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  • 5 Tips to Make Your Brand Pop

    Anna Guerrero
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    No matter how great your product or service is, if no one knows about it they won’t be able to use or buy it. Seth Godin wrote about the difficulty of brand competition in his book Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable, declaring the death of mediocre brands and the rise of amazing ones. Being bold and adventurous will set you brand apart from your competitors. These are our top five tips to make your brand pop: 1Build social media campaigns around new features and products Benjamin Franklin wrote about the value of engaging content: “Either write something worth reading…
  • Smartphone-Shaped Mirrors - The Selfie Pocket Mirror is Ideal for Mobile Obsessed Users (

    TREND HUNTER - The Latest Trends
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    ( Taking the selfie obsession one step further, the Selfie Pocket Mirror offers savvy smartphone users the chance to replicate their go-to mobile devices through a convenient cosmetic accessory....
  • The Mercedes GLA joins a new breed of crossover cars

    Wallpaper* News Feed
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    The Mercedes-Benz GLA belongs to that emerging species of automobile: the crossover. Born out the apparent consumer desire for chunky, high-riding cars that aren't as overscaled as a traditional SUV, the industry has embraced the crossover in all its forms, either building bespoke cars that blend the styling cues of a 4x4 with the practicality of a traditional family car or by pumping up an existing model. The GLA falls into the latter category and its antecedents are glaringly obvious - this is basically the company's acclaimed A-Class injected with growth hormone. So what makes the…
  • Coffee Making Alarm Clock
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Innovative alarm clock designed by Joshua Renouf will gently wake you up with delicious smell of freshly brewed coffee. Simply prepare / refill milk, sugar, and water before you go to sleep and the Barisieur alarm clock will brew you a fresh cup of coffee in the morning. Subtle movement of steel balls welcomes you into the [...]
  • Solar Skin EV

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    Troy Turner
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    The ultramodern SOLARAY projects aims to develop a sustainable vehicle for urban environments in 2050 by providing an innovative solution to reduce dependence on current energy practices. The solar and inductively recharged EV features a weaved photovoltaic embedded glass inspired by leaf structures. Electro-conductive polymer tires and wheels allow the vehicle to charge in motion, saving on-board space and battery weight. Additional weight reduction is achieved by a carbon nanotube chassis. Designer: Cheng Wei Ray Yu - Yanko Design Timeless Designs - Explore wonderful concepts from around…
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  • 5 Tips to Make Your Brand Pop

    Anna Guerrero
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    No matter how great your product or service is, if no one knows about it they won’t be able to use or buy it. Seth Godin wrote about the difficulty of brand competition in his book Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable, declaring the death of mediocre brands and the rise of amazing ones. Being bold and adventurous will set you brand apart from your competitors. These are our top five tips to make your brand pop: 1Build social media campaigns around new features and products Benjamin Franklin wrote about the value of engaging content: “Either write something worth reading…
  • An Easy Guide to Creating a Presentation in Canva

    Peg Fitzpatrick
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Creating a presentation is a key element for many positions these days whether you’re an executive, speaker, or working in a professional setting. Getting your message across in a concise and visually appealing manner is challenge for many people but it doesn’t need to be. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to creating a presentation in Canva to help you feel confident and make the best impression while communicating successfully. 1 Be consistent Let your audience take in a presentation that’s easy on the eyes and flows from slide to slide. Jarring the presentation…
  • Introducing the Canva Button: Let Your Users Design

    Melanie Perkins
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Every site that allows users to upload content, whether it’s a Web app, e-commerce provider or ad network, wants their users to have beautiful graphics. However until now, it’s almost impossible to create something that looks good without knowing how to use professional design tools. Instead of just offering an ‘Upload’ button and expecting users to figure out the rest, the Canva Button enables a website’s users to easily create graphics without leaving their page. We want this to be accessible to everyone so the Button is free and can be implemented with just a few lines of code.
  • How to Make the Most of your Visual Assets

    Melissa Meggison
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    With the growing popularity of sites like Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram it’s become pretty obvious – we’re living in a visual age. The beauty of living in a visual age is that every company has visual assets at its disposal. Whether those assets include a beautiful collection of product images, or if the assets don’t go too far beyond a logo file, there’s still plenty that can be done to make the most out of what you’ve got. 1 Optimize for the platform Not all social networks are created equally, which is why it’s so important to optimize your images for each site. And,…
  • Five Tips for Bigger, Better Brainstorming

    Helen Scheuerer
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    In today’s fast-paced world of entrepreneurs and tech-savvy marketers, we’re constantly on the lookout for new ways to reinvent ourselves and our brands. Whether you’re after concepts for new content, marketing strategies or a plan for a new small business, brainstorming is a great way to take your ideas and creativity to the next level. Effective brainstorming can increase your business’ productivity, give you a competitive edge, enhance teamwork and ultimately, improve and expand your business as a whole. But running a successful brainstorming session isn’t…
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  • The Mercedes GLA joins a new breed of crossover cars

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    The Mercedes-Benz GLA belongs to that emerging species of automobile: the crossover. Born out the apparent consumer desire for chunky, high-riding cars that aren't as overscaled as a traditional SUV, the industry has embraced the crossover in all its forms, either building bespoke cars that blend the styling cues of a 4x4 with the practicality of a traditional family car or by pumping up an existing model. The GLA falls into the latter category and its antecedents are glaringly obvious - this is basically the company's acclaimed A-Class injected with growth hormone. So what makes the…
  • Travel essentials: 10 companions for life on the move

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
  • Next generation: as Honda's Asimo robot grows up, we quiz engineer Satoshi Shigemi about its future

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    The future looks good. Honda's Asimo robot has served a dual purpose throughout its 14-year development as an ambassador for the Japanese brand's technical ambitions and as an R&D platform that feeds into all aspects of the conglomerate's business. Its teenage transformation is looking increasingly promising. We recently travelled to Brussels, the rather incongruous European HQ of Honda's robotics division. Here, in a nondescript business park, Asimo is oiled up and rolled out for press calls and educational trips, as well as receiving endless tweaks from the robotic HQ back…
  • Happycheap House by Tommy Carlsson offers a new model for Swedish suburban architecture

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Swedish architect Tommy Carlsson is a revolutionary of sorts. Dismayed by a house market flooded with identical prefab wooden villas that are built on a production model from the 1970s - with aesthetics that haven't changed much since but a price tag that has - Carlsson has set out on a one-man quest to change the look of the Scandinavian country's suburban landscape. As an architectural relative to a very successful Swedish denim brand, the initiative is called Happycheap and the scheme's first realised villa has made an impact in the Stockholm suburb where it's built.
  • Photographer Christopher Williams explores 'The Production Line of Happiness' at MoMA, New York

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Conceptual artist Christopher Williams’ first retrospective is now on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York - but don’t tell him that. 'I’m uncomfortable with the term conceptual artist, but I’m equally uncomfortable with the idea that I’m a photographer,' he says. 'Also I was incredibly uncomfortable with the idea of a survey or retrospective.' Coming from another artist, such statements could be taken as pure contrarianism, deployed to shield, wedge, distance, or simply whine, but for Williams they are a way to reset expectations and…
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  • Coffee Making Alarm Clock
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Innovative alarm clock designed by Joshua Renouf will gently wake you up with delicious smell of freshly brewed coffee. Simply prepare / refill milk, sugar, and water before you go to sleep and the Barisieur alarm clock will brew you a fresh cup of coffee in the morning. Subtle movement of steel balls welcomes you into the [...]
  • Beetle Cabinet
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Nature inspired storage cabinet made by Latvian designer Janis Straupe looks like a giant beetle. Creative furniture for your bedroom carved out of high quality wood. BUG Also check out: Distorted Furniture and The Abyss Table
  • Creative Drawings by Redmer Hoekstra
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Unusual and creative drawings by talented Dutch artist Redmer Hoekstra. Incredible drawings mix real life with fantasy. Humans, animals, vehicles, and machines are combined together into new surreal creatures. Also check out: Anamorphic Drawings and Photorealistic Drawing
  • Snow White Swimsuit
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Creative swimsuit was inspired by the iconic outfit of Disney’s Snow White. Snow White Swimsuit made by Australian company Black Milk Clothing. Beautiful one-piece swimsuit will transform you into a Disney Princess. Snow White Puff Sleeve Swimsuit Also check out: Anatomy Swimsuit and Shark Bite Swimsuit
  • Water Slide Photography
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Wonderful photos of kids and adults coming out of a water slide captured by talented photographer Krista Long. People were photographed at the water park with high speed camera. I Love Summer Also check out: Underwater Dogs and Bursting Water Balloons
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  • Solar Skin EV

    Troy Turner
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    The ultramodern SOLARAY projects aims to develop a sustainable vehicle for urban environments in 2050 by providing an innovative solution to reduce dependence on current energy practices. The solar and inductively recharged EV features a weaved photovoltaic embedded glass inspired by leaf structures. Electro-conductive polymer tires and wheels allow the vehicle to charge in motion, saving on-board space and battery weight. Additional weight reduction is achieved by a carbon nanotube chassis. Designer: Cheng Wei Ray Yu - Yanko Design Timeless Designs - Explore wonderful concepts from around…
  • The Overdose Angel

    Troy Turner
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Drug overdose is made doubly dangerous because individuals fear facing the involvement of authorities and the associated penalties. Unfortunate but necessary, this redesign of an existing overdose kit in nasal spray form allows for faster and easier administration by a peer with a one-step assembly and delivery process. The new kit also focuses on an impactful package design that includes rehabilitation information and an arm band “memento” that will remind the user of their close-call. Designer: Rachel Sandoval - Yanko Design Timeless Designs - Explore wonderful concepts from…
  • Modular Shelving for Micro-Living

    Troy Turner
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Fläpps is a modular shelving system without rules! It’s designed to give the user creative freedom to create their own style, even in small spaces. Each module is a stand-alone shelf that can be combined with others. A unique wall mounting mechanism effortlessly permits up to 5 vertically stacked shelves. Unfolded, it offers endless storage applications from the office to the kitchen and nearly disappears into the surrounding wall when not in use! Designer: Malte Grieb - Yanko Design Timeless Designs - Explore wonderful concepts from around the world! Shop CKIE - We are more than just…
  • Better Than The iPad

    Radhika Seth
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Most kids these days are so addicted to their gadgets that they have forgotten what it is to spend some time frolicking in the park. Climbing walls, swinging on monkey bars and playing on the seesaw are a distant memory. To bridge the gap with technology, the Rocking Pad brings back the charm in playtime. It integrates reality and virtual-reality to develop a new way to play. Rocking Pad User can choose the built-in games or link the games from personal digital device and open up on the Rocking Pad. In the game, it may have different mode to participate, such as competition or teamwork. The…
  • Virtual Shopping

    Radhika Seth
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    The Future hunter-gatherer’ is a device that quite literally gets you to start cooking with a virtual hunt in your kitchen. Allow me to explain; this is a device that recreates a holographic experience of sourcing ingredients, right in your kitchen. You can shop from a holographic supermarket or a fish market and get food delivered to your doorstep. You can even use the device to play a pleasant hunting, fishing or farming game, depending on your culinary expertise and dietary needs. In a nutshell, ‘The Future hunter-gatherer’ takes you back to the roots of hunting, farming and…
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    Design Mom

  • Mamagama Giveaway

    Design Mom
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. I’ve got a giveaway for you today from a shiny new sponsor. I know you’ll love it! Have you heard of Mamagama? You might like their intro as much as I do: ”Mamagama sells awesome maternity t-shirts for gorgeous, broody, moody, ice cream and pickle eating superstars.” Isn’t that fun? And the prize is a $100 gift certificate to their shop! Mamagama is a small shop that focuses on the coolest pregnancy t-shirts. Something I love about their wares, is that they are illustrated by talented artists from around the world and include entertaining…
  • Epic Roadtrip Stop #7: Monument Valley & Arches

    Design Mom
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. After Lake Powell, we loaded up the car and started the drive to Moab. It’s not a short drive. Something like 6.5 hours. And making a stop at Monument Valley makes it even longer, because it’s off the highway several miles. But Ben Blair had always wanted to see it, and honestly, I felt the same way when I realized it was in Utah, and that I had grown up in Utah but had never seen it. For some reason, I thought is was either in Arizona or New Mexico (based on absolutely nothing but my lack of geography knowledge). I’m so glad we made the stop!
  • One Item, Three Ways

    Lindsey Johnson
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Photos and styling by Lindsey Rose Johnson. This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Room Essentials to make modern life easier. This is the second post in my two-part series about Target’s revamped, and super affordable, Room Essentials line. You can find the first post here. For this post, I wanted to demonstrate the versatility of the pieces in the Room Essentials line by taking one item and showing how it can be used in three different ways. For the example, I chose this handsome metal piece with wheels. Though toys are probably not the first word to come to mind when…
  • Alt Summit Summer

    Design Mom
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Images by Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit. I know Alt Summit happened a month ago, but I’ve been waiting to write about it until the Keynote Videos were edited and ready to share. And now they are! This was the very first Alt Summit Summer and I loved it. It had that shiny new event feel. Almost all of the attendees were new to Alt, and most I hadn’t met before. Just like at Alt Winter, the attendees were smart, encouraging and enthusiastic. Alt Summer was started because we (fun fact: I’m an Alt Summit founder) wanted to give the full Alt conference experience…
  • Epic Roadtrip Stop #6: Lake Powell

    Design Mom
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Image and text by Gabrielle. As I mentioned in the last trip post, we weren’t originally planning to stop at Lake Powell, but knowing it was on our way, we ultimately decided to squeeze it in. And we’re so glad we did! Lake Powell was one of the main destinations for my family vacations growing up and I have a dear place for it in my heart. To me, the ideal way to visit Lake Powell is on a houseboat. I want to stay for 5 days at least, and have access to a motor boat for water skiing and exploring the canyons, and wave runners too. It’s a particular sort of trip and it…
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  • Tips for Tackling Any Big Project

    Tanner Christensen
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Weight Lifting designed by Scott Lewis from the Noun Project Approaching any big project can be a daunting and complex experience. Over on her blog, author Elizabeth Spann Craig gives us nine quick tips for tackling big projects, ensuring that we finish what we set out to do. Show up. Religiously. It’s the only way to get through a project. Avoid perfectionism….First drafts aren’t perfect either. But aren’t they better than the blank page? Craig highlights the importance of finishing what you set-out to do before looking for ways to improve or change the concept. She calls this…
  • Read Email Backwards After Your Vacation

    Hamza Khan
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Overworked by Luis Prado from The Noun Project The first day back from vacation is the hardest: switching from beaches and cocktail umbrellas to an office chair and emails can be a jarring experience, especially if one of your first priorities is to get the inbox from 600 to 0. Fortunately, Levo League offers a better way to deal with emails post-vacation: read them backwards. Start from the most recent to the oldest so that you don’t waste your time (and annoy the people who took your load while you were out) by answering old emails that were already addressed and completed. The last…
  • Paul McCartney & John Lennon: Why Creativity Needs Tension

    Stephanie Kaptein
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two, speaks about the advantages of competitive collaboration in an article for The Atlantic. His famous example is that of The Beatles’ Paul McCartney and John Lennon who would regularly “answer” each others’ songs in friendly competition. When John wrote “Strawberry Fields,” Paul came back with “Penny Lane.” Paul notes that the competition made them “better and better all the time,” and created a creative tension. Despite the tension—because of the tension—the work was magnificent. Though the White…
  • How Rejection Helps the Creative Process

    Stephanie Kaptein
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Running designed by Claire Jones from the Noun Project Creatives are subject to high levels of rejection. Even though companies seek out innovative individuals, they seldom listen to their new ideas due to the risk involved. Fortunately, research suggests that rejection may actually help – not hinder – the creative process. Rejection hurts, but if there is no pain, then there is no gain. In an article for Slate, illustrator Jessica Olien explains: Perhaps for some people, the pain of rejection is like the pain of training for a marathon – training the mind for endurance.
  • Yuko Shimizu: Make Your Own Path

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Venture capitalist Fred Wilson once quipped that the three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a weekly salary. There are numerous stories of the young buck going solo. But rare is the professional over a decade into her career tossing aside the steady paycheck and making the uncertain leap into the freelance life.  After 11 years in the PR business, illustrator Yuko Shimizu decided to pursue her dream as an artist. Now, with accolades from The Art Directors Club to The Yellow Pencil Award and many Spectrum Fantastic Art Awards, the Japanese native is one of the most…
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  • Urban Observatory: TED Co-Founder’s New Civic Data Platform

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    [ By WebUrbanist in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ] This new project brings a whole world’s worth of metropolitan data to your fingertips via both an online application and an upcoming installation at the Smithsonian Museum, courtesy of TED founder Richard Saul Wurman. A rich virtual resource, it represents the work of over 15,000 contributing cartographers and designers from 200 countries. Collecting and data big and small, static and live, the multi-media Urban Observatory allows (and encourages) comprehensible and comprehensive visual comparisons between cities on…
  • Cargo Canvases: 6 Street Artists Paint 22 Stacked Containers

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    [ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Towers constructed from shipping container modules formed the blank basis behind this series of incredible giant-sized, site-specific artworks using spray paint and pole brushes. For the North West Walls Street Art Festival in Belgium, curated by Arne Quinze, each contributor was encouraged to compose something on one side of each of three unique and random-seeming stacks. Famous graffiti artists Pichi & Avo added an array of Greek gods to their chosen canvas, framing the brilliantly-rendered figures in contemporary style,…
  • Guerrilla Lace: Prettied-Up Urban Surfaces in Poland

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    [ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Urban sidewalks, sewer grates and dingy underpasses aren’t exactly the most likely places to find beautiful large-scale ornamental lace, but for artist NeSpoon Polska, that’s exactly where it belongs. The Polish artist creates both spray-painted street art and crocheted installations for interactive displays in all sorts of public spaces, from street lamps to abandoned houses. Calling it ‘illegal city decor’ and ‘public jewelry,’ Polska wanders around Warsaw, swiftly painting parking meters, utility…
  • Fairytale Retreats: 15 Magical BlueForest Tree Houses

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    [ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Daydream about an ideal fairytale retreat in the forest, and what you envision will likely look a lot like these 14 amazing arboreal creations. There’s simply no other word for them but ‘magical,’ and UK-based builder Blueforest has that style down pat with conical towers, Gothic windows, quirky cedar shingles and swaying rope bridges. Living the Highlife Tree House Two separate retreats, one for kids and one for adults, are lofted high into the sky and connected by a canopy walkway at the ‘Living the…
  • Rich Door, Poor Door: Segregated Entrances Spark Controversy

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    [ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development has come under attack by critics for approving  building plans in NYC that include separate entrances for affordable-housing tenants and luxury-condo owners. The debate raises other questions about the urban poor and the mixing of classes in the city, and there are reasonable arguments on both sides of the issue. 40 Riverside Boulevard, an Upper West Side project of the Extell Development Company, is the property at the heart of this particular…
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  • Morphing Chair Conforms to Your Changing Comfort Needs

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We've all struggled at times to find the most comfortable sitting position in a chair. Designer Kirsi Enkovaara eliminates that problem with her uniquely customizable chair which she calls The Body. The chair is six meters long overall and made of a canvas material stuffed with rice. The semi-rigid structure allows you to mold the chair into a position that is comfortable for you - and then it stays in that position. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Zen Seating: Meditation Chair Makes Proper Sitting Easy Custom Curved Bench Conforms to Human…
  • Tiny Paris Apartment Packed With Space-Saving Features

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Combining stairs and storage is becoming a very popular way to save space in very small homes. This Paris apartment, designed by French firm Schemaa, does so in gorgeous style by using alternating-tread steps with included storage as a central feature of the 30 square meter home. The storage-rich staircase occupies one wall of the combined kitchen/dining/living space, and it isn't the only impressive space-saving feature. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: 29sqm Apartment Features Space-Saving Stairs & Loft Bed Tiny Paris Apartment is Huge on…
  • Modular Honeycomb Pods Aimed at Music Festival-Goers

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you've ever gone to a music festival and spent a night (or three) camped out on the cold or muddy ground in your sleeping bag, then congratulations - you've done something you'll probably remember for the rest of your life. But your next festival experience could be a little more comfortable if the B-And-Bee concept takes flight. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Page 23: Film Festival Winner Shows the Dark Side of IKEA Tent Tenements: Modular System Connects Multi-Unit Tents Acoustic Decor: Modular Interactive Music-Making Furniture Custom…
  • Desert Home and Courtyard Blend Seamlessly with Landscape

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Like the majestic Saguaro cacti that surround the site, this Scottsdale, Arizona home rises from the earth and meets the sky gracefully and with perfect style. It was designed by Wendell Burnette Architects to perfectly tuck into a clearing amongst granite outcroppings in the lovely desert setting. The Desert Courtyard Home is so named thanks to its most impressive feature: a glass-wrapped courtyard that offers the resident a serene space. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Dream-Like Desert Home Design for Wide Open-Air Spaces Desert Dome:…
  • Charming Campfire Table Lamp Brings the Outdoors Indoors

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
      Back when humans were little more than hairy newborns trying to figure out the world around them, fire was both a comfort and an essential life-giving force. As we as a species have matured, we've developed the convenience of electric lights but moved away from the warmth and familiarity of the fire. The Iri lamp from Notwaste, a design company in Mexico, brings the campfire feeling indoors. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Double-Take: Self-Reflecting Surreal Table Lamp Design Unique Ceiling & Table Light, Lamp & Bulb Designs Fan…
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    Six Revisions

  • Top 10 Free Programming Fonts

    Jacob Gube
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    When your profession involves writing code for significantly long periods of time, even deceptively trivial things such the font you’re using can make a huge difference. This is a list of fonts for people who love code. For your convenience, I have created a sample page for all the fonts mentioned here, which may help you choose the one that’s right for you. Programming Fonts Sample Page View source on GitHub Selection Criteria Here are the factors used for choosing the fonts in this list. Monospaced A good font that’s used for programming should be monospaced, meaning each…
  • 6 Myths Preventing Developers from Using Git

    Jacob Gube
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Nowadays, you’ll have a hard time finding a professional developer who doesn’t use a version control system (VCS) such as Git. But, there are still a few among us who choose not to use a VCS due to preconceived notions they might have about version control. Here are some myths and excuses that dissuade developers from integrating Git — and any version control system in general — into their workflow. Myth 1: I don’t need Git because I back up my files Creating regular backups of your work is definitely a good habit. Consider keeping this habit even when using Git.
  • How Fonts Affect the User Experience

    Jacob Gube
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Several years ago, researchers at MIT confirmed through a study that fonts can impact how we feel: A bad font can make us frown unconsciously, while a good font can make us feel happy. If fonts can influence our emotions, then they can certainly impact the user experience. A few weeks ago, I decided to find out how much of an impact fonts have on UX. Through a series of split test experiments, I managed to improve my site’s engagement by 38%. I did this by changing nothing but the font styling of the site. Before I go into the details of my experiment, I want to first explain why fonts…
  • Working with JavaScript Dates Using Moment.js

    Jacob Gube
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Date manipulation is one of those development hurdles that we all must jump at one point in our career, and great tools go a long way in taming the beast. The Moment.js library is that tool for JavaScript developers. Since discovering Moment.js, an open source project, I’ve used it religiously to simplify validation, parsing and manipulation of dates on the client-side. In this tutorial, I’ll help you get up and running with this ultra-useful JavaScript date library. What is Moment.js? Moment.js is a free and open source JavaScript library that removes the need to use the native…
  • Getting Started with Meteor

    Jacob Gube
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Meteor is a full-stack development platform that makes it easier than ever before to build real-time web applications. This tutorial will get you up and running with Meteor in no time. What is Meteor? Meteor will enable you to build web applications much faster — even ambitious ones that seem like they were developed by big teams with big budgets — using nothing but JavaScript, CSS and HTML. And, what’s more, with Meteor, you’ll simply have more fun because it’s optimized for developer-happiness. Originally known as "Skybreak" back in 2011, Meteor has…
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    Better Living Through Design

  • CMYK Up Lamp

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    What the what is going on with this CMYK Up Lamp? Dennis Parren has combined red, yellow, and blue LED bulbs to create an interesting mix of light. When the three primary colors are combined, you’ll see a white light. However, when one of these color bulbs is blocked by the structural form of the lamp itself, then the other two combine to produce tertiary shadows (cyan, magenta, and yellowish colors). Pretty spectacular, isn’t it? Producer: Studio Dennis Parren Material: LEDs, Fiberglass Design Date: 2011 Dimensions: 35 x 20 x 27 cm Special Notes: Supplied with three x three LED…
  • Slide Mirror

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Sad news: it looks like there’s not a retailer stateside that carries these mirrors anymore. Happy news: you can buy them directly from the designer, Sylvain Willenz. If you buy either of these mirrors, you might just have to get the Cuboid Doormat to continue the 3D illusion. Maybe add the Half a Table by Niels Van Eijk & Miriam Van der Lubbe and some seating from Acne for a distinct fun-house vibe. The shadow effect is screen printed on the 4mm glass. Designed by Sylvain Willenz. Square: 26.4″ x 26.4″ Rectangle: 26.4″ x 57″ From our archives; originally…
  • Italian Travel & Camping Silverware

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    If you’re planning any adventures this summer- day trips or longer camping journeys- having the right tools is necessary for enjoyment and, in some cases, survival. You’ll have to eat no matter where you go, so make sure you have appropriate utensils for nourishment. This set of spoon, fork, and knife with bottle opener is lightweight and travel-sized, making it perfect for any journey. -The kit measures 140 mm (5.5 inches) and weighs 136 grams (4.8 ounces). -Comes with brass key ring. Materials: Stainless steel blade Brass key ring Made in Italy. From our archives; originally…
  • Chieftains Chair

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    When we originally posted the Chieftains Chair designed by Finn Juhl, it was 2011 and it cost $11,500. Today’s price finds it at $17,175, which, unfortunately, is much higher than the rate of inflation. And so goes the world of design classics and their price fluctuations. Inspired by primitive weaponry, Juhl originally created the chair for the 1949 Cabinetmakers’ Guild in Copenhagen. I’ve long admired this chair, and while the price is firmly outside of any budget I might have in the foreseeable future, I can still appreciate the slight curves and teak and walnut frame that…
  • Wörther Wood Mechanical Pencil

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    I’ve held my share of mechanical pencils, and there’s something entirely comfortable about the hexagonal, thick barrel of the Wörther Wood Mechanical Pencil. That ergonomic shape starts to become very important when you’re sketching or writing for longer periods of time, as you might know if you’re in any creative field. Plus, the fact the 3 mm thick graphite lead doesn’t need sharpening means that it’s an excellent tool for anyone who relies on a pencil for getting their ideas down on paper (or wood, metal, paper, or plastic, as the lead will work on…
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  • Ulaelu Outdoor Kitchen

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    There's still plenty of summer left — in spite of what the calendar may say — and there are few summer activities better than cooking in your yard. With the...Visit Uncrate for the full post.
  • Tag Heuer Meridiist Infinite Phone

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    It's definitely not an iPhone — hell, it's not really even a smartphone — but the Tag Heuer Meridiist Infinite Phone has a trick up its sleeve that should be...Visit Uncrate for the full post.
  • Side Project Oude Fermier Beer

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    With so many new breweries flooding the craft beer market, it's difficult to keep up and decipher what is actually worth trying. Side Project in St. Louis is still young,...Visit Uncrate for the full post.
  • Void V03D Watch

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    It's great to have a watch with a bunch of features — but it's also nice to have a timepiece with a clean, easily-readable face. You'll have a hard time...Visit Uncrate for the full post.
  • Tiwal 3.2 Inflatable Sailboat

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Sailing is one of the most amazing things you can do on the water, but not everyone has the means to either keep a sailboat docked somewhere when it's not...Visit Uncrate for the full post.
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  • Personal Shopper: Very Pregnant Bridesmaid Sam Needs MOH Dress for $150 or Less

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    The Personal Shopper team recently heard from a bridesmaid with a bun in the oven. Sam is a Maid of Honor who is also 23 weeks along. She needs a...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Sugarpill Brush Set

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    We don't want to sound too girly, but ... yay, cute pink brushes! Not only is this Sugarpill Brush Set ($68) pretty, all of the brushes are vegan, so you...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Wallaby Placemat

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Marsupials! They are Australia's most popular export, and for good reason. Crazy things happen when you're separated from the mainland by thousands of miles and millions of years, eh? Crazy...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    This Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28) is oversized, which makes it all the better for showing off the Marc Jacobs logo when you pull it out of your purse....Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Dylan's Candy Bar One Sweet Week 100 Calorie 8-Bar Pack

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Candy isn't a part of many diet fads (trust us, we've checked), but that doesn't mean you have to cut out chocolate altogether. Dylan's Candy Bar One Sweet Week 100...Visit Outblush for the full post.
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  • 3 Awesome Ways To Makeover 1 Cabinet

    Maxwell Tielman
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Keeping up with the latest trends in design can often be overwhelming, especially when you’re pinching pennies, your budget too tight for the occasional furniture splurge. Working on a budget, however, doesn’t mean you have to forgo style — especially if you’re feeling crafty. To prove our point, we teamed up with our pals over at Target and completely revamped one of their most simple, flat-packed cabinet designs (retail price: $34.99) in three different popular styles. The best part? Each of these projects are easy enough to be accomplished in less than a day and…
  • Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

    Grace Bonney
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    I’ve called Greenpoint, Brooklyn home for the better part of a decade. This is the neighborhood that welcomed me into Brooklyn 11 years ago and continues to be the only place I feel truly at home in this big, bustling city. For all the wonderful parts of Greenpoint (trees, parks, amazing Polish food and great people), there are some less desirable aspects like major pollution, overpriced rents and a lack of fresh seafood. Seafood? I know, it’s not the biggest issue in the world, but when you’re married to a cookbook writer who loves healthy (and sustainable) food, you notice…
  • Past & Present: Behind Mud Cloth

    Amy Azzarito
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I don’t think that I ever really gave textiles much of a second thought until I was in graduate school at Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt. I grew up, like most of you, in a house filled with textiles; plenty of blankets for the bed, curtains on the windows, comfortable upholstered furniture and cushy rugs underneath my feet. I was so surrounded by textiles that it didn’t register that this wasn’t always the case. When in fact, for much of human history, textiles were the most precious and valuable item a person could own. (This topic was covered beautifully by a recent exhibition at…
  • DIY Papier Mache Cacti

    Grace Bonney
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    David Stark is the king of FUN. Whenever I want to feel inspired or get creative “outside of the box” ideas for my home or a get together, David’s site is the first place I look. From huge events that turn shoes into a tornado to parties that showcase colored pencils as centerpieces, David knows how to deliver a dose of humor and good fun with decorating and entertaining. Today he and his team are sharing a creative DIY Papier-Mâché Cacti project inspired by pieces that created for a recent event. They loved the stylized, hyper real quality and thought they would also…
  • Upholstery 101: 10 Projects to Get You Started

    Grace Bonney
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There was a moment a few years ago when I seriously considered signing up for upholstery school. I’ve always loved textiles and am constantly looking for ways to incorporate them into everything. But at the end of the day, I decided to leave the major projects to the pros and instead embrace more manageable projects that I could do over a weekend. So today I thought I’d round up 10 projects that will get your summer upholstery projects going. Whether you’re brand new to the idea of sewing or just need some creative upholstery ideas to fill your summer vacation, these…
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  • Tips for Designing a Beautiful Single-Page Portfolio Website

    Jake Rocheleau
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Advertise here with BSAMany trends in general web design can also be applied to single page layouts. But there are some unique features to the lone webpage which can add more flavor into a design. Like most of the web design field, common sense and user experience always trumps inessential creative ideas. But that doesn’t mean anybody can just understand the best techniques for creating a single page design. In this post I’d like to share a few ideas on how to create usable, tactile portfolios with content featured on a single page. Mobile users are growing rapidly so you have to…
  • 35 Mobile Responsive Portfolio Website Layouts

    Jake Rocheleau
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Advertise here with BSAA portfolio is used to showcase your creative work to anyone with Internet access. The goal is to present your talent front & center making it easy to navigate. Responsive layouts will look stunning on any device allowing visitors to can check out your work from their laptop, tablet, or even smartphone. It’s tough to build a naturally responsive layout without a bit of practice. You want to understand which traits work best and how people normally interact with your website. This gallery includes 35 outstanding examples of fully-responsive portfolio website…
  • 200 Portfolio Sites for Web Design Inspiration

    Jake Rocheleau
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Advertise here with BSADesigners and developers are growing in numbers and plenty of these folks have outstanding portfolios. The common advantage of the Internet is that anybody from anywhere in the world can check out your projects during any time of the day! If you wish to land more freelance work then I would recommend taking a peek at your current portfolio to see if anything could be updated. And to help with building ideas for your own website, I have collected 200 various portfolios of graphics designers, developers, writers, and other digital creatives. This is a massive showcase…
  • Top 20 WordPress Theme Creators From 2014

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Advertise here with BSALooking for a great design for your website? Do you also want it to work smoothly and to be easy for you to use and customize? And since you’re at it, with everyone using tablets and mobile phones now, it should also be responsive. Well, lucky for you, there are many great WordPress themes you can find that fulfill all these requirements. You can find below the best 20 WordPress themes creators. Make sure to browse through their galleries of beautifully designed and highly functional themes. There’s surely something there that will catch your eye and suit your…
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    Arkitip Intel

  • On the Waterfront

    Chinatown Soccer Club
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    New York (Chinatown Newswire) — The spectacular setting for the weekly friendly match versus Remy’s Rovers on the extraordinarily picturesque waterfront in Brooklyn.
  • Sweet Rides

    Chinatown Soccer Club
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    New York (Chinatown Newswire) — Midfield enforcer and talented lensman Ethan Scott recently traveled to Detroit to capture a local bike rally and block party for the New York Times.
  • Selezione di Film 025: La cagna (Liza)

    Scott A. Sant'Angelo
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Visit entry to view embedded video. Directed by Marco Ferreri. Produced by Ralph Baum, Raymond Danon, Alfred Levy. Screenplay by Ennio Flaiano, Jean-Claude Carrière, Marco Ferreri. Music by Philippe Sarde. Cinematography by Mario Vulpiani. Edited by Giuliana Trippa.
  • Polanski Vol.03 Full Preview

    Irwin Tobias Matutina
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
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  • Fisherman’s Soul

    Jose Miguel de Abreu
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
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  • Company Invents Shotgun Suppressor and a Strange Superhero

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I've got a friend from Alabama who told me that growing up, most families she knew kept shotguns in the house. When you heard a noise in the middle of the night, the shotgun was the go-to item, and she explained that the CHIK-CHIK sound of "racking" it carried across the porch and was enough to discourage the casual burglar. Another sound shotguns make is the actual blast, and I'm told it's deafening. Twelve-gauges reportedly top out around 150 to 165 decibels, and inside a house, where there are walls to bounce the sound around in, likely more. That's enough to cause permanent hearing…
  • Tonight: It's the Hand-Eye Supply Summer Quarterly Party!

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Hey Portland people, it's that time again. The Summer Quarterly is here and we couldn't have done it without help. While we rounded up awesome stuff for summer, cool creatives from all over sent in sweet selfies with their tools and gear, and we can't wait to share their style! Drop by the new and beginning-to-be-improved Hand-Eye Supply garage at 714 NW Glisan, pick up a free people-populated poster and we'll announce the winners of our All Geared Up photo contest! Then eat some unbeatable treats from Pacific Pie co., and rub elbows with the great minds of the HES set. Come tell us about…
  • Designing for Drivers: Organizing the Car

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As a professional organizer, I've helped people organize their homes and offices—and their cars. One challenge drivers have is finding a good place to keep things like smart phones and sunglasses close at hand. (Hopefully, no one is texting while driving, but there are other reasons to keep a smart phone nearby; I need mine to hear my turn-by-turn driving instructions.) Here's one solution to that challenge: The StickyPad from HandStands is one of several non-adhesive, non-magnetic pads that goes on a dashboard. There's an interesting balance here—the pad should be sticky enough…
  • Does No One Else Find This Ridiculous?

