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5 Creativity-Sparking Games to Play With Your BFFs

We’re about to be Captain Obvious, but bear with us anyway. Friends are <i>great</i>. Friends rule. You can count on besties for advice that literally <i>no one else</i> could give, they’ll never judge you (even when you eat ice cream for dinner), and there’s truly no one better to have on call for a night of …

Vacation systems are broken — here's the fix: Pasricha | The Star

Not necessarily.<p>According to a study done by an organization called Project: Time Off together with GfK, a market research firm, just more than 40 …

Productivity Freebie Lets You Drag-And-Drop Fonts Swiftly Into Your Designs

Screenshot via FontDrop<p><b>Lone developer</b> MI Software has created ‘FontDrop’—a time-saving typography plug-in for Windows and macOSX that many designers …

Tech firms are forgetting about STEM and focusing on STEAM

It was recently thought that four subjects alone could spur innovation by bringing order and logic to creative thinking: Science, technology, engineering, and math—fields known to much of the modern world by their acronym STEM. But STEM is already passé.<p>A new acronym has come to the fore, pioneered …

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The Most Important Color In UI Design

As you probably already guessed this article is dedicated to <i>blue color</i>. Without a doubt, blue is one of the most important colors in UI design, and …

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A 3D Modeling Interface that Allows More Interaction and Customization in the Design Process

TAC.TILES is a physical interface that can be used for 3D modeling. The interface consists of 15 modules which can be put together according to the …

3 Tips on Hiring a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor

So, you’ve decided to hire a professional bathroom remodeling contractor—smart move. While a bathroom remodel is conceivably a DIY (do it yourself) …

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Not jobs and growth but post-capitalism – and creative industries show the way

The term “creative industries” was first applied to the cultural sector by UK New Labour in 1998, and rapidly gained global traction.<p>It was a kind of …

Review | Design’s ugly truths

I have a shelf full of books preaching sermons clearly addressed towards the choir of those already converted by the gospel of design’s …

What is Dim Sum Club? Behind the thinking of the new creative process

When the founders of New York agency That were thinking of new ways to improve the creative process, their minds wandered to dumplings. Those little …

Can Travel Make You More Creative?

When faced with a creative block, common wisdom suggests you go for a walk, exercise, even take a nap. All three have a common thread, of course: creating distance and taking a mental break from the task at hand. So it stands to reason that <i>really</i> getting away, say, on a vacation, would be the …

The 1970s Design Manual That Quietly Shaped Everything You Use Today

Humanscale is as relevant today as it was in the 1970s–and it’s being reissued through Kickstarter.<p>The 1970s has been a frequently revisited decade in the design world lately, most notably in the resurgence of reissued graphic standards manuals from that era. For many graphic designers, the …

10 Sneaky Tricks to Make Your Living Room Look Expensive

Next to the kitchen, the living room is arguably the most important room in the home. True to its name, it's where <i>life</i> happens. It's where guests …

Drawing the Creative Process

Three beautiful comics about making art from Grant SniderWhat is the shape of ideas? In Grant Snider’s new book, the comic artist uses pen and ink to …

Creativity

12 best iPhone apps of 2014

Between iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, 2014 may have been one of the best years yet for iPhone users.<p>But killer updates from Apple aside, there was no …