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10 Most Popular Stories Of The Week: The $20,000 House, Why Open-Office Layouts Are Evil, And Much More

Oh, and we also take a look at Google’s logo re-imagined in the spirit of death metal. All this and more in this week’s top 10!

1. “This New Skype Ad Might Make You Cry At Work
“Born Friends” is the latest heart-warming addition to Skype’s Stay Together ad campaign. Just tell your coworkers you were cutting onions, or something.

2. “This Impeccably Designed $20,000 House Could Soon Be Yours
Take a look at the “social justice architecture” of Rural Studio’s 20K House project, which has been building cheap houses for impoverished locals for 20 years, and is ready to step into the mass market.

3. “11 Famous Companies Rebranded As Black Metal Bands
Christophe Szpadjel has designed more than 7,000 logos for metal bands. Now he’s taking on the world’s most recognizable companies.

4. “Offices For All! Why Open-Office Layouts Are Bad For Employees Bosses And Productivity
Fast Company
In part one of our two-part series, Fast Company senior editor Jason Feifer makes a case for giving all workers a little alone time–behind an office door.

5. “Kanye West Just Rebranded The Confederate Flag For Himself
Kanye West is adopting the Confederate flag for his Yeezus tour, and changing the meaning of a racist icon.

6. “Secrets of Running A Six Figure Airbnb Business
Fast Company
Renting rooms on Airbnb can be a pretty lucrative business, even if that’s not how the company really wants you to think of it.

7. “How Much Does Color Define A Logo?
Graphic designed Paula Rupolo swapped the colors of competing brands’ logos. Blue coke, anyone?

8. “See How Smoking Will Ruin Your Face, With These Side-By-Side Images Of Twins
The effects of smoking, visualized. These photos take sets of twins–where one smokes and the other doesn’t–side by side. Smoking does not do great things for your appearance.

9. “Alleged Design Pirate Cody Foster Is Only Sorry They Were Caught
Three weeks after widespread allegations of design piracy went public, the Nebraskan Tchotchke maker finally releases a statement worse than silence.

10. “This Algorithm Can Tell Your Life Story Through Twitter”
Two university researchers have come up with an algorithm designed to compose user-accurate biographies using only your tweets.

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Former Editorial Assistant Miles Kohrman helped run Fast Company's homepage and completed miscellaneous tasks around the newsroom. He is a 2013 graduate of The New School.



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