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Bike Grouch Alert: So it's come to this. That there is Lucid Design's "Kit Bike," which, like an IKEA shelving unit, can be assembled and disassembled into 21 parts for ease of transport. I didn't mind Paolo de Giusti's asymmetrical concept bike and I can appreciate the over-the-top hipster chic of Van Hulsteijns, but this is exactly the kind of thing that the general public will eat up with nary a thought about whether it would actually work. After all, it turned up in a couple of reputable design blogs, one of which notes that: The bike frame is made from hollow aluminum tubes that twist…
  • Core77 Design Awards 2014: The Best Furniture & Lighting Designs of the Year

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you think about it, the basic forms of quintessential articles of furniture—I'm talking desks, chairs, couches, stools, work lamps and pendant fixtures—largely consist of variations on a theme. As such, furniture designers innovate through the details from new manufacturing methods and materials to integrating functionality that speaks to our mobile, tech-enhanced lifestyles. This much is apparent in seing the honorees for the Furniture & Lighting category of the 2014 Core77 Design Awards. While the selections from Jury Captain Naihan Li and her Beijing-based jury team…
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    Presentation Zen

  • 7 things good communicators must not do

    9 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    In this simple but informative TED Talk, Julian Treasure offers up seven things that effective communicators must exclude from speech. This list of seven is a kind of "bad habits to avoid" list. They are not the only elements that can derail effective communication, but it is a good list from which to start. "I call them seven sins somewhat tongue in cheek," Julian says in the comments section on the TED Website. "I am not saying these things are bad or wrong, simply that they tend to make it harder for people to listen, especially when they become habits." Yes, suggesting that one avoid…
  • George Takei's bold story at TEDxKyoto

    21 Jun 2014 | 3:15 am
    George Takei knows how to tell a great story. In this case, a true story of his life. The famed Star Trek actor, activist, and social media star was in town recently to give a remarkable talk as part of a very special TEDxKyoto event. I was invited to watch the rehearsal just before the live event, so I arrived early and grabbed a front row seat. George did not give a speech in the traditional sense. There was no lectern, no notes, no teleprompter. George obviously was reciting the speech from memory—his live version was exactly the same as in the rehearsal—but the speech did not seem…
  • Story structure, simplicity, & hacking away at the unessential

    13 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    For a lot of us, the reality is not that we have too few ideas, it's that we have too many. This may not sound like a problem, but it becomes problematic when we get bogged down in analysis paralysis and feel unable to choose, and harder still to simplify. Reducing and simplifying in an honest way—a way that makes a message clear and memorable—is one of the hardest things for professionals to do. I am reminded of the old Bruce Lee saying: "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential." This is one of the secrets to mastery in general, and hacking away is…
  • One man's creativity in an airport "all by myself"

    11 Jun 2014 | 5:28 am
    Have you ever found yourself alone in an airport with a lot of time to kill? For most of us this is a rather dismal experience. But for others, such alone time is a nice respite and a bit freedom to be creative and just see what happens. Last week, Richard Dunn, a lighting designer in corporate entertainment who is originally from Canada, was heading back to his current home in Georgia from Las Vegas. But after volunteering to get bumped off his 11:00pm flight home, he found himself with seven hours to kill before the next flight out at 6:00am the next day. So what to do? Many people would…
  • 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

    4 Jun 2014 | 3:03 am
    Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was the first person to win an Academy Award as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film. The film The Apartment (1960) stared Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and is certainly in my top-10 favorite movies of all time. There is something quite special about Wilder's films. There's a simplicity, clarity, and naturalness that is above all else engaging and human. Even today Wilder is a hero to many filmmakers both young and old. In a 1999 interview with NPR, filmmaker Cameron Crowe talks about his admiration for Wilder's work. It is this…
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  • House Doctor Moments Collection A/W 2014

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    House Doctor has done it again with another pretty collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 with their Moments collection. I think it’s very smart and sophisticated, understated, simple and cool. Colors range from rose to cool blue, mossy and teal greens, yellow and smokey gray. For materials, you have copper, gold, brass and marble along with wood, in particular, plywood. Christmas looks very casual again this year in Scandinavian design and since House Doctor is Danish, they are leading the pack with simplicity and pared down decor for the ho-ho-holidays. Lanterns a-glow, metal and wire,…
  • Special Edition Olli + Ella Rug

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Yeah, I know, I know. I am going to show you something in my shop. Horror! But I must disclose that this came about by the demands of my readers, not from me so maybe it won’t feel so commercial and evil now that you know that. Ok, so I posted this rug that I co-designed for Olli + Ella for Aidan’s nursery and the internet blew up (in a good way) because so many people wanted this rug – the room tour even ended up in magazines (Fit Pregnancy in the US and Luna Mum in Germany) and online over at Apartment Therapy. It wasn’t available because it was a custom job BUT for…
  • Shannon Fricke Bed Linens

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    Australian stylist and interiors author Shannon Fricke released a new collection of bed linens this past Spring called, “Where Love Resides”, which is in her signature palette of greens and blues. The collection is presented “free range style” so you can mix and match your favorite pieces to create a bed with your own personal style stamp. There are quilt covers, pillowcases and cushions in cottons, linens and velvets. Here is a glimpse below – so beautiful! And hello, can someone please transport me to this hammock on the Australian coast? Like, now! I can…
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    The Dieline

  • Thirsty Thursday

    Jessica Sanchez
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    It's Thursday and we're thirsty here at The Dieline! Today we are quenching our thirst with a selection of our favorite beer, wine, and spirits submissions from the past week. Check them out below. Cheers! Permalink           
  • Antidote Cold-Pressed Juice

    Andrew Gibbs
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Antidote is a new cold-pressed organic juice range based around "carefully calculated" nutrients, and is positioned as a "cure" to an unhealthy lifestyle. India based Double Decker Design designed the packaging based around the "carefully calculated" aspect: each juice has its own core function. “Unlike regular fruit juices, Antidote uses carefully calculated nutrients. The packaging stems from this key factor. The logo subtly incorporates a geometric drop with two leaves. This drop is taken forward on each label with added illustrations that carve out a distinct identity for each…
  • Traminer

    Elizabeth Freeman
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Traminer, designed by Kommigraphics Design Studio makes you feel like a kid in a candy store. The wine bottle and box is graced with a yellow, black and white, bee pattern and has a script that wraps around the entire image. The graphics combine sophisicated elegance with modern structure with the use of typography and a classic pattern. The bottle itself is thinner than a traditional wine bottle and stretched in length, contemporizing what is an old practice.  “Traminer is a semi-dry wine of the Premium class of “Domaine Glinavos” and is produced from the homonymous…
  • Steel and Oak Brewing Co

    Andrew Gibbs
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Steel & Oak Brewing Co is the brainchild of Jorden Foss and James Garbutt, which recently opened its doors in New Westminster, British Columbia. Steel and Oak symbolizes the modernness of today while paying homage to the craftsmanship of years long past, bringing a refreshed perspective and vibrant energy to the craft beer scene. Vancouver based design firm Also Known As designed the amber-glass bottle lineup, and overall branding.  "Supportive, open minded and encouraging clients like this remind us why we opened our doors in the first place. Champions of the process, Steel…
  • Montauk

    Ivan Navarro
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Started by three longtime friends, the Montauk Brewing Company was founded and based on the lifestyle of the founders’ hometown.  New York based Ammirati developed this design and centered the brand development to include successive beer styles in a consistent way.   “We decided on canning over bottling to start based on the beach lifestyle of our hometown. If you are heading to the beach, or spending the day on the boat, you don’t want to bring glass. The cans are easily transported and they have an iconic nautical design. We didn’t want too much clutter. The simple,…
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    Chris Wallace

  • The Walking Dead Story Sync

    Chris Wallace
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    My team at Lift was very privileged to be able to work on this project for AMC Networks® back in 2012. Second screen experiences are now the de facto standard for television shows across the board. I’m proud to say that we were able to influence this space heavily and also work with shows we were actually invested in. The post The Walking Dead Story Sync appeared first on Chris Wallace.
  • Things to think about before getting into WordPress themes WP Watercooler episode #93

    Chris Wallace
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:08 pm
    I had the privilege of chatting with Carrie, Suzette, Nick, Chris, Jason, and Steve about commercial WordPress themes, which is one of the things I’ve been writing about on my blog lately. Watch the episode below and make sure to subscribe to WP Watercooler here. The post Things to think about before getting into WordPress themes WP Watercooler episode #93 appeared first on Chris Wallace.
  • Calculating the Profitability of WordPress Themes How to Decide if Selling Themes is Right for You

    Chris Wallace
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:18 pm
    This post is a response to Chris Lema’s post titled, “Four mistakes WordPress theme vendors make.” Chris makes some fantastic points about theme companies that I must reiterate here and also expound upon. As a leader of a company that sells themes, calculating the potential profitability of a single WordPress theme is absolutely critical to building a business around them. There are other factors, such as determining the size of a potential market for niche themes and understanding the needs of the consumer, but for now, I’d like to break down the expenses and…
  • On Hiring

    Chris Wallace
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:40 pm
    If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears. - Simon Sinek The post On Hiring appeared first on Chris Wallace.
  • Tweeties (free illustrations) Years ago, I released a set of twittery birds

    Chris Wallace
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    Many years ago, I released design assets and WordPress themes for free (yes, free!) to an audience of designers and developers alike. Since rebooting my blog, I’ve since killed nearly all my traffic since these posts no longer exist and many inbound links are being 301 redirected to my homepage. It’d be way cooler if people searching for these things found them, so the tweeties are making a reemergence as the best free twittery birds on the market! I have always and will always maintain a Creative Commons license on these bad boys and if you’d like to discuss a commercial…
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  • Virtual reality is coming (very) soon, and it could be a big part of marketing

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    This is a heads up for graphic designers and marketers. If you're not paying attention to the field to virtual reality, we need to. If you look at the current lineup of stories involving virtual reality, you'll see that many of them are dated in the last year or so. That's because, in part, there's been some breakthroughs in the technology. The big story is about Palmer Luckey and Oculus... From Popular Mechanics: Palmer Luckey and the Virtual Reality Resurrection... From Advertising Age: Virtual Reality: Advertising's Next Big Thing?... The Oculus VR website... Jaunt has developed an…
  • Meet illustrator Roz Chast

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    I'm betting, even if you don't recognize the name Roz Chast, you know her work. Her cartoons look a little like they were drawn by a right-handed person with their left hand—to me, it gives them a, "I'm definite about being unsure," feel. And that's what I love about them and Chast's wonderful sense of knowing. I typically don't point to illustrators who don't do commercial work (I don't see any in her portfolio), so this is the rare exception. Maria Popova's thoughtful review of Roz Chast's latest book Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir... Interested? Here's the…
  • More on the legal side of photography

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Last month we discussed the logistics and etiquette of taking photographs and I heard from a few folks who shared their experience. I though you'd appreciate, this fascinating story from Ed Lain at Lazer Grafix" "For anyone interested in history, here's a brief article about a Philadelphia photographer turned Sci-fi writer who took a picture of the Liberty Bell... Also, somewhat related, do a search of YouTube for "recording police" or "photographing police" and you'll see that the laws are different from state to state and that not everyone even knows what the laws are." The Liberty Bell…
  • Illustration trends for 2014

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Here's a new-to-me feature of iStock, a look at trends in illustration. From "paper effects" to "vintage print techniques," some of the recent trends they are following. iStock Illustration Trends 2014... Follow Chuck on Facebook... Visit the Store  |  Subscribe to the newsletter
  • More Frere-Jones, less Hoefler

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Typeface designer Tobias Frere-Jones, formally of Hoefler & Frere-Jones, is now blogging. Tobias Frere-Jones' blog... While we're at it, his Twitter account... The BIG design world lawsuit... Three gorgeous typefaces designed by Tobias Frere-Jones: Griffith Gothic... Interstate... Niagara... An interview from the current issue of Surface Magazine (925KB PDF)... All about Frere-Jones... Follow Chuck on Facebook... Visit the Store  |  Subscribe to the newsletter
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  • Cerused Oak {AKA Limed Oak} Cabinets and Wood Floors

    Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    Cabinet makers made Cerused Oak (otherwise known as Limed Oak) popular as long ago as the 16th Century. It made a comeback during the Art Deco through Mid-Century eras, and even had its moment in the 80′s. (My hunch is that the 80′s are why many have a bad connotation.) Lately I have been thinking a lot more about wood-tone cabinetry -as opposed to painted cabinets- and I’ll admit the white-washed look that Cerused Oak has appeals to me.Back when I was dream decorating the #ABCDJewelBox, I talked about doing the floors and kitchen cabinets in Cerused Oak. I am crazy for…
  • Old House {Gladiolus} LOVE

    Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    We’re having the most sublime weather in Northwest Connecticut right now – it’s been topping out at 70 degrees. I came up from the City yesterday to meet with our realtor so he could shoot a listing video. As I pulled in the driveway, I got a text that the videographer had to cancel. (I had just woken up at 5am and driven 90 miles in NYC rush hour traffic to meet him – LIFE!) I decided to make the most of my trip up to the country – and I am doing those little chores that never seem to get accomplished. You know, like washing the slipcovers on the sofa and…
  • Mirror and Cabinets {Keeping it Light and Bright}

    Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    You know what makes this vignette perfect to me? There are a few things (like the fact that all the glass is the same clarity and grouped together en masse) but the strongest element is the mirror they have installed on the back side of the cabinet. In a relatively dark space with grey walls and dark artwork they have the reflection of the window across the room in the back of the cabinet. It allows the light to bounce in and through all the stemware. Perfect. I started a new pinterest board called Magic with Mirrors and I will add to it from time to time when inspiration hits my computer…
  • Screened in Porch {My Favorite Room}

    Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    I’m not kidding you, the screened in porch is by far my favorite “room” in our house during the Summer months. The breeze flows through at all hours of the day. I like to enjoy my morning coffee in the chilly morning air. I will sit with my laptop while I am blogging. I often return for cocktails in the evening as the sun is setting, and it’s truly the best place to serve appetizers before dinner. I only wish it was big enough for a dining table – I wouldn’t ever leave! I gathered most of these guys from the perennial garden over this past weekend. (The…
  • Crystal Liquor Decanter {Building a Collection}

    Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    For the last few months I have had a collection of crystal decanters on display in the fireplace room. We received three as wedding gifts and the others are from the Mister’s family. One belonged to his mom and the others are from his grandmothers. I currently have six clear crystal decanters and one dazzling amber gold one that my mom gifted me which isn’t featured in the photo below.I did not know this until after I had a whole handful of crystal liquor decanters in my possession, but you should not let booze just sit around in them. It turns out the lead in the crystal can…
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    Bits or pieces?

  • National interests

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    All nations are in competition but the governing force of nations is the interests of its society. Markets are a useful tool in achieving many of these aims but it should not be forgotten that the governing force of markets is self interest.Where possible, a Hayekian approach of allowing markets to form with a light touch is desirable. But markets will exhibit modes of failure where self interest outstrips societal interests. In such cases, standardisation of a market, the use of regulation (see Adam Smith) or the deliberate forcing through investment (a Keynesian approach) become necessary.
  • Call it a gardener

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    In response to James Urquhart's post on the 'Enterprise Architect as an Enterprise Ecologist' and the following discussions on whether this is an Ecosystem ecologist or Enterprise ecologist, I'll repost a part of my January 2013 post on Ecosystems.In essence the supplier encourages others to innovate, leverages the ecosystem to spot diffusion of successful changes and then commoditizes rapidly to component services. The cycle of Innovation – Leverage – Commoditise (ILC) is then repeated for subsequent higher order systems.The component services are in effect your…
  • When strategy makes me sad ...

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Many years ago, I was CEO of a Canon subsidiary (between 2003 to 2007 having formerly been the CIO). Under my stewardship this profitable SME had developed the first PaaS (2005), an internal private IaaS (2003) and was involved in technology from the use of mobiles phones as cameras to 3D printing to online photo storage to ... well, there was a long list. There was an awful lot of future industry that Canon was poised to have a shot at owning.However, these and a host of other capabilities including arguably one of the finest development teams in the world were all lost when the parent…
  • How to navigate without a map?

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    People often talk about competition between companies as being like playing a game of chess. Unfortunately it's a game of chess in which few are able to see the board i.e. the landscape that an organisation operates within. For the last decade, I've been using a mapping technique to describe competitive environments and exploited them accordingly.But what if you don't have a map? What if all you have are box and wire diagrams like IT systems or business process diagrams? Well, without a map then the most common technique for strategy appears to be copy others (i.e. backward causality).
  • Four things that annoy me with strategy.

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    On Disruptive Innovation.There are two major forms of disruption.The first form is disruption by unpredictable change such as product to product substitution. This is tough to defend against because of inertia that we might have to the change (due to past business success etc) and because the speed at which change happens. Such disruption is a classic case of Innovator's dilemma.The second form is disruption by predictable change such as product to utility substitution (e.g. cloud). This is easy to defend against because of the timespan and because inertia is solvable given time.
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    House Enthusiast

  • Design snapshot: Flower bed

    Katie Hutchison
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    Here's another clever object-turned-planter à la the planted bench that I posted not long ago. What's especially brilliant about this intervention is that the bed frame isn't actually planted. It's merely placed such that the plantings appear to emerge from the frame and spill over like generous bed clothes. Our expectations of what a bed is and how its frame might be planted enable the gardener's slight of hand. Plus, it's fun to see a well-realized pun flourish. by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast
  • Summer 2014 garden tours

    Katie Hutchison
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:57 am
    I've been lamenting how I haven't had time this spring to post my usual list of recommended upcoming New England garden tours. Then, today, much to my delight, I discovered that WBUR's The ARTery did much of the work for me. Follow The ARTery link to plan your garden tour outings for the 2014 season. I'll be headed to the Newport Secret Garden Tour on Saturday and hope to see you there. by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast
  • Continuing education: summer 2014 abridged

    Katie Hutchison
    10 Jun 2014 | 2:59 pm
    vertical succulent planter (in-the-making) from Avant Gardens workshop last summerI typically suggest workshops that meet weekly or for a full week or a full weekend in hopes of encouraging you to take a prolonged break from your usual pursuits in order to concentrate intensely on a new creative endeavor. But this summer is different. My schedule is a bit crazy, and I'm thinking yours may be, too. So this summer I'm suggesting a continuing education opportunity that meets for a mere two hours. But they should be blissful hours spent engaged in a new creative undertaking. I took a similar…
  • Design snapshot: Potted garden bench

    Katie Hutchison
    27 May 2014 | 10:18 am
    I have a weakness for re-purposed objects in the garden. Years ago, one of my favorite features in my mother's garden was my grandfather's antique side chair that my mother transformed by replacing the tired seat upholstery with a planted seat of moss and meadow flowers. This sweet bench with curvy arms, curvy back, and a curvy heart cutout punctuated by five offset terra cotta flower pots strikes a similarly charming chord. (BTW I spotted this bench at The Victorian Inn in Edgartown, MA.) Re-purposed garden objects sited outside the garden can also be a delight. You may recall…
  • Primer: New regional vernacular (in Fine Homebuilding HOUSES 2014)

    Katie Hutchison
    6 May 2014 | 9:06 am
    image courtesy of Fine Homebuilding magazineI first learned of a design approach that's come to be known as "new regional vernacular" when I was working for Mark Hutker on Martha's Vineyard some seventeen years ago. Then, this past January, I found myself back on Island touring one of Hutker Architects' stellar examples of new regional vernacular for a story Fine Homebuilding asked me to write for their HOUSES 2014 Awards Issue. The house, called The Nest, won their Editor's Choice award. The story brought me full circle: from my own introduction to new regional vernacular to…
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  • How to Launch Anything Online

    Jacob Cass
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    This article has been contributed by Zach Kitschke. For the weeks leading up to Canva’s launch, we had a big television screen set up in the office with a countdown timer. Each day it would tick over, bringing us closer to launch day. We’d watch it with a sense of excitement and anticipation as we geared up to launch Canva. We’ve come a long way in the past seven months from fledgling startup to a company with 620,000 users around the world. One thing we’ve learned is the importance of a strong launch. It’s the first impression and it sets the tone of what’s to come. When…
  • Obligation and Choice

    Jacob Cass
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This article has been contributed by Tyler Wentzel, looking at the differences between obligation and choice and the effects it can have on us.  All too often people place the majority of their stock into making a living when it comes to choosing a profession. The necessity of earning a living obligates us to find work—any work—that can sustain us and our families. Once employed in a field we didn’t really want, the obligation principle augments further in that our jobs are often characterized by rigid requirements and time constraints. Consequently, actually doing what we wanted to do…
  • Paula Scher on Designing Adaptable Brand Identities

    Jacob Cass
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Pentagram partner, Paula Scher has just released her first online design class on Skillshare focused on designing flexible and adaptable brand identities. The trailer for her class has some real nuggets of wisdom and I highly recommend watching. Brand Identity: Design Adaptable Branding Systems An Online Skillshare Class by Paula Scher Paula Scher is known for her award-winning work designing brand identities for organizations like The Public Theater, Citibank, The Museum of Modern Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and countless others. In her class, Brand Identity: Design Adaptable…
  • The Creative Class Video Series

    Jacob Cass
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am is an ongoing video series that illustrates how some of the most influential people in the creative industries marry technology with their passion and skills across design, music, art, fashion, and beyond. The series gives a look into the contemporary creative process and the influence technology has on this. Here are the five released so far. Enjoy! Blur & Gorillaz musician Damon Albarn New York-based graphic designer and typographer Stefan Sagmeister Industrial designer Tom Dixon Creator and musician Fred Deakin and Shoe designer Marc Hare The Creative Class…
  • 10 Tips to Keep in Mind When Designing Websites for Startups

    Jacob Cass
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This article has been contributed by Ezequiel Ortuno. There are times in the lives of designers when they have to craft websites for startups as opposed to creating sites for established names in the business. Websites for startups are a real challenge because very often a startup’s online identity is their sole branding tool, a point of contact with their target audience and a sales outlet all rolled into one. Website designers have a huge responsibility on their hands and cannot afford to take things for granted. At one end they must make sure that the website is a reflection of…
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  • Hello!

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Please take a look at my new Summer collection called “Seaside” Hope you find something for yourself :) All best, Manolo
  • Merit Patches have a fun new look!

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    New, colorful, and refreshed packaging makes our Merit Patches giftier than ever! Pick up a few and surprise some deserving folks in your life…
  • Wallow in the sea or a shipreck? – interactive wall sticker

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    WALLOW IN THE SEA OR A SHIPRECK? [ DESCRIPTION ] A playful and interactive wall sticker with a sea swiming theme. The characters have their faces and other elements made out of chalkboard vinyl. This way you can change their mood as you please: some of them can be laughing, others can be serious or huffy. So, you can recreate eather a shipreck, or a peaceful wallow in the sea. You can even influence the weather by using the water drops as swiming splashes or rain drops. [ PRODUCT INFO ] wall vinyl + chalkboard vinyl dark blue + taupe + ice blue + red + black (chalkboard vinyl) ~190×160cm…
  • The Fishin Collection

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:17 pm
    The fishin series brings you the romances of the high seas and everything nautical. The perfect complimenting colours of each and every one of our bracelets will bring you closer to summer, designed to see you through endless adventures.
  • Endless Summer

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    Summer is here! To celebrate, we’ve added new pop of colors to our new arrivals. Check them out! These prints will cheer you up, I promise ;)
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    Design You Trust

  • Daily Gadget Inspiration #165

    Evan Varsamis
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Give your guests a royal serve of ice-cream next time you throw a party by using this unusually designed Ice Queen Scoop. Having drawn its inspiration from the Queen herself, this scoop can truly bring humor on the party table without a doubt. It’s got a soft section which helps in pushing out the ice-cream, thus providing you with big and sumptuous scoops each time you go for a serve. Give yourself a Tron-like apparel for a more safer night ride by wearing this custom developed 3M reflective Lighting Vest. The vest has been carefully hand-netted such that it can easily pass through your…
  • Tutorial: How to Design a Kawaii Squid in Illustrator

    Catalin Zorzini
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Today we’re going to learn how to create a kawaii squid in Illustrator and for an added bonus we’re going to “zombify” it. After all, even the most adorable of cephalopods are susceptible to the zombie virus. I am using a PC, so wherever you see me use CTRL if you’re on a Mac you’ll want to use the CMD button instead. We’ll start with the squid’s head. Create a new document in Illustrator, draw two circles (200px and 100px) and align them horizontally and vertically to the centre using the Align palette. Select the smaller of the two circles and then choose Warp…
  • Litographs Tattoos: Wearable Tributes to Iconic Books

    Design You Trust
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    A beautiful collection of (temporary) literary tattoos, and a chance to join the World’s Longest Tattoo Chain. The project titled “Litographs”, had their tattoos designed in the form of texts taken from 15 classic books such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Ulysses, and Les Misérables. H/t: Designtaxi Design You Trust is proudly supported and powered by WebHostingBuzz Premium Infrastructure & Network.
  • The Animal by Samuel Pettersson

    Matt Watts
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Collection of inspiring photo manipulations by Samuel Pettersson. More Images Design You Trust is proudly supported and powered by WebHostingBuzz Premium Infrastructure & Network.
  • Statue by Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

    Matt Watts
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Creative statue by Japanese artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki. More Images Design You Trust is proudly supported and powered by WebHostingBuzz Premium Infrastructure & Network.
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  • The BMW Driftmob on the streets of Cape Town

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Cape Town is an easy destination for car companies to shoot an ad of people doing stupid things on the road. Just point the camera on any given day in the direction of a street and you will be rewarded with scenes like this. Instead of the usual flashmob, here’s a driftmob featuring the the new BMW M235i. For safety purposes they have created a ‘making of’ video just in case. Apparently this is Sheer driving pleasure, but in our experience – people that behave like this on the road are usually need a stiff shot of Jack Daniel’s and a holiday. Having said that…
  • Samsung: Everyday is day one

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Less is more. A simple series of unscripted flashes of human emotion can indeed make for a beautiful commercial. Could authenticity be tipping over to brands actually starting to show a bit of humility? That’s what we get from this Samsung ad in support of their ASP sponsorship. There’s almost a sense of vulnerability that’s very endearing – and an emotion you just don’t ordinarily get from brand sponsorship. Maybe they are taking a lead from those Thai cellphone ads. The post Samsung: Everyday is day one appeared first on
  • Shield and Spear documentary

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Shield and Spear is a South African documentary which is a reflection of ourselves seen through the eyes of our artists. It presents itself as a sequel to one of our favourite musical documentaries Amandla and in another way, sounds the warning once again voiced by Prof Sampie Terreblanche, that the wealth inequality that continues to plague our society is the cause and reason for South Africa’s problems of crime and anger. Ignorance is bliss – it’s all just a matter of how high these electric fences can go. The post Shield and Spear documentary appeared first on…
  • Moneyball – a movie about disruptive innovation

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:59 pm
    On the surface of it, the movie Moneyball is about baseball. But it is also a great movie about disruptive innovation too. The film is based on Michael Lewis’s 2003 nonfiction book of the same name, an account of the Oakland Athletics baseball team’s 2002 season and their general manager Billy Beane’s attempts to assemble a competitive team. In the film, Beane (Brad Pitt) and assistant GM Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), faced with the franchise’s unfavorable financial situation, take a sophisticated sabermetric approach towards scouting and analyzing players which resulted…
  • Fast Company Magazine coming to South Africa

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Fast Company – the magazine for business innovators – is set to launch a South African edition in October this year. FAST COMPANY, the most progressive business media brand in the United States and the recent winner of the magazine industry’s biggest prize – Magazine of The Year at the National Magazine Awards in May this year – is launching a South African edition here in October. FAST COMPANY was launched in November 1995 by two former Harvard Business Review editors, and has gone from a launch distribution of 100 000 copies to a total circulation now of over 800 000 and a…
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    Design is Kinky

  • Take Magazine crowd-funding

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:57 am
    Take Photography Magazine, produced and published by Design is Kinky, has set up crowd-funding for our next issue. Please check our Pozible page for details and support the project if you can. Rewards include postage worldwide.
  • Instagram

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Anyone heard of this new thing called Instagram? Apparently it works on your phone. If you happen to have it why not follow us? We just signed up. User – designiskinky.
  • Jenny Morgan

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    We’ve posted her work a couple times before, but you should pay another visit and check out the awesome work of Jenny Morgan.
  • Skin

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Skin – a beautifully made and very poignant short film about Martyka Brandt, a member of New Zealand’s largest and most notorious gang, the Mighty Mongrel Mob.
  • Federico Infante

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Beautiful paintings by Federico Infante.
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    Color + Design Blog by COLOURlovers / Feed

  • How to Incorporate the Color of the Year into Your Site

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Every year, Pantone announces the Color of the Year. In 2014, the Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. While this may seem like news that only affects fashion designers and paint manufacturers, it also affects web design trends. Trends Are, Well, Trends It is more than likely that the average web designer will have at least one request to design a site that is decked out in Radiant Orchid in 2014. Though using a trendy color for a website may draw attention this year, next year Pantone will announce another color. This means that a website that was cool in 2014 may look dated in a very short…
  • Scribble: One Pen, Any Color

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:14 am
    Ever since I was a small child, I knew that more was better in terms of color options. I showed up to the first day of school so proud of my box of 24 crayons only to be disappointed and extremely jealous when I spotted my classmate's box of 48. There was no way around it, the bigger the box, the cooler the kid. What if you could have absolutely any color in your artist's arsenal? Imagine how large your tool set would have to be to pull off such a feat! The folks behind Scribble will blow your mind with an unconventional answer: one pen. That's all you need to replicate any color you see. How…
  • Harmony 2: A Beautiful Color Palette Game for iOS

    30 May 2014 | 11:13 am
    har•mo•ny 2 is an innovative iOS game that brings together beautiful color palettes and an immersive soundtrack. As you solve puzzles, you unlock awesome wallpapers that you can download for your phone. Check out the video below for a glimpse of the har•mo•ny 2 experience.
  • A Little Vintage Shop

    27 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love getting lost in old pictures and paintings of old Europe. A Little Vintage Shop has captured the romance of many of the castles and given the images a beautiful and vintage feel. Check out this fun collection to decorate your walls by illustrator Auriel Aki. Vintage Opera de Paris Have you ever been in Paris? You can move Paris to your home! Imagine this Vintage Hand Drawn View of Opéra National affixed on the wall of your airy verandah. Drinking champagne with friends pretending to sit in a bistrot in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Opera de Paris at night View of Castles…
  • 6 Vintage Stamp Resources

    20 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    I just love old postcards, letters, and stamps. It makes me think of a more romantic era and the quality of beautiful design that used to go into simple, everyday items. It's fun to play around with these designs and create something beautiful yourself to send to a loved one. Have you ever thought about including some of this vintage inspiration into your design? Vintage vector stamps icons by Marish 66 Vintage Love Stamps by FineScrap 62 Vintage Postage Stamps by FineScrap 6 Postage Stamp Badges + Bonus by konstantinestudio Passport & Postage Stamps and Badges…
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  • Laser Smashball Experiment

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    It feels like it’s been summer here since february or so… and when we were checking out at the supermarket, had a nostalgic moment when i spotted Smashball - that beachy wooden paddle ball game thats been around since the 70s with such an adorably iconic logo. It also seemed like a fun one to experiment with in the Laser Cutter! Remember the hexagon experiment from the laser challenge? Well we threw some of those patterns together and played with painting and etching it into the paddles and toying with some custom colored plastidip. Take a peek at more details of the experiment on…
  • + Tasteologie Roundup

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Happy Saturday! Here’s a peek at what’s been inspiring me daily over at and Tasteologie! Click the pics to find out more - and yes, that’s a waffle/quesadilla. (Want more visual goodness? See +
  • NOTFZJ80: ARB Simpson III Roof Top Tent

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    So excited to announce that The NOTFZJ80 Project is being sponsored by our friends at AutoNation: America’s largest auto retailer with 270 stores selling 33 brands nationwide backed by industry-leading policies like SmartChoice pricing and no-hassle money back guarantee. They are helping us turn our 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser into an overland adventure rig to go discover inspiration off-grid! Follow the progress here as we build up to our first trip. On NOTFZJ80 updates - the truck is currently in the shop at TLC and we have put in an order for some OEM parts over at AutoNation Toyota…
  • The NOTlabs Instagram

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    I’ve been noticing a lot of shifting and balancing in my life recently - as NOTCOT closes in on turning the big 1-0 - we’ve been trying new projects, larger experiments, and still constantly collecting/sharing what inspires us on our digital studio inspiration board of sorts that has always been… but the biggest thing i’ve realized is having to shift my priorities time wise! So as i’ve focused on more PHYSICAL projects - time spent writing feature posts definitely definitely wavers more - BUT for those of you who want a peek into what we’re…
  • + Tasteologie Roundup

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    More of what inspires us daily over at and Tasteologie! The busier i get in real life - the quieter features can get (often we’re working on slower larger features and projects!) - but our daily inspiration is always stored and powering us over on the grid sites! Click the pics to find out more… (Want more visual goodness? See +
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    designboom | architecture & design magazine

  • raum architects slopes holiday home into the wilderness

    atelier raum
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    a green roof and dark timber slats camouflage the mountain-like form within the landscape.The post raum architects slopes holiday home into the wilderness appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
  • lia giraud creates living photographs with microscopic algae

    rodrigo caula I designboom
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    the 'algae-graphs' are produced by sensitive micro-organisms capable of capturing and retaining properties in light, which naturally develop the portraits.The post lia giraud creates living photographs with microscopic algae appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
  • philadelphia museum of art rebrand by paula scher

    andy butler I designboom
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    philadelphia museum of art rebrand – pentagram’s paula scher has designed a bold new identity that puts Art front and center.The post philadelphia museum of art rebrand by paula scher appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
  • roe magdassi designs a reading space of abstract animal figures

    Roee Magdassi
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    the bodies of wild beasts and insects have been simplified down to basic geometries for the furniture collection.The post roe magdassi designs a reading space of abstract animal figures appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
  • images revealed for west kowloon cultural district park by west 8

    trent fredrickson I designboom
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    s part of the west kowloon cultural district development, the project provides 23 hectares of open public space to service community and cultural events in hong kong. The post images revealed for west kowloon cultural district park by west 8 appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
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    Hatch: The Design Public® Blog

  • The Trustees of the Reservation Part I: A Visit to World’s End

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Last week I was lucky enough to travel up to the coast of Massachusetts and visit some wonderful places. Thanks to the Trustees of the Reservation, 100 sites and 25,000 acres of land have been conserved. They manage a wide variety of sites, from the National Historic Site of Naumkeag, with it’s amazing gardens designed by Fletcher Steele, to more than 5 miles of trails through the dunes and greater site surrounding Crane’s Beach on the North Shore of Boston. photo - The Trustees of the Reservation I was able to visit two remarkable sites maintained by the Trustees of the…
  • Sale! 20% off iittala

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    You have approximately one week to scoop up great deals on iittala — our 20% off sale ends on August 5th, 2014. In case you are unfamiliar with iittala, it’s a brand that offers many iconic pieces for design lovers, from hand-blown glass birds designed by Oiva Toikka to classic vases by Alvar Aalto. iittala Toikka Barn Owl By the way, in case you were wondering about the man who behind the birds, this is Oiva Toikka: But there is so much more to iittala than just the coolest glass birds around. It’s my go-to for host/hostess and wedding gifts. When there’s a sale like…
  • Designer Interview: Sarah Jane Studios

