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Secret Apple TV remote controls: Fifteen button combos to power up your viewing!

The 3rd-generation Apple TV is no longer available from Apple, but you can still find it at third-party sellers, and it's still a solid set-top for …

Why Complaining About Photos Being Photoshopped Makes No Sense (To Me)

Every day about 200 million photographs get uploaded to Facebook. That’s almost double the number of all the books that have ever been published in …

Comment on Abstract Paintings by Artist Jeff Erickson by Marina Smith

I am a collector of abstract art, it is a technique that moves emotions, and basically the artists are based on the feelings they want to express, I …

Painting

Watch President Obama's historic speech in Selma for 'Bloody Sunday' anniversary

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd of thousands in Selma, Alabama, on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a …

Obama's America

At the 50th anniversary commemoration of Bloody Sunday in Selma, the president made the case for American exceptionalism.<p>America is, like all nations, an idea. Unlike many other nations, this idea requires a little articulation. A nation built by waves of immigrants can't rely on Old-World, …

Black History

The 10 Commandments of Typography

<i>Valentine Proust is Creative Director at Fontyou, a Paris-based online co-creation platform dedicated to typography. This post originally appeared on the Fontyou blog, and has been adapted with permission.</i><p>With millions of beautiful typefaces scattering the Web, we felt it was time to lay down the …

Collage Artist Darrel Rees Shares His Top Tips

<i>Alexander Huls is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire and other publications. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission.</i><p>There’s no better word for Darrel Rees‘ collages than “entrancing.” …

Material Up - Material Design Showcase

Materialup is a web site aggregating designs that apply Google's Visual Design guidelines called Material Design. The site is a great resource to …

UI Design

Friday Fresh Free Fonts - Bolina, Bauru, Bizon

Friday fresh free fonts is a series of free fonts posted every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts …

Typography

Smartphone Astrophotography: How I Capture the Moon and Planets with My Phone

I’m often asked how I am able to take high-quality images of the solar system using my iPhone. In short, the quality of today’s smartphone cameras …

Create Your Own Abstract Art With This Interactive Kandinsky Painting

Wassily Kandinsky’s 1932 painting <i>Decisive Pink</i>, like much of the early abstract painter’s work, is fun to look at. The titular pink rectangle on the left contrasts with a bright yellow background, and is covered in mysterious squiggly lines, some resembling stick figures, envelopes or sailboats. …

Art

Eight Tips for Combining Typefaces | Create

Figure 1 (far left) Using too many typefaces (combined with different sizes, weights, and styles) creates a chaotic look—and not in a good way.<p>Figure …

The 55 Best Free Education Apps For iPad

Finding apps isn’t difficult. Finding education apps is only a bit more challenging. Finding free education apps is also possible. Finding free …

Education Technology

Gourmand Grotesque To mark the launch of its two new typefaces The Gourmand magazine has produced a limited-edition type sample which doubles as a recipe book. The exclusive fonts, named Grotesque 777 and Grotesque 888, were designed collaboratively by Monotype Designer, Gunnar Vilhjálmsson, and The Gourmand’s creative director, David Lane. Delving into Monotype’s archive Gunnar took inspiration from a collection of original and unused 20th Century sans serif typefaces, harnessing various features and characteristics to create a unique, contemporary design. I had the opportunity to ask Gunnar, a type designer from Iceland, about his process and the challenges. What was the most challenging part of the design process? We referenced elements from seven different Monotype Grotesque faces in the design process, everything from weight, proportions and spacing of letterforms. In a few cases we directly adopted shapes like the charming ampersand from Monotype Series 527. In spite of the heavy inspiration taken from the Monotype legacy, we still wanted the design of Grotesque 777 & 888 to be original and tailored to The Gourmand. A big challenge was finding a satisfying balance between creating a new order while maintaining the historical quirks in a sophisticated way. Where did the, very functional, names come from? Naming of the faces, Grotesque 777 and Grotesque 888, derives from the working title of a typeface we stumbled upon in the Monotype Archive, called Grotesque Series 666. I think it was never released. The ampersand is particularly distinctive. Where did this design originate from? The shapes of the ampersand from Series 527 and the italic lowercase ‘f’ from Series 150 were directly adopted, with minor modifications. Below are the reference material from Monotypes’s archive, showing that distinctive ‘&’ and ‘f’: In the final type spec each highlighted character is matched with an interesting and unusual recipe from The Gourmands past issues. B is for three blue cocktails… …and the recipe: J is for Jeff Koons… …and his recipe

To mark the launch of its two new typefaces <i>The Gourmand</i> magazine has produced a limited-edition type sample which doubles as a recipe book.<p>The …

Typography

Get That Graphics Tablet Functionality With Astropad

Did you ever wish you could sync up your iPad’s drawing or painting app directly with your Mac? Now you can with Astropad, a brand new app that literally mirrors your Mac desktop via Wi-Fi or USB.<p>Created by two ex-Apple engineers — Matt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli — Astropad works with several …

Book Review: ‘The Decisive Moment’ by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Wow… Where do I even begin? I would say that “The Decisive Moment” by Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of the most beautiful photo books I have ever …

Street Photography

300+ Awesome Free Internet Resources You Should Know

Sit back and let the hottest tech news come to you by the magic of electronic mail.<p>Prefer to get the news as it happens? Follow us on social media.

Social Media

10 hipsterish fonts you can download for free

We all know that selection of the fonts play vital role in making a design worthy. Hence it is essential to pick the right font for your design. If …

The Best LGBT Children’s Books: A Sweet and Assuring Celebration of Diversity and Difference

From Maurice Sendak to the real-life story of a gay penguin family, by way of grandmothers and kings.<p><i>“This is the entire essence of life: Who are you? What are you?”</i> young Leo Tolstoy wrote in his journal of selfhood. The quest for an answer begins as soon as we develop theory of mind as children — …

Flickr’s Beta Camera Roll Lets You Easily Browse Your Photos

Flickr has unveiled a feature called Camera Roll for some of its members to try out. As a browser-based desktop interface, the Camera Roll is designed to make organizing your photo collection easier. If you go to your Flickr page and see Camera Roll sporting a Beta badge under the You menu, then …

Why All Typefaces Are Optical Illusions

Tobias Frere-Jones explains why every typeface designer needs to be a bit of a magician.<p>Take a CLOSE LOOK at this sentence. The capital letters look like they’re the same height, and the the lower case letters look like they’re the same height. But zoom in and you’ll see that’s an optical illusion. …

Typography

Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space: Imaginative and Illuminating Children’s Book Tickles Our Zest for the Cosmos

In reflecting on the story of the Golden Record, Carl Sagan, in his infinite poetic powers, celebrated our destiny as “a species endowed with hope and perseverance, at least a little intelligence, substantial generosity and a palpable zest to make contact with the cosmos.” Given how gravely space …

Wundershine Reimagines Framing And Hanging Photos

The biggest obstacle to displaying your favorite photos at home is that it’s extraordinarily time-consuming to size and print the pictures, hunt for a frame and matting, and then gauge the right spot.<p>Wundershine seeks to automate this often frustrating chore with a new wall-mounted picture frame …

Why It’s Still Important to Shoot In Black And White

I’ve just read a comment from a photographer who said it’s time to stop shooting in black and white. He claimed we don’t see the world in black and …