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50 Beautiful Websites with Blurred Backgrounds for Your Inspiration

Blurred image is a photography technique which can be used to enhance website designs. In recent years using blurred images has become a trend in …

Lots Of Destiny Devs Have Left Bungie Recently To Make Indie Games

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a fascinating trend out of Seattle: developers leaving Bungie to make their own games.<p>This shift is not …

How To Create Icons In Adobe XD

• Set up your document for Icon Design (Artboard, Grid, Color Palette)<br>• Design with Pen Tool, Rectangle Tool,<br>• Create a prototype,<br>• Export and share your …

Graphics

Everyday Fonts: These Typefaces Always Work

The search for suitable fonts for a web project is not always easy. Many fonts have a unique character, and thus, don’t suit every case. However, …

No UI Is The New UI

Tony Aube Contributor<p>Tony Aube is the lead designer at Osmo.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Our self-flying car future<br>• The unintended ways self-driving cars will change our lives<p>A few months ago, I shared with my friends how I think apps like Magic and Operator are going to be the next big thing. …

The History of Web Layouts: from Renaissance to Virtual Reality

Back in 1993, the first website launched: a text-only site by developers at the European Council for Nuclear Research (of all places). It was a huge …

You should play the new poetic game from the Kentucky Route Zero designers

Have you downloaded the iOS/Android Triennale Game Collection yet? We wrote about it a few weeks ago; the gist is that Milan’s La Triennale di …

Linksys will let you use open router code under new FCC rules

While the FCC's imminent rules for wireless device interference are supposed to allow hackable WiFi routers, not every router maker sees it that way. TP-Link, for instance, is blocking open source firmware out of fear that you'll run afoul of the regulations when they kick in on June 2nd. However, …

Five design innovations for Europe’s refugee crisis, vetted by Ikea’s head of design

To address the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, one Dutch design organization issued a global call to the creative community: “What can designers do to help?”<p>This spring, Amsterdam-based conference <i>What Design Can Do</i> partnered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and …

Lowe’s Tangos With Google To Help You Remodel Your Home In Augmented Reality

The chain is launching a smartphone app that turns science fiction into reality.<p>Lowe’s may not be where most people would expect to find a cutting-edge augmented reality app.<p>But later this year, the home-improvement company plans to release Lowe’s Vision, an app for Google’s 3-D smartphone platform …

The Seven Deadly Sins of User Experience Design

If you want a competitive advantage, nothing is better than offering a great experience to your customers. But then, you know that if you are reading …

One man created an amazing update to the original Nintendo Game Boy

The original Nintendo Game Boy was the size of a hotel bible, required four AA batteries, and only played games in black and white.<p>Beautiful, isn't it?<p>But one ambitious gentleman thought he could make it even more beautiful. Behold: the updated Nintendo Game Boy, with the ability to play games from …

Smart Cities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Curvaceous Corten steel office beats the heat with solar-savvy design

When Sanjay Puri Architects were commissioned to design an office in Surat, India, where temperatures regularly hit over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the …

The Most Beautiful Book Covers Of The Year Are All About Type

Design Observer and AIGA’s 50 Books | 50 Covers competition announces the latest winners–and experimental typography abounds.<p>Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as “Fifty Books,” the <i>50 Books | 50 Covers</i> competition has continued to carry on the tradition of awarding the …

10 Affordable Ways To Fill A Large Blank Wall

It's big, it's intimidating, and nearly every apartment for rent in Baltimore, MD, or Houston, TX, has it. No, we're not talking about that pile of laundry that you swear you'll get to soon -- it's that glaring, huge white wall. Even if your landlord lets you paint, an unadorned expanse can make …

Is It Time To Ditch Your Portfolio?

When I first started designing I didn’t know who Paul Rand, Milton Glaser, or Massimo Vignelli were. 14 years later, I’m still not <i>that</i> well versed in …

UX Design

New MIT Tool Boosts Computing's Analog Fringe

Also: what the hell analog computing even is.<p>Computing is overwhelmingly dominated by digital machines. This is obvious enough and one could feel safe in just assuming that computing, generally, implies digital information. Transistors, the fundamental hardware unit of most every contemporary …

Google’s Robotics Division Reveals Its Latest Monstrosity

The sinister giraffe-like beast will do your dishes—and invade your nightmares.<p>Boston Dynamics, the robotics company that is, for now, owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is perhaps best known for its terrifyingly human-like and animal-like robots, which have been caught outdoors on video …

Joanna Ngai – Medium

Ultimate Resource List for Mobile UX Design<p>I often find myself stumbling upon a design website astounded by how I’ve been able to get to where I am …

The 8 Biggest Mistakes on Your Portfolio (And How to Fix Them)

<i>This is a syndicated blog post from Format Magazine. It’s contents are being used with exclusive permission.</i><p>For potential clients and collaborators, …

Web Design

The new Google Fonts database is a design geek's paradise

Typography for the soul<p>Google Fonts has been an invaluable web resource since the search giant launched the database in 2010. The goal has been to create a bank of open-source fonts and match it with underlying engineering to enable those fonts to work quickly and efficiently across millions of …

50 HTML5 Tools for Designers & Developers

Web development tools always make your web design project easier with the help of advanced features. HTML5 is the most popular language for …

MIT's artificial intelligence passes key Turing test

Can the new artificial intelligence system fool your senses?<p>An MIT algorithm has managed to produce sounds able to fool human listeners and beat …

14 websites to bookmark if you want to get rich

Rich people appreciate the power of learning long after college is over.<p>"The world class knows that college is just the beginning of lifelong learning," writes self-made millionaire Steve Siebold in his book, "How Rich People Think." "That's why you'll see the great ones attending seminars, …

Personal Finance

Microsoft's Official Guide For A DIY, Raspberry Pi-Powered Magic Mirror With Face Detection

Smart mirrors have been all the rage this year, and it looks like Microsoft's getting into the game too. While Microsoft's mirror is teased as a …

Nintendo Plus Delivers a Combination of Smartphone and Handheld Game Console

The Nintendo Plus delivers a pretty cool combination of smartphone and handheld game console. Like the idea? Let’s keep going for the concept …

Hiring a programmer? Ditch the coding interview and get back to basics

10 articles from the Basecamp archives focused on common sense hiring practicesThis week was going great…until I saw yet another article coaching …

CoreOS launches Torus, a new open source distributed storage system

CoreOS today announced the launch of Torus, its latest open source project. Just like CoreOS’s other projects, Torus is all about giving startups and enterprises access to the same kind of technologies that web-scale companies like Google already use internally. In the case of Torus, that’s …