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    We are so excited to announce the launch of a collaboration made in heaven. Illustrator Sarah Jane of Sarah Jane Studios has teamed up with Pop & Lolli to bring her charming and whimsical creations to removable fabric wallpapers and decals. Pop & Lolli founder Mia Viljoen first fell in love with Sarah Jane’s work when her daughters’ South African grandmother made them matching dresses from Sarah Jane’s fabric. She then realized the charming illustrations would make brilliantly gorgeous wall decor, decals and wallpaper . Today we’re sitting down with Sarah Jane…
  • Time to Bunk Those Kiddos Up. Flexa Children’s Furniture is on Sale!
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    If your tot is in the need for a big-girl or big-boy bed, or will be soon, now is the time to scoop it up. Why? Because right now all Flexa products are 25% off. You can take some time to think it over, as the sale does not end until July 31, 2014, but start perusing now. Flexa Bunk Bed Here’s what is so awesome about Flexa. When your kiddo is in the bunk bed phase, the two beds stack safely one atop the other, complete with ladder. Flexa Bunk Bed with Jungle Curtains Next you can add cool curtains that turn it into an inviting fort. There are Princess, Jungle, and Pirate to choose…
  • Get Your Wallpaper On! Brown and Graham is 30% Off

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:52 am
    Now through June 30, 2014, Graham and Brown’s stunning wallpapers are up to 30% off at Design Public. If you’ve been considering wallpaper, now is the time to commit! In case you are not familiar with this excellent  company, they have been around since 1946, collaborating with stellar designers to create unique wallpaper designs that are not for the meek. Here is just a small sample of the variety available from Graham and Brown. Jubilee by Graham and Brown Jubilee is for those of you who long for London; this jolly good paper is full of 1950s icons from the fair city. Trippy by…
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  • Sharifi-Ha House

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    Le studio iranien NextOffice a réussi à démontrer toute l’étendue de son talent avec ce projet Sharifi-Ha House. Proposant une partie amovible permettant différentes expositions à la lumière ainsi que des espaces d’une beauté incroyable, cette maison située à Téhéran se dévoile dans une série d’images dans l’article.
  • Monochromatic Food Photography

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    La photographe italienne Isabella Vacchi a réussi avec beaucoup de talent à composer des set designs monochromes d’aliments et accessoires de cuisine. Un rendu très réussi, qui joue sur les tons argentés, noirs ou encore marrons avec talent.
  • Packaging of Smile

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Voici le nouvel emballage des chewing-gums Trident Xtra Care, designé par Hani Douaji. Une gamme de six déclinaisons, qui représentent trois saveurs. Chaque paquet a une illustration singulière : une bouche ou une moustache, tantôt souriantes ou surprise. Un packaging coloré et attractif.
  • Delicate Sculptures Animals

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    L’artiste portugaise Joana Vasconcelos aime expérimenter ou inventer de nouvelles techniques artisanales. L’une de celles qu’elle manie parfaitement est le crochet. Ainsi, détournant ce savoir-faire, elle a – entre autres nombreuses oeuvres – créé des secondes peaux pour animaux et insectes en céramique. Un travail surprenant, minutieux et délicat.
  • Atmospheric Portraits by Alessio Albi

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Alessio Albi est un photographe italien passionné par le portrait et qui réussit à capter à travers son objectif de superbes compositions, mettant souvent en scène des jeunes femmes dans des lieux et décors incroyables. Un grand travail sur la lumière et les jeux de couleurs sont à noter dans l’oeuvre de cet artiste basé à Pérouse.
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    Laws of Simplicity

  • Dr. Daniel Cabrera’s LOS for Emergency Medicine

    John Maeda
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    I was pleased and honored to see this adaptation by Dr. Daniel Cabrera at Mayo Clinic on applying the Laws of Simplicity to the emergency medicine space. The link is here: Thank you Dr. Cabrera! -JM Reduce. The easiest way to approach a clinical problem is to reduce it to its minimal meaningful expression. Organize. Grouping problems and information make infinite problems appears finite. Time. Decrease time spent in meaningless activities and increasing time on essential tasks. Learn. Knowledge is key, you need to know where to find the answer to any question.
  • Laws of Simplicity, Revisited

    John Maeda
    3 May 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Way, way back … I separated the Laws of Simplicity into two categories: aesthetic thinking vs logical thinking. The idea was too complex for me to wrestle with at the time, but now I’m pulling the thoughts out of cryosleep. Click on the image above, or here’s the Slideshare link. -JM
  • Design and Venture .Org

    John Maeda
    29 Dec 2013 | 4:17 pm
    I’ve started a new blog to think about the intersection of “Design and Venture” (Venture = Venture Capital) … design, technology, and business are colliding in a powerful way right now. How exciting! -JM
  • Simply Imperfect

    John Maeda
    3 Jul 2013 | 6:43 am
    A friend gave me this book by Robin Griggs Lawrence entitled “Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House.” The book speaks to the Japanese concept of beauty as elegant instances of imperfection. Nature is “perfectly imperfect” — and thus to emulate that condition of beauty is what brings us in harmony with the way the earth presents itself to us. It’s ironically what lies at the essence of the pursuit of perfection in Modernism, and yet is so easy to forget. -JM
  • Commencement Memories

    John Maeda
    27 May 2013 | 9:46 am
    I’ve noted a habit within me around commencement time every year — which is, naturally, for my mind to drift back to my own commencement experience. There’s one thing I remember quite clearly that truly shaped my life that I heard from my commencement speaker at MIT in 1989. His name is Paul Tsongas. I had no idea who he was, at the time. You can find the entire transcript of his speech right here. He describes himself well by sharing the thought after a few minutes into his commencement speech: “When I graduated from college, if the speaker had announced that one of us sitting there…
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  • Weightlessness

    Mr K (boss)
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Superbe création du jeune designer russe Eugene Tomsky, coup de coeur pour « Weightlessness », une jolie console en bois et verre polymère offrant un rendu visuel léger des plus intéressant. Plus de détails en images dans la galerie Description originale Design project « weightlessness » for design school ArtFuture. Polymer glass & maple… Lire la suite... © TrendsNow, 2014 | Permaliens | Commentaires | Partager sur Twitter | Partager sur Facebook
  • Solitary Figures in Dreamlike Landscapes

    Mr K (boss)
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    Offrant un style et un rendu surréaliste qui semble tout droit sorti d’un rêve, découverte de cette intéressante série de clichés shootés par la photographe Kasia Derwinska actuellement basée en Espagne. Plus de détails en images dans la galerie Credits photos & copyright Kasia Derwinska … Lire la suite... © TrendsNow, 2014 | Permaliens | Commentaires | Partager sur Twitter | Partager sur Facebook
  • Facet Table

    Mr K (boss)
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:57 am
    Affichant une ligne massive renfermant des espaces de rangement dans ses deux montants en bois, découverte de la « Facet Table », un joli bureau imaginé par le designer Alex Zadrozny. Plus de détails en images dans la galerie Description originale The Facet table is designed to introduce a new space in … Lire la suite... © TrendsNow, 2014 | Permaliens | Commentaires | Partager sur Twitter | Partager sur Facebook
  • Studio in the Forest

    Mr K (boss)
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Imaginé par Invisible Studio et construit avec un budget d’à peine 15 000 livres, coup de projecteur sur cette excellente maison en bois d’un peu plus de 55 m2 construite sur pilotis en plein coeur de la forêt dans la région de Bath en Angleterre. Plus de détails en images dans … Lire la suite... © TrendsNow, 2014 | Permaliens | Commentaires | Partager sur Twitter | Partager sur Facebook
  • Kangaroo – Clock with a pocket

    Mr K (boss)
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    Clin d’oeil pour la jolie Kangaroo Clock, une petite horloge murale créée par le designer David Raffoul pour Fabrica, qui a la particularité d’être dotée d’une petite poche sur le devant pour ranger quelques affaires. Plus de détails en images dans la galerie Description originale This clock is a three dimensional … Lire la suite... © TrendsNow, 2014 | Permaliens | Commentaires | Partager sur Twitter | Partager sur Facebook
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    UIE Brain Sparks

  • UIEtips: Developing a Right Feeling for Designing with Type

    Jared Spool
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    You know that feeling when you look at a web site and think everything looks just right? It flows well, there’s a nice balance of white space, and it’s pleasing on the eyes. Perhaps you may not realize it but it’s likely that the type plays the dominant role in this. Today’s article looks at three steps to make you more comfortable when designing with type. If you struggle with determining the right type to design with, then Tim Brown’s UI19 workshop Designing with Type is perfect for you. Here’s an excerpt from the article: There are lots of creative activities that are…
  • Laying out the costs to your boss to attend the User Interface 19 Conference

    Lauren Cramer
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    There are likely two main pieces of information your boss needs to decide whether or not to send you to the User Interface 19 Conference (in Boston, MA October 27-29). Costs and benefits. In this second post of our 2 part series, we’ll cover the costs. The first post covers the benefits of attending. There’s no way around it, conferences can be expensive. You need to consider more than just the registration fee when presenting the costs to your boss. Breakdown of costs We summarize this information in a table at the bottom. Registration – The current price is $1,995. But if you use…
  • Convincing your boss to send you to UI19

    Lauren Cramer
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Convincing your boss to spend more than $1,700 to send you to the User Interface 19 Conference is no easy task. Your boss wants to understand how it benefits the organization, team, and you. In part 1 of of our 2 part series, you’ll learn how to explain the benefits of attending the User Interface 19 Conference to your boss. Part 2 – Laying Out the Costs to Your Boss to Attend the User Interface 19 Conference details the costs (including time) associated with the conference. Understand what your boss wants Before you present anything, find out what information your boss needs to say,…
  • 9 Glowing Remarks You’d Like Your Boss to Say About You

    Jared Spool
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Wow! You just significantly enhanced the user experience of our site. You did an amazing job facilitating discussions around our goals, roles, and responsibilities. Creating those scenarios helped identify and resolve many of our design issues. And mapping out the conversation we want with our customers and designing around that was brilliant. The way the site now shows data is very impressive. It is clear, concise, and easy to understand. You really captured the nuances of the microinteractions with our users. Some how you conveyed the right importance and hierarchies for the site through…
  • “Nice Guy Discount” of $300 on UI19 through Sunday, July 27

    Lauren Cramer
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Did you miss out on the lower rate for the User Interface 19 Conference? Well it’s not too late. Register between now (Friday, July 25) and Sunday, July 27 midnight ET and you’ll still pay $1,695. It’s a $300 savings. No promotion codes needed. If you’re thinking of joining us for the UI19 Conference October 27-29 in Boston, now is the time to register. Five Reasons to Attend UI19  1. The best UX experts share critical skills, tools, & techniques  You’ll choose two daylong workshops that dive deep into topics necessary to create delightful user experiences.
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  • Day 17 – 5 Steps to Stop You Being Your Own Worst Client

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    When it comes to self-directed work, it’s common to hear designer’s complain that they’re their own worst client. A lust for perfection is often to blame, as if the designer holds themselves to a level of expectation unreachable. But the next morning, they’ll be able to do for someone else exactly what they’re having trouble doing for themselves. So why is it that designers can’t be their own best client? I’m starting to wonder if it’s because they’re skipping the most important steps in almost all design work. 1. Do Your Research When a…
  • Day 16 – The Brief is a Suggestion

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The brief we’re given for a project is often a stab in the dark by the client. They’re aware of a problem, one which they’re pretty sure they’ve identified, and were nice enough to provide us the solution. We just need to give it some form, and boom, everyone’s happy, the problem’s solved. It’d be nice, albeit a little boring, to work in this way. Luckily, few clients understand their problem well enough to be able to give us a true solution. Hell, some clients don’t even understand the problem they’re having. For some reason, perhaps…
  • Day 15 – The Balance of Passion and Fear

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    I’ve found that when there’s the perfect balance between fear and desire amazing things happen. The idea of writing everyday is something I’ve wanted for years, but to actually do it scares me. Or at least it use to. Now I’m excited. It worked out well. The idea of presenting my folio to study design, when I had done virtually no art or design classes in high school, scared me. But the idea of being able to live in that world daily was exhilarating, so I had to go for it. It, too, worked out well. Not everything that scares us is something we should do. I’m not…
  • Day 14 – Designer as Conductor

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    It’s easy to get caught up in creative energy and excitement. We can sometimes be so in love with a project that we seek to take charge of every element. We want to draw every icon and illustration, we want to take every photo and do all the post production, we want to define every character that appears on the page, and we want to develop everything in the backend or print every page ourselves. There’s a novelty in making something. It’s an addictive novelty and when we’ve done it once, we want a repeat performance of that feeling. So any chance there is to make…
  • Day 13 – It’s Better to be a Student

    Alexander Ross Charchar
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    I didn’t mean to write this. I was going to stick with the topics out of the yellow envelope until I hit day 30. But this is something I had to figure out. I started Retinart because I was done with my studies but not yet finished with my study. I had graduated but had so much more I wanted to learn, so I thought blogging would be a good way to fill the gap I was terrified of falling into, one that has you land on a nice soft padding of stagnation. Things went pretty well. I wrote a few things, and they were well received. Then I burnt out. Several times. Then life… then life…
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  • This is Statistics

    Nathan Yau
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Statistics has an image problem. To the general public, it's old, out of touch, and boring. It's a problem because we place stock in a younger generation who we (1) want to be more data literate and (2) eventually lead the way, or at least participate, in all data-related realms. It's beneficial for everyone. This is Statistics is a new push by the American Statistical Association to provide a new perspective that doesn't dwell on sheets of equations. From the about: We want students and parents to have a better understanding of a field that is often unknown or misunderstood. Statistics is…
  • Network visualization game to understand how a disease spreads

    Nathan Yau
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    Vax, a game by Ellsworth Campbell and Isaac Bromley, explores how a disease spreads through a network, starting with just one infected person. It's a simple concept that works well. When you start the game, you have a network of uninfected people. The more connected a person is, the more chances that person can infect others upon his or her own infection. Your goal is to strategically administer a limited supply of vaccinations and to quarantine people to prevent as many infections as you can. Fun and educational. Woo.
  • Explorations of People Movements

    Nathan Yau
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:58 am
    In 2010, I surveyed visual explorations of traffic, and it was all about how cars, planes, trains, and ships moved about their respective landscapes. It was implied that the moving things had people in them, but the focus was mostly on the things themselves. Location data was a byproduct of the need of vehicles to get from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible. Airplanes floated across the sky. Cabs left ghostly trails in the city. The visualization projects were, and still are, impressive. However, around the same time, it was growing more common for people to carry phones…
  • Civilian casualties in Gaza

    Nathan Yau
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Lazaro Gamio and Richard Johnson for the Washington Post cover civilian deaths in the recent Gaza conflict, namely child civilians. Red icons represent children. Similar to a previous piece on the death penalty in the United States, the icons provide more focus on individuals while maintaining a zoomed out view of the situation. However, this piece brings an interactive component that shows deaths over time and more information in tooltips on the mouseover.
  • How well we don’t understand probability

    Nathan Yau
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    All Things Considered on NPR ran a fine series on how we interpret probability and uncertainty. It came in five bits (plus one follow-up), each five to ten minutes long. They explore explanations of risk in different areas such as national security, health, and the daily weather and how people interpret the numbers and words. A recurring theme was experts who use alternative descriptions for the seemingly concrete numbers. Doctors, including Leigh Simmons, typically prefer words. Simmons is an internist and part of a group practice that provides primary care at Mass General. "As doctors we…
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    guerrilla innovation

  • Pi in the Sky over Manhattan

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:56 am
    Skywriting performance by 5 airplanes. The mystical numbers form the first 314 digits of pi’s infinite sequence. •
  • Kanyefy your Mac dock

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:16 am
    Improve your Mac OSX experience and swap the custom dock icons with Kanye West heads. F.A.T. lab intern Maddy Varner shows you how to do it in 5 minutes. •
  • Not available on the App Store

    2 Jun 2014 | 7:33 am
    Because there isn't an app for everything. Get the template here and make your own sticker. •
  • 20 Day Stranger

    11 May 2014 | 5:27 am
    20 Day Stranger is an experimental iPhone app that creates a poetic connection between you and another person. For 20 days you get continuous updates about each other's locations and activities, but your identities are never revealed. The app is created by MIT Media Lab's Playful Systems Group and the Dalai Lama Center for Transformative Ethics. 20 Day Stranger is in Alpha mode and you need to apply to participate. Semi-related apps: Secret and Whisper. •
  • Fictional Brand Products

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    Apple iMilk What if Apple sold milk, if Nike sold oranges or if Prada sold flour? The Museum of Crafts and Design in San Francisco is showing the exhibition "Wheat is Wheat is Wheat" that explores the imaginary relation between everyday products and iconic luxury brands. Nike oranges Prada Flour Dolce Gabbana biscuits Louis Vuitton salami The exhibition is created by Peddy Mergui. It runs from April 12 through June 15. Related: Marti Guixe's food design project. • Wheat is Wheat is What at SFMCD
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    PingMag : Art, Design, Life - from Japan

  • Ping Cars Vol.11: Osamu Kokufu’s Future Mobility

    Shogo Jimbo
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Artist Osamu Kokufu once told us there’s nothing more evocative of the future than the car. His words made a big impression on us and we had planned a Ping Cars road trip with his help. Our destination was going to be Ogata in Akita Prefecture, where we would take part in an eco car race using one of Kokufu’s unique vehicles. But just before we about to publish an interview with Kokufu about his career, and shortly prior to setting off on the road trip, came the news that the artist had passed away in an accident while preparing for his “Floating Conservatory”…
  • Japan’s Hi-Tech Toilets: 2014 Edition!

    Yoshihiko Mano
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    When we started talking about Japanese homes recently, we remembered that actually, more so than tatami, sliding doors and all that jazz, the things that really get attention worldwide in a Japanese home are the toilets. Back in 2008 we published a popular article about Japan’s hi-tech toilets, including the TOTO Washlet, and it got us wondering how things were shaping up six years on. Actually, just like in 2008, TOTO were featured in last year’s Tokyo Designers Week so general interest is still strong in these fancy chamber pots. We went along to the TOTO showroom in Tokyo to…
  • Kenta Nakamura, Nihon Shigoto Hyakka: New Work-Life Balance in Flexible Spaces

    Tom Vincent
    4 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    People have to work in order to live. These days we usually search for a job online. But Nihon Shigoto Hyakka (literally “Japan Work Department Store”) is a different kind of website to the typical job-hunting portal in which you positions are itemized on the page. The jobs have stories; they are also lifestyle choices. We spoke to Kenta Nakamura to hear his ideas about how living and working are connected. What do you think the difference is between living and working? For the people who we write about and feature on Shigoto Hyakka, living and working are connected things.
  • Judging a (Manga) Book by its Cover: Japanese Manga Book Design

    28 May 2014 | 5:15 am
    This month Manga Night has chosen five manga that showcase great comic book design. They say you should never judge a book by its cover and yet we are all guilty of doing this. There is even a word in Japanese to describe when you are enticed to buy a book solely by how it looks — jake-kai (literally “jacket buy”). The shelves in any bookstore will be stacked with books in all manner of designs but perhaps more than any, manga covers are particularly diverse and creative. With this in mind, we are going to introduce some manga that have eye-catching covers (not to mention,…
  • Shigesato Itoi and Tree Houses: A “home” that makes you free

    Tom Vincent
    21 May 2014 | 2:36 am
    Since last year the folk from online magazine Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun (Hobonichi) have been building tree houses around Tohoku in areas like Kesennuma that were devastated by the 2011 disaster. PingMag has been speaking to a lot of people about the idea of the “Japanese home” recently and we were curious what would make a dream tree house. But why are the Hobonichi team building tree houses in and around Kesennuma in the first place? We went to talk to Shigesato Itoi to find out more. The following is an extract with the full version to be published in the forthcoming PingBooks…
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    johnson banks | thought for the week

  • The search for a voice

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Shruthi Venkataraman’s ‘dipped in colour’ design for Kulture shop On my first ever trip to India, I managed to embarrass myself before I’d even landed. As the plane banked and approached the runway, I noticed multiple blue rectangles on the ground and thought ‘wow, that’s a lot of swimming pools’. Those ‘pools’, I soon discovered, were the blue tarpaulin roofs of the slums by the airport, protection against the imminent monsoon. Before stepping off the plane I already felt like a colonial plonker, and shame has stopped me retelling the story until now. My…
  • Mlinda

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    We’ve been working for two years for a new environmental foundation in Paris called Mlinda*. They are an unusual organisation, currently quite small but with seriously big ambitions: to change the way we produce and consume. Here’s a brief synopsis of the core narrative that we’ve developed together: The earth’s resources are being depleted faster than the earth can regenerate them. What we consume and how we produce it is endangering our planet. People either seem to know and not do anything about it, or do not realise what is really happening. The greatest opportunity for change…
  • Child to Child

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’ve just finished a small-scale rebranding project for the children’s charity, Child to Child. Since 1979 the Child to Child Trust been promoting children’s right to be part of the decisions that affect their lives, using toolkits and resources to ensure that children learn from one another, across the globe. The amended, shorter name is matched with a redesigned symbol in three variants that always contains two children embedded into the wordmarks. Here’s how the scheme will start to roll-out across stationery and initial applications. Our thanks to our collaborators on this…
  • Blackpool revisited

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A few weeks ago some of the johnson banks team returned to the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool for a visit, a decade after we designed their (then) new identity and house style. This was, and perhaps still is, an unusual scheme for a theme park, using a bespoke typeface and allowing the in-house team a lot of latitude. If we’re honest, we were a little worried about what we would see. So we were pretty relieved to return with a lot of nicely branded ‘stuff’ and good photographic memories, as recorded here. And yes, that is the first time our graphics have been used on an…
  • Kyoorius FYIdays

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Michael Johnson is doing two ‘FYIdays’ for Kyoorius in India this week, one in Pune tomorrow (Tuesday) and one in Mumbai on Thursday. The seminars are titled: Branding’s past, present and future The general topic is as follows: there are certain things about branding that are irrefutable: companies, products and organisations will always need to position, or re-position themselves in a market. Yet many of the ‘truths’ we took for granted are being refuted as brands look to the future. Follow this link for more information on the Pune event, and this for more information on…
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    Ponoko - Blog

  • Photochemical Machining Goes Bohemian

    Dan Devorkin
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    Digital fabrication meets ancient jewelry making techniques Rachel Dropp is the one-woman operation behind Raw Elements Jewelry, a brand that combines modern Photochemical Machining (PCM) with traditional jewelry-making techniques. The results are unique hand-crafted pieces that feature a raw, unique style. The pieces in the Raw Elements Jewelry line drawn inspirations everywhere from French needle point lace to the phases of the moon. “While creating new collections I adhere to 3 aesthetic themes: rustic nature, bohemian and sacred geometry.” The pieces are designed by Dropp, who…
  • Step-by-Step: Laser Cutting Tutorial – Part 1

    Guy Blashki
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Getting started with your Ponoko Personal Factory In this back-to-basics tutorial video, we walk through the process of making a set of laser cut coasters from a free design file. Following these steps is a great way to get started with Ponoko and realise what’s possible using your own Personal Factory. In a few short minutes, you will know how to: • Download a free design file • Add it to your Personal Factory • Choose material options to get personal pricing • Place an order We’ve made it really easy to start making and get a feel for the laser cutting process. Stay…
  • What’s in the laser cut box?

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #185 Hey, Sam here collecting the post from The Laser Cutter. Above is a laser cut wood box from Cedar Street Design. Make sure you join TLC’s Facebook page. After the jump, birds, anchors, dogs, & planters… Above are laser cut wood earrings from Green Tree Jewelry. Above are laser cut paper confetti from Decorate Your Big Day. Above is a laser cut Dachshund rubber stamp from Etchythings. Above is a laser cut walnut wood ampersand from Alexis Mattox Design. Above is a laser cut wood planter from One Man One…
  • Vector Path Crosshatching

    Guy Blashki
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    A quicker, cheaper alternative to raster fill engraving Vector or Raster? It’s a question that has goes back to the earliest days of laser etching. Here is an interesting little exploration from the creative team over at Cuddleburrito that scores another point for the Vector camp. Instead of using a raster fill for a job that required large graphic elements, they devised a way to create the same effect using vector paths. This saves a huge amount of time, as the laser only needs to engrave the actual paths of the lines instead of sweeping across the entire area. There was an added bonus…
  • 10 things to know before laser cutting with Ponoko

    Guy Blashki
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Useful information for both new users and laser cutting veterans Are you a seasoned Ponoko maker? Or perhaps your imagination has been tingling and you are bursting to make your very first Ponoko product. Either way, here is a top-10 list that we think will come in handy for those new to laser cutting, and it also contains useful information that will help more experienced Ponoko members keep things running smoothly. Let us know what you would add! 1. How long it will take to make and ship your order. We make all orders as quickly as we can, and how long that takes depends on the volume of…
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    DesignFloat | Published News

  • The Future Of Artificial Intelligence : Mako

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    Do you utilize your machine consistently for finishing your every day assignments for school or for your employment? Would you like to complete them in a much shorter period of time? In this circumstance, you ought to realize that you could without a doubt utilize the assistance of an incredible speech recognition project called MAKO that has been as of late created by a young person who is energetic about the IT area.
  • 25 Fantastic Free Photoshop Brushes - Creative Beacon

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    Finding free Photoshop brushes to use in your design projects can be a hassle sometimes. Finding free Photoshop brushes that are high quality is even harder. If you know where to look, you can find quality free Photoshop brushes for just about any project or need. Below, I have compiled a list of some common hi res free Photoshop brushes. They will be useful in many projects. Since they are high resolution, they will look good in print and web projects.
  • 20 Useful Free Photoshop Brushes - Creative Beacon

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    You can create any type of effect imaginable with the right brush. This time I have rounded up a collection of 20 useful free Photoshop brushes that you can use in your next project. Shown below are free Photoshop brushes that fit a wide range of tasks and will add life to any project.
  • 20 Elegant Landing Page Designs You’ll Love

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    Designing a beautiful landing page is extremely difficult. There are usually several goals that a landing page is designed for – it needs to help educate the visitor about what the product is, it needs to explain how it’s useful to them and it needs to look good while it does it. A well designed marketing page helps to show that the product is also well designed, and so it’s crucial that you get it right.
  • 26 Creative and Weird Umbrellas

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    Umbrellas are common to use in rainy weather, they’re usually pretty standard in design and lack originality. Umbrellas can also be known as parasol and is mostly used to protect you from rain and sunlight. In today’s article we’ll be looking at 26 Creative and Weird Umbrellas. All of these umbrellas are fun and creative! Would you like to own any of these creative and weird umbrellas?
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    Design You Trust

  • Daily Gadget Inspiration #165

    Evan Varsamis
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Give your guests a royal serve of ice-cream next time you throw a party by using this unusually designed Ice Queen Scoop. Having drawn its inspiration from the Queen herself, this scoop can truly bring humor on the party table without a doubt. It’s got a soft section which helps in pushing out the ice-cream, thus providing you with big and sumptuous scoops each time you go for a serve. Give yourself a Tron-like apparel for a more safer night ride by wearing this custom developed 3M reflective Lighting Vest. The vest has been carefully hand-netted such that it can easily pass through your…
  • Tutorial: How to Design a Kawaii Squid in Illustrator

    Catalin Zorzini
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Today we’re going to learn how to create a kawaii squid in Illustrator and for an added bonus we’re going to “zombify” it. After all, even the most adorable of cephalopods are susceptible to the zombie virus. I am using a PC, so wherever you see me use CTRL if you’re on a Mac you’ll want to use the CMD button instead. We’ll start with the squid’s head. Create a new document in Illustrator, draw two circles (200px and 100px) and align them horizontally and vertically to the centre using the Align palette. Select the smaller of the two circles and then choose Warp…
  • Litographs Tattoos: Wearable Tributes to Iconic Books

    Design You Trust
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    A beautiful collection of (temporary) literary tattoos, and a chance to join the World’s Longest Tattoo Chain. The project titled “Litographs”, had their tattoos designed in the form of texts taken from 15 classic books such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Ulysses, and Les Misérables. H/t: Designtaxi Design You Trust is proudly supported and powered by WebHostingBuzz Premium Infrastructure & Network.
  • The Animal by Samuel Pettersson

    Matt Watts
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Collection of inspiring photo manipulations by Samuel Pettersson. More Images Design You Trust is proudly supported and powered by WebHostingBuzz Premium Infrastructure & Network.
  • Statue by Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

    Matt Watts
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Creative statue by Japanese artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki. More Images Design You Trust is proudly supported and powered by WebHostingBuzz Premium Infrastructure & Network.
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    You The Designer

  • Astonishing Drawings of Christina Mrozik

    George Nacpil
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:24 am
    Talented artist Christina Mrozik from Michigan, USA has magical hands that will leave everyone stunned once they saw her outstanding drawing and ideas. usually draws using ink or marker on paper and add lively color by using watercolor and high-pigmented acrylics. It’s funny that Christina comes up with best ideas for her projects when she’s tired.  She brainstorms before going to bed and writes the things she came up with when she wakes up. “Once I have an idea, I put down a couple sketches, and then use my art school super knowledge to see what I can improve. Usually my first…
  • Your Guide to the Generic Logo

    Julya Buhain
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    It’s easy to spot a generic logo in the wild. I think a healthy part of being a graphic designer is also kind of being a logo snob. If you practice in the industry, part of you gets trained to kind of spot out both really half-baked designs and collateral’s the same way that a coffee nerd can distinguish between a handcrafted espresso and instant coffee.   We tend to craft an appreciation for logos that speaks volumes about the brand, and what the brand represents.  Due to websites that promote design contests such as 99 Designs – people tend to churn out similar…
  • Foursquare’s New Logo Gives Everyone Superpowers

    Patrick Jude Ilagan
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Just like Airbnb, Foursquare the app famed for it’s check-in feature is ditching it’s old logo to start the big changes that’s going to happen in the months to come. Following suit after the Airbnb, Foursquare has also recently revealed their new logo. However unlike Airbnb, the famous check-in app didn’t suffer from any genital related jokes as Airbnb did. It seems that pundits and the whole Internet has finally moved on but the question is, will Foursquare’s new logo be good enough to retain its loyal user-base from the major changes that are going to come?
  • Which Typeface Would You Date and Other Cool Things in Type Tasting

    Patrick Jude Ilagan
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    What if a typeface magically becomes a person would you go out on a date with it? Who would you choose and why? Type is everywhere, from signs to the texts that we are reading and as a designers we are expected to work with a vast number of typefaces on our lifetime. But what if typefaces are real people? Real people that not only we have to work with but we also go out on a date with? Which typeface would we chose? How do we find the potential one? This is what graphic designer and educator Sarah Hyndman is trying to figure out using a series of survey games. The dating game is a part of…
  • Make Stories Come Alive with Jodi Harvey-Brown Book Sculpture

    George Nacpil
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    One artist breathes new life into old books turning it into amazing sculptures of various people and fictional characters. Pennsylvania-based artist Jodi Harvey-Brown has magic hands that can turn old books into these extremely fascinating sculptures to convey a story. Like pop-up books, Jodi’s creation looks as if like they are coming to life. Jodi started making these beautiful book sculptures when she got hooked from folding one of the pages of a used book from a second-hand book shop. After working on a couple more of pieces, Jodi was convinced by her husband to show her works in…
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  • Daily Inspiration #1827

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to Agata Stanczak agnesandlupus Alejo Malia Aleksandar Cvetković Andrea Petruccio antoinecorbineau Antonio Rodas Archnew ayaz malik Chacha Daniel Ayala drsoed Fabrizio Giammatteo fancymichael Fik inspirationde…
  • Logo Design: Dots

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you guys. Last week we featured the work of the Russian design studio called Logomachine, and today we're featuring logos made out of dots! Every week we search through our favorite galleries: Logopond and Dribbble. Both are a great communities for designers everywhere. Also, if you you'd like to suggest ideas for the next subjects, please, tell me by sending me sending me a tweet: @paulogabriel. Cheers! ;) Tags: logo designlogodotsBrought to…
  • Realistic Drawings by Monica Lee

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Monica Lee is an amazing artist from Malaysia and she has so much talent. Her drawings are done in graphite on paper and they are so realistic you can see them alive. Check them out! For more from Monica Lee visit and Tags: drawinggraphitherealisticBrought to you by: 
  • Lamborghini Aventador

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Intelligent interfaces and augmented reality UIs have been around for quite some time but they've never really hit the nail on the head in terms of execution and utility. Futuristic UI was very common back in the Flash days where we could see all sorts of animations and interactions despite the fact that we didn't have any real tactical devices. Nowadays, it seems that more and more people are trying to explore this concept and hopefully this time they will get it right. With that in mind we feature a really cool project title LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR done by 2RISE® GmbH. You don’t catch…
  • Daily Inspiration #1826

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to Abdelalim Amine slimani Archnew Aroha Silhouettes CHAW courtney mason Cumilous Cloud Dizdetc_pizainy enzocavalli gabo capurro garrick middleton Guido Franco Ferrari hiromutsuboi inspirationfeed inspirationde…
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  • Standard Issue Vector Textures for Premium Members

    Chris Spooner
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Dustin from RetroSupply is back again to share more top quality premium design resources with Access All Areas members. The Standard Issue Vector Texture Pack is a comprehensive collection of vector graphics that are ideal for giving your work authentic distressed or subtle textures fast. Open the Illustrator file to find 10 scalable vector textures conveniently separated into layers, allowing you to quickly copy and paste them into your working projects. RetroSupply Co’s mission is to bring the awesomeness of handmade goods to digital design. Their range of products make it easy for…
  • How To Create a Washed Out Vintage Matte Photo Effect

    Chris Spooner
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Washed out matte effects seem to be really popular in the Photography scene at the moment. These effects look particular cool when combined with warm vintage tones to add a classic nostalgic feeling to your images. Follow this step by step tutorial to process and transform your shots in Photoshop to create a warm washed out vintage matte effect using non-destructive editing. The photo effect we’ll be creating gives your images a warm colour cast with washed out contrast, taking inspiration from early analogue films. The effect is produced by building up Photoshop’s adjustment…
  • Retro Party Invitation Design Templates for Members

    Chris Spooner
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I’ve teamed up with Wing’s Art and Design Studio to add some awesome new resources to the Access All Areas section. Members can now download a collection of 4 cool, retro style invitations featuring vector illustrations and seamless patterns. Use them to quickly knock up invites for a children’s party, or make use of the individual retro style graphics and patterns in your own designs. Wing’s Art and Design Studio is home to a range of stock illustrations and digital graphic design resources designed by freelance Illustrator Christopher King. His shop contains loads of…
  • Every Kind of Vector Element you Could Ever Want!

