin takes minimalism to the max, so the hair takes center stage.

Hairstyling institutions are one of the few businesses that remain explicitly gendered in their design. They even go by different names–barber shops for men, hair salons for women–and the gender they cater to is often explicitly integrated into each space, with leather and wood touches for men and more feminine flourishes for women.

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Woman dies after swing accident at major U.S. design fair

Jacqueline Albertine, 57, was pronounced dead after falling from a showroom installation.

This week, as members of the design industry packed into Chicago’s Merchandise Mart for the 50th annual NeoCon trade show and convention—the largest national fair dedicated to commercial and contract design–one attendee suffered fatal head injuries after a fall on the show floor, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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This smokeless grill makes me want to spend summer on the beach

BioLite’s new fire pit produces less smoke than a conventional fire–plus it has some neat built-in features.

I love to cook directly over flame–the sparks, the light, the heat, the smell, the crackling sound. But like most people, I’m not a fan of smoke getting in my eyes. BioLite’s latest release, the FirePit, promises to provide all of the good stuff and almost none of the smoke.

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