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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.

Tiny houses have a dark secret

It takes more than changing the size of a home to change the mentality of the people who live inside.

Tiny houses are everywhere. They’ve received heavy coverage in the media, and there are millions of followers on dozens of pages on social media. While there is no census for these homes, they have seen a surge in popularity in the decade since the Great Recession–witness the prolific growth of tiny house manufacturers, for instance. Originating in the U.S., tiny homes have also been popping up across Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

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YouTube’s best beauty tutorials don’t teach you anything about makeup

Artist Addie Wagenknecht layers information on passphrases, troll blockers, and secondary phone numbers into hilarious, deadpan videos about face masks and concealer.

Beauty tutorial videos regularly rack up millions of views on YouTube. For artist and programmer Addie Wagenknecht, they’re also an unexpectedly ideal conduit for teaching women about their digital security.

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We wore Ralph Lauren’s $899 self-heating jacket into the Polar Vortex

There’s no escaping this extreme cold. For times when down alone just won’t cut it, heated jackets are slowly becoming mainstream.

Remember when the weather was just a way to make small talk? That time in history may be over. The Polar Vortex has plunged the United States into record-breaking subarctic temperatures, making the simple act of stepping outside your door scary and, at worst, life-threatening. The bottom line is that we’ve never needed good outerwear more than we do right now.

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Watch the Polar Vortex engulf Chicago in this chillingly beautiful viz

This helpful graphic from the New York Times explains how the Midwest got so cold.

Outside in Chicago right now, the air feels like floating ice. Water freezes in midair before it hits the ground. And the entire landscape has such a frozen sharpness that, staring off my front porch this morning, I wouldn’t have been at all surprised to see a polar bear walking down my street.

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Zara’s new logo may be the future of branding, love it or hate it

The controversial design reflects the evolution of fashion branding. But would it have killed Zara to add just a little more space between the letters?

Life is hard. Everybody is working too much. Nobody can keep up with all the people launching presidential campaigns. It’s way too cold right now. And as a final blow, brands keep changing their logos on us with zero warning. Two weeks ago it was Slack, last week it was Kate Spade, and this week, Zara pulled a logo redesign on us. Cut it out, guys. We already have enough to deal with.

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