    Chris Spooner
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m sure we’ve all done a bit of window shopping on stock resources websites, seen some cool items and thought “They’re cool, I’d quite fancy them”, but if you want a lot of resources it soon ends up out of your budget. The value of the latest bundle from Design Cuts is a big enough reason alone to check this one out, but take a few moments to browse through its contents and you’ll find it contains just about every kind of vector element you could ever want, all in one single purchase at over 90% off. It’s always useful to have a library of…
  • How To Create an Origami Style Logomark in Illustrator

    Chris Spooner
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I recently received a great tutorial suggestion from a reader named Brigid who asked if I could create a guide to creating an origami style illustration. We’ll use Adobe Illustrator to tackle this design for its advanced shape editing abilities and make particular use of Smart Guides to perfectly align our vector paths. Once the outline of our origami inspired design is complete we’ll then bring it to life with vibrant colours, resulting in a modern graphic that would look great as part of a logo design. The design we’ll be building in this tutorial is an origami inspired…
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    FormFiftyFive - Design inspiration from around the world

  • Interview: Frank Chimero on Another Studio

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Until June this year, designer Frank Chimero worked under his own name. A lot of us designers do this and just as many will find a suitable moniker to work under. It is a question that I struggled with over the past year. In the end decided to ditch my company name in favour of my own. When I read that Frank was starting a studio called Another I thought it would be a great opportunity to get his thoughts on the topic. Hi Frank, first of all can you tell us a little more about Another Studio? Another is my one-man design studio focused on taking the knowledge and conventions of digital and…
  • THE NEAR FUTURE OF IN-CAR human–machine interfaces

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Over the last few weeks London’s ustwo have published a detailed analysis of the future of in-car human–machine interfaces or HMI. It makes for an incredibly interesting read even if you have very little to do with the automotive industry. A lot of their findings can be applied to user interface design in many other fields. Make sure you check it out. For those of you with little time, read this TL;DR summary packing the 5 long articles into 5 easily digestible points… 1. Lose the ‘stick a touchscreen on it’ approach 2. Love the user/driver 3. Less is more in a UX sense 4.
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  • Eichler Homes

    Antonio Carusone
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Eichler Homes was a company, by visionary Joseph Eichler, that built over 11,000 Mid-Century modern homes in California between 1950 and 1974. Eichler was responsible for bringing modern architecture to middle-class Americans. Eichler Homes commissioned some of the most prominent modern architects of the time including Anshen & Allen, Claude Oakland & Associates, Jones & Emmons, A. Quincy Jones, and Raphael Soriano. The photos above were taken by Darren Bradley and are part of a collection of Eichler Homes that he’s photographed. Also, be sure to check out his other Flickr…
  • DIA

    Antonio Carusone
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    A stellar collection of work from DIA, a New York City based strategic brand consultancy, design studio and production company.
  • [Sponsor] Hi-Response

    Antonio Carusone
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hi-Response, a truly modular WordPress theme. ↪ v.1.3 out now! Theme options and a highly modular layout system really sets a new standard. Shape the theme (without the need to code) with 3 page/post layout module generators, 5 taxonomy listing styles and theme options to control pretty much everything from layout, colors, typography and interaction. This enables you to tweak and stand out. We like to call it a fresh take on WordPress publishing. Interested in sponsoring AisleOne? Visit the sponsorship page for more info.
  • Mark Bloom Logo Poster

    Antonio Carusone
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Mark Bloom (aka Mash Creative) has designed this limited edition A2 poster featuring 126 logos he designed between 1998 and 2014. Each poster comes hand numbered and signed by Mark, and it’s a hybrid of litho printed black with screen printed fluorescent yellow ink on 250gsm GFSmith Naturalis Absolute White Matt. You can grab a copy here.
  • Poplavok

    Antonio Carusone
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Beautiful branding work by Ira Smolikova for a restaurant named Poplavok.
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  • Modern Minimalist Small Apartment Decorating Ideas by Dima Loginoff

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    The modern apartment living room from this small apartment design was totally applying both functional and minimalist idea. The entire space from this room was decorated with the modern and fashionable furniture. Start from the seating furniture that can be use as sofa bed furniture, until the coffee table that applying in soft and comfortable material. Next to the living room, we will found a space saving kitchen designs that combine with the simple dining room space. Those combinations were decorated to make the entire space of this house being functional. Clearly we can see the black and…
  • White Concrete House Construction with Open Plan Interior

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    The simple concrete house decorating ideas from Mount Fuji Architects Studio was completely showing both modern and futuristic idea décor from a house living concept. Ideally, this inspiration applying in country house or a block house idea; but, here we can see the green area that face ocean view was completed with this modern concrete house. Start from the bright open plan interior décor we can get a comfortable living room decoration with comfortable sofa set furniture decoration. The comfortable outdoor space ideas were clearly clean and simple decoration fills this space. We can see…
  • BUMPS Building Unique Black and White Building Construction with Wall Screen Decoration by Sako Architects

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    This modern block building inspiration design by Sako Architects will allows us to enjoy new design in a building design. Actually, the entire appearance of this house was look like a staircase, but the abstract decoration from every single side will make us have to think twice to call this building. The entire side of this building that design in square shape was completed with the screen that shows several products and advertisement from brand or product names. We can see from the outdoor wall screen decorating designs that complete the front line of this building. Those decorations show…
  • Modern Concrete House in Vardas Residence Paphos, Cyrus

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Located in Cyrus, this modern concrete house construction will give us new inspiration in built a home that not only for a place to stay but also as a place for gathering with our family. This unusual house design was inspired from ancient generation that uses stone to build their house. The natural color application from this house design will be more attractive since this house was built in the side of the road. Going inside to this concrete house we will see the open plan interior decor idea was totally embrace the whole space from this house. Start from the living room until the small…
  • Modern Open Plan Interior Decoration Ideas by Sturgess Architecture

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    The modern open plan interior designs by Sturgess Architecture will completely review in this article. This side will give several inspirations for those who want to make their house look bright and large. First of all, we have to make sure our fix size from our space. it is important since we have to calculate whole additional stuff size’s. We have to think also about the furniture that will use to make our space look high and large. Better for us to use compatible material and weight of light so that we can use simple material to make the stuff stuck on the wall. Actually, we also can…
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    Design daily news

  • 8 awesome ribbon fonts

    Sabina Hona
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Fonts are one of the most essential parts of any design to make it successful. We love those fonts which have their own personality. When it comes to eye catchy and attractive fonts with different curves and shapes, ribbon fonts are best. These fonts are best for highlighting your headings. Below I have collected 8 awesome ribbon fonts that will create magic in your design. 1. Blu Blu is an innovative multilayered ribbon font developed by Leo Koppelkamm. With his creative ideas inspired by bicycle tires and paper streamers, his multilayered font was developed which is no clumsy at all. It…
  • 8 online marketplaces to sell your art

    Sabina Hona
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    The technology has so much influence in everyone’s life in today’s world that whether it’s buying or selling, maximum dealing is online. Same is the case with your art. Many artists have been selling their work on the internet and have been making money but now there is a great competition as such businesses have been increasing day by day. That is why to make your art get maximum reach to people for making sales, here are 8 such online marketplaces where you can sell your art to numbers of people. Have a look at the websites below: 1. Redbubble Redbubble is free to join where artists…
  • 5 tools to keep your eyes safe when working on screen

    Sabina Hona
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:16 pm
    We been so much influenced by technology these days that we are harming our health with it’s over use. Yes, am talking about the desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Almost of us have at least one of these, don’t we? Along with the back pain due to the irregular posture while using desktops or laptops, we are hampering our eyes as well. Eyes, as we all know are the most vital part of our body without which our value seems to be lesser. Whether it’s for work, study or play, constant looking at the bright screens of laptops, desktops or mobiles is harmful to our eyes. It may…
  • Converse typeface by Elroy Klee

    Sabina Hona
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Elroy Klee is a former graffiti artist who is talented in multiple fields such as concepting, illustration, 3D and set designs. It is because of his creative persona and strong determination that today he is an owner of a design studio with twelve co-workers. In another word, Klee is a freelance art director and illustrator. Klee is from Netherlands and he has discovered several outstanding typefaces. Among those several exceptionally illustrated typefaces, today we are talking about that one typeface which was developed using converse All Star Check Taylor Sneakers. This amazing converse…
  • Only 1 day left to get the ultimate design library

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Don’t miss your chance to get the biggest design bundle ever seen at an incredible price! This brand-new bundle contains thousands of different resources worth an incredible $25,000+ from design heavyweights such as Designious, DesignTNT & Vectorious. Everything you could possibly need for creating marvelous pieces of art is in this massive library – and even more than that. From vectors to PS brushes, t-shirts, fonts, and more at your fingertips! It’s only available for one more day, so hurry up! The post Only 1 day left to get the ultimate design library appeared first on…
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    Funtasticus - Great Stuff...Daily!

  • Tooshie Tuesday

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sometimes it pays to be a tattoo artist. This would be the slowest tattoo I ever did. The post Tooshie Tuesday appeared first on
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    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Looks like someone is trying to buy the love of their child….mission accomplished! The post appeared first on
  • Monday Morning Memories

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hot bikini amateur babes makes you miss the weekend early on a Monday. The post Monday Morning Memories appeared first on
  • Daily Cool Pics

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Not sure if I applaud, laugh, or try to help the guy. The post Daily Cool Pics appeared first on
  • Valerie van der Graaf hot pics

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    A great compilation of Valerie van der Graaf lingerie photos. The post Valerie van der Graaf hot pics appeared first on
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    Daily Icon

  • Showroom by Dotdotdot

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Dotdotdot has designed a showroom in Pont Saint Martin, Val d’Aosta for the Data Center Technology & Operations of Engineering, a leading company in Italy, specialized in software and IT services. This communication-oriented ambience dedicated specifically to the clients illustrates the corporate values, the solutions, the projects and the projects through a demonstrative pathway has been designed to make the invisible visible. Subdivision of the spaces, furnishing solutions, interactive experiences: in this project for Engineering dotdotdot has exploited, maximized and optimized…
  • Up in the Air Side Table by Úbeda & Canalda for Viccarbe

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A striking occasional table for home and contract use. The white lacquered cylindrical table is made from a patented environment-friendly resin that contains handmade fish replicas, therefore no need of additional decoration than themselves. The designers explain: Fish that aren’t fish. That seem to float in water that isn’t water. They seem to be suspended in air that isn’t air. Like a dream. A wonderful mixture between minimalism and poetry is the result of this charming project, that is available in different versions of fish compositions and table sizes. Up in the Air, by Ramón…
  • Iceberg Pendant Lights by Alvaro Uribe for Tsunami Glassworks

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Iceberg, as the name states was inspired by the form and beauty of these large glacial structures. Capturing their breathtaking splendor this collection clusters to illuminate with a subtle white and blue light. These are not ordinary pendants lights, but an incredible array of glass sculptures gracefully floating in space. Iceberg Pendant Lights, by Alvaro Uribe, for Tsunami Glassworks
  • Lomocubes by MPA Architetti

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Lomocubes is a new innovative and sophisticated residential project by MPA Architetti, located in Lugano and commissioned by the entrepreneur Alessandro Lo Monaco. Lomocubes is a luxurious and high profile condominium that overlooks the Lugano lakeshores. It is a groundbreaking architectural project that marks a new frontier in residential building construction. Finished in July 2013, Lomocubes synthesizes the best relationship between interior and exterior spaces, giving from the living room of each unit a wonderful view on the lake. A texture-in-motion built with a rigorous and wise use of…
  • Ocean Park House by Campos Leckie Studio

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This project is conceived as a domestic landscape that blurs the boundary between interior and exterior space in a temperate coastal rainforest climate. It is essentially a ranch house typology with a guest house stacked upon it – for an physically active empty nest couple who enjoy the idea of welcoming family home for the holidays. The domestic program is spread across the entire site, and the vertical circulation is deliberately understated. The programmatic organization allows the primary residents to live entirely on the ground floor. The japanese-inspired courtyard ‘moss…
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  • Carissa Gallo

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    “Color Studies: Pink”, photos by Portland-based photographer Carissa Gallo. View the whole post: Carissa Gallo over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Céli Lee

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    More drawings from Chinese-born, London based, artist Céli Lee. Previously featured here. More below. View the whole post: Céli Lee over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Fanny Latour-Lambert

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Photos by Paris-based photographer Fanny Latour-Lambert. More photos below. View the whole post: Fanny Latour-Lambert over on BOOOOOOOM!.
  • Craftsy: Drawing The Human Face

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Our quality sponsor this week is Craftsy which provides classes for all you aspiring artists. I tried out a couple classes myself and they were great for picking up the basics. If you fell asleep during life drawing, or skipped art school altogether, this is your lucky day: They’re currently offering a free downloadable eGuide on “Drawing the Human Face”. The eGuide gives you a quick overview of things like placing facial features, adding life to eyes, and drawing realistic hair. If you’re interested: Download the eGuide for free.View the whole post: Craftsy:…
  • Kate Tucker

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    Paintings by artist Kate Tucker, previously featured here. More below. View the whole post: Kate Tucker over on BOOOOOOOM!.
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  • Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

    Bridgette Meinhold
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: "sustainable architecture", animal friendly, animal friendly zoo, big, bjarke ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group, Denmark, eco design, eutopia, givskud, green architecture, Green Building, green design, Sustainable Building, sustainable design, zoo, zootopia
  • Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

    Beverley Mitchell
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    It’s happening! After much speculation, Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors have struck a formal agreement over the Japanese company’s manufacture and supply of lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer’s first Gigafactory. Under the terms of the deal, Panasonic will make initial investments of between $200–300 million, with eventual investment reaching around $1 billion of the anticipated $5 billion cost of the project. Read the rest of Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory Permalink | Add to…
  • Scientists Warn That an “Insurmountable” Water Crisis Will Grip the Planet by 2040

    Kristine Lofgren
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    A new report warns that in less than three decades, the United States (and the rest of the world) could face a full-blown water crisis if we don’t change the way we generate power. As the population increases, so does water consumption and power usage. Right now, energy production is the biggest water guzzler in the country – slurping 41% of all freshwater. Unless the country moves to less water-hungry power sources like wind and solar by 2030, water needs could grow to the point where there is a huge gap between what is needed and what is available, plunging the planet into a…
  • Win $50,000 for a Dream Expedition from National Geographic

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Brought to you by National Geographic Whether you prefer to explore in the outback or under a microscope, National Geographic is looking for the next generation of explorers in any field to submit their dream project for “Expedition Granted,” where one person’s proposed expedition will be fueled by $50,000. Check out this video featuring Brain Games host Jason Silva, who shows you how to submit your big idea at Whether your goal is to secure a future for captive wildlife or bring music lessons to those who can’t afford them, National Geographic and…
  • Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

    Colin Payne
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    It is a sad fact and indicator of the inequality of our society that many of those who put in the labor may never taste its fruits. A group of cocoa bean farmers in Africa’s Ivory Coast recently had the opportunity to do just that when they tasted the chocolate made with their beans for the first time. A correspondent from Metropolis TV visited the farmers and gave them their first-ever chocolate bar – hit the jump to see a video of their reaction. Read the rest of Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: Africa,…
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  • Thirsty Thursday

    Jessica Sanchez
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    It's Thursday and we're thirsty here at The Dieline! Today we are quenching our thirst with a selection of our favorite beer, wine, and spirits submissions from the past week. Check them out below. Cheers! Permalink           
  • Antidote Cold-Pressed Juice

    Andrew Gibbs
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Antidote is a new cold-pressed organic juice range based around "carefully calculated" nutrients, and is positioned as a "cure" to an unhealthy lifestyle. India based Double Decker Design designed the packaging based around the "carefully calculated" aspect: each juice has its own core function. “Unlike regular fruit juices, Antidote uses carefully calculated nutrients. The packaging stems from this key factor. The logo subtly incorporates a geometric drop with two leaves. This drop is taken forward on each label with added illustrations that carve out a distinct identity for each…
  • Traminer

    Elizabeth Freeman
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Traminer, designed by Kommigraphics Design Studio makes you feel like a kid in a candy store. The wine bottle and box is graced with a yellow, black and white, bee pattern and has a script that wraps around the entire image. The graphics combine sophisicated elegance with modern structure with the use of typography and a classic pattern. The bottle itself is thinner than a traditional wine bottle and stretched in length, contemporizing what is an old practice.  “Traminer is a semi-dry wine of the Premium class of “Domaine Glinavos” and is produced from the homonymous…
  • Steel and Oak Brewing Co

    Andrew Gibbs
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Steel & Oak Brewing Co is the brainchild of Jorden Foss and James Garbutt, which recently opened its doors in New Westminster, British Columbia. Steel and Oak symbolizes the modernness of today while paying homage to the craftsmanship of years long past, bringing a refreshed perspective and vibrant energy to the craft beer scene. Vancouver based design firm Also Known As designed the amber-glass bottle lineup, and overall branding.  "Supportive, open minded and encouraging clients like this remind us why we opened our doors in the first place. Champions of the process, Steel…
  • Montauk

    Ivan Navarro
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Started by three longtime friends, the Montauk Brewing Company was founded and based on the lifestyle of the founders’ hometown.  New York based Ammirati developed this design and centered the brand development to include successive beer styles in a consistent way.   “We decided on canning over bottling to start based on the beach lifestyle of our hometown. If you are heading to the beach, or spending the day on the boat, you don’t want to bring glass. The cans are easily transported and they have an iconic nautical design. We didn’t want too much clutter. The simple,…
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    Cool Material

  • Birdman – Official International Trailer

    Mike Newman
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The first trailer for Birdman left us excited and confused. This extended international trailer has only amplified those feelings. The black comedy about a former movie star trying to mount a little bit of a comeback hits theaters on October 17, and should be marked down in your Google Calendar immediately.
  • STEAL: Extra 40% Off Sale Items at Club Monaco

    Mike Newman
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    A lot of the apparel at Club Monaco would be best described as “investment pieces.” This weekend, however, that’s not the case. From now until 8/3/14, you’ll get an extra 40% off sale items with code WEEKEND so you can stock up on quality pieces at pretty stellar prices. We picked out some of our favorites you can snag at a serious discount. 1. Wool Houndstooth Waistcoat – $179 / $77 2. 10 ½” Chambray Dot Short – $70 / ...
  • 15 Podcasts Every Guy Should Know

    Mike Newman
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Maybe you have a long commute or are just tired of hearing the same Imagine Dragons song every time you turn on the radio, whatever the case, subscribing to a few podcasts could entertain and enlighten you. Problem is, with just about every person in possession of a microphone and a little know-how able to create a podcast, there are a lot of shitty ones out there. A lot. To help you get started, here are 15 we seriously recommend checking ...
  • Wear This: Will Price of The Momentum

    Cool Material Guest
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Each week, we turn to one of our favorite style bloggers or men’s fashion insiders to put together a solid outfit. Muttonhead Camping Hoodie – $128 Vans C&L Era 59 Steel Grey Multi Stripe – $55 Almond Heritage Stripe Knit Tee – $45 Katin USA Krylon Trunks – $69 Wonderland Riverside Sunglasses – $140 Campwell Stay Fresh Kit – $40 Topo Designs Tote Bag – $59 Will Price is the founder of The Momentum and a current resident of San ...
  • One Night Stand Potion Gets You Drunk On Chocolate Sauce

    Ben Dahl
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    100 anos tequila. Agave. Mixed origin South American chocolate. Valrohna cocoa powder. If any of us tried combining those items Chopped style the end result would probably be a head in the toilet. When the people at Dude, Sweet Chocolate combine those ingredients they end up with One Night Stand Potion, a delicious chocolate sauce laced with tequila. Put it on ice cream. Put it on sorbet. Make a Mexican “Irish” coffee. Put it on fruit. Make a chocolate martini ...
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  • 8 Smart Remodeling Tips

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Dreaming of a skylight in the kitchen? Ready to tear up that carpet in the den and replace it with something new? There are literally hundreds of ways you can renovate your home, but unless you’re careful, you’ll wind up remodeling the contents of your bank account too. Here are eight tips for keeping costs […]
  • Struggling in your home? Here are some design solutions

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    Coping in your home if you’ve got a bad back, struggle to walk or are advancing into your autumn years can be an absolute nightmare. When long term injury strikes, your house suddenly seems like it’s fighting against you, actively preventing  you from living comfortably. The only solution is to make adjustments to your home […]
  • Decorating Your Home on a Budget

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:12 am
    People often think that decorating your home is a costly and time consuming endeavor, but in reality it is actually quite easy and affordable. In fact, as long as you follow a few easy steps you shouldn’t have any trouble reinvigorating the interior of your house and turning it into your dream home! You need […]
  • Interior Design Trends 2014

    20 Jun 2014 | 11:17 pm
    The interior design trends for 2014 are brilliant and exciting. Countless home interior designers are opting for a neutral base with stand-out accents, textures and designs. This makes it possible for them to change the décor by changing just a few accents such as wall hangings, cushions and rugs. Some of the trends aren’t new, but they […]
  • How to Boost Your Business with Large-Format Ads

    20 Jun 2014 | 11:24 am
    Vinyl banners are used for advertising and marketing. Commonly made from a heavyweight type of vinyl called PVC, vinyl banners range in weight and size. Weight can range from nine ounces to over 22 ounces per square yard. The banners are then hung using grommets (nickel holes used for hanging on walls, buildings and fenceposts), […]
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  • Fed asks public for ideas to speedup airport check-ins.

    Phil Patton
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Just heard on the radio: The Federal Transportation Safety Authority has asked members of the public to submit ideas to make airport check-in lines run more rapidly and smoothly. Process is also design. AND friends, there’s also a $15,000 prize [ details ]
  • MAD architects + studio gang win chicago’s george lucas museum.

    Ron Kovach
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    rendering of northerly island is from the framework plan | 2009 | courtesy of studio gang architects | click > enlarge Four days after announcing that Chicago would be the home of The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA), today George Lucas announces the architects: Ma Yansong, founder of Beijing based MAD architects and Jeanne Gang, founder of Chicago’s Studio Gang Architects. VOA Associates, based in Chicago, will serve as the executive architect and lead the implementation of MAD’s design. The museum will be designed by Yansong and Gang the surrounding landscape and a pedestrian…
  • 2014 introductions from fritz hansen.

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    analog table and drop chair Fritz Hansen’s 2014 product launches continue to reflect their commitment to quality and exclusive design. With a theme of “unplugged relations” Fritz Hansen introduced the Analog table by Jaime Hayon and the re-launch of the Drop chair by Arne Jacobsen to inspire us to notice and cherish each other’s presence. After more than 50 years in hibernation, the Drop is now re-launched! The chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 as part of his masterpiece, the legendary SAS Royal Hotel (now known as Radisson Blu Royal Hotel) in Copenhagen. The Drop was…
  • Richard branson explains why he cut beef from his diet.

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    richard branson explains why he cut beef from his diet. meat consumption today contributes to global warming and environmental degradation. via ecorazzi [RK] Join the forum discussion on this post
  • Dronography and fireworks collaborate in 2014.

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    new phantom 2 vision+ and hero 3 Last April a Phantom 2 quadracopter using a Hero3+ Black Edition was flown into fireworks. No one is sure how impactful this particular feat is however on the 4th of July quite a few drone videos were made. video shot april 2014 One in particular went viral, shot by videographer Jos Stiglingh who was presented with a unique opportunity to film fireworks up close, also used a Phantom 2 and Hero3+ Silver. 2014 may become known as the year of dronography and fireworks credited with fully catching the public’s eye. [ the video ] hero 3+ black edition | hero…
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    DeTnk - A new way of collecting design

  • Konstantin Grcic – Panorama at Vitra Design Museum

    Collecting Design
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    Weil am Rhein Konstantin Grcic is one of the most influential designers of our time. Serious and functional, unwieldy and occasionally disconcerting, his works combine an indus- trial aesthetic with experimental, artistic elements. read more
  • London's Ace Hotel by Universal Design Studio

    Collecting Design
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    London Universal Design Studio worked with Ace Hotel to design the exteriors and interiors, including 258 guest rooms, an 1,800 square foot seventh floor event space, a 2,700 square foot restaurant, Hoi Polloi, and a 3,900 square foot lounge and reception area comprised of retail units, a bar, café and art gallery. read more
  • Hôtel Dupanloup by Studio Makkink & Bey

    Collecting Design
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Once the home of a notorious bishop, the seventeenth century building in the town of Orléans, Hôtel Dupanloup, has recently been reconstructed to function as International Research Center of the University of Orléans. Studio Makkink & Bey developed a series of spatial installations that transform the historic Hôtel chambers into lively public spaces. read more
  • 'Exobiotanica —Botanical Space Flight-' by Makota Azuma

    Collecting Design
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    Fascinated with the fragility and strength of flowers, Makota Azuma has spent his lifetime weaving ethereal and colorful sculptures and installations, with plants as his primary medium. For his first gravity-defying project, Exobiotanica, he uprooted plants and placed them in a new kind of “nature,”— way up high in the stratosphere. read more
  • 'Stacked Objects' by Emiel Remmelts

    Collecting Design
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    The objects in the shelving are used for creating a dynamic composition, comparable to the method of creating a collage. Besides using objects like bricks which are widely available I also picked up one-off objects from flea markets, charity shops and building sites. That way I'm forced to make new compositions with each shelf. Each composition is unique and defines the overall aesthetic of the furniture. read more
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    Netdiver Mag #ISSN 1911-866X

  • Sporticus grannies

    Carole Guevin
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    They are in way better shape than I will ever be! Guess that football has got some fontaine de Jouvence included. Funny + refreshing approach for this ad campaign. Scoring handiwork by Rogerio Miranda!
  • Lucid dreaming

    Carole Guevin
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Andric is a ND alumni whose photographic skills have become non-short of extraordinary. His people + space collections consists mainly of one subject and an incredible background. Totally awesome immersive poetic landscapes unsaturated hazy faded colors and expansive horizons draw you in. Lucid dreaming.
  • Cover master

    Carole Guevin
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Rodrigo Corral studio creates conceptual design and art for prints, brands, interior spaces and film. New website just relaunched. Have a lookee. He has created some of the most iconic visuals in publishing. He is a master at cover design and some of his book and magazine covers are iconic. _______ Sensitive topics PRINT magazine cover. Too bad the ‘glass ceiling’ syndrome is in the mix.
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  • Rehab Diary: A Small-Kitchen Makeover with Maximum Storage

    Christine Chang Hanway
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Tucked into a corridor-like niche, the 9-by-12-foot kitchen in a Victorian house in Noe Valley, San Francisco, had no natural light. Tasked by her client with brightening the space and maximizing storage and seating, designer Alison Davin, founding principal of Jute, a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, wanted to make the kitchen feel bigger and yet knew she couldn’t add any more square footage. Her game-changing move was to remove the wall between the living areas and the kitchen, enabling the opened-up kitchen to borrow and benefit from the natural daylight in those…
  • Race-Car-Style Appliances for Compact Kitchens

    Margot Guralnick
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here at Remodelista the obsession with tiny kitchens hits close to home. Many of us live with postage-stamp-size setups, but, surprisingly, we don’t long for more space. What we’re eternally searching for are great-looking, high-functioning appliances scaled to fit our quarters, which is why we're so taken with Italian company Alpes Inox's freestanding stainless steel kitchen systems. Tailored for tight spaces, they're multifunctional and made to come with you should you move—none are built-ins, so they can be rearranged as needed, and most designs are available on wheels. Based in…
  • The Only Two Ingredients You Need to Make a Refrigerator Smell Fresh

    Erin Boyle
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    When I was 20, I lived for five months with a woman named Fabienne and her two young daughters in the city of Toulouse, in southern France. Beyond my delight at speaking French all day and indulging in a daily chocolatine from a neighborhood bakery in the afternoons, I was enthralled by something much more mundane: Fabienne's refrigerator. Every evening when I returned from my classes, I'd peek into the family refrigerator to see if I could determine what we might be having for dinner. I was foiled every single time. I knew that we wouldn't be dining on butter and cheese alone, but night…
  • Brass Accents for the Well-Organized Kitchen

    Alexa Hotz
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The art of maximizing minimal countertop space begins with the right storage components. We're drawn to West Elm's new trio of brass-toned kitchen accessories, designed to keep counter clutter at bay. Above: The Wire Mountable Paper Towel Holder is $24. The paper towel holder, along with the other items in West Elm's new wire collection, is made of brass-finished steel and is dishwasher safe. Above: Here's an idea we like: A Foldable Dish Rack that closes up for easy storage; $39. Above: The Wire Soap Dish is designed with drainage in mind for watery bars of soap; $14. Looking for more?
  • Remodeling 101: Corian Countertops (and the New Corian Look-alikes)

    Janet Hall
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    As far as kitchen countertops are concerned, Mr. McGuire in The Graduate had it right: "There's a great future in plastics." Not all plastics, of course—in general, we try to keep them out of the kitchen—but the durable, adaptable manufactured material commonly known as Corian is gaining traction. While natural materials (granite, marble, wood) have ruled the roost in kitchens for many years, solid-surface countertops are increasingly the competition. Greater color choices, widespread availability, and a more affordable entry point than high-end stone are just some of the reasons to take…
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    design mind - business. technology. design.

  • Code the Future

    Laura Licari and Alex Conconi
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On July the 19th frog Milan hosted, a hackathon calling all coders who would like to work on the cutting edge of design and technology. As a designer (Laura L.) and a computer scientist (Alex) at frog, we often discuss the opportunities we encounter to bring the tech and design communities together by creating a collaborative, hands-on experience under the flag of creativity and innovation. After several successful design events hosted by the frog Milan studio -- such as the World Information Architecture Day, the Milan Design Week open day, and the Creative Mornings chapters -- we thought it…
  • (Im)Perfect Singularity: The Fallacy of Digital Appearances

    Alvaro Marquez
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
  • Crises, Conflict, and Data: Creating an Open Platform for Humanitarians

    Michael DelGaudio and Jennifer Dunnam
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Information Management Office, Fredy Gamez, examines crisis data plotted across the region using OCHA Colombia’s Monitor system. Photo credit: Yumi Endo On April 28th, frog kicked off a partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to design an open platform for data exchange among UN agencies, NGOs, and governments. Humanitarian work is forever evolving alongside crises; emerging technologies suggest new opportunities for improving collection, communication, and analysis of data collected in crises. Recently, at the Open Knowledge…
  • Finding Meaning: Enriching Our Stories with Sensing

    Jarrett Webb
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
  • Three Questions for Ben Waber, Founder of Sociometric Solutions

    Amy MacMillan
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
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    Living Locurto | Party Ideas, Printables & Crafts | DIY Lifestyle Blog

  • Printable Wall Art

    Amy Locurto
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    If you didn’t know yet, I moved my office and craft supplies (well most of them!) from my home to a new work studio. After 15 years of working from home, having my own space is a dream! You can take a tour of the studio here. I got a lot of great comments about the wall prints, so I decided to make them printables for Living Locurto readers. Here are a few designs I have available now in the Exclusive Members area of my blog. There is also a 5×7 Pink Flamingo Print! I hope you enjoy these prints for your own home, apartment, dorm room or studio.   Living Locurto Studio…
  • 15 Summer Fun Food Ideas For Kids

    Amy Locurto
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Making fun food in the summer with kids is a good way to make memories and get through the long hot days. I keep seeing the cutest ideas popping up on Pinterest and Facebook, so I gathered a few of my favorites for you today. Get creative and try one of these fun food ideas. If you do, please take a photo and share it on my Facebook Page. I’d love to see! Enjoy these 15 Summer Fun Food Ideas For Kids! York Peppermint Pattie Chocolate Popsicles - Wintery fresh treats on a hot summer day. Popsicle Brownies - Kids will love helping you make these yummy and easy treats! Flip Flop…
  • Homemade Whatchamacallit Candy Bar Copycat Recipe

    Amy Locurto
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    If you didn’t already know, chocolate is my MOST favorite thing… well, that and Amazon Prime. Two combinations I bet you weren’t expecting to hear.  (Seriously, I’m loving all of the TV shows and free shipping. ha!) Speaking of combinations, these chocolate, crunchy, peanut butter, caramel treats are next on my list of desserts to make! Get the recipe here: Homemade Whatchamacallit Candy Bar Recipe Love chocolate like me? Then you will also love my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. This is the best recipe I’ve ever made. YUM! (more…)
  • Sweet & Spicy Burger Recipe

    Amy Locurto
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    I love playing around with different toppings on burgers and think I found the perfect combination of sweet and spicy! Sliders are great for parties and entertaining, plus my kids love tiny burgers. With just a few toppings, you can turn a regular burger into a unique meal. What you’ll need for your burger toppings: (more…)
  • Cute Kitten Alert! Pet Photo Contest

    Amy Locurto
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Watch out, there’s a new kitty in town! If you didn’t know, we recently lost our beloved 14-year-old cat Rocky. So when my Aunt found this little baby kitten under her porch, we couldn’t wait to visit and play! We were already traveling to Oklahoma for the 4th of July and getting to play this new kitten was definitely a bonus!! Her momma had abandoned her, so my aunt and uncle had to bottle feed her back to health. They decided to keep her and named her Nucy. How could you NOT love this sweet face? Of course I had to take some cute photos with our family’s new pet!
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    The Office Stylist

  • Cucumber Classics + the Perfect After-Hours Book-Club! (Recipe Included)

    Sarah Weiner
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    After a busy day at the office, the ladies of WORK. gathered in the conference room for an after-hours book club. The roaring 20’s were on our mind as we picked Fitzgerald classics. No book-club, or WORK.. soiree for that matter, isn’t complete without a signature cocktail! Inspired by the classics. We transformed our cucumber... View full post > Related posts: Need a break from work? Try a GIRLS NIGHT IN with Blueberry Besties {RECIPE INCLUDED} CELEBRATE a work triumph with a Lemon Blueberry Drop {RECIPE INCLUDED} My Trip to NYC + a New Recipe you Need to Try!
  • Katherine Vo’s Sophisticated Home Office Remix

    Sarah Weiner
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
          Describe your office space to us: My office space serves two functions: as a workspace during the day and as a dining area when I have guests over. Because of this, I wanted to keep it versatile and simple so that it could be easily transformed back and forth. The main component of my... View full post > Related posts: Daria’s Simply Chic Home Office Remix Ada’s Bright Home Office Studio Pop’s of Pink + Feminine Chic-Shannon Claire’s Home Office Space
  • How to Style your Desk Like a Boss

    The Office Stylist
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    If your office is your empire, then consider your desk the control board. It’s where you make decisions, get down to business, and most importantly-make that money. But how are you supposed to master your domain if your desk is less than chic? A great-looking and well-organized desk will not only make your space look good,... View full post > Related posts: Office Style Tip of the Week: The Desk List How to Style the Turnstone Bivi Desk Office Decor-What’s on your desk?
  • Need a break from work? Try a GIRLS NIGHT IN with Blueberry Besties {RECIPE INCLUDED}

    The Office Stylist
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There is nothing like having a girls night in after quite a LONG work week. My bestie Alison and I have finally launched WORK. and let me tell ya, this process can be exhausting! As someone who has been an entrepreneur since the age of 18, I find that I have less time for fun than I... View full post > Related posts: CELEBRATE a work triumph with a Lemon Blueberry Drop {RECIPE INCLUDED} Rough Week at Work? Try a Girls Night in with Trop 50 Rasberry Acai! My Trip to NYC + a New Recipe you Need to Try!
  • Summer Office Party-Easy, quick and delicious snacks {RECIPE INCLUDED}

    The Office Stylist
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Summer is officially here! While I’m not a fan of overly hot weather, I do love a change of seasons and with that a celebration of summer. I thought what better way to kick off summer than with an awesome recipe that’s easy to and quick to make-perfect for a casual office party! PLUS-some super... View full post > Related posts: CELEBRATE a work triumph with a Lemon Blueberry Drop {RECIPE INCLUDED} Summer Office Ice Cream Party with Dreyer’s® Slow Churned Light Ice Cream! Five Quick and Easy Workspace Updates for Summer
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    Rames Studios

