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Using Color Psychology for Better Website Results

Perception is everything. Part of that is influenced by behavior, plus our emotion. Significant studies have shown that color effects not just what …

Web Design

Material Implications for the Future of Mobility

<i>The following is a sponsored post, courtesy of Covestro.</i><p>It used to be that the lines between various key industry sectors, such as automotive, …

Autonomous Cars

This Off-Grid Container Home in Australia Disappears in Nature

Nestled in a tiny town off the coast, this container home echoes the main ingredient the owners had hoped for in a weekend retreat—serenity.<p>"The house sits lightly, floating above the sloping terrain below," explains Edwards. On the outside, his "humble and modest creation" is galvanized with steel …

Architecture

The Japanese de-cluttering method that will still keep your home cozy

These days, the internet seems to be overflowing with organization and decluttering advice. But if you’re not into near-sterile minimalism, much of …

Design

Apple Design Chief Jony Ive Discusses iPhone X and Apple Park in New Interview

Apple design chief Jony Ive recently sat down for an interview with <i>Smithsonian Magazine</i>, where he once again discussed his work on Apple's newest campus, Apple Park, and the latest flagship iPhone, the iPhone X.<p>As he mentioned in a prior interview, Ive is excited about the design space at Apple …

The secret to how Tesla gets its cars to look absolutely fantastic

Before Franz von Holzhausen signed on with what was then called Tesla Motors in 2008, he was on his way to being a member of the automotive design world's elite.<p>He had graduated from Art Center College of Design in the early 1990s, making him an alumnus of the world's most prestigious …

Tesla

This Detroit Furniture Startup Wants To Dethrone Ikea

Floyd wants to furnish your house forever.<p>A few years ago, Kyle Hoff moved to an apartment in Chicago and decided to bring his Ikea Malm bed with him. He took extra care to remove every bolt and screw and package them for safekeeping so he could reassemble the bed when he arrived at his new place. …

Furniture

Muji’s Anti-Branding Strategy, In 15 Images

“While brands around the world strive to create ads that make people want a certain product, Muji sends out a message of emptiness.”<p>At the height of 1980s consumerism in Japan, the first Muji store opened with a decidedly different approach. The products were sleek and clean–the antithesis of the …

Design

6 Sources for Handcrafted Dishware

Earlier this week I took a look at budget dishware sets but if you're ready to upgrade to something a little more special, this list is for you. The …

Ceramics

Meet The Woman Who Wants To Change The Way You Buy Your iPhone

The mall is dying — but Apple's retail chief Angela Ahrendts is reimagining the company's stores anyway.<p><b>It's 11:30 p.m. on a Thursday</b>, and Silicon Valley has gone quiet for the night. The streets are largely empty, the corporate campuses dark. But in a sea of vacant office parks, the lights are on …

Chicago River

How Charles and Ray Eames Used Mathematical Concepts to Create Iconic Designs

The Henry Ford Museum installs the modern design duo’s interactive "Mathematica" exhibit<p>"Never delegate understanding," Charles Eames famously said, describing one of the core tenets of the design philosophy he shared with creative and life partner Ray Eames. At The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, …

Design

4 Thoughts on Design From Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive

When it comes to the world of technology design, few are revered more than Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer.<p>Ive, who holds more than 5,000 …

Advertising Industry

Pantone Apartament / AR Arquitetos

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> After the removal of all internal divisions from the original plan to a complete restructuring of …

Architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright Was A Great Architect–But He Was Even Better At Branding

How Wright positioned himself as creative genius rivals his revolutionary designs.<p>“Fellow architects have called him everything, from a great poet to an insupportable windbag.” That’s how journalist Mike Wallace began a 1957 televised interview with 88-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright. By the end of the …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Pearlfisher create indie-mag influenced packaging for B&O PLAY

Submit your work<p>Send us your latest projects, which we will review and consider to be featured on our website or in print.<p>Access our full archive<p>This …

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Breakthrough AI Research. Here’s What You Need to Know.

One Smart Bot<p>If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, OpenAI’s newest robot system should leave humanity blushing. Not only can it …

Artificial Intelligence

This Is How Manipulation Is Used in Today’s Product Design

Scarcity creates a sense of urgency and a fear of missing out. There are a variety of ways to create this sensation in your visitors. Let’s take for …

Over 200 free art books released online by the Guggenheim

Enough art books to rival any expensive school have been archived online by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. And best of all, it’s all available to download for free.<p>Over 200 books have been added to the online catalogue, including works exploring the art of Kandinsky, Holzer, Lichtenstein, …

Jeff Koons on his new Gagosian show, his MOCA award and what's behind those Louis Vuitton bags

Jeff Koons is having a moment — again. The artist's solo show of new and recent works, his first here in five years, opens at Gagosian gallery in Beverly Hills on Thursday. He's also being honored at the annual Museum of Contemporary Art gala on Saturday.<p>The gala promises to be a bright and shiny …

Why Starbucks And Apple Are Embracing The Big-Box Mentality

Go grande or go home.<p>Starbucks has announced a store that’s more than twice as large as any Starbucks that has come before—a roastery that will open in Chicago in 2019.<p>Starbucks opened its first store of this type in Seattle in 2015. Built to roast beans on site, it was then the world’s biggest …

Coffee

Fintech investor: 'Anything that has machine learning or blockchain in it, the valuation goes up, 2, 3, 4, 5x'

Andy Stewart, a managing partner at Motive Partners, said at the International Fintech conference in London last week: "I would call valuations right now frothy in general... tech generally is frothy."<p>A frothy market is one where valuations become detached from the underlining performance of a …

Machine Learning

Steve Jobs Practiced This 1 Habit That Triggers Creative Ideas, According to Neuroscience

<b>Several new studies and books say this is the best way to spark novel ideas.</b><p>Visitors to Steve Jobs's house in Palo Alto or to Apple's corporate …

Tesla Model 3: decoding the release candidate’s user interface on center screen

The user interface of the Tesla Model 3 remains one of the biggest unknown features of the upcoming all-electric sedan. Since Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that the vehicle will only feature a single center screen for all the content, reservation holders have been trying to envision the UI and we …

Tesla

8 big portfolio trends for 2017

While good design doesn’t always mean following the big trends, it’s good to at least know what they are. So in that spirit, this post presents eight …

Graphic Design

Connecting - Trends in UI, Interaction, & Experience Design

Learning This 1 Thing Helped Me Understand Apple's Strategy

A few years before Sony co-founder Akio Morita passed away, I had a chance to interview him about his decision to buy a movie studio. He told me that …

Innovation

Starbucks' new CEO tells us he'll never be Howard Schultz — and that's great news for the brand

With Howard Schultz stepping down as CEO, Johnson is taking the place of a man whose name has become synonymous with Starbucks over the last 30 years. And Johnson has a lot of work to do.<p>Under Johnson's leadership, the chain hopes to grow from roughly 26,000 locations today to 37,000 by 2021. There …

Coffee

Mercedes designer a user experience leader

Vera Schmidt envisions a future in which a vehicle drives itself through modern-day San Francisco with a passenger shut tightly inside. A digital …

Design Experience that Matters: How to Create a Killer Design Portfolio

"Design your portfolio as well as the projects it contains"<p>Building a portfolio is one of the most challenging parts of pursuing a career in design. …

UX Design

Kitchen of the Week: A Hip, Low-Key Kitchen in Topanga Canyon, Hidden Fridge Included

For months we’ve been catching Instagram glimpses of the 1920s hunting cabin that California couple Serena Mitnik-Miller and her husband, designer …