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Smarindesign: Design Your Own Playrooms!

Stephanie Marin grew up in Marseilles and now lives in Nice; both cities are on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the famous French Riviera, where the sun, sea, and delectable local wines and foods abound, and so does fun! Those environments have influenced her passion for re-creating not only her natural environment but the spirit, the joie de vivre, of her environment in her designs.

Inhale, Exhale, Repeat: Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 4

Japan Tobacco's series of 73 "Smoking Manners for Adults" ads - numbers 31 through 40 provided here - have lately achieved international recognition, including comedian David Sedaris' amusing discussion of them on Late Night with David Letterman. Without doubt the ads are (often unintentionally) funny, insightful and thought-provoking, but will smokers who read them really think about their manners?

Check Into The Top Ten Hotels of the Future

How different will checking into a hotel in 2028 vs. 2008, or even as far out into the future as 2050? While architects and designers are fast at work conjuring up new hotel models. Here is a list of my top ten hotels of the future!

Like Fine Sports Cars, Brodie Neill Designs Exude Power, Energy, And Sensuality

Brodie Neill is the Jaguar of furniture design. He's also hot. Now in London, the Australian designer has built a brand. a mark every bit as recognizable as a fine sports car. Coincidentally, like Jaguar, Brodie Neill's designs are smooth, shiny, and very, very sensual.

Beautiful People Dating and Networking Site: Controversy Can Be Successful

Beautiful People, a social networking and dating site, which only welcomes exclusively attractive members, proves that even a controversial business idea can be a successful and highly profitable one.

Exercising Your Pets: Fitness Centers for Your Best Furry Friends

Entrepreneurs can find their business niche by expanding upon the concept of pet health care facilities. In the US, there is a pet medical spa and rehabilitation facility. North of the border in Canada, there is a pool open just for canines.

Coke Machine Calls Cops, Canned By Crooks

An innovative new soda vending machine from Coca-Cola Japan offers passersby much more than a refreshing cooler. An onboard emergency phone provides instant communication with local police while a top-mounted security camera records the street scene below. At least it did for a couple of days...

Newspaper Blog Brings Tabloid Format to the Blogosphere

Six Apart's award winning Newspaper Blog adapts the familiar newspaper look to serve the needs of bloggers, schools and - no pun intended - desktop publishers. "Print Screen" doesn't just mean capturing a screenshot anymore.

Custom Email Signatures to Support Your Presidential Candidate

As the United States Presidential Election draws nearer, it's your last chance to get in every ounce of endorsement for your favorite political candidate or party and what better way to do it than through email? Email Widgets, based in Vienna, Austria may be across the planet but that didn't stop them from creating an opportunity for profit. The mark of a true entrepreneur is to look at highly publicized social issues and turn them into successful business opportunities.


Time Picks Best Invention Of The Year 2008: DNA Test "23andMe"

Time Magazine has announced the 50 best inventions of 2008 and at its top is a DNA test called 23andMe. It's not as well-known as the iPhone, Time's best invention of 2007, but if 23andMe catches on, it will change how much we know about ourselves, our families, and possibly, about others.

Bad Kitty! BALZAC Hello Kitty Goes Goth

Hello Kitty is not for kiddies anymore, as this collaborative effort from Sanrio and Japanese punk-goth band BALZAC so graphically illustrates.

Innovative Business Ideas for Halloween

I discovered three interesting Halloween businesses that have already captured the holiday's market.

The Cardboard Cafe - All Cardboard, All Functional

Cardboard furniture is in now, especially as DIY projects. But seldom do you see cardboard structures as large as the one architect/design group B3 made for the London Design Festival last month. They made a whole Cardboard Cafe!

How Smart Are Those Smart Cards?

Fairly smart and getting smarter all the time, smart cards have often been described as As the decade comes to a close, smart cards will bring substantial and innovative changes to the way people provide and receive information in addition how we conduct financial transactions with people around the globe.


Design Boom's 2008 Green Earth Design Winner: "Greening"

After evaluation almost 4,000 designs from 91 different countries, the judges of the 2008 Green Earth competition, sponsored by Design Boom, came down to one winner: Greening, by Ji Yoon Yang from Korea. It looks pretty simple, a green "fingerprint tree," but there's more to it than meets the eye....

Bulldog Interactive Fitness Center: Combining Mobile Video Gaming with Exercise

Bulldog Interactive Fitness has found a solution that gets kids off your couch at home, without actually taking away their number one obsession; video gaming.

A Desk Where Imagination And Organization Click

If you’re a parent to an artistic toddler, chances are you’ll love the way a P’Kolino Klick desk will fit into your family’s creative living arrangement.

 

SongVest Lets You "Own" Your Favorite Song

Through SongVest , we can own a share of our favorite songs, making money while the song writers do. The company is able to do this through auctions, trading artists' song rights and related royalty streams.

Capturing the Leasing Market: Profit from Shared Office Space

In Good Company, located in New York’s Manhattan, is attempting to take the shared workplace to a new level by offering space solely to female entrepreneurs. Cubes & Crayons, in Silicon Valley, provides childcare for parents who share their office.

NAIRIT Announces Top Ten Russian Engineering and Scientific Innovations

The National Association of Innovations and Development of Information Technologies (NAIRIT) held a recent contest, and more than 3,000 applications were received from scientists and engineers all over Russia. Read all about the ten best ideas.