  • Xiaomi Mi 3 review

    4 Jul 2014 | 10:55 pm
    OK, First of all I’ve never thought I’ll be using other phones than iPhone (I’am still No.1 Apple Fan boy!). Probably the reason why I like this phone Xiaomi Mi 3  is because of the user interface which looks (EXACTLY) like iOS on iPhone. Last year I’ve got the chance to use Android (HTC One) for the very first time for a month because I gotta send my iPhone for service. Seriously, it’s the worst phone ever. It lags a lot & camera quality sucks (how can someone use 4MP on a smartphone?!).But Xiaomi is totally different. Here’s the reason why :-PriceFor a smartphone, the…
  • Haircut at Restyle+ by A Cut Above

    4 Jun 2014 | 7:33 am
    A week ago, I went to Restyle+ (Located at NU Sentral, beside KL Sentral) for a haircut. Why that saloon? Just to try out their organic products since I've been hearing my friends were talking about it and the outcome after using those products was impressive. Leroy Thong was my hairstylist that day. Pretty cool dude! We talked about many stuff and how he admires my hair (He's attracted to the texture of my hair, ahah!).While chit-chatting, he cuts my hair and ready to color it (I have abit of white hair near to the neck :P). Now, this is the best part. Everytime I color my hair, I kinda hate…
  • Congratulations! Welcome to Dribbble

    15 Mar 2014 | 7:06 am
    One word! Tough. I took me quite a while to select some of the best works from the total submissions for the dribbble invites. I suppose to giveaway only 2 but the due to the amount of amazing work I've receieved, I've no choice then giveaway another 2 dribbble account which I planned to giveaway next month. Thank you such to those who've submitted your artwork. It's all awesome but I can only pick the best out of all based on details, effort, attractive and creative. Here are the 4 lucky bunch of artists who won the invites. Congrats once again.PS: I'll be contacting the winners by email.
  • Rames Studios Brand New Blog Design Launched : 'The Survivor'

    3 Mar 2013 | 4:05 am
    Hi all,Here's my brand new blog skin design - 'The Survivor'.Today is 3rd March (2 days away from my birthday :D) I would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU ALL for visiting my blog everyday, just to see what's new from me :D. Appreciate all your feedback and comments. Hope my photos and manipulation artwork inspired you guys in some ways ahahh.  Thank you so much once again and do keep on visiting =)
  • Rames Studios Version 11 Launched! 'Fullscreen Mode'

    12 Feb 2013 | 4:00 am
    Hi all, here's my personal website - Rames Studios (Version 11) : 'Fullscreen Mode'. You can view it from web, iPad/iPad mini or iPhone. I'll be adding more of my artwork for web, illustration and print. Do check it out here :- :-)
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  • Capital One Lab by Studio O+A

    Levent Ozler
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Studio O+A designed the training space for Capital One, located just upstairs from the bank's coffee house retail concept in downtown near Union Square in San Francisco.
  • The Bike Design Project Teams Reveal Their Entries

    Levent Ozler
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:55 pm
    The five competing teams in "The Bike Design Project," a pioneering bike design competition which partners five high-level design firms with American bicycle craftsmen to create the Ultimate Urban Utility Bike, have revealed their entries.
  • Victor Landweber: American Cameras

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Victor Landweber: American Cameras, on view at the Joseph Bellows Gallery from July 26 to September 6, 2014, features a visually seductive group of vintage cameras isolated on a black background.
  • My Trademark Can Beat Up Your Trademark

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Organized by AIGA San Francisco, My Trademark Can Beat Up Your Trademark is a brown bag discussion looking at the legal implications of creation successful brand identities.
  • Fred Perry Bangkok by BuckleyGrayYeoman

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    BuckleyGrayYeoman recently designed Fred Perry's international store in Bangkok Thailand.
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    The Design Files

  • Interview · James Gordon

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Paper artist James Gordon at work in his home studio. Photo – Rachel Kara for The Design Files. Hand painted feathers by James. Photo – Rachel Kara for The Design Files. James working on his paper sculptures. Photo – Rachel Kara for The Design Files. James’ paper sculptures in progress. Photo – Rachel Kara for The Design Files. James Gordon in his beautiful garden. Photo – Rachel Kara for The Design Files. I have a sneaking suspicion that Sydney artist, illustrator and designer James Gordon is, possibly, just a little bit mad – in the best and most…

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Stools handmade by local design studio Tuckbox. Photo – Tara Pearce. Styling -Stephanie Stamatis. Handcrafted stools by Tuckbox. Photo – Tara Pearce. Styling -Stephanie Stamatis. Klein / Lozenge stool by Tuckbox in a polished brass finish. Photo – Tara Pearce. Styling -Stephanie Stamatis. The MJ hallway console by Tuckbox. Photo – Tara Pearce. Styling -Stephanie Stamatis. Tuckbox stools and table. Photo – Tara Pearce. Styling - Stephanie Stamatis. Prue, Ant and Dan of Tuckbox. Photo – Tara Pearce. Styling -Stephanie Stamatis. Off the beaten track…
  • Melbourne Home · Sam Johnson and Family

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Ashwood home of Sam Johnson and his family. Custom made side board by J B Elliot. ‘Flynn’ dining table Round American Oak by Jardan. Vintage Parker chairs. William Kentridge lithograph. Muuto light. Rug by Patricia Urquiola. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files. The TV room.  Artwork from left – A Brendan Huntley work on paper, photograph of Sam’s late wife Shazza “Young Fire” c.1974, Rachel Castle “Shazza is a Spunk” and Shazza neon light commissioned by Sam from Australia Neon Services. Leather…
  • Tasty Tuesday · Nonna Corso’s Eggplant Parmigiana

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I KNOW.  It’s devastating.  But TODAY is our final instalment from our own dear Lisa Marie and her Nonna, Concetta Corso!  We did squeeze FIVE recipes in this month though, so you definitely got your money’s worth.  Lisa and her Nonna leave us today with a fail safe classic Italian comfort food – eggplant parmigiana!   Thankyou Lisa and Nonna for one seriously epic Tasty Tuesday series… a hard act to follow! - Lucy x Nonna Corso’s Eggplant Parmigiana with souvenir tea towel brought back from the motherland, 35-year -old chopping board Lisa’s dad…
  • Witu · Ozone

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Ozone, the new range from Melbourne based accessories label Witu. Above, Witu’s ‘Habitat’ backpack in new lilac and olive colour way. Photo – Ben Clement. Styling / production - Nat Turnbull and Elise Wilken. Witu’s mini duffle in plush black. Photo – Ben Clement. Styling / production - Nat Turnbull and Elise Wilken. Witu’s ‘Habitat’ backpack in new ‘Ozone’ colour ways. Photo – Ben Clement. Styling / production - Nat Turnbull and Elise Wilken. Witu’s wave clutch in beige, and neoprene jumper. Photo…
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    Logo Design Love

  • Design Matters: Bob Gill

    David Airey
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    Debbie Millman recently interviewed Bob Gill for the Design Matters podcast. Bob Gill, photo credit “Let’s say I got a logo to do for a dry cleaner. Instead of sitting in my studio looking through design books to get inspiration, surprise surprise, I thought it made sense to go to a dry cleaner and to sit there. I didn’t have a definite process that I went through. I just knew I should stay there until I had something interesting to say about dry cleaning. Just to sit there, to ask questions, to see what people were doing, to look at the back of the dry cleaner and so forth. And in the…
  • Rio 2016 typography by Dalton Maag

    David Airey
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:12 am
    Dalton Maag shared this short video with me a couple of years ago (I’m on the ball). It shows the studio’s excellent typographical work for Rio 2016. “It took eight months to create the 5448 characters that carry the brand essence of the Rio 2016™ Games.” Quoted from the Rio 2016 website. There’s a nice interview where FontFeed talks to type designer Fabio Haag from the Brazilian Dalton Maag office. “Around 2005 I had my own graphic design studio which paid the bills, but my heart was set on doing type at nights and weekends. I started ByType in the hope to create a…
  • Airbnb introduces “the Bélo”

    David Airey
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    Airbnb has launched a new identity, one that took London and San Francisco-based DesignStudio a year to complete. “To understand the full scale of this global community, four DesignStudio team members set out to visit 13 cities, staying with 18 hosts, across four continents. All of them equipped with a $100 video camera and the mission to look for local inspiration and insight to drive us to build a better brand.” Quoted from DesignStudio’s process insight. Airbnb’s old logo (above) Images and thoughts from the designers here, with commentary from Rachael Steven on the…
  • Oldest known logos?

    David Airey
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    From the 24/7 Wall St. site, the ten oldest company logos. If the comment thread is anything to go by, the dates aren’t entirely accurate (and Cherri’s aunt makes $68 every hour on the computer). Image via Stephen Magsig In his recent chat about why logos endure, Michael Bierut said he believes the earliest known logo is the Bass triangle. Although there is seemingly no evidence for this, according to Zythophile, the generally accepted story is that after the passing of the Trademark Registration Act of 1875, when applications to apply for trademark registration opened on January…
  • Paula Scher’s “Liquid Identity” Skillshare class

    David Airey
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    In Paula Scher’s first online class, she walks students through “her process of creating a liquid identity — a recognisable, dynamic branding system that can be adapted across mediums.” The Pentagram partner also shares a behind-the-scenes look at how some of her favourite “liquid identities” came to life (including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Type Directors Club, and Microsoft Windows). The class lasts for 70 minutes and is broken into 10 lessons. Enrollment opens today on the Skillshare website. There’s also a short Q&A with Paula on the Skillshare…
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  • Workspace Organization System of Little Red Boxes

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:52 pm
    I love boxes. And I love seeing how other people organize their stuff. Knowing that, you will understand why I love this short video by filmmaker Casey Neistat in which he explains a clever organizational system, consisting of 39 little red boxes.
  • Key Tags

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    These key tags by Three Potato Four made me smile.
  • Scouted

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    The makers behind Scouted want to bring a human element to local recommendations by putting the people first, not the location. There are no editors, no experts, no curators—well, a little on the homepage—just real, honest people talking about the places they love. Scouted is encouraging you to find places that match your taste through the people who actually go there. Find some like minded people and check out the places they enjoy. Share your own recommendations and help others discover your favorite places and activities.
  • Tattly Subscriptions

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    Tattly just relaunched their Subscription: Instead of signing up every 6 months, they are available all of the time! You can choose between a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month subscription for yourself or a friend. That means you or your friend will receive 10 Tattlys in your mailbox every month for the length of your subscription! And your first shipment will come in a “Oh, Hello” canvas zip pouch. Learn more about the subscription here.
  • Origins of Common UI Symbols

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    Do you ever think about where some of the common UI Symbols we interact with on a daily basis come from? The Power Button, Bluetooth or @ symbol? More here: Origins of Common UI symbols.
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    CoolHunter RSS Feed

  • Francoise Nielly Prints

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Francoise Nielly's massive, colorful portraits are delicious to look at. Even more wonderful – and particularly infuriating to those of us who have timidly dabbled in painting – is to watch her create them. She, in her confident, strong hand, wields her painting knife shaped like a miniature garden trowel, and makes painting look easy like cake frosting. She paints her vivid, passionate canvases — some as large as 78 x 25 inches (195 x 62 centimeters) -- from black-and-white photos, further proof of her unfailing ability to interpret light, shadow, hue and tone by applying…
  • Danish Fashion and Textile Association Office

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Architect and designer Helle Flou, founder of Copenhagen-based HelleFlou, was responsible for the design of the offices for the Danish Fashion and Textile association (Dansk Mode og Textil) and Kopenhagen Fur. The offices are located in the fabulous 1835-built, heritage-listed A.N.Hansen mansion at the corner of Fredericiagade and Bredgade in the Fredriksstaden neighbourhood of central Copenhagen. The move together of the two organizations established a anew home and innovation centre for their cooperative effort called KicK initiative(Kopenhagen Internationle Center for Kreativitet).
  • iPhone 5 Cases & Passport Wallets

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Finally, an ideal case for your iPhone 5. Not just stylish, but cool and practical as well! These cases are meticulously finished and made of durable leather look-alike material in crisp, solid colors. The unbeatable practicality comes from the solid clip that locks the phone onto the case safely, the removable strap that keeps your hands free when not using the phone yet assures the phone is immediately handy at all times, the card slots for credit or hotel key cards, and the best part: you can take pictures and talk on the phone while the case is closed!   Just this case, your credit…
  • Joint Cafe + Workspace in Bangkok

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Working in a shared space - in a café or a rented-by-the-hour office - is nothing new, but sometimes a concept pops up that is worth a second look. Now into its third week of life, Joint Café + Workspace in Bangkok stands out in its whiteness. We will not speculate on what it will look like after a few months of coffee spills and foot traffic, but for now, it appears inviting like a new notebook, all ready to be filled with people, ideas and inspiration. The space, designed by Thailand’s 56th Studio, is located on the 12th floor of the Asia Hotel’s car park building.
  • 800 m2 Office In An Old Cable Factory - Poland

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are now officially suffering from office envy and the object of our feelings is located in Poland, in a former cable factory in Zabłocie, a post-industrial district in Kraków. It was designed for the web technology consulting firm u2i by architect and urban planner Justyna Friedberg of Kraków-based Morpho Studio. The obvious breathing room – so often lacking in offices – is clearly evident here. White, ash wood, natural light. Somehow we can imagine thoughts flying freer in a space like this, with this much openness and light.   The real gem of the 800…
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    Lovely Package

  • Legend Distilling

    Lovely Package
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Designed by Also Known As | Country: Canada “The client and project overview: Legend Distilling came to us with a fresh idea to open a craft-based distillery in the heart of Naramata wine country in BC. They wanted to offer something different to the wine tour market and believed that the BC distillery industry needed something new and fresh. We worked with them to create a strategy for their initial product releases and a framework for future additions to the Legend family. We also focussed on taking strong product and lifestyle photos and created supporting print and website design…
  • Q Gin

    Lovely Package
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Designed by Puigdemont Roca | Country: Spain “Our client wanted a Gin to sell in night clubs. We proposed them the naming of Q in accordance to Poker Cards, in allusion to a night icon. We created a clean and impacting design giving importance to the lettering, completely personalized.”
  • Simpsons Beverage

    Lovely Package
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Designed by Constantin Bolimond | Country: Belarus “The drink was brought to life together with the cartoon characters in 1987. Maybe it’s wine, may be not. We are inviting you to find out yourselves. The contents have been kept secret for 26 years now. While the ingredients remain the same, their proportions differ from time to time. That is why you will never get bored from this drink! We can assure you that you will not be left disappointed. The design is inspired by the works of Pieter Mondrian.”
  • Incense Chocolate

    Lovely Package
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Designed by Puigdemont Roca | Country: Spain “We used the concept of a chocolate bar to design the packaging for this liquor. Screen-printing was used  to get a great visual impact on shelves.”
  • Spinster Sisters Co.

    Lovely Package
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Designed by Andrew Cruz | Country: United States “Inspired by vintage soap packaging, Spinster Sisters Co. approached me to design a unique, tactile box with a handcrafted feel that would allow the product to be seen, and the scent experienced. These small batch handmade soaps are produced with the finest natural ingredients. Rich with essential oils and botanicals, the products are gentle, sulfate free, pthalate free, and hypoallergenic.” “The boxes were deeply letterpress printed in one color on a heavyweight, rough uncoated stock. Boxes were die-cut and assembled, and…
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    The Inspiration Room

  • Johnnie Walker Gentleman’s Wager

    Duncan Macleod
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Diageo is running “Gentleman’s Wager”, a commercial for Johnnie Walker Blue Label featuring actor Jude Law and Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini. The 4 minute commercial, launched at the Venice Film Festival, tells the story of a wager between two men over a rare yacht. Filmed in the British Virgin Islands and London, the commercial follows Jude as he renovates a theatre and puts together a music ensemble and dance troupe. Credits “The Gentlemen’s Wager” campaign was developed at Anomaly, New York, by copywriters Mike Byrne and Dave Douglass, art director…
  • Ironage Calendar Athletes Keep Improving

    Duncan Macleod
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    This print campaign for sports drink Ironage provides a connection with three sport disciplines: athletics, cycling and swimming. A runner, cyclist and swimmer are shown straining towards their finish line. A calendar outline suggests that the competitors are heading towards faster times by the end of the month. The calendar campaign, produced for Grupo Petrópolis, won a Bronze Press Lion at Cannes International Festival of Creativity 2014. Credits The Keep Improving campaign was developed at Y&R Brasil, São Paulo, by executive creative director Rui Branquinho, creative director…
  • Dell Learning Meets Doing in Fast Film

    Duncan Macleod
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    Dell is debuting its newest video in its social media-driven, “Learning Meets Doing” back-to-school marketing campaign. Titled “5-Second Filmmaker,” this two-minute online film features the fictional Marty Goldberg, an aspiring director who not only makes his films according to the “Goldberg Method” – where everything takes place in 5-second intervals – he actually lives his life this way, too. The “Learning Meets Doing” campaign spans a variety of social platforms including YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook., in particular, serves as a hub to…
  • Oxfam Unleashes Inner David with Syncopated Storytelling

    Duncan Macleod
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Oxfam America is running “Be David”, an inspiring long-form PSA telling the story of Joanna Manu, a woman who stood up to mining giants in Ghana and inspired a community organising movement. Joanna attended a training session sponsored by Oxfam America and stood up against land threats and environmental hazards wrought by an open pit gold mining company. The film, connecting Joanna’s story with the Biblical story of David and Goliath, suggests that we all have inner power to influence and make change. Film production collective Wander brings a Syncopated Storytelling℠…
  • We don’t want you here in Israel and Palestine

    Duncan Macleod
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Palestinian Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace also known as The Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF) is running “We Don’t Want You Here”, an online advertising campaign calling for peace. The film features Palestinian and Israeli residents who have lost a close family member to the conflict between the two nations. The PCFF operates under the principle that a process of reconciliation is a prerequisite for achieving a sustained peace. Since its inception in 1995, The Parents Circle- Families Forum has played a crucial role in spearheading the reconciliation process between…
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    Bit Rebels

  • 8 Necessary Principles Of A Transparent Government

    Richard Darell
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    People became aware of the positive effects of transparency as soon as social media started working its way into our lives. We were suddenly able to get a peek inside people’s lives and how they spent their days. It was not long until people started dreaming, recommending and demanding governments around the world to become transparent too. Since then the transparent government model has been implemented in a number of governments around the world. The issue of a transparent government is something the nation has [...]The post 8 Necessary Principles Of A Transparent Government appeared…
  • Can Kazam Break Into A Multibillion Pound Market?

    Richard Darell
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Most people know that the electronics market is one of the most competitive and innovation-driven markets you can be in today, and the current smartphone duopoly is ruled by Samsung and Apple. As a new start-up company, it is hard to get your foot in the door of this highly competitive market and yet that does not stop many of them from trying. The newest player that wants a piece of the smartphone hardware cake is a company called Kazam. Kazam was founded by former HTC [...]The post Can Kazam Break Into A Multibillion Pound Market? appeared first on Bit Rebels.
  • 5 Incredibly Creative Projects For The 2014 World Cup

    Richard Darell
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    With each successive World Cup the hype and excitement increases, and the potential provided by the Internet for artistic projects visualising the tournament in creative ways, plays a big role in this. It may have been a disappointing tournament for England (again), but there is still a lot for football fans to engage with, and if you doubt that, check out these stunning digital visualisations of Brazil 2014. The creativity among the Internet community is always heightened when a big world event like the 2014 [...]The post 5 Incredibly Creative Projects For The 2014 World Cup appeared first…
  • CamFind’s Image Recognition Now Superior To Amazon’s And Google’s

    Richard Darell
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:00 pm
    One may bet there are many people out there that wish search applications would be as simple to use as to point a camera at something and then be instantly presented with all the information you could ever need. It has long been a science fiction dream, but a recent application update announcement brings tomorrow into our today. The application in question is CamFind and its third incarnation, version 3.0, blows its competitors out of the water. Image recognition has so far been limited at [...]The post CamFind’s Image Recognition Now Superior To Amazon’s And Google’s…
  • New Studies Reveal Increased Threats To Android OS And Apps

    Richard Darell
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you are like many people, you treat your mobile device a lot like a computer. You make phone calls, access social media, do your banking, play games and even create and share documents. Given the level of sensitive information you store and access on your device, you would think security would be a top concern. Yet most people do whatever they want on their devices, whenever and wherever they want, without giving much thought to security. That’s a big mistake. The threat of mobile [...]The post New Studies Reveal Increased Threats To Android OS And Apps appeared first on Bit Rebels.
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  • Morphing Chair Conforms to Your Changing Comfort Needs

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We've all struggled at times to find the most comfortable sitting position in a chair. Designer Kirsi Enkovaara eliminates that problem with her uniquely customizable chair which she calls The Body. The chair is six meters long overall and made of a canvas material stuffed with rice. The semi-rigid structure allows you to mold the chair into a position that is comfortable for you - and then it stays in that position. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Zen Seating: Meditation Chair Makes Proper Sitting Easy Custom Curved Bench Conforms to Human…
  • Tiny Paris Apartment Packed With Space-Saving Features

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Combining stairs and storage is becoming a very popular way to save space in very small homes. This Paris apartment, designed by French firm Schemaa, does so in gorgeous style by using alternating-tread steps with included storage as a central feature of the 30 square meter home. The storage-rich staircase occupies one wall of the combined kitchen/dining/living space, and it isn't the only impressive space-saving feature. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: 29sqm Apartment Features Space-Saving Stairs & Loft Bed Tiny Paris Apartment is Huge on…
  • Modular Honeycomb Pods Aimed at Music Festival-Goers

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you've ever gone to a music festival and spent a night (or three) camped out on the cold or muddy ground in your sleeping bag, then congratulations - you've done something you'll probably remember for the rest of your life. But your next festival experience could be a little more comfortable if the B-And-Bee concept takes flight. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Page 23: Film Festival Winner Shows the Dark Side of IKEA Tent Tenements: Modular System Connects Multi-Unit Tents Acoustic Decor: Modular Interactive Music-Making Furniture Custom…
  • Desert Home and Courtyard Blend Seamlessly with Landscape

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Like the majestic Saguaro cacti that surround the site, this Scottsdale, Arizona home rises from the earth and meets the sky gracefully and with perfect style. It was designed by Wendell Burnette Architects to perfectly tuck into a clearing amongst granite outcroppings in the lovely desert setting. The Desert Courtyard Home is so named thanks to its most impressive feature: a glass-wrapped courtyard that offers the resident a serene space. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Dream-Like Desert Home Design for Wide Open-Air Spaces Desert Dome:…
  • Charming Campfire Table Lamp Brings the Outdoors Indoors

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
      Back when humans were little more than hairy newborns trying to figure out the world around them, fire was both a comfort and an essential life-giving force. As we as a species have matured, we've developed the convenience of electric lights but moved away from the warmth and familiarity of the fire. The Iri lamp from Notwaste, a design company in Mexico, brings the campfire feeling indoors. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Double-Take: Self-Reflecting Surreal Table Lamp Design Unique Ceiling & Table Light, Lamp & Bulb Designs Fan…
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    Vital Design » The Vital Blog

  • Vital Welcomes Halie Olszowy and Nicole O’Shaughnessy

    Chuck McMahon
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Vital is super excited to welcome to the team Social Media Assistant Halie Olszowy and Content Marketing Specialist Nicole O’Shaughnessy. Halie Olszowy is a recent graduate from the University of New Hampshire and is just beginning her professional career with Vital. With a degree in Sociology, Halie spent much of her college experience writing and […] The post Vital Welcomes Halie Olszowy and Nicole O’Shaughnessy appeared first on Vital Design.
  • Scripted’s Website Development : A Client / Agency Story

    Chuck McMahon
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Award-Winning Vital Launches Best-In-Class Web Design for Top Tech Company Scripted Every once in a while a website development project comes along that redefines the way we think about form and functionality. Not to say that all website development projects aren’t approached as special, but from time to time key factors align to create a website that […] The post Scripted’s Website Development : A Client / Agency Story appeared first on Vital Design.
  • Inbound Marketing vs. Outbound Marketing

    Zac Gregg
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Inbound vs. Outbound: Why is inbound marketing better than outbound marketing? As CEO of a digital marketing agency and inbound marketing convert, I’m always reading about and being asked about the differences between inbound marketing vs. outbound marketing, or, more to the point, “Why is inbound marketing better than outbound marketing?” In case you can’t tell […] The post Inbound Marketing vs. Outbound Marketing appeared first on Vital Design.
  • #UNH50k Challenge: Content Strategy And CRO When Everything Is On The Line

    Crystal Paradis
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    The University of New Hampshire is in the midst of an exciting month-long challenge to increase alumni giving, and they leaned on Vital to make it happen. It’s the most expedited inbound marketing campaign Vital has ever put together, and converting donors was the name of the game. We Vitalians love UNH. We’ve got our share of Wildcat […] The post #UNH50k Challenge: Content Strategy And CRO When Everything Is On The Line appeared first on Vital Design.
  • Award-Winning Digital Agency Vital Saves 38 Commutes in Corporate Commuter Challenge!

    Crystal Paradis
    23 May 2014 | 10:01 am
    When our award-winning digital agency registered on the CommuteGreen website for the Corporate Commuter Challenge, we were committed to winning our category. With a total of around 25 employees, we were certainly at the very low end of the “Medium Company” category, which spanned companies from 16 employees to corporations of 199 employees. But gritty determination coupled […] The post Award-Winning Digital Agency Vital Saves 38 Commutes in Corporate Commuter Challenge! appeared first on Vital Design.
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    Beautiful Life

  • The Narcissus Desk by Sebastian Errazuriz

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Designer Sebastian Errazuriz continues his reign of creating unforgettable functional pieces that double as sculptures which also make you think. The latest is The Narcissus Desk, a desk that will let you gaze at your reflection all day long. The desk’s inspiration came from a Caravaggio painting of Narcissus that Errazuriz remembers seeing with his […]
  • The Lotus Building by Studio505

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Architecture and design firm Studio505, have recently completed the Lotus Building in Wujin, China. "Located in the heart of Wujin, the burgeoning southern district of Changzhou, Jiangsu PRC, the Lotus Building and the 3.5 hectare People’s Park has been designed to act as a cultural anchor and civic landmark – establishing a symbolic commitment of […]
  • Ritot – The First Projection Watch

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s been a long time since mankind has stopped peering into the sky at the sun to calculate the time. Clocks were invented for this purpose. The first clock was created thousands of years ago. There were various types of clock, including sundial, clepsydra, hourglass and others. Since then, the evolution of clock has continued […]
  • Beautiful Glass Sculptures by Ben Young

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ben Young is a self-taught sculpture artist with over 10 years experience, based in Sydney, Australia. Being passionate about sculpting with glass for so long, Ben’s work is completely by hand, sheet after sheet of cautiously cut pieces of glass. “I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into […]
  • Gourmet Box ED3N Packaging Design

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “ED3N” is a particular 3 item gift set by student, Adrien Duchateau, of Belgium. “Eden is the name of my gourmet box. I used the Bodoni font for the logo but I reversed the 2nd E to remind the number 3 which is the number of my products. The fact of having 3 products is […]
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    Typebased | Typographic Logo Design Gallery

  • 3dRose LLC cst_123296_3 Ceramic Tile Coasters, “Places in Italy Typography Vintage Art”, Set of 4

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    3dRose LLC cst_123296_3 Ceramic Tile Coasters, "Places in Italy Typography Vintage Art", Set of 4 Dimensions (in Inch): 4 H x 4 W x 1/4 DConstruction gradeComes with protective felt pads (packed separately)High gloss finishNot absorbent Places in Italy Typography vintage art Coaster is a great complement to any home decor. Soft coasters are 3.5" x 3.5", are absorbent and can be washed. Ceramic coasters are 4.25" x 4.25", non absorbent and come with felt corner pads. Available in sets of 4 and 8. List Price: $ 32.38 Price: $ 9.46
  • Wonderware Bloomberg type design

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    how to monitor your variables in a modern approach using wonderware.
  • Easy@Home High Precision Digital Bathroom Scale w/ 4.3″ Extra Large Backlit Display and “Smart Step-On” Technology, BMI reference Card, CW222

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:47 am
    Easy@Home High Precision Digital Bathroom Scale w/ 4.3" Extra Large Backlit Display and "Smart Step-On" Technology, BMI reference Card, CW222 • High precision sensors, increments of 0.2 lb./0.1 kg; • Auto-calibration each time on.• 12" x 13", 8mm thickness tempered safe glass top, 400lbs capacity• Extra large 4.3" backlit LCD display in extra large font numbers; • Pound and Kilogram display option• Smart Step-on and Auto Power-off; • Operated by 4 AAA alkaline batteries• A Body Mass Index (BMI) reference card and a Diet Tape are included in the package for free; Satisfaction…
  • Discord [Typography Animation]

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Support Me! Eurobeat Brony/The Living Tombst…
  • 6″ Lace Bell Black Chandelier Lampshade – 3 x 6 x 5

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:48 am
    6" Lace Bell Black Chandelier Lampshade - 3 x 6 x 5 Shade Dimensions: 3 x 6 x 5 (Top x Bottom x Height)Shape: BellFabric: Hand Tailored Silk-Type Shantung Fabric, Premium Gold Softback LiningClip: Features CLIP-ON fitter designed to fit over a candelabra bulb baseFrame: Brass frame that is also rust resistant This shade is a part of Royal Designs, Inc. TimelessTM Chandelier Shade Collection and is perfect for anyone who is looking for a simple yet stunning lampshade. Royal Designs has been in the lampshade business since 1993 with their multiple shade lines that exemplify handcrafted quality…
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    Zuno Design Studios Blog

  • Adding tags to items in Joomla! 3.x

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Adding tags in Joomla! 3 is super simple. There is a Tags component where you can manage individual tags, but you'll never have to touch that component because creating tags is easy within core items. Here's how to add tags to an article: 1. Open an existing Article or create a new one. 2. Navigate to the right sidebar and locate the Tags field. 3. Clicking on the field will bring up a list of previously entered tags (if there are any). 4. Choose one to add OR start typing your own—hit return/enter when done entering your tag to add it to the list. 5. After adding all of your tags, be sure…
  • Joomla 3.x Error: Invalid Controller

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This non-informative error happens mainly because of a misspelling (check that your class names are spelled correctly) or you forgot to include something in your manifest or view. For me, it was the latter—an ommission of this field in my edit.php: <input type="hidden" value="com_mycomponent" name="option" /> Yep, that one line of code prevented me from being able to save an item in my component. Other things to try if you're getting the Invalid Controller error: Check your spelling! This one usually trips me up. Since Joomla relies heavily on naming conventions, it's imperative that…
  • Writing a Guestbook in Hack

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Last time, I wrote a bit about hack and what new features it brings to PHP. Now let's take what we learned and put it into action. I've written a guestbook in hack that demonstrates some of the new features I talked about. You'll be able to download it and browse the source from our git respoitory. In there you'll find examples of how to use the new Vector class and lambda expressions. Here's a link to the demo.
  • The universe is determined to ruin creativity at all costs

    28 Mar 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Earlier this week I posted this on my social network channels: Crowd-sourcing—the universe is determined to ruin creativity at all costs A few people liked, favorited, retweeted and seemed to agree, but one person actually asked me to elaborate on the comment. Of course I kindly obliged, and as I started my reply it really made me stop and think about the severity that crowd-sourcing has on creativity as a whole. It's much more than commoditizing the design industry. It actually destroys creativity and "innovation" on all levels in any industry. It cheapens the price of service which, in…
  • Hack, HHVM and what it means for PHP

    28 Mar 2014 | 6:50 pm
    PHP is one of the most popular languages for web development and it's no wonder why. It's easy to setup and start writing for right away. However, that doesn't mean there's not room for improvement. This is where Hack comes in. Hack is a language that runs on Facebook's HipHop Virtual Machine that takes the idea of the fast developement cycle of PHP and adds in some static typing and some niceties like lambda expressions and a variable number of arguments. Here are some of the things I notcied when I started playing around with it. (Optional) Static Types This would…
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    Information Is Beautiful

  • Flight Risk – Every Major Commercial Plane Crash of the Last 20 Years

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    An interactive visualisation of every major commercial passenger plane crash of the last 20 years. What are the major causes? Which year was the worse? What’s the overall pattern? How safe is modern aviation? » See the visualisation Created by our commercial @IIBStudio label for BBC Future. Taken from the forthcoming infographic mega-tome, Knowledge is Beautiful (HarperCollins, Sep 2014) Pre-order Amazon US & UK.
  • Islamic Sects, Schools, Branches & Movements

    10 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Sunni? Shia? Hanbali? Ismali? Deobandi? Taliban? ISIS? A visual guide to the major & notable sects, schools & movements within Islam. Much confusion and chaos reigning in Iraq, amid the complex territorial, historical and doctrinal allegiances and enmities of the wider Arab world. I’m feeling confused by the breeze-block reporting of this situation as a straight Sunni vs. Shia conflict. So here’s a diagram that at least differentiates some of the major and notable schools & branches with Islam and gives a little context and location for groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS…
  • Antibiotic Resistance

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    A lot of fear and furore around the increasing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. We took a look at the numbers. See our visualisation. The datasheet has more info: Taken from the forthcoming infographic mega-tome, Knowledge is Beautiful (HarperCollins, Sep 2014) Pre-order Amazon US & UK.
  • $5000 Dataviz Challenge: Design a Page of My New Book

    11 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    I got stuck visualising a dataset for my new book, Knowledge is Beautiful (US & UK). I wondered if you could help? It’s a dataset on the price of a human life, today and historically, from ancient slavery to modern human trafficking. Pretty disturbing but important data, compiled to highlight a growing, global problem. We’re running it as a mini dataviz challenge on the Information is Beautiful awards. There’s a $5000 prize pot, thanks to our beloved sponsors Kantar. And you don’t have to be a designer to conceptualise and enter a design – you can submit a…
  • Good Relationtips – Most Commonly Given Relationship Advice

    12 Feb 2014 | 1:05 pm
    What romantic relationship advice do twenty five popular guides agree upon? A visualisation of romantic wisdom.
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    DesignFloat BlogDesignFloat Blog

  • 3 Effective Tips to Turn a Web Design Into a Brand Experience

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Long gone are the days when a design agency could make a living by simply using a few templates to churn out functional websites – now if you want to have any chance of surviving in the ultra-competitive world of web design, you have to be able to create a website that captures the very essence of the business. After all, in today’s world, it is much more than just about owning a website – it has to represent the company for what it is, including its core values and the message it wants to send. There’s a never ending conversation going on between the consumer and the business which…
  • 5 Useful Tips to Make Your Web Design Business more Productive!

