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The Ultimate Guide to Totally Nailing Every One of Your Resolutions

No matter how you feel about resolutions, chances are most of us are looking to kick off 2016 on a good note. To help you get started, we've compiled …

Sebastian Bergne's Fiction bookstand creates the illusion of floating books

Books stored on this metal stand by London designer Sebastian Bergne hide the supporting structure so they appear to prop each other up or hover in …

Articles about 5 must read books color on Dwell.com - Dwell

Far be it from me to suggest you spend your spare computer time reading—those R. Kelly vids are certainly not going to watch...<p>The ChampPhaidon Design Classics: 001–999.<p>A lot of speculations and thoughts fill your mind as you plan to design your new home.<p>There's a magical nook on Williamsburg's …

The Book of Miracles: Rare Medieval Illustrations of Magical Thinking

In 1552, a curious and lavishly illustrated manuscript titled <i>Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs</i> appeared in the Swabian Imperial Free City of Augsburg, then a part of the Holy Roman Empire, located in present-day Germany. It exorcised, in remarkable detail and wildly imaginative artwork, Medieval …

'Nothing is ever dry down here. Ever.'

Sixty feet below the sea, in the world's only underwater habitat, a group of scientists is trying to unlock the ocean’s secrets. But how do the crew of the Aquarius stay sane?<p>What Houston is to space stations, a turquoise two-storey home in Key Largo is to Aquarius, the world’s only underwater …

Thank You Massimo

The Legend Massimo Vignelli was best known for being the “Grandfather of Graphic Design” for redesigning the iconic New York City subway map back in …

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Polaroid Inventor Edwin Land on the 5,000 Steps to Success

In the fall of 1943, a little girl asked her father why she couldn’t see a photograph immediately after it was taken — a blasphemous proposition in the era’s photographic paradigm. Fortunately, her father happened to be <b>Edwin Land</b> (May 7, 1909–March 1, 1991), the iconic inventor and founder of …

Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery

<i>“You gotta be willing to fail… if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far,”</i> Steve Jobs cautioned. <i>“There is no such thing as failure — failure is just life trying to move us in another direction,”</i> Oprah counseled new Harvard graduates. In his wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly …

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

<i>“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,”</i> Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: <i>“Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…”</i> Far from Pollyanna platitude, this …

The Long Game: Brilliant Visual Essays on the Only Secret to Creative Success, from Leonardo da Vinci to Marie Curie

<i>“Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time,”</i> a wise woman once said — a seemingly simple observation that is among the 7 most important things I’ve learned in the many years of doing what I do. This notion of doggedness is something countless admired creators have advocated — from Anthony …

The Perfect Weekend Workout

Just because you''ll be jetting out of town when the summer arrives (and ditching your regular workout routine), doesn't mean you have to let all that hard work disappear. Increase your resting calorie burn and tone up all over in as little as 20-minutes a day.<p>Founders of Barre Bee Fit, fitness …

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Colorful City Silhouette Prints by Yoni Alter | Colossal

<p>London-based designer Yoni Alter has a huge line of colorful prints featuring overlaid silhouettes (to scale) of every major landmark found in …

Colour-tinted photographs of North America – in pictures

From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Rockies to the Tropic of Cancer, the North American landscape is immense and diverse. Lakes as great as seas, forests towering to the sky, windswept plains, sweltering deserts, tumbling waterfalls, marshy swamps, rushing rivers, a legendary canyon … the …

Deteriorating Swimming Pool is a Stunning Optical Illusion

The pool that artist Jeroen Bisscheroux crafted isn't the type that you'd swim in. Instead, it's a completely flat art installation and optical illusion. The carpet-like painting is titled <i>POOL, loss of color</i> and it depicts a nearly empty, deteriorating swimming pool. Although it's an impressive …

Lexus Design Award 2014 Winners

The 12 winners of the second Lexus Design Awards were recently announced, just in time for Milan Design Week 2014. The winners will be showing their …

Magical Light Show Produces Carpets Along a Church Floor

<i>Magic Carpets</i> is an elaborate installation by Miguel Chevalier in which the French artist transformed a former church space into a mesmerizing spectacle of sound and lights. He used digital technology to project a variety of multicolored light patterns and mosaics, inspired by Islamic art, across …

Design File 011: Shiro Kuramata

<i>In this series, Matthew Sullivan (AQQ Design) highlights some designers that you should know, but might not. Previously, he looked at the work of</i> …

Clever Newspaper Ad Creates Optical Illusion of a 3D Kitchen

An average, flat print advertisement wasn't good enough for Colombia-based creative director Felipe Salazar. Instead, he wanted to produce an incredibly eye-catching design that really stood out as readers flipped through the pages of a newspaper.<p>His clever concept, created for Corona Kitchen, …

3-D Printable Luggage May Make Schlepping Obsolete

Just e-mail yourself a 3-D printable file of your stuff. Finnish design wiz sees easy times for the future of luggage.<p>It’s never fun to lug around all your stuff. In lieu of that, we make tech to make traveling easier. But what if you didn’t have to pack things in tiny bags, jam luggage shut, yank …

Photographs of Sunsets as Reflected through Shattered Mirrors by Bing Wright | Colossal

<p><i>Broken Mirror/Evening Sky</i> is a series of images by New York photographer Bing Wright who captured the reflections of sunsets on shattered mirrors. …

Gorgeous Open-Impressionism Paintings of Colorful Landscapes by Erin Hanson

Artist Erin Hanson has always had an affinity for painting, but she didn't pursue her full time artistic career until she was living in Las Vegas and rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon. The breathtaking scenes throughout the land prompted Hanson to develop a goal of producing one painting per week. …

Gritty New Cityscapes by Jeremy Mann | Colossal

<p>It’s almost impossible for me to select a favorite piece when looking at paintings by San Francisco painter Jeremy Mann (previously). Each of his …

Daily Inspiration #1732

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 …

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Death in 'Game of Thrones' Never Looked So Beautiful

You could say that the deaths in <i>Game of Thrones</i> are pretty important — many would call them central to the plot. They're shocking and gruesome, but …

Unique Pop Fine Art by Limpfish

It's always a great day when you find a real slick set of works like these by artist David Barton, aka Limpfish. These are his take on famous fine …

Suspended Staircase Floats Above Oslo Apartment

When the owners of a top-floor apartment in Olso, Norway purchased the loft above it, they wanted to unify the two floors. Known as <i>Idunsgate</i>, it was revamped by the London-based architecture firm Haptic, who spent part of their time updating areas like the bedroom and bathroom. They also added a …

Famous Quotes Illustrated with Minimalist Designs

Using nuggets of wisdom from famous figures like Rumi, Oscar Wilde, and Albert Einstein, Toronto-based web and graphic designer Ryan McArthur turns inspirational quotes into beautiful, minimalist designs that illustrate the quotation's meaning. The striking, mostly monochromatic designs are elegant …

Schopenhauer on Style

What does it mean to write with style? For Kurt Vonnegut, it was about keeping it simple yet interesting. For Herbert Spencer, about harnessing the economy of attention. For E.B. White, about mastering brevity without sacrificing beauty. One of the most timeless meditations on style comes from …

A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology

<i>“When [a man] has fair health, a fair fortune, a tidy conscience and a complete exemption from embarrassing relatives,”</i> Henry James wrote in his diary, <i>“I suppose he is bound, in delicacy, to write himself happy.”</i> More than a mere philosophical contemplation, however, James’s observation presages …