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Business Ideas

Billion-Dollar Design Startup Helps Pinoy Entrepreneurs Create Engaging Visual Content

Australia-based Canva has achieved unicorn status but strives to remain affordable and accessible

Canva is a design platform that allows users to design virtually anything--from simple posters and fun stickers to complicated graphs and billboardsThe Real Happy Cow (TRHC) is a food service and distribution business for people who are transitioning into veganism. Lakapati Basa, its ...

by Paul John Caña  | March 23, 2018 09:00:00
News and Events

The New Metropolis Rising in Central Luzon is Getting Some Help from Singapore

A consulting firm from the Lion City has been tapped for the project

 Metro Manila is full to bursting. Numbers from the census of 2015 have us at 20,785 people per square kilometer, making us one of the most densely populated cities in the world. That’s why the prospect of New Clark City, a development ...

by Miguel Escobar for  | January 18, 2018 12:00:00
Run & Grow

You Might Not Need to Hire a Designer With These 7 Free Tools

Visual content is king

But not all is lost! You can become your own designer. You can do everything from social media posts and infographics to ebooks and flyers with the right tools. This blog post uncovers seven resources that make it as easy as possible for ...

by Kimberly De Silva  | August 24, 2017 02:00:00
Startup Tips

Pinoy Designer Began Fixing Houses in the US, Now Has a Multi-Million Peso Construction Business in PH

MJ Ringor’s company integrates design and construction, lessening the stress of building

Some of the projects that MJ Ringor's Mundo Design + Build has worked on include (from left) Hotel 101, TNS Global Market Research Philippines, and the Microsoft office in ManilaNo project is too small for MJ Ringor. When his company, Mundo Design ...

by Paul John Caña  | August 09, 2017 04:00:00
News and Events

This Filipino Designer Is Building Sci-Fi Inspired Motorcycles

The future looks bright on the dark side

Café racers, choppers, scramblers, bobbers, brats. These neat distinctions don’t exist in Bandit9’s design universe. Daryl Villanueva, who builds every bike made-to-order in his Saigon bike workshop, doesn’t believe in following tried and tested formulas either. You won’t find any designs which ...

by Christopher Puhm for  | July 08, 2017 12:00:00
News and Events

Davao Fashion House Boosts Sales Tenfold Thanks to PH-Japan Trade Deal

Crystal Seas exports a bulk of its output despite trading constraints facing SMEs

Most of the time, commentary on the country’s trade deals are negative, dwelling on how the agreements are hurting local businesses and workers unable to compete with cheaper or better products from other countries.It’s a bit refreshing to hear, then, that a ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | June 23, 2017 03:00:00
Startup Tips

6 Tips for Designing the Perfect Workspace

The most productive workspace is a space in which you feel comfortable and confident

These days, we demand everything from our workspaces: privacy, personality, hospitality, flexibility. We want sitting desks and standing desks, napping areas and play areas. We expect our workspaces to be all things at all times, such that we forget their essential purpose: for thoughtful, productive work. ...

by Paula Wallace  | April 02, 2017 09:00:00
Run & Grow

This Company Set Up an Amazing Office Inside a Historic Victorian Castle

The 10,000 square-foot castle even boasts a Star Wars-themed cinema room

Think Google and Apple have cool offices? U.K.-based financial comparison website blows those giants out of the water with its new, renovated office space located inside a historic Victorian castle.Related: 8 Awesome, and Strange, OfficesThe 10,000 square-foot castle is built for kings and queens, ...

by Rose Leadem  | January 28, 2017 12:00:00
Run & Grow

How Thinking Like a Designer Can Unlock Organic Growth

To truly grow your business, invest in the things that don't go out of style: quality, freedom and purpose

When my company decided to go full time, we made a big decision right off the bat: As designers, we wanted to focus our energy on making things. If we couldn’t grow by the quality of our work, we didn’t want to grow at all. ...

by Derek Nelson  | January 17, 2017 12:00:00
Business Ideas

'Accidental entrepreneur' saves a tile company, his team's jobs and earns SME honors

iMIC’s Ric Vincent Atienza recounts the journey to winning big at the Asia CEO Awards

He may have admitted that his company has yet to generate “so much revenue,” but Ric Vincent Atienza, the managing director of iMaverick International Corporation (iMIC,) still managed to come home recently with one of the most prestigious business awards in the ...

by Angelo Cantera  | October 23, 2016 05:00:00
Run & Grow

Instagram updates logo and its fans lose it once again

This update creates an even more visual experience, giving images more prominence.

Go on, update your Instagram app right now!Although Instagram underwent a transformation about half a year ago, the network has changed its look once again. This update creates an even more visual experience, giving images yet more prominence.This time, the overhaul affected the ...

by Lesya Liu  | May 19, 2016 01:00:00

These 8 innovative airplane design winners are the stuff of travelers' dreams

The best VIP treatment, 30,000 feet off the ground.

Airplanes are known for their cramped spaces—airlines are always looking to cram in more travelers, after all. That's why it's comforting to know smart people are working to redesign airplane cabins with increased comfort in mind.The winners of the 10th Crystal Cabin Awards—the ...

by Carly Okyle  | April 15, 2016 05:00:00
Startup Tips

5 key design factors for an effective home office

If you create the right environment, you'll set yourself up for success.

Discipline can be difficult when you’re working from home. You might be too easily distracted during office hours, or you might find yourself struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance and seeing your sleep patterns suffer as a result.Every entrepreneur faces these ...

by David Adams  | February 05, 2016 08:00:00