    18 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    21st century is marked by an extremely agile and competitive international business scenario! And under such circumstances, managing and successfully running a business becomes a really arduous task. With each new day you have to get ready to face a completely new challenge; especially when you are associated with a creative area like web designing! Web designing is not just about being the best in creating eye-catching layouts or having a great expertise in the technicalities. It is also about having knack to handle various other factors; to ensure that your company remains in good health!
  • 6 Rapid Ways to Speed-up Your WordPress Website

    28 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    The current scenario of online business is pointing towards the importance of website speed. Internet services around the world have benefitted by the advanced technology, thus the average internet speed has increased in manifolds. As a result of which website visitors are becoming less tolerant of slow loading. In the same context Google has also declared to reward fast loading websites with a prominent position in search results. In order to avail dual benefits, during the development of your website keep the loading speed at top priority. Here are 5 object oriented ways to draw wonderful…
  • 7 Fundamentals of Web Design Newbie Designers Must Know (But Usually Don’t)

    2 May 2014 | 3:20 am
    Gone are the days when budding web designers could do with mediocre technical knowledge and minimal understanding of the craft. They had the freedom to learn on the job and slowly build their skillsets. As I said, all that is in the past. Today, newbie designers need to be technically astute, should have a thorough understanding of their craft and must be able to hit the ground running from day one. Displaying a lack of knowledge is not an option; the web design domain has become intensely competitive with design firms and even freelancers trying to push the creative envelope to steal a march…
  • Improve Your Theme’s Performance With jsDelivr

    30 Apr 2014 | 1:23 am
    We all know the advantages of using a content delivery network for moving the loading of theme assets off the user’s server and onto an international network of edge nodes, but without control of the server, there is limited scope for developers to take control of exactly where theme assets like JavaScript libraries are served from. Google’s Hosted Libraries is one way of reducing the burden of included JavaScript files. GHL offers hosting for many of the most popular open-source JavaScript libraries, including jQuery, AngularJS, and Dojo, but the selection is far from comprehensive.
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    2Modern Blog

  • A Stylish Silverware Kit for Travelers (2Modern)
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Who says portable flatware has to be devoid of elegance? The Italian Travel and Outdoor Silverware kit, manufactured in Maniago, Italy, is comprised of fork, spoon, and knife (that has a bottle opener on its flip side), all made from sturdy stainless steel that’s both lightweight and compact (measuring only 5.5 inches). Conveniently kept together via a brass ring, the kit is designed perfectly for flinging into travel or camping gear at the last minute and on the run. Bon appétit, wanderers. Image: Kaufmann Mercantile
  • Social Pool Takes Up Residence in the Mojave Desert (2Modern)
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    No, it’s not an oasis. That swimming pool in the middle of the desert is quite real—and, not surprisingly, garnering plenty of attention. The concept of Austrian artist Alfredo Barsuglia, Social Pool is a long-term art installation in the guise of a communal pool, tantalizingly placed amidst the hostile sands and unrelenting heat of California’s Mojave desert, challenging the curious and the adventurous to come find it. Measuring 11 x 5 feet, the pure white rectilinear structure, which is covered and locked when not in use, has been constructed in the Mojave, several hours from…
  • Bolt Battery Pack by Fluxmob (2Modern)
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Few things are more maddening to the device-laden than running out of juice, and good luck trying to find an electrical outlet to plug that charger cable into. Portable battery packs abound, but the Bolt battery pack by Fluxmob is one of the smallest. Measuring a diminutive 2.75 inches in length, it’s a compact, clean and contemporary powerhouse that doubles as a conventional wall charger, so it’s a life-saver with our without an available outlet. Plug it in, and charge it up along with your device, or just use a cable and juice up on the go. Electric, we say.Images: Fluxmob
  • An Immaculate Fire Island Beach House by Richard Meier (2Modern)
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    It’s a measure of contemporary sizing standards—or just the tony circles in which Richard Meier travels—that a recently-designed 2,000 square foot beach house by the New York-based architect qualifies as ‘modest.’ By summer house standards, 2,000 square feet is a bit beyond modest, we think, but on New York’s pretension-free Fire Island, a barrier island with no inclinations to become the Hamptons, a house comprised of 25 tons of glass, and boasting 1700 square feet of decking is, no doubt about it, a very big deal. But if there’s one thing Meier—who…
  • AKA Mobile Suite Offers Airstream Luxury (2Modern)
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Just when you thought trailer living was the antithesis of luxury, along comes the AKA Mobile Suite, a getaway package offered by the long-stay hotel chain AKA, that features a gleaming Airstream trailer, yours for the taking on a road trip of a lifetime. A collaboration with Airstream 2 Go and the designer Trina Turk—whose colorful accessories offset the Airstream’s sleek monochrome interior with just the right dose of contemporary panache—AKA’s Mobile Suite package offers well-heeled campers the opportunity to drag along the Airstream for 4 nights’ worth of camping,…
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    Design Milk

  • Paul Smith + Maharam + Carl Hansen & Søn = Magic

    Caroline Williamson
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s been 100 years since Danish designer Hans J. Wegner was born so to commemorate the occasion, Carl Hansen & Søn has launched a limited edition furniture collection that was done in collaboration with Paul Smith and Maharam. Utilizing some of Wegner’s most iconic works, Smith set out to re-imagine the pieces using the brand new Big Stripe and Stripes fabrics he designed for Maharam. Above: CH07 Shell Chairs in Big Stripe – Peacock \\\ Versions A, B, C from left to right CH24 Wishbone Chair – Stripes The fabrics are woven of worsted wool, with stripes that…
  • Fresh From The Dairy: Polka Dots

    Jaime Derringer
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    I’m not usually one for polka dots, but they seem to be all over the place lately. Still, they haven’t grown on me with their polka-dotty perfection. I tend to like dots that are wonky, hand-drawn or mis-aligned. Here are some fun Society6 alternatives to the perfect polka-dot: Polka dot art by SpinL DOTS & STRIPES throw pillow by Kind Of Style Polka dot framed art print by Kirstenariel Black and white polka dots iPhone/Galaxy case by Jim Mezei In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to…
  • A Modern Beach House at the Jersey Shore

    Caroline Williamson
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Located on the Jersey Shore in Strathmere, New Jersey, this beach house, dubbed Love Shack, brings forth a mixture of casual beach-y and minimal modern resulting in the perfect summer getaway for a family. The house, designed by Ambit Architecture, is situated on a barrier island, affording views of both the ocean and the bay from the top floor. The scaled back interior does nothing to obstruct the floor-to-ceiling views. They flipped the layout from the typical one and put the living room, dining room, and kitchen on the top floor so the views can be utilized in the areas where the most time…
  • Benjamin Hubert Studio Visit and Interview [VIDEO]

    Jaime Derringer
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our partners at CraneTV recently spent a day with UK-based designer Benjamin Hubert in his studio to talk about creating timeless design with a small, dedicated staff. WATCH:
  • Youthfully Spirited: Dillon Blanski and Antonio Molinari of Lincoln Motors

    Gregory Han
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s not uncommon as press to be invited for sneak previews and to test drive new vehicles. And indeed, Lincoln’s “Engage Your Senses” press tour dedicated to the new 2015 Lincoln MKC gave us plenty of quality time both as passenger and driver behind the wheel of the taut MKC to become well acquainted with the iconic American brand’s first small premium utility aimed at a new younger, urban demographic. But as much as we enjoyed our time in and around Lincoln’s latest effort, it was the opportunity to meet a pair of the creative minds from the Lincoln…
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  • Artist Recreates His Old Childhood Drawings 20 Years Later

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Kiddie Arts is a series created by artist Telmo Pieper. It features digital images inspired by his very own childhood drawings. Cool![via]
  • World Cup Trophy Face Painting

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    London based artist Emma Allen transformed herself into the iconic gold trophy that is given to the winners of the FIFA World Cup football tournament.[via]
  • Your Very Own Pepperoni Pizza Bed Set

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Now that’s comfort food! Artist Claire Manganiello’s ‘Pizza Bed’ includes: pillows that look like crust, sheets that look like tomato sauce, and a comforter that looks like pepperoni and cheese.Unfortunately, it is still only conceptual so you can't buy this anywhere yet. Lets hope that changes soon enough![via]
  • Transforming Tea Bags

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    These are transforming tea bags. One starts out as a stressful symbol that changes to a calmer version once you put it in hot water. Smart! They were created by ad agency M&C Saatchi for tea company BOH, who was hoping to convey their chamomile tea has a calming effect.[via]
  • The Amazing Sand Bottles of Andrew Clemens

    6 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    These amazing sand bottles were made over 100 years ago by deaf mute artist Andrew Clemens (1857 - 1894) of McGregor, Iowa. The amazing pictures - each pixel is made from a grain of colored sand - have survived intact for over 100 years, without the use of any glue.At the tender age of 5, Clemens lost his hearing and voice to encephalitis. After he graduated at the age of 17 from the Iowa Institute for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb in Council Bluffs, he began to experiment with sand art. Clemens collected naturally occuring, multi-colored sand from the Pictured Rock region of Iowa. He…
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    Packaging of the World - Creative Package Design Gallery

  • Wally

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    Design agency: CharacterClient: WallyManufactured by UnekaType of work: Commercial workCountry: USAWally is a sensor system that detects and alerts homeowners to water leaks and changes in humidity via their mobile device. Character created an identity system that extended across consumer touch points. Branding elements included website, mobile app, and retail packaging.The new Wally identity needed to establish a sense of trust and warmth. Consumers needed to feel assured that this is a product that they could rely on to protect their homes. By extending the two ‘L’s in Wally, Character…
  • Fat Freddy’s Drop - Blackbird

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:17 am
    Design agency: Project PackagingType of work: Commercial workFat Freddy’s Drop are a seven-piece “heavyweight soul” band from New Zealand. They tasked Project Packaging to help them create a deluxe box set for their third album release, Blackbird. “With the iconic motif of the blackbird being featured throughout the box set and its contents, various packaging techniques and finishes have been employed to enhance and protect the sheen of the black and blue feather”The main boxset uses a rigid, lift off lid lined with an anti-scratch matt laminate to protect the dark luster of the…
  • M&M's Cylinders by Shasha Léonard (Student Project)

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:11 am
    Designer: Shasha Léonard School: Pratt Institute Type of work: Student ProjectCountry: USATasked with redesigning the traditional M&M packaging as if I'd never seen it before, I chose a contemporary, minimalist look, catering to the adults who are looking to satisfy a sweet tooth. I singled out the each color in order to place emphasis on “personal” single servings, sold in individual cylinders or as a set in holding display, which all use the geometry of the hexagon and a splash of attention-grabbing color.Read moreVisit Packaging of the World for more packaging design…
  • Zwei Meister

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Design agency: Svoe MnenieCreative Director: Andrey KugaevskikhType Of Work: Commercial Work Country: RussiaZwei Meister is a Russian brand of Vienna lager. This beer style appeared in Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1841 and became highly popular in Europe. In Russia its history dates back to 1881.This year Zwei Meister acquired new positioning – revived Austrian recipe of the 19th century, keeping the legend about two brewers (ger. “zwei meister”) who joined their production to create this lager. New stylish design reflects retro craft image of the brand.Read moreVisit Packaging of the…
  • Nuwi

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    Design agency: Believe In BrandsDesign agency's location: Buenos Aires, ArgentinaClient: NuwiClient's location: USAType Of Work: Commercial WorkThe NUWI design is the result of elements in perfect balance: rationally displayed information balanced with tempting colorful images. In this visual narrative that we created at Believe, NUWI's design tells two stories in one: the story of a healthy drinkable snack, clean and clear in the use of graphic elements making the nutritional offering comprehensible, but also and foremost, the story a joyful design, with bright fruits and…
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  • Hot Navigation Design Patterns for Mobile

    Chris Bank
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:09 am
    You're reading Hot Navigation Design Patterns for Mobile, originally posted on Designmodo. If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+!A Deeper Look At Patterns Designed By The Hottest Apps Today In this article, Chris Bank of UXPin – The UX Design App discusses the importance of navigation design patterns and details examples from some of the hottest mobile apps today – more examples of these patterns and over 45 additional mobile design patterns are […]Advertise here with BSA
  • 16 Places to Find the Best Free Stock Photos

    Carrie Cousins
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:28 am
    You're reading 16 Places to Find the Best Free Stock Photos, originally posted on Designmodo. If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+!Good images are a key part of putting together a great website. But finding images to use can sometimes be difficult. Your options are to take the photos yourself, buy images from a photographer or stock image site or to find images that are free and available for use. That’s what we are going to […]Advertise here with BSA
  • How To Create a Web Icon in Adobe Illustrator

    Andrei Ștefan
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    You're reading How To Create a Web Icon in Adobe Illustrator, originally posted on Designmodo. If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+!Ever wanted to design an icon for the web? Today is your day. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to design web icons. If you’re an icon addict, you probably already know the power iconography (the careful use of symbols instead of words) has in making a website more attractive but more importantly, easier to navigate. For […]Advertise here with BSA
  • Free Swift Tutorials for Apple’s New Programming Language

    Nataly Birch
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:55 pm
    You're reading Free Swift Tutorials for Apple’s New Programming Language, originally posted on Designmodo. If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+!Unveiled only a month ago, the new programming language Swift that was created by Apple for iOS developers shook up Xcode lovers a bit. It aims to provide programmers with an alternative that slowly should replace Objective-C, which is not so resilient against erroneous code. Swift includes slightly revised basic Objective-C features and new advanced […]Advertise here with BSA
  • Bootstrap vs. Foundation: Which Framework Should You Choose? [Infographic]

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
    You're reading Bootstrap vs. Foundation: Which Framework Should You Choose? [Infographic], originally posted on Designmodo. If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+!So you are planning a new web design project and considering one of the world’s two most popular design frameworks to help you create a fully-responsive and modern site outline. But what’s better: Twitter’s Bootstrap or Foundation by Zurb? The answer may lie in what you are trying to accomplish. But to start, you should […]Advertise here with BSA
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  • Small Space Kitchens Dos

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Essential tips to maximizing storage in a very small kitchen. - Base units play a particularly important part in organizing storage space. - Additional space by installing a peninsula on end one of the kitchen counter or below the built-in kitchen island. - Cabinets to the ceiling allow for more storage - Create an inventory of items and plan storage and function-space for everything in the kitchen. - Pull-through slides are ideal for islands because they allow drawers to be opened from either side. Some specialty slides allow drawers to extend beyond a full extension.  
  • Happy Bedroom Colors

    9 Jun 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Wake up to happy with cheerful colors in the bedroom. Bring in coral, blush, rose, yellow, and sunset hues using accessories, art pieces, and furniture to create a positive and Summery feeling bedroom.     via here, here and here  
  • Studio dwelling

    25 Mar 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Less than ten days away from moving into my teeny studio condo and more than three-quarters of my current one-bedroom still to pack, I am slowly coming to terms with the reality of it all. I have toooo much stuff that I don’t organize properly so I end up never finding things when I need them and then end never hardly using them. I often fantasize about a clutter-free, super-organized, everything-is-where-it-should-be living space but, truth be told, I wish someone else would do it for me.   Inspired by strategies to de-clutter over on AT, I hope to change this as I move into my…
  • Dinner’s ready | Kitchen inspiration

    18 Mar 2014 | 10:22 am
  • living large in small spaces

    25 Feb 2014 | 7:27 pm
    It has been a while since I hung out here. Just so much going on and whenever I do have time to blog, a million other urgent priorities/interruptions steal my time. I cant remember the last time I didnt feel guilty about browsing through shelter mags… Well, now I have a reason, and a good one too. My lease is up for renewal soon and I am on the hunt for a more affordable place to call home. I have yet to find a place that I like, is comfortable, has lots of natural light, updated and fits my teeny budget, and I absolutely despise moving, but on the brighter side, I am excited to…
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    Stunning MeshStunning Mesh

  • Software Escrow: Best Practice for Small Businesses

    Adil Raja
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of the key parts of running any small business is trying to obtain a license to sell, or even better, an exclusivity agreement, for certain products. If you were the only retailer or supplier on the high street with an agreement to sell a popular product, it would be key to your business success. Taking This Idea Online: These days, the nature of business is changing. The physical high street presence is becoming less important for all but a handful of specialist retailers. More and more transactions now take place online, which means that you’ll almost certainly be relying on some kind…
  • The History of World Cup Football Posters

    Adil Raja
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:04 am
    The South American country of Brazil hosts this years World Cup Football tournament, which started in 1930 and is already over 80 years old. 32 teams will play matches in 12 new or redesigned venues across the country. The tournament, which takes place every 4 years with only one break in the tournaments history for the Second World War, has been heavily promoted. FIFA commissioned posters to be created for every tournament with the oldest versions of the posters similar to one another. The first significant design change happened in 1982 when Spain hosted the tournament and called upon…
  • 3 Premium WordPress Themes for Free From ThemeFuse

    Adil Raja
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:22 pm
    The creative designers over at are sharing three amazing WordPress themes with some lucky readers. There’s no better way to start the day than with high quality free stuff, right? The best thing about this impressive giveaway is that the winners can take their pick of any of the incredible WordPress themes available at ThemeFuse. There is no cost to compete, and the winners get a theme for free. Anyone who uses WordPress will benefit from this offer because the ThemeFuse themes are some of the most stunning on the web. The winners of the contest will be announced in one week,…
  • When You Have to Grow: Online Shopping Carts for Microbusiness

    Tabinda Noor
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:51 am
    Owning and operating a small business can be a rewarding, satisfying, and profitable experience. It can also be a harrowing one, with you in the hot seat for every decision. Stocking, purchasing, bookkeeping, online shopping carts, banking, and customer service decisions, even if your startup is micro or nano sized, are all big choices. Making them in haste or under pressure could end up costing you time and money to do it over that could be applied with better results elsewhere. Start with one of the most critical decisions you’ll make first – your shopping cart. Planning for…
  • 42 Beautiful Icons from Artful Club Absolutely Free PSD

    James Lynch
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:33 am
    This icon set is designed exclusively for Stunningmesh. This icon set contains 42 icons, you’re free to use the icons in your web design and web applications. You’re free to share this icon set as well, just give credit to Stunningmesh whenever you share. Here is the Preview of Icons Set, so you may find the Download Link at the end of this post. Enjoy using it!!! 42 Beautiful Icons from Artful Club Absolutely Free PSD [Download Source PSD by Clicking here, File Size 388.57KB] Recommended Articles40 Sites to download Icons (1)10 Free Indesign Templates (2)A lot of ICONS for…
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    TAXI Daily News

  • Designer Creates A Brilliant Cardboard Army Knife As His Business Card

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    To create an strong impression on potential clients, Auckland, New Zealand-based graphic designer Anthony Cole has created a brilliantly unique business card in the form of a cardboard army knife. Taking inspiration from the knife's multi-functionality, Cole wanted to use this creative card to highlight his many skills and talents. Each "tool" contained in the "knife" has been printed with contact information and his design skills. View more images of this unusual business cards below. [via Anthony Cole]
  • Japanese Hairdresser Travels The World And Offers Haircuts To The Locals

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Since April earlier this year, Japanese hairdresser Jun Kuwabara has been traveling around the world, giving haircuts to the locals. He gives haircuts to anyone who requests for it at a fee that is completely up to the person. Despite the language barriers, Kuwabara has no lack of eager “customers”, as seen from his Instagram account. “I wanted to engage in something significant while I traveled and the only thing I can do is cut hair—so I thought I’d work on an idea of cutting hair for 1,000 people,” said Kuwabara on his adventure, as reported by Distractify. Check out photos of…
  • Popping Up Over The Weekend: ‘Sundae In A Can’ By Cronut Creator

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    You’ll probably be wishing for this weekend to come sooner, because chef Dominique Ansel, creator of the cronut, is back with a new creation at East Hampton, New York this Saturday. For only one day on 2 August, Ansel will operate a pop-up ice cream truck serving root beer and stracciatella ice cream, mascarpone semifreddo, toasted marshmallow, mascerated cherries and miniature cherry meringues all delightfully packed in a soup can lined with chocolate. The sealed and frozen treat, packaged with a pop art design, is sold at US$15 a pop. 20% of proceeds will be donated to charity City…
  • Photographer Uses His Mouth As A Pinhole Camera To Capture Distorted Images

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Louis (Getting to know dad) Bristol-based pinhole photographer Justin Quinnell has an unusual way of taking photographs—he uses his mouth as a pinhole camera. He also uses beer cans and glasses to capture quirky, distorted images that are up-close in nature and feature wide angle perspectives. Quinnell has been practising pinhole photography for over 20 years, and his series ‘Mouthpiece’ features scenes of daily life, such as visits to the dentist and him playing with his children, taken from inside his mouth. Check out some photographs below. Dentist Carrot Bert Cocktails Bathtime Rosa…
  • Thought-Provoking Illustrations Urge Us To Reflect On Our Online Behaviors

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    New York-based illustrator and Buzzfeed contributor Nathan Pyle is back with new illustrations that send a strong message on online etiquette. The simple illustrations represent Pyle’s perspective on how easy it is to forget that every and any comment we put out there affects a real person. Through his works Pyle wants us to remember “everyone on the Internet is an actual person” and that it does not cost much to put an encouraging word out there. For more details, read the full post over here. Check out the thought-provoking illustrations below: [via Buzzfeed]
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    Brabantia's Blog: 'Designed for living'

  • Create your dream bedroom with our colour trends inspiration!

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    Looking to update your bedroom with fresh and fashionable shades? We’ve put together a post of our favourite colour palettes to help you create a bedroom that’s true eye candy! How about creating a soft and subtle bedroom decor? Blend on-trend pale pastel walls with fresh white furnishings for a truly dreamy bedroom interior. Compliment delicate pastel shades with our beautifully practical White Laundry Bin, it helps to keep your bedroom tidy allowing you to relax in your soothing sanctuary. If you prefer a bolder colour statement in your bedroom, mix our Matt Steel Laundry Bin with…
  • Get organised in the kitchen with Brabantia’s Kitchen Organisers

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:54 am
    Home is where the heart is and whether you are thinking of giving your home a makeover or just adding a little update, there’s never been a better time to accessorise and get organised. It couldn’t be easier to keep on top of things with our award-winning Kitchen Organisers.  Perfect for storing collections of ingredients and storing vegetables or fruit  - they can even be used in the bathroom too as a cool way to display your products. The Kitchen Organisers come in four different sizes and are compatible with our Clear Top Canisters and Bread Baskets. What’s not to love?
  • Create room for inspiration this summer with our super-hot Ironing board covers!

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    This summer, why not update your utility room with a splash of eye-catching colour and on-trend prints? Our warm mathematical ironing board covers create a pleasurable laundry care experience that is not only beautifully practical but super stylish too! How lovely is that? Blending dreamy pastels with strong black lines and white backgrounds, the geometric covers are an effortless way to refresh a room and are guaranteed to inspire. Designed with you in mind, the covers are the perfect fit for our extra large ironing tables which have the ability to be adjusted with ease to your ideal…
  • Time to get fit and in shape for the summer holidays!

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    The sun is shining, BBQs are underway and the holiday is booked – so now it’s time to put yourself first, get fit and make Summer time your best time! Stay fit and stylish. To keep track of your personal health goals and stay informed about how your diet impacts your well-being, you’ll be pleased to hear about our super cool Brabantia BMI Scales. These must-have scales will add a splash of chic to your interiors too! Our Body Mass Analysis Scales are designed for an accurate measurement of weight, body fat, water and muscle percentages and Body Mass Index (BMI), it is…
  • Design Insights Interview: Interior Inspiration from Jo Yana at

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    In this week’s edition of our Design Insights Interviews we are excited to welcome Jo Yana from in France. With a blog full of creative interior inspiration, we can’t wait to get an insight into his life. Let’s hear from Jo: What inspired you to delve into interior design and how did you get started? Love of all things beautiful turned me to design. In 2006, around the idea of sharing my new passion with people, I launched the Deco-Design forum. In 2007 the blog logically followed. Afterwards the Deco-Design websites were born – a community of over…
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    Never Say Cool

  • (sponsored video) Acer E11, a Budget and Stylish Laptop for Students

    Never Say Cool
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    Taiwanese Acer Inc. started to build its reputation as a pc components manufacturer and quickly began to assemble its own machines and become a leader in the market. Implementing a new business model, shifting from being a manufacturer to a designer of computer technology, it is now very popular to mobile devices and pc users. In a world where people demand performances as well as stylish tech gadgets, the Acer E11 cuts through and doesn’t go unnoticed. Designed for the professionals it does have all the characteristics to be marketed to students too. Style-conscious students will have…
  • Clocktower Penthouse in Brooklyn

    Never Say Cool
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Developed by David Walentas the Clock Tower project is a new apartment in New York. This fantasy movie penthouse is located in an old clock tower in Brooklyn providing stunning views over the city. The home features three bedrooms, high ceilings, a modern kitchen and the glass windows allow plenty of natural light. A spectacular, cuttin-edge 6,800 sf triplex tower in the 1914 landmark clocktower building.
  • Piknic Electronik Barcelona

    Never Say Cool
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    No summer event has become such a synonymous of the city life of Barcelona as much as the Piknic Electronik. The format was set up for the first time in Montreal back in 2003 and, after years of continuous success and support by the public, it has been replicated in Barcelona since 2012, taking advantage of the space of an ancient leisure area, just on the side of Joan Brossa Gardens, in the hearth of one of the most beautiful quarters in Barcelona, Montjuïc. Piknic Electronik is a great place to meet up with friends, enjoy the beautiful summer weather of Barcelona, a stunning view over the…
  • Realistic Temples and Cathedrals Carved Into Rocks

    Never Say Cool
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
    There is something timeless about Matthew Simmonds’ creations of art. Temples, palaces and castles are trapped inside rocks of marbles and limestones, carved meticulously by Simmonds obsession for details.
  • Home Workers/Cat Owners, Your CATable is Here!

    Never Say Cool
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    Do you work from home? Does your annoying cat jump and tap its paws on your computer keyboard? Then the CATable may be for you! Beside being a nice piece of furniture, the table features a workspace with cubby holes with enough room for your pet to entertain itself and perhaps leave you alone while working. Designer Ruan Hao Studio Hong Kong’s LYCS Architecture
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    Creative Fluff Design Blog and Art Magazine

  • HOW 2014 Logo Design Competition & Awards

    Creative Fluff
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Always be hustling. HOW has launched it’s annual logo design competition and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to compete for glory and awards. As an artist, it’s always important to get your name out there and the more competitions you win, the more you have to add to your resume when attempting to woo a potential client. HOW TO ENTER All logos must be submitted online by 11:59 pm EST on July 1, 2014 August 1, 2014. The image size of the file must not exceed 1280 x 1024 pixels. The image can be saved at a resolution that will enable us to zoom in to see details…
  • The Modern Illustrations of Mattias Snygg

    Alex Irish
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been looking at artists who produce a lot of dense, intricate works lately, and felt it was time for a change. So today we’re taking a gander at the rather more modernistic art of Mattias Snygg. Snygg spends much of his time working in the worlds of video games and films, both producing illustrations and as artistic director, as well as working on more personal artworks. As one might expect from this, his portfolio showcases a generous melange of styles, from the chunky strokes and ill-defined outlines of his more painterly pieces, to the vibrant sci-fi/fantasy pulp of others.
  • The Atmospheric Photography of Kevin J. Short

    Fred McCoy
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    Today we bring you the work of up-and-coming photographer and multimedia artist Kevin J. Short. Based in San Francisco, Kevin has worked as a talented designer and photographer producing evocative pictures while exploring art in any form he sees fit. People who knew Kevin growing up might be surprised to find him in the photography field; having gone to school for architecture it maybe come as a surprise to see him where he is today. Kevin is a man of many skills and enjoys flexing his creative muscle. “I’m a self taught artist and have been practicing in various media for about a…
  • Art in Unexpected Places – A Layover Story of Philadelphia Airport

    Alex Irish
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:07 am
    After a flight cancellation at Philadelphia International Airport last week, I found myself with time to kill; time to explore the airport at my leisure. I didn’t expect to get much out of it besides stretching my legs a little, but was pleasantly surprised to find there was a large and varied range of art exhibits on display throughout the airport. There’s been something of an explosion of this sort of thing – art in unexpected public places (I’ve seen it in shopping malls, on construction hoardings, even on public transport) – and it presents an interesting opportunity for…
  • The Japanese Pinup Art of ONEQ

    Fred McCoy
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    Pinup art, largely a product of American society, draws inspiration from the ‘good ol’ days’ when women existed in the media for the pleasure of male-viewing. A nostalgia of this time period has kept the art of pinup alive and well in contemporary society and has even managed to jump borders and seep into the art stream of vastly different cultures. Today I’m pleased to present the amazing Pinup work of Japanese Illustrating powerhouse: ONEQ. ONEQ was born in 1981 in Japan’s southeast Kyushu island and her work mixes a variety of Japanese and American aesthetics to…
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  • Foundation: A New Grid

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    We've talked a lot about the Foundation's future over the last month or so. Recently, we announced a new Foundation — one just for web apps — and the start of a framework family. Foundation 5 is now "Foundation for Sites." Ink is becoming "Foundation for Emails." And Foundation for Apps will be the newest of our family. We're working on a ton of new features — all from the ground up and using Angular JS, some amazing Motion UI and a swank, new grid. "New grid, you say? Tell us more." No problem, here we go! Using a Hammer When You Need a Nail Gun Building things is hard.
  • Mobilizing Nonprofits Through Design Thinking: Announcing ZURB Wired 2014!

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    We're gearing up for our seventh ZURB Wired event, where we work alongside a nonprofit to get over a design hump. The catch: everything has to be done in a 24 hour time crunch. We've worked with a number of nonprofits over our 16 years. We've noticed that an inspiring mission wasn't always enough to propel a nonprofit to success. For nonprofits, that mission is half the battle. The other half, however, is volunteers. Volunteers come and go, like the ebb of a river, because life gets in the way. Nonprofits are constantly competing for a volunteer's free time. There are a dozen distractions…
  • 'Happyimadesignr' Joins the ZURBians

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    A 'happyimadesignr' isn't a strange creature from a strange land. It's actually the screen name of our latest designer, who joined us this week. So without further ado, let's introduce — Jennifer Tang, Designer The nickname of 'happyimadesignr' came about after Jennifer designed her first website, and it perfectly describes the excitement and satisfaction she felt in that moment. And while she's designed other things, her passion is for interaction design and the web. That makes her the perfect addition to our wacky team at ZURB. Believe it or not, Jennifer did have a life before ZURB.
  • The PRD is Dead, Long Live the Prototype!

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Every product begins with an idea. A lot of things can inspire ideas, but there's always a hint of assumption in every idea. It's a little arrogant, but product teams assume a lot of things at the initial discovery stage of their process — that they know that a problem exists and, worse yet, that they know how to solve it. That initial spark is necessary to start building up momentum in the design process. But bad things start to happen when teams don't budge from these initial assumptions. More Like PRDon't, Amirite? We talked in previous blog posts about the dreaded PRD. But we were…
  • Responsive Ads, Make More Money in More Places

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Hey Mad Men, advertising on the web hasn't totally kept up with the web's shift to responsive design. A campaign may include a handful of ads that work on set screen sizes (phone, tablet, desktop), but they aren't truly fluid and responsive. Additionally, if a designer needs to edit the content of an ad, it has to be changed on each ad size being delivered. Today on Playground we're launching a proof-of-concept for responsive HTML ads. Our demo ads deliver as a single, compressed HTML file, and sit well within the IAB's standards for file size. A single file means less hassle for ad…
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    Incredible Things

  • Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate For The First Time Ever

    Brittany High
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    This is a video of Ivory Coast cocoa bean farmer N’Da Alphonse and his pals trying chocolate for the first time. It’s a real treat to see, though a little bittersweet (chocolate joke!!!). Who knew that the very people who harvested the beans have never even had the pleasure of tasting the fruits chocolate of […]Visit for the full post.
  • Goldfish Bubble Wrap Is Morbid, But Probably Still Fun To Pop

    Brittany High
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Artist Daisuke Akiyama created a way to make bubble wrap not as fun to pop. How could that even be possible? Also: MONSTER! He designed a panel of bubble wrap printed with tiny goldfish. That’s pretty messed up! But you know what? I’d still pop every last one of them regardless of the fishies and […]Visit for the full post.
  • Peaches Sold Wearing Underwear Will Make You Horngry

    Brittany High
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Because sex sells and I guess that includes fruit too, a vendor in Nanjing, China is selling peaches wearing sexy little panties. Just so we’re clear I felt as weird typing “sexy little panties” as you probably did reading it. Sorry for that. The peaches have been dubbed “Ripe Fruit” and go for $80 for […]Visit for the full post.
  • This Octopus Candle Holder Is Bad To The Ass

    Brittany High
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    This is the Walktopus, a bronze candle holder shaped like everyone’s favorite cephalopod. The gorgeous octo-light was sculpted by artist Scott Musgrove. Want one of your very own? God, me too. BADLY. Unfortunately, it’s $4,000. While I’m sure it’s worth every penny, that’s like, way way way hay hay out of my candle holder budget. However, […]Visit for the full post.
  • This Little Girl Doesn’t Want Her Baby Brother To Grow Up

    Brittany High
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    This is a video of a little girl named Sadie bawling her eyeballs out (FIGURATIVELY) after realizing one day her baby brother is gonna grow up. Usually the sounds of a crying child send me into a fit much like Sadie is experiencing, but in this case, it was actually kinda endearing. KINDA. They didn’t […]Visit for the full post.
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  • Focusing on SEO For Local Businesses

    Lynn Moody
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Small businesses are sometimes at a disadvantage when it comes to putting themselves online. You’ll find that no matter how hard you fight against larger companies, it just is not easy. This is especially true in certain marketplaces, such as book stores. If you have to go up against large entities such as, you are not going to be able to compete on a level playing field without a bit of help. There are some ways to fight back against larger entities, and it starts with understanding how to utilize internet marketing to your advantage. By mixing SEO, local business listings, and…
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    Chair Blog

  • Carbon Balloon Chair by Marcel Wanders

    Guido J. van den Elshout
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Carbon Balloon Chair by Marcel Wanders Was designed in 2013, but I couldn’t find decent photo’s until Marcel Wanders produced some one offs or personal editions for his solo exhibition in the prestigious Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum for Modern Art from January till June this year. Will it beat the Supper Legerra with its weight of approximately 800 grams? It reminds me of Marcel’s breakthrough Knotted Chair of 1996. It is inspired by work of Hester Oelermans. Last update: Monday, July 21, 2014The post Carbon Balloon Chair by Marcel Wanders appeared first on Chair Blog.
  • Thonet Balloon Rocker by Hester Oerlemans

    Guido J. van den Elshout
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    Thonet Balloon Rocker by Hester Oerlemans Before I post my next post I want to feature this chair installation by Hester Oerlemans. Last update: Monday, July 21, 2014The post Thonet Balloon Rocker by Hester Oerlemans appeared first on Chair Blog.
  • CH 88 Launched for Hans Wegner’s 100th Birthday

    Guido J. van den Elshout
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:54 am
    CH 88 Launched for Hans Wegner’s 100th Birthday Carl Hansen and Son have launched the CH 88 chair that thusfar only had been produced as a prototype, to commemorate Hans Wegner’s 100rth birthday. Recently I took some photo’s at Carl Hansen and Son’s Copenhagen Flagship store at Bredgade 21. Last update: Tuesday, June 3, 2014The post CH 88 Launched for Hans Wegner’s 100th Birthday appeared first on Chair Blog.
  • Handkerchief Chair by Massimo Vignelli

    Guido J. van den Elshout
    29 May 2014 | 4:28 am
    Handkerchief Chair by Massimo Vignelli Unfortunately Massimo, age 83, passed away in Manhattan in the morning of May 27, 2014. In remembrance I feature this chair he designed. Found on 1stdibs Last update: Wednesday, May 28, 2014The post Handkerchief Chair by Massimo Vignelli appeared first on Chair Blog.
  • Tiffany Blue Accent Chairs by Massimo Vignelli

    Guido J. van den Elshout
    28 May 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Tiffany Blue Accent Chairs by Massimo Vignelli Massimo, age 83, passed away in Manhattan in the morning of May 27, 2014. In remembrance I’ll feature a couple of chair designed by him. Via 1stdibs Last update: Wednesday, May 28, 2014The post Tiffany Blue Accent Chairs by Massimo Vignelli appeared first on Chair Blog.
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  • A Towering Turtle of Discarded Industrial Junk Welded by Ono Gaf

    Christopher Jobson
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Photo by Gina Sanderson Photo by Gina Sanderson Photo by Gina Sanderson Photo by Gina Sanderson Indonesian artist Ono Gaf works primarily with metallic junk reclaimed from a trash heap to create his animalistic sculptures. His most recent piece is this giant turtle containing hundreds of individual metal components like car parts, tools, bike parts, instruments, springs, and tractor rotors. You can read a bit more about Gaf over on the Jakarta Post, and see more of this turtle in this set of photos by Gina Sanderson. (via Steampunk Tendencies)
  • 888,246 Ceramic Poppies Flow Like Blood from the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI

    Christopher Jobson
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Historic Royal Palaces To commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper conceived of a staggering installation of ceramic poppies planted in the famous dry moat around the Tower of London. Titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” the final work will consist of 888,246 red ceramic flowers—each representing a British or Colonial military fatality—that flow through grounds around the tower. Volunteers began placing the poppies several weeks ago and the process will continue through the…
  • Generic Plastic Bubble Wrap Transformed into Mini Goldfish Bowls by Daisuke Akiyama

    Christopher Jobson
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Created by Tokyo-based designer Daisuke Akiyama, this packaging concept effectively turns the small air pockets of plastic bubble wrap into miniature fish bowls. Akiyama says the novel idea is an attempt to make the irresistible plastic bubbles “psychologically more difficult to pop.” Currently the idea is just a prototype, but supposedly he’s working on marketing the idea to a manufacturer. (via NOTCOT, Spoon & Tamago) Update: Many have questioned if the fish used in the concept are real. They are not. These are images printed inside plastic bubbles.
  • Shadowy Optical Illusion Mural by Strøk in Italy

    Christopher Jobson
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Anne Esser Anne Esser Anne Esser Anne Esser Anne Esser As part of the Memorie Urbane street art festival in Italy, Norweigan stencil artist Anders Gjennestad (aka Strøk) painted this shadowy mural on the side of an old school. This is just one of numerous pieces created for the festival including many Colossal favorites like Pixel Pancho, Seth, Pablo Herrero, Natalia Rak, Levalet, Ernest Zacherevic, Etam Cru, David de la Mano, and Alice Pasquini. (via Fecal Face)
  • Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae

    Johnny Strategy
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Based in Narita City, Japanese artist Sakae creates exquisite hair ornaments known as kanzashi. The traditional hair pieces have been around for quite some time in Japan, but these pieces—each hand-crafted from resin with a delicate brass wire around the edges—are startlingly realistic and the most beautiful we’ve ever seen. Depending on the complexity of the pieces they can take anywhere between 3 and 30 days. If you’re trying to get your hands on one of these, don’t get your hopes up. Sakae only occasionally puts one up for sale. And when she does it’s through Yahoo Auctions in…
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  • 60 Free Icons (PSD & AI)

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Here’s a featured freebie containing 60 free icons created based on a 16-18px grid. These icons are named as Vicons, and they come in .PSD and .AI format. This freebie is created by Victor Erixon. Download Icons From Source  
  • Free Mobile App UI PSD Files

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:54 am
    Here’s a collection of over 10 set of free mobile app UI PSD Files, thanks to the various creative designers. In this post, you’ll find various UI elements for iOS and android mobile apps, which can help you create your own designs easily using these free PSD files.  They are editable files and hence you can easily change the colors and elements to fit your app needs. While using the resources, I request you to respect the authors of the freebies and credit them where possible and share this post to honor them. Thanks much! Flat app UI Full Project Free Download   Freebie:…
  • 18 PSD Mockups For Portfolio Display – Vol.1

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    FoliBuddy is a super sleek resource of 18 amazing mockups to showcase your photos, designs or artwork in a very beautiful way. This resource is best for photographers, artists, illustrators, graphic designers, design companies and those who want to present their design works in a beautiful way. Ideal for portfolio display. Download includes: 18 Editable PSD files (smart layers) 10 textures for backgrounds The canvas size of the PSD files is 2000px wide and more. Large enough!! Easy-to-use PSD files. Double-click the smart-object layer(s) (RED layers) and add your artwork and save. You can…
  • Exclusive Freebie: 24 Vector Polygon Backgrounds From Freepik

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Polygon Backgrounds are highly valued resource for designers now-a-days, and today I bring you this awesome pack of 24 editable polygon backgrounds exclusively designed by Freepik for GraphicsFuel. The set contains 24 backgrounds in JPEGs and editable vector formats of .AI and .EPS. They can be easily edited in Adobe Illustrator. All the backgrounds are in 330ppi and hence perfect for print and web designs as well as wallpapers for your desktop, laptops, tablets and mobiles. Download now the pack and enjoy it! You are free to use for personal and commercial purposes!  Thanks much, …
  • PencilMate – Instant Pencil Effects in Photoshop

    25 Jun 2014 | 8:17 am
    PencilMate – Create Realistic Pencil Effects for your typography and illustrations in Photoshop. What’s included in the download: PSD file in Landscape mode (3000 x 2000 pixels) PSD file in Portrait mode (2000 x 3000 pixels) 7 Pencil Stroke PS brushes (.ABR file) 3 Stroke and 1 Paper PS Patterns (.PAT file) 2 Textures (within the PSD files) 20+ Decorative Vector Swirls (within the PSD files) Pencil, flake & pencil pieces images (within the PSD files) For any artist, pencil and paper are the most sought-after traditional tools to start with his/her imagination. As an artist…
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    Elaine Biss

  • So Many Styles, So many Mediums!!

