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5 Classic Design Rules to Absolutely Never Break

The problem with cutting corners is that 50% of the time it works while the remaining half makes up for all that time and money you saved and then …

Home Decorating

10 small house designs that break preconceptions about small size

If you are among those who consider small homes uncomfortable, this homify article may change your mind to an extent. Oftentimes a small house tends …

Interior Design

Can You Guess Which Sofa Arrangement Saves Space?

Design pop quiz! Which takes up less space in a living room: A. Two sofas facing each other OR B. A sofa and love seat arranged in the traditional …

Sofa

Best of 2017: Top 40 Photographs From Around the World

Well, another year has gone by and it's safe to say that it has been a memorable one. We’ve had a great year for photography with an abundance of images to fill us with uncontainable joy, laughter, heartache, anger, sorrow, exhilaration, and wanderlust. It’s only natural to want to feel it all …

Social Media

I Gave Up Moisturizer For Two Weeks — & Here's What Happened

I’m not much of a rule-breaker. I like going to bed early, drink plenty of water (hot, because an ex-boyfriend’s mother once told me cold water …

This 1 Interview Question Will Tell You Everything You Need to Know About a Candidate | Inc.com

Let's face it: <i>Interviews suck</i>.<p>I say we try something new with interviews. I've already tested something for you to try on for size. It's pretty simple, really. But first, let's agree to dump all your behavioral interview questions, please? Now, lead with this one question:<p><i>You were born. Here we</i> …

Her six-hour commute each day seems crazy, but her affordable rent is not

She doesn't need an alarm clock, Carolyn Cherry says. Her brain is programmed, by years of routine, to sound an internal alarm just before 3 a.m.<p>One hour after rising, she leaves her house in Hemet and drives in darkness to the South Perris<p>Metrolinkstation, the first leg of her daily journey to …

9 countries that are relatively easy for Americans to move to

When it's time to leave the country for a spell — half a year, maybe, or for the rest of your life, who knows? — your very bones tell you. Your feet twitch. You fidget. You start absentmindedly petting any globes you come across. That urge to pick up and go is a powerful sensation. Then your brain …

Immigration

I Live In An NYC Studio Apartment — & It Costs $2,500 A Month

<i>In Refinery29's Sweet Digs, we take a look inside the sometimes small, sometimes spacious homes of millennial city dwellers.</i> <i>Today, executive producer</i> …

2017 Kitchen Trends That Are Here to Stay

Look, kitchen trends are fun to follow, but you probably don't want your kitchen to be trendy. Outfits can change, even paint colors, but for the …

Kitchens

IBM ditches $1m annual Helvetica bill with new font

US technology company IBM is responsible for creating three of the most recognisable letters in the world. Well, that's according to Mike Abbink, …

Typography

Bed Nooks: The Architectural Womb We Never Want to Leave

(Image credit: Dwell)<p>What's more exciting than a well-dressed bed? How about a well-dressed bed tucked into a cozy nook? You might have to do a …

San Francisco

Stunning Rebrand For Wales Includes Bespoke Typeface Gorgeous Aerial Visuals

<b>Out with the old, in with the new.</b> Steering clear of the dull and cliché, independent outfit Smörgåsbord Studio has crafted an invigorating and …

Graphic Design

7 stunning design studio logos to inspire you

Having a cool logo is by no means a requisite for design studio success. Some of the biggest studios around have little more than a basic workmark in …

Graphic Design

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

9 business cards for graphic designers you’ll want to keep

Much of the work of graphic designers today exists only in pixel form. But that doesn’t mean the appeal of print design has gone away; quite the …

Graphic Design

This College Student’s Mom Can’t Remember Who Any of Her Friends Are on Facebook

The results are hilarious.<p>Christina Duron is a 21-year-old student at Texas State University. Like many of us who are attending or just graduated college, Christina was just trying to send some pics of her collegiate life for her fam to see what she's up to ... without having to remind her mother …

Nigerian Animators Are Bringing African Superhero Comics to Life

Lagos-based Vortex Comics is committed to telling stories that appeal to a real, African readership.<p>When <i>Strike Guard</i> debuted, the Nigerian comic about a young man bestowed with superpowers living in crime-ridden Lagos was one of the first of its kind. "<i>Strike Guard</i> is deeply grounded in both …

Africa

Reprinting America’s Forgotten 1970s Graphics Standards Manual

A logo created for America’s 200th birthday is a reminder of national pride at a divided time.<p>Forty years ago, the United States turned 200. It was a divisive time, with the loss of the Vietnam War and the controversy of Nixon’s failed presidency, a time that the writer Thomas Hine labeled the …

Graphic Design

How Apple Helped Democratize Typography In The ’90s

In 1989, Apple hired Thomas Rickner to do something revolutionary: put print-quality typefaces on every computer.<p>When Thomas Rickner decided he wanted to be a type designer after a lecture on the history of Baskerville at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the mid-1980s, his typography …

Typography

Canva: The poster child of DIY graphic design

With 10 million users and counting, Australian startup Canva aims to make graphic design easy through a simple and free DIY design template service.<p>Good design is hard. But more and more we all have to do it. Whether it's a nice Facebook banner, a clever profile pic, an eye-catching Instagram post …

Graphic Design

Designers: Start Coding With uilang

This article will introduce you to uilang’s philosophy and syntax. We’ll start with a simple example to get you comfortable with the basics, before …

Web Development

Seattle Artist Creates Sidewalk Messages That Only Appear When It Rains

Peregrine Church's "Rainworks" puts superhydrophobic coatings to whimsical use<p>Remember Green Street Media's no-spraypaint-necessary sidewalk …

Streetwear

MakerBot's new iPad app can now turn your drawings into 3D printable models

Apr. 16, 2015 | By Simon<p>Although many who use 3D printers on a day-to-day basis are likely to have some sort of knowledge regarding hard-surfacing …

3D Printing

Small-Space Solutions: 17 Affordable Tips from an NYC Creative Couple

Renata Bokalo and Roman Luba were in a bit of a renter’s rut. After 15 years of leasing their one-bedroom in New York’s Meatpacking District, they …

University of Pennsylvania

The dazzling anime epic that’s setting Japan alight

<i>Warning: The idea for Your Name came from a single image, which director Makoto Shinkai envisaged as the film’s ending. We don’t think revealing that image will spoil your enjoyment of the film, but if you’d rather not know, we’d advise you to watch the trailer instead.</i><p>Hollywood has built a …

Issey Miyake Amazing Collection Inspired by Ikko Tanaka

Pour la deuxième fois, Issey Miyake a collaboré avec le studio du fameux designer graphique Ikko Tanaka. Pour cette collection, la marque s’est …

Design

Insect-inspired packaging lights up beautiful new brand identity

How many designers does it take to package a light bulb? In this project for the Belarus electrical company CS, the answer is only two. With design …