A young couple creates a dreamy Scandinavian-inspired yurt home in Oregon

When filmmaker Zach Both decided to hit pause on his itinerant lifestyle after three years on the road in a self-converted camper van, he and his girlfriend, Nicole Lopez, tapped into their DIY roots to assemble their new home — a contemporary yurt 20 minutes outside of downtown Portland, Oregon. Prefabricated by Rainier Outdoor, the couple’s modified yurt offers 930 square feet of light-filled living space furnished to ooze hygge vibes. To share the knowledge they learned during the build, Both...
Tags: Design, Oregon, Slovakia, Portland Oregon, Lopez, Zach Both, Nicole Lopez, Eagle Yurt, Do It Yurtself Photography, Bryan Aulick

New e-snowmobiles bring eco tourism to the northern lights

Between Norway and the North Pole is Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago and one of the most rugged and northern inhabited areas. With an average January high of 9 degrees and 24 hours of darkness, you might not expect this to be a tourist hot-spot. But the northern lights are drawing bigger and bigger crowds through Svalbard’s dark winter. The trick is making sure that the roughly 75,000 annual visitors don’t overwhelm the environment and culture of the archipelago’s 2,583 year-round residents. O...
Tags: Travel, England, Design, News, Norway, Iceland, Electric Cars, Svalbard, Eco Travel, Eco Tourism, Cooper, Longyearbyen, Map Travel, Jonny Cooper Arctic

LARQ: the world's first portable, self-cleaning water bottle

Water is a basic necessity of life; however, water can also introduce our bodies to bacteria and illnesses if it is not properly treated prior to consumption. Over the years, treating water has involved adding iodine drops or filtering the water through a carbon-based system. Now, new technology has streamlined the process, offering effective water filtration at the press of a button with the LARQ water bottle. The LARQ water bottle features the world’s first portable, digital water purificatio...
Tags: Design, Innovation, Reuse, Water Conservation, Water Bottle, Product Design, Green Product Design, LARQ, LARQ Bottle Movement

DPR office hopes to become Austins first WELL-certified workplace

Construction management firm DPR Construction has recently moved into an impressive new workplace of its own making — a LEED Platinum-certified structure located on the east side of Austin, Texas. Designed to follow sustainable principles, the office is fitted with energy-efficient fixtures, environmentally friendly materials and health-minded features that have the office targeting WELL Silver certification. The interiors of the new office — DPR’s regional team occupies the top floor of the mix...
Tags: Texas, Design, Workplace, Office, Austin, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Interior Design, Recycled Materials, Natural Light, Open Office, Skylights, Net Zero Energy, Leed Platinum, Austin Texas, Austins

Minimum Wage Machine

Hand crank machine allows people to experience working for minimum wage. Turning the crank yields one penny every 3.24 seconds, for $11.10 an hour, or NY state minimum wage (2018). If the participant stops turning the crank, they stop receiving money. Minimum Wage Machine designed by Blake Fall-Conroy. Also check out: Bicycle Washing Machine
Tags: Design, Tech, Ny, Minimum Wage Machine, Blake Fall Conroy

Green-roofed addition brings a mid-century home into the 21st century

There are few things we love more than witnessing the transformation of something old into something new — and sustainable. Washington, D.C.-based firm KUBE architecture has just unveiled the beautiful renovation of a 1950s home, called the Dual Modern Home, that includes a new addition with expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass and a lush green roof. Although the architects breathed new life into the home, they had a great structure to work with from the get-go. The mid-century home, which was de...
Tags: Design, Washington, Poland, KUBE, Charles Goodman, Julia Heine, KUBE Architecture Via ArchDaily Photography, Anice Hoachlander

Earn more clicks with animated GIFs

Animated GIFs are fantastic ways to spur audience engagement. And now it’s possible to add animated GIFs to your VerticalResponse emails. There are a lot of great reasons to add GIFs to your emails: Tell stories in a visually engaging way Command attention for calls to action: animated “buy now,” “read more” and “donate” buttons motivate clicks Showcase product functionality without lengthy text paragraphs Explain difficult concepts with simple visuals Convey cause and effect, or product bene...
Tags: Business, Design, Brian Morris, Product Updates, Email Editor, New Feature, VerticalResponse Help Center

Free Ink Stamp Texturizer Smart PSD for Adobe Photoshop

Easily add ink stamp texture effects to your logos, lettering and illustrations with the help of my new FREE Ink Stamp Texturizer. This Smart PSD for Adobe Photoshop automatically applies all the adjustments and effects. All you have to do is edit the Smart Object layer and paste in your own artwork, then hit Save. You can then choose from 10 ink stamp textures to customise the amount of distressed texturing that is applied to the design. My free Ink Stamp Texturizer produces realistic tex...
Tags: Design, Free, Freebies, Letterpress, Adobe Photoshop, Freebie, Smart PSD, Texturizer, Logo Texturing, Free Design Resource, Ink Stamp, Ink Stamp Effect, Letterpress Effect

Kooo Architects Transform a Building in Guangzhou into a Minimalist Hotel of Industrial Luster

Occupying a run-of-the-mill building in the centre of Guangzhou, China, Hotel Far & Near Nanhao St. stands out in its stark minimalism and industrial elegance courtesy of Tokyo and Shanghai-based kooo architects who had to contend with a challenging brief that demanded privacy in a densely populated area where you can almost reach out and touch your neighbour’s laundry drying on the opposite...
Tags: Art, Shanghai, Tokyo, Guangzhou, Guangzhou China

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