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    I am finally starting to settle down and have a little fun with my art again. I had a tumultuous 2 months. It basically ended with my family and I moving with other family, most of my possessions being stolen, the mold that became the reason to move out of my old home being the culprit for having to take a much needed health vacation. Asthma is no joke. Neither is bronchitis.Not to mention a court date because my ex thought he was paying way too much support. Because I am so famous. *Cough* SARCASM *cough*Seriously, I thought I had been cursed. I wasn`t done with one before another problem…
  • Feather Couture-Feather Fashion Art by Elaine Biss

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
  • Michele Rene` Designs Fashion Show at the Iron Bar in NYC

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Living her dreams Michelle Rene` breaks out of Lancaster Country and into the big city with this fabulous show, showcasing her Spring 2014 line.The show was set at the Iron Bar, a midtown gem perfect for Michelle Rene`s edgy and creative style. The runway show was a combination of the spring 2014 collection (the cottons) formal and cocktail gowns, 2 reveal wedding gowns, custom designed pink wedding gown and a tulle dress for little girls.  With Michelle Rene and Matthew Aversa.Designer- Michelle Rene` Designs Hair Design Institute /HDI ManhattanMakeup- New York Institute of…
  • Romantic Paris Magazine Feature!

    7 Jun 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Come and get the premier issue of Romantic Paris Magazine. There is an interview of yours truly and illustrations of the editor and one of the writers! So visit and get your digital copy!
  • Hello Gouache! Feminine Fashion illustration

    22 May 2014 | 10:15 am
    I recently got reacquainted with an old friend. Met in high school, lost touch. You know how it goes. But I never forgot! Gouache is what we used to use when we made a huge mistake with watercolor. Never explored it further than that. Now, it has become my new favorite, along with color paper.Trying something new can be scary but very rewarding it you get the right results.I have 1k pictures in my iPad and most are little paintings and the latest ones in gouache. The medium is worth the investment and if you know how to buy them you won't break the bank. The paper was also fun to…
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    Columbia CabinetWorks

  • 2014 Parade of Homes

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    CCW recently celebrated winning Pinnacle Home – Best Kitchen at the 2014 Parade of Homes and I just wanted to share some additional images of this amazing home on Saratoga Lake. I could not be more proud of our involvement in helping create such a stunning residence! Enjoy! Ray
  • Wood-Mode Plays to Rave Reviews at KBIS

    25 Jun 2014 | 2:01 pm
    The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is always an exciting time for Wood-Mode to introduce new ideas, products and manufacturing capabilities. Check out this review on the blog: Simplified Bee: Happy Summer, Laura    
  • 2014 Parade of Homes Awards Announced

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:35 am
    Last night, the CRBRA hosted the awards dinner for the 2014 Parade of Homes and I am very proud that CCW and Witt Construction won for Pinnacle Home Best Kitchen! This was a very special project and a very special home with a magnificent open floor plan and sweeping view of Saratoga Lake. Natural stone and reclaimed wood were used to bring the beauty of the surroundings into the home and the heartwood maple of the cabinets was finished with a lightly distressed matte brown with black glaze. This spectacular kitchen/great room truly defines the casual elegance of modern family living.
  • It’s Time to Grill

    29 May 2014 | 9:48 am
    To me, summer means many things but one of my favorites is taking the cooking outdoors! Nothing could be finer than a fresh piece of fish, burgers and steaks or farm fresh veggies on the grill. Check out these “best of” lists from the BBQ Guys For best gas grills: For best charcoal grills: Finally, I leave you with a scrumptious and healthy BBQ recipe from the sublime Tree Restaurant at The Lodge at Woodloch. So pour a glass of white wine, fire up the grill and enjoy! Grilled Mahi Mahi with…
  • 2014 Parade of Homes

    20 May 2014 | 9:28 am
    Mark your calendars to enjoy an early summer week-end touring the beautiful homes featured in the 2014 Parade of Homes. First Two Weekends in June–May 31, June 1, 7 and 8th from 11 am to 5 pm Be sure to stop by Witt Construction’s gorgeous home overlooking beautiful Saratoga Lake at 83 Brown Road, Stillwater and BCI Construction’s Loudon House Condominiums, Unit 1E at 6 Schuyler Road, Loudonville. CCW is proud to have partnered with these builders and designed the mill-work throughout both these residences. For additional information on the Parade of Homes:…
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    Creative Nerds

  • Best of the web and design in July 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Rounding up the highlights of July the best design tutorials and web articles posted throughout July.The roundup features a mixture of Photoshop and illustrator design tutorials. A Photoshop tutorial, which stands out for me is a great tutorial included in the post about how to create Photoshop animations. I hope you enjoy this blog post. Please feel free to share any articles or blog posts of your own, which you have created this month or have came across throughout July. Photoshop Paint an 80s airbrush portrait You’ll learn how to improve your brush skills, working with a variety of…
  • Retro summer hand drawn free seamless vector petal pattern

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A well crafted authentic hand drawn seamless vector pattern. The pattern set consists several various hand drawn elements from stars to petals. The pattern set comes in total of three different colour options to choose from to incorporate into your design projects. What type of pattern would like to see us produce next ? Please leave your suggestions in the comments section below. License details The pattern  set can be used within commercial and non-commercial design projects. The pattern set CAN NOT be redistributed on any other website, without permission from the Creative Nerds team.
  • Beautiful retro circle seamless free vector pattern

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This an awesome retro circle seamless vector pattern, which can be used in your commercial design projects.  The pattern comes in 5 different colour variation to choose from, as well two different vector file formats so you can open the beautiful pattern set in almost any vector editor. A love pattern i can see myself using time and time again in my design projects, download and enjoy i would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. License Details The pattern set can be used within commercial and non-commercial design projects. The pattern set set CAN NOT be redistributed…
  • A Free Ink In Water Photoshop Brush Set

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A unique Photoshop brush which is ink in water. The Photoshop brush is very similar to a smoke brush. The set is available to be used within commercial and non commercial design projects, so i hope you enjoy this free brush we have put together.   Preview License Details The vector set can be used within commercial and non-commercial design projects. The vector set CAN NOT be redistributed on any other website without permission from the Creative Nerds team.
  • Spray paint free Photoshop brush set vol 1

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A free authentic spray paint Photoshop brush set. The set includes 4 brushes in total in the set, and can be used in commercial design projects download and enjoy another a great Photoshop brush to add to your design inventory. License Details The Photoshop brush set can be used within commercial and non-commercial design projects. The Photoshop brush set CAN NOT be redistributed on any other website, without permission from the Creative Nerds team. Creative Nerds have created this Photoshop brush set, and have full ownership. If you have any questions regarding license details use the…
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    BP&O - Branding, Packaging and Opinion

  • Scotland Can Make It! designed by Graphical House

    Richard Baird
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    Scotland Can Make It! is a limited edition collection of souvenirs, created by leading Scottish designers and artists in collaboration with manufacturers from across the country, for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The souvenirs are described by Graphical House, the design studio behind the collection’s brand identity and website, as being part of a programme of events that celebrate ‘Scotland’s cultural heritage, creative practice, skill and production’, and are available online and from a pop-up shop located on Glasgow’s Osborne Street during the…
  • The Empire Café designed by Graphical House

    Richard Baird
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    The Empire Café is a pop-up venue located in Glasgow’s Merchant City that looks to explore Scotland’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade through coffee, sugar, tea, cotton, music, visual art, poetry, debate, workshops, walks, film and literature. The café’s brand identity, a ship-like logo, bold sans-serif typography and both a limited and rich approach to print, designed by Graphical House, is described as linking a contemporary ‘artistic programme and poetry anthology with contributors gathered from across the Commonwealth’, and references…
  • Alphabeta designed by Village Green

    Richard Baird
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Alphabeta is an extensive property redevelopment project, designed by architects Studio RHE and located in London’s Finsbury Square, that is described as the latest architectural expression of the ‘new economy’. Due to open in late 2014 and managed by Resolution Property, the project will reconfigure a ‘substantial landmark building’ to create a new standard in contemporary work environments for the creative and technology sectors. The space will feature large cycle entry points down to secure storage and changing facilities in the basement, chill-out…
  • Waffee designed by A Friend Of Mine

    Richard Baird
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    Waffee is an authentic, Australian based, Belgian waffle and coffee chain with locations across Melbourne and Altona. Developed by holistic design practice A Friend Of Mine, Waffee’s brand identity, which included logo and packaging design and a signage system created in collaboration with architects Hecker Guthrie and Foolscap Studio, mixes a typographically adventurous logotype with an illustrated character to establish a rich communicative duality and contrast of literal and subtle narrative detail that binds print and interior space. The literal approach to the logotype — a…
  • Dadadum designed by Demian Conrad Design

    Richard Baird
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
    Dadadum is a Swiss contemporary furniture brand created out of respect for and in homage to the functionality, technical expertise and minimalism associated with Swiss design, and that strives to bring out the beauty of each raw material. The brand draws on the ‘talents of local designers who have made an international name for themselves and whose specifications are to re-establish the notion of Gute Forme as espoused by Max Bill’. Developed by design studio and co-founder Demian Conrad Design, Dadadum’s new brand identity uses Swiss sans-serif typography and a grid…
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    HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens

  • Enter the New High/Low Challenge

    Alyssa Sparacino
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s a stool standoff for September’s sweepstakes! Excuse the alliteration, as I introduce the latest High/Low Challenge from the new issue of HGTV Magazine. September hits newsstands August 5th, but this will give you a taste of what’s to come. These tufted stools may look similar, but the price tags are where they differ. Which is priced lower than the other? Enter for a chance to win a prize package that includes a copy of the September issue, an HGTV Magazine iPhone 5 case, and an HGTV Magazine umbrella. All you have to do is leave your best guess in the comments below…
  • Porch Perfect: Sparkling Hibiscus Cooler

    Norman King
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Lately, the use of my porch has bordered on abuse. In the search for the slightest reason to park on the swing or rocker, I’ve come to notice that a beverage is always near and this rosy concoction has been my latest companion. It’s laced with the flavors of fresh ginger and lime, but it’s the addition of sparkling mineral water that truly heightens the level of refreshment. Enjoy sipping it slow in a heavily iced glass that stands for a minute or two. The intentionally tart brew needs no accent, but if you must garnish, a simple lime twist does the trick.  Norm’s Notes: Ice…
  • Answer to “Decorate This Space: Pick the Right Ottoman”

    Farima Alavi
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Designer Tobi Fairley placed a geometric-patterned orange ottoman to complement the turquoise accents. The bright color palette gives this open living room a coastal look. We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Allison is the winner of a Grill-Right Bluetooth® BBQ Thermometer from Oregon Scientific. Congrats! Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.
  • Decorate This Space: Pick the Right Ottoman

    Farima Alavi
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Can you guess which ottoman belongs in this coastal living room? Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a Grill-Right Bluetooth® BBQ Thermometer from Oregon Scientific. You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win.  All entries (comments) must be…
  • Room With a View: 8 Dreamy Beachside Bedrooms

    Kristine Thomason
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Everyone has beaches on the brain! According to Yahoo, people are still eager to plan excursions to the ocean, as beach searches are off the charts this month. I can definitely relate. Though I live in New York now, I grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, so summer will always mean one thing to me: spending as much time at the beach as humanly possible. I usually head home once the air starts turning humid, but this is the first summer I’ve spent away from the West Coast. It’s certainly a change from what I’m used to, but it’s exciting to have a new summer experience. (I even…
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  • Trend Alert: A New Way to Layer

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    I’m very sure many of us are used to the basic idea of layering outfits for warmth. However, there is more to layering than to simply wear a sweater over a tee, or a shirt. I came across this article at Refinery 29, which will give you an idea of how you can layer in a new way. Inspired by Thakoon Addition’s pre-fall 2014 collection, Refinery 29 has compiled these four layered looks that you can put together, just in time for a different style this fall. Shown here clockwise from left are: 1. Easy-Peasy – breaks up a matching style with an undone shirt; 2. Totally High…
  • Lokal In Helsinki

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:28 am
    Lokal is a concept store in Helsinki, run by Finnish photographer Katja Hagelstam. In addition to serving freshly brewed coffee, Lokal features monthly exhibitions of contemporary Finnish art, craft, and design, which are also available for purchase. Katja herself styles each exhibition according to a different theme, combining the works of various artists to create beautiful displays that are works of art in themselves. By complementing talent with talent, Lokal provides its patrons with a truly unique experience of art. Exhibition #21 Summer Love is the current theme and will go on until…
  • Spoon Collection By Dana Haim

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    Spoon Collection by Dana Haim, a Brooklyn, NY based textile designer and artist, who is generally known for her hand-printed wallpapers, one-of-a-kind hanging art sculptures and pom-pom garlands. Here, Dana departs from her usual medium, to create this set of spoons in its simple form with unusual etched patterns. However, as she explains, the two mediums aren’t so different: “I think about patterns for ceramics much like I do when creating patterns for textiles, and while glazing I’m reminded of my days in the dye lab; there is a similar element of surprise.”
  • Peg Board Wall Organizer

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    This is a modern peg board that is made from black walnut wood, with an updated design. It is created by Human | Crafted as part of their Garage Series. Together with their peg board accessories such as the 3D printed hooks and elastic bungee cord, this utility board will make a stylish functional wall organizer for the garage, office, kitchen or any other room of the house.
  • Twelve Tables 2015 Calendar

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    This is one delightful calendar that foodies and cultural food lovers may not want to miss! Around the World on Twelve Table 2015 calendar features a smorgasbord of cultural inspiration for every month. Created by illustrator Caitlin McClain of Little Low Studio in Austin, Texas, each month of this 2015 calendar features a beautifully illustrated dinner table from around the world, which includes countries such as Japan, Greece and Germany.
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    Artists Inspire Artists

  • Nespoon Exhibition

    Will Ellison
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    NeSpoon’s lacy patterns can often be seen on mailboxes, walls, parking machines, power boxes… and also at art studios. The Warsaw based artist had an exhibition at Elastico Studio in Italy where she displayed some of her more complex works. We take a look at some of her exhibition work as well as some of her street art… The post Nespoon Exhibition appeared first on Artists Inspire Artists.
  • Paintings from James Tissot

    Will Ellison
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    Sometime there can be no better place to find art inspiration than a past great. Today we look back at the work of James Tissot – who’s earlier work leaned towards Romantic and medieval themes, and later shifted to oriental, historical pictures, portraits, and scenes of contemporary life, usually featuring very elegantly dressed women. Later in his career Tissot began painted  religious subjects. He died on August 8, 1902. The post Paintings from James Tissot appeared first on Artists Inspire Artists.
  • Laurie Pincus’ Fine Art Tableaus

    Will Ellison
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Laurie Pincus is a mixed media artist out of Santa Barbra. Among other things she does installations, illustrations, and these really cool fine art tableaus with interesting and colorful characters.   The post Laurie Pincus’ Fine Art Tableaus appeared first on Artists Inspire Artists.
  • Javier Medellin Puyou’s Illustrations of Mexico

    Will Ellison
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    Javier Medellin Puyou’s Commissioned Illustrations Lufthansa airlines commissioned 14 illustrators from all over the globe to create destination scenes of their respective countries. Javier Medellin Puyou was picked from Mexico, and the cool thing is that not only do we get to see the finished piece, but he also gives a behind the scenes look at the process from drawing sketches to using the computer to add the color. The post Javier Medellin Puyou’s Illustrations of Mexico appeared first on Artists Inspire Artists.
  • Daniel Buren’s Rooftop Art Gallery

    Will Ellison
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Artist Daniel Buren’s has brought art to the rooftop, an entire gallery infact. He transformed the rooftop with sculptures, mirrors, and colored glass — and made it into the ultimate observatory, where the design complements the surrounding views. via []   The post Daniel Buren’s Rooftop Art Gallery appeared first on Artists Inspire Artists.
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    China Design Hub

  • Design Success Summit in Shanghai will Amplify the Value of Design

    Eileen Wang
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:58 am
    SHANGHAI, CHINA (July 24, 2014) is pleased to introduce the Design Success Summit 2014, a one-day conference highlighting the connection between design and business. The summit expects to attract 800 global business and thought leaders to the historic Portman Ritz-Carlton Theater at Shanghai Center on October 11, 2014. Summit events will include guest speakers, interactive presentations, the Successful Design Awards ceremony and initiation of the prestigious D-Founders Club — featuring influential founders of design or design-centric firms. Cathy Huang, co-founder of…
  • GSMA-360Fashion & Tech Runway Show 2014

    4 Jun 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Co-organized by GSMA and 360Fashion Network,, the “GSMA-360Fashion & Tech Runway Show 2014” special performance will be in Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 11th June to 13th June, 2014. A fashion visual conversation about 3D printing, virtual fitting, robotics and more cutting-edge technologies, brings you dazzling height of the fashion experience showcasing how fashion and technology fit together perfectly. On 11th June 2014, 15:30, “GSMA-360Fashion & Tech Runway Show 2014” will raise its curtain on the runway and show the latest fashion design works from…
  • Bamboo Office – Interior by JW Associates

    19 May 2014 | 5:24 am
    JW & Associates is a multidisciplinary design firm whose practice includes interior design, product design and architecture. The initial concept of this design was to create an office environment accommodating diverse emotional and working states from the calm and solitary to excited group exchanges. The first stage  was the abandonment of excessive ornamentation in favour of function and practicality with a simple colour palette of white, grey, and warm, natural wood. The design’s primary feature is a meanderous central island which, running the length of the office’s…
  • Amplifying The Value of Design

    Eileen Wang
    5 May 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Designers, Design Leaders and Leading Companies are invited to join the 2014 Successful Design Awards, if you and your company are using Design as key success factor and driver to develop products and services that generate real value for society, industry and lives of everyday people then you need to enter this award to ensure your successful design story is talked about in professional and social circles. Every participant in the Successful Design Awards is granted membership of the Successful Design Platform ensuring you instantly become a key contributor, advocate and important amplifier…
  • Successful Design Award 2014

    Eileen Wang
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:21 am
    Sorry, this entry is only available in 中文.
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  • Street Art on Train Tracks Throughout Portugal

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (also known as Bordalo II) has created a series of street art over various train tracks throughout Portugal. The art has caught the eye of many, as it offers a bright contrast to the earthy tones of the railways. Visit Bordalo’s website or Facebook page to see more of his work.Via Enpundit.
  • Surreal Underwater Photos Taken Off The Coast of Bali

    14 Jun 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong has captured these magnificent photos off the coast of Bali. For the shoot, Von Wong photographed two different models, who were also trained free divers, alongside a 50 year old underwater shipwreck. The images were taken 25 meters below the water’s surface, hence lighting and gear were limited. The main source of […]Via Enpundit.
  • Man Spends Over 10 Years Transforming a Hedge into a Dragon

    29 May 2014 | 5:53 pm
    John Brooker has spent countless hours over the last decade sculpting this hedge into a dragon straight out of a fairytale. The 150 foot hedge is located on his farm in Norfolk. Photographer Damien McFadden has captured these wonderful images of Brooker’s magnificent work.Via Enpundit.
  • A New Startup Has Created a Device That Can Charge Your Smartphone in 30 Seconds

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    It takes around 2-3 hours to charge a smartphone up to 100%, but that is about to change. Israeli startup Store Dot has created a new device that charges a phone from completely drained to 100% in just 30 seconds. Store Dot’s battery uses a quantum dot nanocrystal solution that is roughly five times more powerful […]Via Enpundit.
  • Graphic Designer Recreates Cult Classic Films In 8-bit

    23 Feb 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Slovakian designer Dusan Cezak has combined his love for classic Hollywood films and digital illustration in one of his latest projects entitled Pixelwood. He has recreated various scenes from classic films such as Pulp Fiction and Fight Club in awesome 8-bit animated GIF form. If you like what you see, support the artist and grab an 8-bit T-Shirt. The […]Via Enpundit.
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    LogoTalk | The Logo Design Guru Resource Center for Graphic Designers

  • The Lost Art of the Film Title

    Hala Ali
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    If you are willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a movie release, common sense entails that you would actually add a couple of thousand more, to stand apart from all the other film titles being released at the same time.Simply put, we ask allegedly imaginative marketers in the entertainment industry to take…
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Evolution of Fonts in Hollywood Movie Titles

    Hamza Abdelhak
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    Rolling Credits: The Film industry has to be one of the most exotic, dramatic and innovative of all entertainment fields mostly because it is visual, auditory and so completely sensual that it draws the audience in, capturing their imaginations, shocking their sensibility and even at times forcing them to reevaluate their belief and faith. Undervalued…
  • Comic Sans Must Die. Long Live Times New Roman.

    Hala Ali
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Did you know that Comic Sans is the doppelgänger for Times New Roman? We can even call Comic Sans, Times New Romans evil twin. To understand why the two are so notorious we have to look back at the creation of Comic Sans. Vincent Connre created Comic Sans for Microsoft as he disliked the use…
  • Color Psychology: Guide to Branding for Startups

    Hala Ali
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    Color is the most effective element of branding, especially, for the new business owners as they need to have guaranteed results for initial profitable sales. Branding is dependent upon the kind of color schemes chosen for the dynamic advancement of business. Color choices in small scale businesses are significant in regards to their promotion. Every…
  • Design Sensitivity: Understanding the Cultural Palette

    Hala Ali
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    When graphic designers choose colors for their designs they are usually led by personal preferences, color palette combinations, industry or client selections. However, what they tend to ignore is the cultural significance of color. The idea of a cultural palette of color was set forth by students Sandra E. Moriarty and Lisa Rohe, who wrote…
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    Stadri Emblems Blog

  • Heavy Metal Band Creates the First-Ever Embroidered Music Video

    Marisa Brayman
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Have you ever heard of the UK heavy metal trio called Throne? We hadn’t, but we will now forever remember them for something truly epic. For their latest song “Tharsis Sleeps,” they came up with an idea for the music video that will shock even hardcore fans: the first-ever, frame-by-frame, fully-embroidered music video. The band’s singer, Nicos Livesey, an animator himself, had a two-fold inspiration for this video. Seeing an embroidery machine in action at a boat show at the age of 12 left him fascinated with the process of embroidery ever since. More than that, like many…
  • Handpicked: Kelli’s Kuddlers Woven Labels

    Marisa Brayman
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    Little is more refreshing than when someone in less-than-favorable or even dire circumstances turns his or her attention toward helping others who are worse off. This is the premise of an organization called Kelli’s Kuddlers. Kelli’s Kuddlers provides handmade fleece blankets to World Relief to help welcome refugees into the U. S. Founder of the organization, Lori Haney, explains: “We started doing this after my 14-year-old daughter was given one of these blankets when she was being treated for chronic Lyme Disease. It was a huge comfort for her.” Little did she know…
  • Rock Stars Agree: Embroidered Patches Add Massive Value To Garments

    Marisa Brayman
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    After only two weeks, Alice Cooper’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy” South American tour got off to a rocky start, and we’re not talking about the music.  First, the singer fell ill and had to cancel his first show in over 30 years. He came back and gave one of his most explosive shows to date. But then, after the third show went off without a hitch, things took a turn for the worst when in Brazil his drummer Glen Sobel’s vest was stolen, right after the band had completed a sound check. “But it’s just a vest—why can’t he simply buy another one? Even if it’s expensive, he’s…
  • Customer Highlight: MuttKnee Brace Woven Patches

    Marisa Brayman
    17 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The MuttKnee Brace got started by Daryllanne Franks about twelve years ago, out of necessity to help her dog Muttley, who had injured her knee running around on the snow and ice. As a result of this injury, Muttley could barely walk, and the cost of the surgery suggested by the vet was beyond Daryllanne’s budget. Knowing she had to help her poor dog any way she could, she and her husband decided to design their own brace for Muttley, basing the design on supportive braces for human knees. After a couple of months of wearing the brace, Muttley was able to support her weight once again…
  • Do You Believe? Northern Sasquatch Research Society

    Marisa Brayman
    17 Feb 2014 | 1:40 pm
    It is a unique character of mankind to venture into the unknown. It also is characteristically human to cruelly ridicule those who do. —Paul Rayno, Monsters of the Northwoods Nothing evokes one’s imagination and fear of the North Country like the legend of Bigfoot. According to this legend, the first known sightings of Bigfoot in the Adirondacks were by the Iroquois. The first documented sighting took place in the early 1600s during the exploration of French Explorer Samuel de Champlain. Since then, over 200 sightings have been recorded. In Washington County, 1976, a New York Police…
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  • Ohio Shoelace Factory Brings Manufacturing Back

    Gary Wollenhaupt
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    You rarely give your shoelaces a second thought, but a bunch of bright blue laces from a small factory in Appalachian, Ohio are a sign manufacturing industries thought to be permanently lost are onshoring production. These laces are just a bit of cotton fiber and a metal tip, but the Bluelace Project offers one more ingredient: American pride. The Bluelace project ...
  • 6 Ways Nature is Inspiring Human Engineering

    Nancy Pardo
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Biomimetics, or the imitation of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems, has been around for centuries. Examples are everywhere, from aircraft wings and the treads on tires to climbing robots and solar panels, and in recent years biomimicry has led to new breakthroughs in such areas as fabrication, nanotechnology and biomedicine. There are so many examples of ...
  • Saving Lives: Ambulances Get Connected to the IoT

    Maria K. Regan
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a medical emergency, the value of time becomes tangible. Minutes can make the difference between life and death; disability and recovery. By lessening the time it takes to diagnose and treat a patient, smart, internet-connected devices will lead to fundamental improvements in emergency medical care. “Internet connectivity will, among other capabilities, allow previously disparate medical devices to interact with ...
  • Does The Internet Of Things Need Its Own Network?

    Michelle Reis
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    As billions of Bluetooth-enabled mattresses, toothbrushes, dog collars, soccer balls—you name it—join the Internet of Things (IoT), the networks that bind them to smartphones, tablets and other devices inevitably will become crowded, leaving current Internet capacity inadequate to handle the influx. French Internet service provider Sigfox says the solution is to build a separate network specifically for “things.” “The issue is that more connected ...
  • Mass Manufacturers Face Workforce Shortage

    Nancy Pardo
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One in three Massachusetts manufacturers report having a difficult time hiring the production workers they need, according to a UMass Dartmouth survey of 1,350 manufacturing firms conducted for the Advanced Manufacturing Regional Partnership Academy (AMRPA), a key initiative of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC). Sixty percent of these same firms report that they expect to employ more production workers in two years than ...
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    HOW Design

  • 4 Reasons to Learn New Graphic Design Skills

    Karli Petrovic
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    As a creative professional, the road to career success is more like a confusing tangle of interstate highways than a clear-cut path. While some professionals choose to pursue a Master’s degree, others are self-taught through online design courses. With job opportunities ranging from in-house manager to UX designer to freelance illustrator, it’s no wonder that traditional education is more attractive to certain creatives. But learning isn’t something reserved for the inside of a classroom. In fact, to really stand out in an already crowded career marketplace, it’s in your best interest…
  • The Most In-Demand Creative Jobs Right Now

    The Creative Group
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Here’s some good news for those looking to land a creative job: Recent research by The Creative Group found that hiring in the industry is on an upswing. 12% of advertising and marketing executives surveyed plan to add new positions in the second half of 2014, while 73% anticipate maintaining current staff levels. 12% said they don’t plan to fill open roles, down from 22% in the first six months of the year. This thawing of hiring freezes is a sign of growing confidence in business prospects. Below are more details about the employment outlook for creative professionals and today’s most…
  • Betty Hatchett: Great Logo Design & Illustration Work

    Amanda Aszman
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    In 2012, Norwood, OH–based Betty Hatchett Design principal Elizabeth Hatchett was recognized in the HOW Logo Design Competition & Awards for her logo, which was just one of many cool logo designs that came out of the industry that year.Judge Sunny Bonnell, co-founder and creative director at Motto, had nothing but good things to say about Hatchett’s design: “I was immediately smitten by this entry. The idea of using an image of a hatchet in place of the word is curiously simple and so memorable. It’s feminine, yet feminist; it’s as if you get a sense of who she…
  • Online Branding: Creative Strategy in Web Design

    Jessica Farris
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Rub elbows with the greatest names in web design and get all of the latest tools and tips for online branding and creative strategy in web design at the HOW Interactive Design Conference. The following piece on online branding is an excerpt from the first lesson of Dave Holston’s HOW Design University course, Managing a Web Design Project from Start to Finish. Over the last decade, the old model of push advertising through expensive print and broadcast advertising has given way to pull approaches that use search engine marketing and social media. The reliance on the trusty press release has…
  • Experience the Wonder of Interactive Design at HIDC This Fall

    Erin Prus
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    We’re serious about a few things here at HOW, and inspiration is one of them. Wonder, delight? Yes, those too… THE Web Conference Focused On DesignJam-packed with HOW-style Inspiration We figured out a secret some time ago: Designers need other designers as sources of inspiration. And that’s where we come in: We facilitate the meetings of the minds at our conferences. We bring designers together to share, think, learn and experience the kind of magic that’s only possible in the company of other practitioners. And with world-class speakers to boot, our events reignite…
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    The Design Range

  • 7 Future Trends in Digital Design

    Andy Brattle
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Trends and fashions are difficult to predict at the best of times, least of all with an industry constantly evolving and improving at such a rapid rate like digital design. But the continual increase in mobile and tablet usage helps pinpoint what areas will be improved, and which trends will continue to grow throughout 2014. The continued rise of the Z-Axis Simply put, the z-axis is the plain that exists between the x- and y-axis; in this context it describes the layers that sit above or below one another. As the devices that web pages are browsed on adapt and change with technological…
  • Has CSS Made Us Lazy Designers?

