Creativity for the office An inspiring environment can greatly aid the creative process. It follows then, that those whose maintain 'round-the-clock creative jobs will benefit from inspirational surroundings. We asked the Mashable readership to submit images of their offices. From thought-bubble cocoons, to brainstorming walls, to a vegetable patch, we've rounded up photos of some amazing spaces that encourage employees to become visionaries. Browse the photo gallery to peek into the weird, wonderful and wacky work spaces companies use to brainstorm. Let us know in the comments which space you would find most inspiring.
5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Fukuoka spent over three decades perfecting his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort.
10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes Here is a nice stack of different recipes for making homemade laundry detergent that I’ve collected over the years. Do they work? Yes, I’ve had good luck with them. At the time I was using them, we had a relative who was in trade school living with us. Every day he was mechanic grease from head to toe–the clothes still cleaned up nice! Making your own is a discipline and it’s not for everyone, but it definitely saves money–sometimes just costing pennies a load!
Everyday Objects Stash Money, Secrets, Drugs, IDs Yiting Cheng just finished up a master's degree in design, but she could already teach James Bond a thing or two about stashing valuables. For her thesis project, Cheng designed a series of eight objects that ingeniously store secrets--from passwords to money to drugs to IDs. And you can see all of them in this nicely shot video (our favorite is the secrete drawer, hidden in the edge of a table, which is only accessible when attach a magnetic pull): According to Cheng: This project is about concealing valuables, secrets, bad habits and personal information in our workplaces. Here, hidden spaces/messages were created within 8 general objects such as wood boards, lamps and disposable coffee cups.
The Life of Python - 20 Greatest Monty Python Sketches The Holy Grail of Python’s 20 most hilarious sketches, celebrating their 40th anniversary. This Anniversary Special marks the day that Monty Python made its sparkling debut on television when the very first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus was aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. The irresistible Oxbridge partnership of John Cleese , Eric Idle , Graham Chapman , Michael Palin and Terry Jones , mixed with the dazzlingly surreal artworks of American Terry Gilliam , celebrates four decades and 45 episodes of risqué silliness.
34 Cleverly Designed Inventions 34 Cleverly Designed Inventions March 10, 2011 | 354 Comments » | Topics: Design, Pics Hot Stories From Around The Web Comments How to cut glass I posted a picture about 1 week ago on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter of me cutting glass using just string. I got LOT’S of requests for a tutorial on how I DID THIS! So here it is. Vinegar: (Almost) the Only Cleaner You'll Ever Need ost cleaning products fall into one of two categories: toxic or expensive. While both types will clean almost anything (or at least, anything within their limited range of capabilities), there's a third option. It's inexpensive and not at all poisonous to humans. It's multi-purpose as well--one container will take care of laundry, kitchen cleaning, even bugs and weeds. This "miracle cleaner" is vinegar. Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through the fermentation of sugars or starches.
Lost & Found: Comfy Chair Cushioned with Built-In Storage Lighters, keys, coins … cushioned chairs and couches are notorious for nomming all kinds of things that slip out of our pockets or otherwise get left behind and slide into the cracks. This design simply celebrates that existing phenomena, like a giant-sized pin cushion. It may come as no surprised that this clever-but-boxy furniture piece was developed by architectural designers (of Daisuke Motogi Architecture), who have a knack for exposing and expanding uses for classic furnishing types. Pixel-like pads cover the entire surface of the seat both inside and out, forming slots in which one can accidentally drop a small item or intentionally stick a book, magazine, remote and more. Cleaning this piece would not be trivial, but for those who enjoy the occasional boredom-induced, couch-cushion treasure hunt, who knows what you might find that you or someone else left behind.
Portrait Projecting Wedding Ring 11:55pm | Jul 21st, 2010 Portrait Projecting Wedding Ring made by Tamrakar – shine a light through it to project the image! The ring was inspired by 19th Century Standhopes.