9 Creative Couples and Partners Who Make Amazing Things

Sharing like interests can be the quickest way to forging friendships, cementing relationships and fostering businesses. We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite creative couples and partners who are building bridges with design and gardening, sourcing and repurposing discarded materials, and illustrating and illuminating connections with others around the globe. 1. Hemlock &…
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9 Teen Entrepreneurs: These Boys Mean Business

Whoever said that wisdom comes with age never met our nine teen entrepreneurs. These young men demonstrate that you don’t have to be a certain age to come up with a good idea or change the status quo. You might want to share this list, plus our Design9 on inspiring teenage girls, with your favorite…
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9 YouTube Channels You Should Subscribe to Now

The next time you have a break and need some compelling viewing, check out our nine favorite YouTube channels. They embody the things we’re all about at DesignGood. 1. Hope For Paws Based in Los Angeles, Hope For Paws rescues dogs and other animals from the most dangerous situations. As advocates for abused animals, this nonprofit…
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9 Green Coworking Spaces

We love coworking spaces and how they cultivate impact and entrepreneurship. So when we heard about “green coworking” we began scouting for some of the best green coworking spaces around the world. Here are our top nine picks if you’re looking for a beautiful and eco-friendly place to get work done. 1. Green Spaces (RiNo Arts…
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9 Indie Makers You Won’t Believe Are on Etsy

What do you think of when you think of Etsy? Knitting supplies, novelty items, crafty gifts? Think again. These days, Etsy is the home to some world-class designers and other indie makers producing high-quality pieces … and raking in the dough while they do it. 1. Best for lighting: Triple7Recycled Need a new lighting fixture?…
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9 Essential Books for Creatives

Being a creative is hard work. Putting yourself out there is scary, so your mind convinces you that Facebooking and tweeting are better ways to spend your time. But according to the experts, the fear never goes away. These nine books for creatives will teach you how to work with your fear and to channel…
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9 Business Books For The Modern Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, you might be sick of the self-improvement genre telling you what to do, when to do it and how to do it. When you’re busy managing your business, you don’t need to read something that tells you you’re doing it all wrong. You won’t find any titles like that on our list….
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9 Women Entrepreneurs Rocking the Business World

Ladies, we hear you. Starting a business can be freaking scary sometimes. Take heart though, because women entrepreneurs are taking the business world by storm. And if they can make great things happen while earning a nice paycheck from it, so can you. 1. Marie Forleo Forleo is all about helping you build the business…
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9 Can’t-Miss Ethical Fashion Brands

From poor environmental practices to questionable conditions for employees, the fashion industry isn’t exactly known for its ethical practices. But thanks to the growing slow fashion movement, fueled in part by organizations like Fashion Revolution and documentaries like “The True Cost,” shoppers are beginning to take note. In Part 2 of our series on independent,…
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9 One for One Brands Changing the World

Make every penny you spend count by choosing brands that give back to those in need. Following the one-for-one model popularized by brands like TOMS Shoes, these brands that truly exemplify the idea of good design meets doing good. 1. This Bar Saves Lives Every 12 seconds, a child loses the battle against severe acute malnutrition….
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9 Fair Trade Brands With Great Design

We’re all about great design and craftsmanship here at DesignGood. For this week’s Design9, we present nine fair trade brands that not only bring gorgeous products to our shelves, but also make a huge impact in the lives of artisans, craftsmen and makers around the world. 1. Purse & Clutch Set aside the pricey designer accessories…
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9 Seed Funding Programs For Creative Startups

Your vision: a creative startup that will change the world, where you’ll have a cool office, cool employees and an even cooler coffee machine. But first you need some money. That’s where seed funding comes in: During the early stages of a company’s growth, an investor purchases part of the business. So how in the…
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9 Natural Brands for Healthy Living and Eating

We so get it. You want to eat and live healthier and more naturally, but you don’t know where to start. Well, we did the homework for you. These nine companies make products that are organic, eco-friendly and that will keep you coming back for more. 1. Battle Oats This UK-based company knows that sometimes you’re too busy…
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9 Brands Doing Good for the Environment

We champion creative entrepreneurs determined to take action through empowerment and sustainable living. Read how you can support the causes of these 9 brands doing good for the environment. 1. Bureo Skateboards Three friends set out to create a company that fused their love for skateboarding and their mission to clean up our oceans and…
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9 Examples of Smart Design That Will Blow Your Mind

Regardless of your definition of design, we can almost all agree on smart design when we see it. Whether it’s in the form of a car that’s using less to create more, an innovative community using natural resources to inspire change or an artistic movement that’s bringing attention to the causes that need it most,…
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9 Midsize Cities Where You Can Afford a Great Life

It’s mind-boggling how rent continues to skyrocket in all those “biggest” and “best” capitals of the world. And it’s not like your apartment is getting bigger or you’re getting paid more. Fed up? In this Design9 we’ve found 9 midsize cities where you can live the life you want without going broke. 1. Charleston, S.C….
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9 Documentaries That Will Open Your Eyes

Movies aren’t just about escapism. A compelling documentary can make you see the world in a new way and inspire social change. For today’s Design9, we’re highlighting some current favorites that we think everyone should see. Too busy to watch a full-length doc? No worries — this list has powerful short documentaries, too. 1. ‘Project…
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9 Go-to Sites for Your Next Desktop Wallpaper

If you haven’t changed out your desktop wallpaper in a while, it’s time to give your eyes something new to feast upon. Only the most creative wallpapers will do for DesignGooders’ desktops, so we’re sharing the sources we’re addicted to. (Tip: Choose the screen resolution closest to your current display to get the most out…
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9 Podcasts for the Creative Entrepreneur

Pop those earphones in for today’s Design9 as we bring you nine podcasts perfect for the creative entrepreneur. Whether you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic or at home planning your next project, tune in to get your fix of inspiration, creativity and business advice from the biggest names in the industry. 1. Accidental Creative Podcast Best-selling author…
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9 Companies Doing Things Differently

We come across some pretty amazing things all the time at DesignGood: from inspiring design-trepreneurs to nonprofits and Kickstarter campaigns with world-changing dreams. We’re lucky that part of our job is to find those people, companies and organizations and bring them to you. Because of this, we’re starting Design9 – a new series that will…
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9 Inspiring Teen Girls

Talk about overachievers! These inspiring teen girls show it’s never too early to start making your mark. 1. Malala Yousafzai, 17 No list like this would be complete without Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since being shot in 2012 by Taliban gunmen, she’s come a long way. Her organization,…
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9 Inspirational Interviews That Deserve Your Time

An ex-con turned health coach and writer. A paralyzed painter still creating art. An ex-alcoholic turning parenthood inside out. Get inside their heads — and get ready to think differently. 1. Chuck Close, Artist Close is an American painter and photographer best known for his work as a photorealist. A spinal artery collapse in 1988 left…
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9 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life

When you’re feeling blah, meh or just generally uninspired, there’s a quick cure: the TED website. The TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conferences started back in 1984, and today TED Talks are known for launching the most innovative, mind-blowing ideas into the world. Here are nine TED Talks we love. Side effects may include laughter,…
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9 Indie Shoe Designers You Should Be Supporting

Give those Nikes a rest – there’s a new wave of shoe designers out there who are embracing design and production methods that are friendly to animals, the environment and artisans alike. 1. Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather Attention style-savvy, animal-friendly folks: Shoe designers Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather specialize in vegan shoes that are as fashionable…
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