    Alexander Singleton
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ages and ages and ages ago I used to work as Art Director for a music magazine, I think I got about eleven issues under my belt before I decided to leave to do graphic design full time. Every now and again (usually when I’m moving office) I uncover that stack of magazines I kept and have a quick flick through them. The last few were pretty average design wise, certainly nothing to shout about, but the first one or two I did, oh man… they were shit. When I was working on those first few issues, I didn’t really have any idea how a magazine worked in terms of design. I…
  • How to Win at Working from Home

    Alexander Singleton
    4 Jun 2014 | 2:59 am
    Last week I posted an article about the absolute disaster I made of working from home when I first started freelancing and went over some of the reasons why I’ve recently packed in my office to try it again. Thankfully this time round has gone much much smoother, but it’s not been a roll of the dice, this time I knew the pitfalls and have put a few tactics in place to help me sidestep them Indiana Jones style. 1.Make sure your Home Office is a Home Office. Duh right? But seriously, do not think you can run a successful business with your laptop on your knee sat on the couch in front of…
  • How to Make Working from Home a really Shit Decision

    Alexander Singleton
    28 May 2014 | 3:59 am
    When I first started out as a graphic designer many moons ago I did my first few jobs from my bedroom. At the time I was living in Manchester city centre and had a rather nice apartment, I miss that apartment, it had a balcony and everything. However working from there was anything but ideal. In the beginning I thought it was fantastic, I had a commute that was all of three seconds and I didn’t even have to get dressed. Surely, I thought, productivity will be insane. Turns out that was truer than I knew. You see, I’ve said before that I love what I do, and that’s true, but…
  • Why Your Great Granddad Knows More About Twitter Marketing Than You

    Alexander Singleton
    14 May 2014 | 6:27 am
    I’ll level with you here guys – one of the things I don’t do too well in this game is social media. I’ll hold my hands up here, I know it’s important to a business but with the best intentions in the world, I keep finding myself letting it slide. However, out of all the social media outlets that I have a presence on, of all the audiences I regularly forsake perhaps the one I have the most trouble with is Twitter. Which is a bit of a bugger really as that’s quite possibly the most important. I see tonnes of other designers that really nail Twitter, and use…
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    The Springleap Blog

  • Two Oceans “Craft the Cooler” Design Challenge
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    Two Oceans wine is looking for amazing designs that will be printed onto limited edition wine carrier bags! This is a great opportunity to create designs that will grace the arms of wine drinkers everywhere! Fame, fortune and your design seen in all the right places – sound good? Read on…   The two best designs in Two Oceans “Craft the Cooler” design challenge, will each win $1000 and be used on their limited edition cooler bags across South Africa.    Crafted by the African sun and the cool sea breeze, Two Oceans wines are produced in the Western Cape winelands,…
  • Conversations on Creativity 8.0. Event – Cape Town
    29 May 2014 | 12:33 am
    Do you enjoy conversations on creativity, are you in Cape Town this weekend, inspired by creative individuals that have a passion and love for their work and everything they do, want to be part of a day of dialogue, information sharing and entertainment…then look no further than attending the ConversationsonCreativity 8.0 event taking place this Saturday……they have an incredible line up of guest speakers!   Even better news…it’s FREE, so there is no excuse really?!   Be sure not to miss out on Conversations on Creativity, here are all the details on…
  • Cape Town Design Alert: Night of 1000 Drawings (Supportive Pre-Event)

    26 Feb 2014 | 12:55 am
    Yes folks… come one, come all – Night of 1000 Drawings supportive pre-event to the build up to the main event taking place later this year, comes to again Cape Town tonight…   Here are the deets:   1000 Drawings this is a unique fundraising exhibition, where drawings donated by anyone and everyone, are collected and sold to the public.    Twenty Fifty is teaming up with 1000 Drawings – Cape Town yet again to bring you the 3rd instalment of Drink ‘n Draw right here in Cape Town.   Attendance is FREE but please click the link to Get Tickets…
  • Classic Art video of Masterpieces will blow your mind

    12 Feb 2014 | 4:30 am
    Video of Masterpieces: Once in a while an artist steps out of the mold to really blow your mind.   Animator and filmmaker Rino Stefano Tagliafierro was so taken with classic works of art that he poured his skill and time into making a masterpiece of masterpieces. A homage to the great classic art pieces that move the soul.   What better way to move the soul than with motion – bring them to life?   In this short movie entitled, “Beauty”, Rino Stefano Tagliafierro used Abobe After Effects to animate the work after cutting them out meticulously.   9…
  • Clet Abraham interview

    17 Dec 2013 | 3:49 am
    With this interview, we’ve got the pleasure of adding a true street art rockstar to our list of interviewed creatives here at Springleap! He’s the artist whose improvisations on street signs have been featured on blogs and design sites across the net, and it’s no wonder – Clet Abraham‘s work makes great use of standard street signage, but puts a humorous spin on it. You might have caught our piece on his work, over here. A celebrated artist in his own right, Clet’s sign art is itself inspiring others to get out there and create art in their own streets.
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  • Coolest Gadgets of the Week via The Gadget Flow #30

    Mike Chliounakis
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:51 am
    This article was originally published on SmokingDesigners Website - Coolest Gadgets of the Week via The Gadget Flow #30 and it was Written By Mike Chliounakis.
  • Ingimage: 100 Professional Fonts – only $19!

    Mike Chliounakis
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    This article was originally published on SmokingDesigners Website - Ingimage: 100 Professional Fonts – only $19! and it was Written By Mike Chliounakis.
  • Pets Gadgets Collection

    Mike Chliounakis
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    This article was originally published on SmokingDesigners Website - Pets Gadgets Collection and it was Written By Mike Chliounakis.
  • Fun Skitch Font Family (all 11 fonts) – only $9!

    Mike Chliounakis
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:08 am
    This article was originally published on SmokingDesigners Website - Fun Skitch Font Family (all 11 fonts) – only $9! and it was Written By Mike Chliounakis.
  • Kids Gadgets Collection

    Mike Chliounakis
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:04 am
    This article was originally published on SmokingDesigners Website - Kids Gadgets Collection and it was Written By Mike Chliounakis.
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    Blue Soda Promo Blog

  • How Netflix Chose to Promote Orange is the New Black with Promotional Products

    Matt Powers
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Netflix is quickly risen to the top of movie rental industry. Combined with their streaming video service they have all but demolished the conventional video rental store. Their convenient pricing and easy to use website allows subscribers to watch almost every movie/television show on demand in a moment’s notice. Yet, Netflix never seems to be satisfied with their product at hand. They now have stepped into the realm of original programming.  They have resurrected cult favorites like Arrested Development and The Killing and recruited big names such as Kevin Spacey and David Fincher…
  • Two Excellent Promotional Campaign Examples That Will Help Boost Your Social Media

    Matt Powers
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    Promotional products are typically thought of as a great marketing tactic when trying to get your business in the (real) face of consumers. Which is true. A tangible product, that people find useful or entertaining help businesses gain repeat impressions and brand recognition. However, there is a belief from some that these type of products cannot help your online presence. Which is completely false. The following two examples will prove that not only can promotional products can increase a business’s online visibility, but also boost their social media as well. The Rubber Duck…
  • Your Go-To Guide for all Your Contest & Giveaway Questions

    Jessica Wysocki
    2 Jun 2014 | 1:53 pm
    We all know that yes, contests and giveaways have been around for basically EVER and are a classic marketing tactic.  But contests and giveaways aren’t what they used to be, they have taken on a completely new life,  as if they were reincarnated along with this beautiful new area of  social web domination. While I will be honest and tell you that contests and giveaways are not the end all be all of your marketing  challenges, it is a genius kick ass way to build your fan base, engage your audience, get a rich source of data and wait for it…. Get your consumers to do…
  • How Video Game Companies Use Swag to Promote New Games

    Matt Powers
    6 May 2014 | 8:25 am
    The video game industry has never shied away from using promotional products to add extra excitement to their newest titles.  With a dedicated fan based like no other, consumers are willing to fork over a little extra cash to get their hands on some additional swag of their favorite digital characters or titles. Video game swag acts as a promotional tool and a thank you to an audience willing to support them for life if the companies are willing to continue making games they love.  Gamers will sport their wearables proudly, display their swag prominently in their homes and accessorize…
  • Instagram: Becoming The New Forefront of Social Media

    Ina Bullari
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Over the past couple of years, there has been an immense growth in popularity among social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest…just to name a few. Even though it feels like social media has been around forever, it is actually just getting started. Whether you are a local business owner or the CEO of a global corporation you know one thing to be absolute: Your target market is online. Social media provides a vast window of opportunity to make connections and build relationships with your customers – which will in turn create the foundation for a long…
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  • Nauseating photographs portray the intense urban density of Hong Kong

    Joshua Tyler Bacon
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    First and foremost, I’ve got a real symmetry thing. Probably not a unique stand point, but if looking out my window meant these views I think I would have a case of constant vertigo. Maybe that is the feeling that photographer Michael Wolf is trying to give us with his new collection called ‘Architecture of Density.’ The German shutterbug was a native of Hong Kong for some twenty years. He liked to spend his free time photographing visual patters he found in the environment and then cluster them in groups like “Lost Laundry,” and “Informal Seating Arrangements.” Most of…
  • Body painted contortionist is transformed into a creepy realistic spider

    Justin Crowe
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    At first, this looks like something out of a horror film. A massive evil spider preparing to terrorize a city and definitely eat some people. This “spider” is actually a skilled contortionist who has been realistically body painted by the very talented Emma Fay. The spider took Fay 5 hours to paint, which actually seems like not a long time when considering the amount of detail in the image. The model was then photographed at just the right angle against a white background to create a crazy realistic final image. Fay has painted many other animals including a giraffe and seahorse…
  • Surprisingly realistic butterfly and moth sculptures made from textiles

    Justin Crowe
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    These intricate works of art use textiles to mimic the aesthetic of butterflies and moths. The delicate appearance of the thread lends itself nicely to the textures and patterns of butterfly wings. At first glance you may even be fooled into thinking they are actual butterflies. Yumi Okita is the artist behind these works. She uses embroidery techniques along with feathers, fur and painting to achieve her desired finish. The sculptures are surprisingly large, measuring nearly a foot in length. You can see more of Okita’s work in her etsy shop. Source
  • Stunning religious sculptures made with guns hide a dual meaning of love and pain

    Joshua Tyler Bacon
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s not a hard topic to follow. Faith is war. Most wars are fought over religious differences, in fact, maybe all of them. It’s this silent message that San Francisco artist Al Farrow wanted to make loud. So he did it with a bang. His stunning sculptures of temples, mosques and churches are made entirely from bullets, shell casings and guns. Entitled the ‘Reliquaries Collection’ Farrow’s message can be heard loud and clear. Through impressive juxtaposition he’s managed to bring to the forefront an issue many would rather bury. His works can be seen at the Farrow Fine Arts…
  • Small elements make a big impact in these intricate installations

    Steph Guinan
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Tara Donnavan is a Brooklyn-based installation artist who has a unique way of transforming spaces. Predominantly using everyday objects, Donnavan builds her forms with large quantities of a single object. With something as simple as Styrofoam cups and hot glue, the viewer discovers new properties of the material through the work—the subtle luminosity or the reinforced edge of the round lip. The artist was trained in sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Installation exhibitions of Donnavan’s work will be on display at…
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    Graphics Unleashed

  • Xara Designer Pro X10, the Ultimate all-in-one Creative Software

    Foster D. Coburn III
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Below is the press release for Xara Designer Pro X10. We are in the process of reviewing this new version and will post the review once we've had time to give it a good look. Xara announces a new release of Xara Designer Pro X10, the ultimate all-in-one creative software that provides all the tools for a range of graphic design tasks that would normally require three or more separate ‘suite’ programs: illustration, photo editing, web graphics, advanced page layout (Desktop Publishing & PDF), websites and more. By combining all these tools in one program, Xara Designer Pro achieves…
  • Last Minute July Sales on Corel Products

    Foster D. Coburn III
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Corel has several sales running through the month of July 2014. Each of them is listed below and they are scheduled to end at the end of July so take advantage before they expire. New! AfterShot Pro 2 - Get Yours Today - Only $79.99!Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate Version - $79.99 (Save $20 off List Price of $99.99)Buy Corel VideoStudio Pro X7! NEW Release! Corel WordPerfect X7 Full or Upgrade version. Buy NowBack to School! Save $100 on Corel Website Creator X6 - only $99 Buy NowBack to School! Save $20 on Corel WordPerfect X7 Home and Student…
  • Patuoxun FM Transmitter Broadcasts Your Tunes on Car Radio

    Foster D. Coburn III
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the month of July, I drove nearly 3500 miles in both the midwest and on some very remote roads in Mexico and the desert southwest. In many of these locations, it was hard to find any radio stations. It was even more rare to find a station that played the music I wanted to hear. That's why I keep an FM transmitter in my travel bag. I have a much older model than the Patuoxun FM Transmitter Adapter shown here, but I think this newer model is a much more elegant solution than what I have. Even better is that you can currently get it for under $11 at Amazon. With this device, you plug it into…
  • New Xara Photo and Graphic Designer v10

    Foster D. Coburn III
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Below is the press release for Xara Photo and Graphic Designer v10. After we've had time to work with the software, we'll post a review. Xara announces the release of the latest new version of their creative design software, Xara Photo and Graphic Designer v10 - an easy-to-use program that provides all the tools for a range of graphic design and photo editing tasks. Xara Photo and Graphic Designer is ideal for any graphics enthusiast, small company or academic user. New shadow and highlight tools provide the user with precise editing control over specific areas of their photo that are in deep…
  • Fill Up on the Greasy Spoon Free Font

    Foster D. Coburn III
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    When I'm traveling, I often stop at a roadside diner to get a bite to eat. These places are often called a "greasy spoon". In honor of these great stops along the road, today's free font is named Greasy Spoon.  Get your free copy! Not sure how to download and install these free fonts? Make sure to read Downloading Fonts, Installing Fonts and Spam Filters for detailed instructions. Need help setting up an account for free stuff? Read Do You Have Account For Free Stuff On Graphics Unleashed? 1 year ago, the free font was Proclamate.2 years ago, the free font was Beerglass.3 years ago, the…
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    Tony's Textiles Blog

  • Your top curtain questions answered!

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    A lot of our customers turn to us to ask questions about their curtains, we thought we’d put together a blog post to answer the most common questions we get asked. If you have any other curtain-related questions, please do get in touch over on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll be happy to help. How do you attach blackout curtain linings to curtains? Step 1 Find a flat surface and lay the curtain face down. Place the lining on top of the curtain the correct side up. Step 2 When using standard curtain hooks, insert the hook into lining tape and then curtain tape, select the right hook position…
  • Colour focus: Think Pink!

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    A tickle of pink can inject a fun, feminine look into both modern and traditional homes. Take the summer months as a great opportunity to introduce this bright, bold colour into your home. As pink is a fairly dramatic colour, it’s best to start off by adding flashes of colour rather than going the whole hog and painting the interior walls of your home fully pink. Think subtle. Follow the ‘less is more’ rule to avoid garish DIY disasters that are hard to cover up. A really simple way to bring your home to life with pink is by sourcing soft furnishings in this colour – cushions, throws,…
  • New in: our favourite new duvet covers!

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    We’ve introduced some fantastic new duvet covers to our range – they’re flying off the shelves and are a great cost-effective way to spruce up your bedroom. They instantly make a huge impact on your bedroom’s style as their such a focal point. Create a wild look in your bedroom with the Salima Animal Print Quilt Cover – the natural tones make this design fairly subtle but will add texture and warmth to your bedroom’s décor. Are you an old romantic? If so, you’ll love this red hearts duvet cover, we love this cute pattern and it’s the perfect print to create a warm and homely…
  • Trend alert: mismatched cushions

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:59 am
    Our style expert’s top trend for June is mismatched cushions. They bring a living room or bedroom to life and can create a vibrant new look. Add depth to a room, bring it together and make it feel warm and homely by simply introducing a few contrasting cushions. Choose colours that complement each other, a mixture of patterns and prints and a range of sizes and shapes – don’t be afraid to experiment. Colours we particularly like to see together at the moment are bold shades such as lime green, pink and teal. If bright colours wouldn’t suit your home’s décor, then why not try this…
  • Shop it like it’s hot! Our top summer styles

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:48 am
    We’ve picked out our top three style steals to inject a fun look into your home this season. They’re the perfect soft furnishings to freshen up your décor for summer! It’s time to turn up the heat with firey reds! We’re hoping this summer’s going to be a sizzler and are loving warm tones at the moment. Our chenille circle eyelet curtains have a vibrant, modern pattern and the deep red shade is perfect for this time of year. Fun, girly and contemporary … these bright pink voile curtains will add a splash of colour into your home this summer and make your décor pop. Make a…
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    Top Creative Works

  • Kitten wireless router

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    A very cute and adorable kitten, its erecting tail is a dual frequency AC antenna, the eyes are power and network indicating lamp, and the network interface is hidden in its ass. Users can check the router state, eliminate interference via the cell phone APP. Designed by Qiao Bo. You Might Also LikeSmarty RingWeMo light switchWireless manhole coveriPhone viewfinderVaavud wind meter
  • VIDDY paperboard camera

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    All camera components are gathered in a piece of paperboard, users can assemble a camera in 30 minutes without glue. It supports the medium and full frame and using the film to take photos. Designed by Kelly Angood. You Might Also LikeSplinter bikeModos modular furniture systemSuperdesk by Clive WilkinsonDaylight ViewfinderPortable hand tools set
  • Vanhawks intelligent navigation bicycle

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    It is equipped with GPS, after connected with smart cell phone via Bluetooth, and set the navigation route through cell phone application, the LED lamp on the handlebar can be used to indicate the direction. Designed by Ali Zahid. You Might Also LikeTriposo Travel BeltVessyl intelligent glass bottleNO 22 Intelligent plaster lampsSmart caneCliMate micro weather station
  • Multifunctional hairpin

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    In addition to help the woman to hold the hair, this stainless steel hairpin can also be used to cut fruit, rope and fix the wick. Designed by Yaacov Goldberg. You Might Also LikeFolding Herb ChopperStrawberry SlicesterCampfire Fishing RodHedgehog graterEscher fruitbowl
  • M3 tea table

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Inspired by the tropics bread tree texture, the Puerto Rican designer Javi Olmeda designed this innovative tea table. It looks like a bread tree, and its material comes from mangrove. You Might Also LikeStump tea tableiPhone tea tableTea table cat nestCardboard tea tableUltra-stylish tea table
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  • “Willingness to be inspired is a state of mind necessary for creation”

    Carlota Torres
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Xan Centrón, Nerea Villar, Miguel Vázquez and Sara Veiga are The Nude Design. These four friends, who consider themselves a small family, founded their company of nude furniture with the aim of providing the customers totally customizable pieces. Based in the Spanish northern city of Vigo, they create nude designs for the customer to personalize the finish or choose the one he/she likes the most from the wide range they offer. We had the opportunity to speak with Sara Veiga, who told us everything about the birth and philosophy of this very personal project. What does nude design mean for…
  • Fnac & Mercado Central de Diseño support the most cutting edge design and artwork in Spain

    Sara Pérez
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and, finally, the day has arrived! Of course, we’re talking about the inauguration of the amazing collaboration between Fnac and Mercado Central de Diseño in Madrid. For the occasion, both of them worked together to promote Spanish design in a fun and innovative way. With goal of supporting the most cutting edge design and artwork, the two institutions have truly established an important initiative that will last until August 31st. For almost two months, designers from different parts of Spain that have worked with Mercado…
  • Impressive Restaurants & Bars: Part I

    Sara Pérez
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Summer: hotter temperatures and longer days means there’s more time to enjoy everything the world has to offer. Whether this means travelling, relaxing on the beach, or going to the bar with friends depends on the person but here at Triitme!, we obviously have design and good food on the brain (can you blame us?). Due to this, we’ve decided to help you out by offering some restaurant options from around the world that will help you enjoy your summer just a little bit more, whether you’re in your city or far away. Here, you’ll find our recommendations in terms of…
  • The revolution of gastronomy

    Sara Pérez
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Founded in 2013, Dutchdeluxes is a design label based in the creative heart of the Dutch city Eindhoven. Driven by passion and fun, the two designers behind the brand bring extraordinary crafted ‘made in Holland’ products to the market. Pastel colours and appealing materials like wood are used in the coolest way in their wide range of foodplatters we have fallen in love with! If you haven’t check them out yet, please do! They’re the best way to surprise your guests when inviting them to your place. As we told you in our previous post about window displays, beauty is…
  • Window (displays) into their soul!

    Sara Pérez
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    Window displays are the first impression we have of a store. In fact, we’re exposed to hundreds – maybe even thousands – of them everyday so it’s become easier and easier to just hurry right by and ignore what we see in the window. People are increasingly getting caught up in the hustle-and-bustle meaning that the importance of a storefront with appealing decor is growing tenfold. The recent economic crisis means people are shopping and spending less so stores have had to get creative. Many of them are now trying to appeal to the customer’s emotional side and…
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  • Cute Quadruped Monster Illustrator Tutorial

    ilcho bogdanovski
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:39 am
    Really cool and easy to follow quadruped monster illustrator tutorial from MakeSimpleDesigns. This is step by step Adobe Illustrator Tutorial. Visit Source
  • 30 Free Amazing PSD Loading and Progress Bar Designs

    5 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Looking for free free loading or progress bar or even to inspire your self? if your answer is yes then this post will help, we find for you 30 free amazing PSD loading and progress bar designs that can be used in your next webdesign works, you will find different designs that you could choose. Visit Source
  • 30 Amazing Text Effects Tutorials

    5 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    In this post we are featuring 30 amazing text effects tutorials that designers should see. You will learn new techniques that you will be able to use in your next text effect design works. Visit Source
  • Amazing And Stunning Illustrations by Alexis Marcou

    ilcho bogdanovski
    5 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Amazing And Stunning Illustrations by London based illustrator Alexis Marcou Visit Source
  • Candy Typography Designs for Inspiration

    5 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    As always we are looking for amazing to amaze you with the new, the typography designs are good idea to use in your design works. It’s make a creative touch and impressive look, we found candy typography designs for inspiration, and we hope you like this collection as we did. Visit Source
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    Udara Jay.

  • Learning to code as a designer

    Udara Jayawardena
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    As a designer and artist the most logical and easiest of languages to learn is HTML and CSS. These are two very co-dependent languages and can easily be self taught with the use of online tutorials and free services like Code Academy. Learning a new language is not an easy task – specially without a prior background in coding; it can take anywhere between a few weeks to several years to properly grasp a language and be able to manipulate it to your needs.Being a self-taught coder I’ve gone through numerous method of teaching myself programming. Having been impatient at first I…
  • Designn Magazine Five

    Udara Jayawardena
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Have you ever looked at something and wanted to create something like it? Well I do! All the time! I have tendency to create what I like for myself – even if there are literally thousands of services offering it for free. The primal feeling of it being something you created, and being exactly what you want it to be means a lot to me – and it is for this same reason I started Designn Magazine. My idea for Designn Magazine was for it to be a 100% community run, premium quality magazine: It’s the reason why we spend 6 months designing each edition, it’s the reason all…
  • Creating a Social Media Marketing Strategy

    Udara Jayawardena
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
     93% of marketers use social media to promote their business. It’s growing so fast that any business without proper social media presence is loosing out on a large chunk of their potential audience and customers – if done right they can tap into in a much more diverse market and increase conversion rates than ever expected.The social media strategy for your business/project or anything for that matter would have to be unique to itself; but this doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be original or different. Look into your competition and other similar businesses,…
  • Creating a successful web design. And Inspiration.

    Udara Jayawardena
    28 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    Creating a website is a big step. Specially if it’s the first time; purchasing and setting up a server and domain name requires quite a lot of work during registration. But I’ll skip beyond this to actually setting up the website design – there are countless tutorials just a Google Search away with detailed instructions for the prior. Lets start with a few questions:What’s the website for?Is it a personal portfolio, blog or both? Well the approach you take can differ for each. A simple portfolio website created using HTML would require a lot less work and cost less…
  • Building a successful user interface.

    Udara Jayawardena
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:16 am
    The user interface is the only thing that connects your whole website and business to your end user, and getting it wrong is as bad as getting your business idea wrong. User interfaces have evolved over time, they’ve been getting simpler, clearer and sometimes does more than just let you select your choices. It influences them.I’ve designed a number of user interface designs for multiple websites and  gone through hundreds more to find out exactly how they work. A good user interface should have a high conversion rate; this is the number of visitors who turn into customers…
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  • Tin & Ed

    Jeremiah Shoaf
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Fonts: Futura
  • Elena Mora

    Jeremiah Shoaf
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Fonts: Benton Sans
  • Greg Washington

    Jeremiah Shoaf
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Fonts: Univers, Mercury

    Jeremiah Shoaf
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Fonts: Tiempos Text, Gotham, Brandon Grotesque
  • Pitchfork Music Festival

    Jeremiah Shoaf
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Fonts: Larsseit
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    Creatives Wall

  • 25 Free Vector World Maps

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    If you are looking to use a world map in your design works and need it with high resolution or even inspire your self! then you are in the right place here we collected 25 free vector world map that you can use it in your designs work. Wikipedia Blank Map – World Download (PNG, SVG)   Wikimedia Blank Map – Flat World Download (PNG, SVG)   Free vectorial world map Download (AI, JPG)   Global Map Vector Download (AI)   World Map Vector Download (PDF)   Dots World Map Download (AI)   Vector World map background (PSD) Download (PSD)   Earth Map…
  • 24 Free Script Fonts

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    If you want to use script fonts in your design works then you have to check out this post. This post contains 24 free script fonts that can be used in your next design works,  Please read the author license before you use these fonts. The lobster Font Download Font   Kaushan Script Font Download Font   Dancing Script Font Download Font   Blenda Script – Free Font Download Font   Streetwear (Free Font) Download Font   Bispo (free) Typeface Download Font   Braxton free font Download Font   Handwriting – Haiku’s Script Font Download Font…
  • 25 Architecture Logo designs For Inspiration

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    If you are planning to design architect logo or even if you are an engineer and need to see some samples to create your own architect logo, then you are in the right place! This post contains 25 architecture logo designs for inspiration that will inspire you to get new ideas! 4th Arch Avenue Architects Logo Source   Mary Anne Da Costa Source   ZSP Cube – a mark for an architect Source Vandelay Architects Source   Vandelay Architects Source   Claudia Gherman Logo Source Silver Lake Source   Kenny Architects Source   Bon Architect Source   Noor…
  • Candy Typography Designs for Inspiration

    5 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    As always we are looking for amazing to amaze you with the new, the typography designs are good idea to use in your design works. It’s make a creative touch and impressive look, we found candy typography designs for inspiration, and we hope you like this collection as we did. Pop Candy View Source   Candy Typography View Source   I Want Candy View Source   Candy’s Dandy View Source   Candy View Source   Furia’ Llicious View Source   Candy View Source   Candy View Source   Sweet Pink Candy View Source   Just Do Nut View Source  …
  • 30 Amazing Text Effects Tutorials

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    All designers interesting in creating text effects, learning text effect is most important for designers it’s the base of most of industrial designs. In this post we are featuring 30 amazing text effects tutorials that designers should see. You will learn new techniques that you will be able to use in your next text effect design works. How to Create Dripping Honey on Toast Text Effect in Photoshop CS Read Tutorial Metallic Rivets on Denim Text Effect Read Tutorial   Create an Easy Glitter Glue Inspired, Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop Read Tutorial   How to Create Very Shiny…
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    Vector logos and Logotypes free download - » Free Vector Logo

  • Nike Plus logo vector fre download

    Peter Tazakan
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Nike Plus vector logo in (.EPS, .AI, .CDR) format. Free download Nike Plus logo in vector format. Direct link and Totally FREE! The post Nike Plus logo vector fre download appeared first on Vector logos and Logotypes free download -
  • Porsche logo vector free download

    Dian N
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Porsche vector logo in (.EPS, .AI, .CDR) format. Free download Porsche logo vector in vector format. Direct link and Totally FREE! - LOGO EPS all free logo vector The post Porsche logo vector free download appeared first on Vector logos and Logotypes free download -
  • Facebook logo vector free download

    Ben Bonsava
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Facebook vector logo EPS, AI, CDR. Free download Facebook logo vector at Logo in Adobe Illustrator (EPS) file format The post Facebook logo vector free download appeared first on Vector logos and Logotypes free download -
  • Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona logo vector download

    Dian N
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Super Bowl XLIX logo vector, download Super Bowl XLIX 2015 vector logo. Free download Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona logo vector at LOGOEPS.COM (super-bowl-xlix-in-arizona-logo-vector.eps) The post Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona logo vector download appeared first on Vector logos and Logotypes free download -
  • Made for iPhone vector free download

    Apple Queen
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Made for iPhone vector .EPS, .AI Download Made for iPhone vector for free. The made for iphone vettoriale original vector in Adobe Illustrator (EPS) file format. The post Made for iPhone vector free download appeared first on Vector logos and Logotypes free download -
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  • i chose a rug /// decorate

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    hey guys! remember my post where i needed some advice on a rug for the foyer? guess what? I FINALLY CHOSE A RUG! woohoo! and i’m dancing like a giddy school girl and doing a jig! i seriously couldn’t be happier…it adds such a bright punch of color to the house. i bought the nuLoom remade overdyed turquoise rug from i will have to say, when i received it, i was a bit nervous. the edging was more of a dull hunter gray green and my heart sunk. i thought oh great, i’ve just purchased a rug to match my gray barrister cabinet and gray/green haywood wakefield…
  • bags that don’t break the bank

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    every other week, my sister-in-law and i text back and forth…it usually starts out as a quick question, but then we start to ramble about other rando things. the other night we started chatting about purses. see, the boy oddly understands my obsession with bags…her boy “understands the importance of a purse, but to him it could be a brown paper bag vs a vuitton” which is the normal guy reaction to spending money on a new purse…and i completely get that — purses are expensive — and vuittons are REALLY expensive unless you buy them used off ebay. also, when…
  • let’s talk about you

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    after writing this blog for almost a year now, i’ve realized i know nothing about you guys! every once in a while, i review my visitors stats, and i’m always so curious about you…who you are, how you found this little spot on the world wide web, where are you from? so i thought it might be fun to put together a little (quick) questionnaire to see who’s reading…and  you guys can get to know each other as well…i’ll try to remember to post this once every couple months for new readers and i’ll post new questions for existing readers…sound…
  • 10 under $100 – bargain buys

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    the boy always tells me i have champagne taste and yes, i will agree…it’s been that way since i was a kid. my mom would always tell me, “no one is going to know if you have $20 jeans or $200 jeans unless someone looks at the tag on your behind.” i beg to differ. while watching hgtv the other day, the host said, “with a little DIY, you’d never know this table was only $20.” ummm, yes. yes, i would…and the boy’s response to that was, “well that’s because you’re a snarky bitch momma.” bahahahahaha…this is also…
  • pretty little things — styling and decor

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    hello lovelies! it’s really late tonight, and i just can’t sleep…the boy is traveling on business which means momma bird stays up all night long making sure no masked bandits get in the house…i know, it’s super silly, but i have this fear that if i close my eyes, something horrible will happen, and i will sleep thru the entire ordeal. thank gawd the boy rarely travels, or i’d be walking around with bags under my eyes. but lucky for you, i’m bright eyed and bushy tailed…ready to share with you a new edition of pretty little things. this time…
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    Darren Barnard

  • Artist Uses Smoke & Glass Bottles To Create Works Of Art

    Darren Barnard
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    Artist Uses Smoke & Glass Bottles To Create Works Of Art You know the saying one mans trash is another mans treasure well in this case art piece. Jim Dingilian  a New York artist has found an amazing use for empty glass bottles. He takes the empty glass bottles and coates the interior of the bottle in black smoke then once settled, he uses a fine brush and carefully brushing the interior of the bottle he creates amazing art works. The art works though beautiful have a dark and mysterious feel that are dripping with a sense of suburban decay.  The idea of using discarded glass bottles…
  • Artist Turns Pencils Into Beautiful Designer Vases

    Darren Barnard
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    Artist Turns Pencils Into Beautiful Designer Vases I have seen pencils being used to create beautiful ark works but i have never seen the pencil being the beautiful designer art work. Tuomas Markunpoika a Finnish artist takes hundreds of ordinary pencils and transforms them into designers vases. Tuomas glues hundreds of pencils together in sheets and uses a lathe to carve them down into beautiful and designer looking vases. Once lathe down the contrast between lead and wood creates beautiful random patterns.  “Pencils are utilized when giving form to our thoughts, illustrating our…

    Darren Barnard
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    MAKE DESIGNER BISCUIT FROM LASER-CUT ROLLING PIN Now days it easy to get your hands on a laser cutter. At every craft market i have been to recently every tom,dick & harry seems to be just laser cutting same old things. But  Zuzia Kozerska a Polish designer has take laser cutting and used it to transforms her weapon of choice “the rolling Pin” into a designer biscuit maker. Zuzia takes a traditional kitchen rolling pin and uses a laser cutter to engrave fun and amazing patterns / shapes into the rolling pins. The result when rolling out your cookie dough it creates designer…

    Darren Barnard
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    ORDINARY OBJECTS OR MAGNIFICENT ART WORKS Marcello Barenghi is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Milan (Italy). He has an amazing skill at taking ordinary objects and turning them into magnificent art works. From a young age he showed promises in his works. At the age of 9 he attempted to replicate Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. In my books that’s crazy, when i was 9 i was still trying to draw in the lines.    His passion for art lead him on a journey to his weapon of  drawing choice, the colored pencil. He says “I discovered the colored pencils, but I immediately felt…

    Darren Barnard
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY IN A MYSTICAL & FOGGY SPANISH FOREST Guillermo Caballa, a gifted Professional photographer situated in Vigo, Spain. He uses the woodlands of Galicia together with his gorgeous pooch Malu as his photographic canvas. Caballa’s photographs, which he shoots with an Olympus E-M5, got my attention for their mystical magnificence. Lets be honest who doesn’t like amazing / exotic photo’s of mystical / magical forests as well as a cute pooch through into the mix. The majority of his photo’s emphasize dejected woodlands wreathed in thick mist and a…
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  • 20+ Photography Logo Designs for Inspiration

    DesignCular Team
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Photography for sure has been explored in heavy depth by umpteen of individuals out there. There was a time when photography was strictly followed as a hobby by individuals who had a deep liking for the same. However, times are changing at a rapid rate. Today, individuals have shown a highly broad outlook and have gone ahead to take up photography as a full time or part time profession. Moreover, the photography industry is seen witnessing a heavy surge. Similarly, a lot is being spoken and heard about photography logo designs in particular. With each passing day a new budding photographer…
  • Surefire Tips on How to become a Successful Freelancer

    DesignCular Team
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Freelancing is a job, where you are your own boss. You look for various people, work for them, and the professional relationship ends right there. You are not bound to anyone, and you work on your own terms, to complete the job in the least cost and less time. As easy as it seems, but it is not.  There are millions of freelancers worldwide, who try their hand in this, but fail miserably, because of a lot of factors involved in it. To be a successful person, we seek advice, and to be a successful freelancer, you need a few tips to be understood, and succeed as much as you want. There are a…
  • 20 Tutorials on How to Design a Logo

    DesignCular Team
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Logo Designing has become a very in thing of late. However, the question here is how easy is it for a layman to go ahead and design a logo for himself. The good news here is that one click on the Internet and you will come across a good number of tutorials that are believed to play in central role in assisting individuals to design a logo at large. In absence of these tutorials the entire logo designing process is definite to turn into a tedious and highly time consuming affair. Moreover, there are also high chances of you loosing on the right direction and missing out on the correct…
  • Why Blog Owners should have Business Cards

    DesignCular Team
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Blogging is something, that we all love to do. In a way or the other, we all do some blogging. Even sharing something on Facebook, is a form of blogging itself. And, some people are actually dependent upon blogging for making their living, or actually, making a wonderful living, better than most of the other people of the society. Some people have given up their boring old school jobs, and already started working on their home, writing blogs, and earning money from the revenue generated from the advertisements, affiliate links, etc. And, call it their profession. And, today, every…
  • Top 5 Websites to Find and Hire Freelancers

    DesignCular Team
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Proper human resource and management is very important for any organization, startup, entrepreneur to survive in the competitive market. It promotes quick product delivery, effective cost cutting, leading to a happy client, and a happier you. What else do we need today? Hiring a HRM, that is, a Human Resource Manager, is a good act, but not possible for new projects. In that case, we just tend to look for some cheap labor. And, Internet, is a place, where you can find thousands of amazing freelancers, waiting for you to give them a job, and they are completing it in no time, and giving you…
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