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Why VC Firms Are Snapping Up Designers

Irene Au, former head of Google’s user interaction team, is the latest designer to make her way to a venture capital firm. Here’s why VCs are so hot for designers and how consumers could ultimately benefit from the trend.<p>Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, one of the world’s most prominent VC …

UX Design

Designing for sustainability: what are the challenges behind green materials?

Sustainable materials are gaining ground, but long development time frames and gaps in knowledge make commercialisation tricky<p>Learning to surf in California's frigid breakers, Todd Copeland, a design guru at the Patagonia clothing company, concluded that wet suits weren't cutting it. Sure, a …

Sustainability

How to Design Eco-Labels to Influence Consumers

How to Design Eco-Labels to Influence Consumers<p>Eco-labels or sustainability ratings can be an important guide for purchasing sustainable products. …

The 50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

It’s the time of year where we all give thanks, and among many other things, we here at Lifehacker are thankful for all the free apps out there that …

Apps

12 Cheap Gifts For Photographers (Plus 12 Expensive Ones)

Buying gifts for photographers can be tough, but it doesn't need to be expensive and if you're unsure of what to buy then our list is going to make …

Big Dog and Small Pup Are Inseparable Best Friends

Earlier this year we met photogenic Harlow the Weimaraner and his fellow canine buddy Sage. Now, the household has welcomed a new addition to their dog party–Indi the Dachshund. The tiny pup has seamlessly entered the family, adding an adorable element to the already sweet collection of portraits …

Pets

My 8 Favorite Inexpensive Canon Lenses

In the last few years, I have reviewed more lenses than you could possibly imagine. My photography students are always asking which lens is right for …

What Nutritionists Serve at Thanksgiving

As a dietitian, people often wonder what it's like at my house at Thanksgiving. They'll ask me: Do I drink? <i>Not generally.</i> Do I make desserts? <i>Yes! Pumpkin pie and usually an apple crisp</i>. Have I tried Tofurky? <i>Yes... I cooked it one Thanksgiving when I was a part-time vegan, but I prefer turkey brined</i> …

Food

13 Beautiful Mobile App Websites

Mobile app websites, when properly designed, are a great source of design inspiration. From beautiful images to excellent use of white space, …

Mobile App Reseller Program | White Label and Resell Mobile Apps

Apps: a mobile marketing winner<p>Revenue generating features<p>Add a new, recurring revenue stream to your new or existing business.<p>Drag and drop Interface<p>…

50 Quotes to Help You Let Go and Live

<i>“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know</i> …

Clever Literary Coffee Poster

Food illustrator Gianluca Biscalchin has combined two of our loves – coffee and books – into one fun illustration. Called <i>Literary Coffee</i>, it shows famous authors like Bram Stroker, Jane Austen, and William Shakespeare as cups of hot java (or other drinks). While many of these you'll know right off …

Coffee

The Lifehacker App Directory: Mac OS X

Lifehacker's App Directory is a new and growing directory of the best applications and tools for various platforms. Scroll down to see our …

Apps

Top 10 Free Upgrades to Make Your PC Better

Chances are right now, you aren't using your PC to its absolute fullest potential. Maybe it's a little slow, maybe your monitor's colors aren't quite …

Computer Hardware

renowned designers including Erik Spiekermann, Jessica Hische, Yves Peters and Ale Paul, plus owners of type foundries such as H&FJ, Font Smith and Process Type. Between all of them 336 typefaces have been chosen so far. With well over 100,000 possibly options there is some surprising consensus on their favourite fonts. Here’s the list so far, together with the number of times each typeface was chosen: Georgia (9) Matthew Carter, 1993. Designed for screen display for Microsoft and still features on millions of websites. Jason Santa Maria: “A gorgeous technical achievement”. Gotham (7) Tobias Frere-Jones, 2000. Famously used for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. H&FJ: “Each character just feels ‘normal’ and ‘right’.” Caslon (Adobe Caslon) (5) (William Caslon I, 1722) Carol Twombly, 1990. Gave rise to a printer’s saying “When in doubt, use Caslon” Also a favourite of Benjamin Franklin. FF Scala (5) Martin Majoor, 1990. FontShop International’s “first serious text face”. John Boardley: “Scala and Scala San are just about perfect”. Akzidenz Grotesk (4) Berthold Type Foundry, 1896. The first widely used sans serif typeface. Nina Stössinger: “It’s spark of charm and character are still most welcome today.” Alternate Gothic (4) Morris Fuller Benton, 1903. Currently used on YouTube’s homepage logo. Mark Simonson “Very well designed and drawn. It’s a standard that I strive for in my own work” Fedra Sans (4) Peter Bilak, 2001. With a very large x-height this typeface was designed to work equally well on paper and screen. FF Meta Serif (4) Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz and Kris Sowersby 2007. The serif companion to Spiekermann’s influential sans serif, FF Meta. Also designed to work well with FF Unit and FF Unit Slab. Metro (4) William Addison Dwiggins, 1930. Designed out of a dissatisfaction with the san serifs of the time like Futura. Caecilia (3) Peter Matthias Noordzij, 1990. A humanist rather than geometric sans serif aiding its legibility. Chaparral (3), Carol Twombly, 2000. A “hybrid slab-serif” text face that mixes the legibility of 19th Century designs with 16th century panache. ITC Franklin Gothic (3) Morris Fuller Benton, 1902. Designed for the American Type Founders Company named after Benjamin Franklin. Gill Sans (3) Eric Gill, 1926. A quintessential British design though it’s eccentricities make it notoriously tricky to use well. A mix of humanist and geometric shapes. Helvetica (3) Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann 1957. Helvetica needs no introduction as the planet’s most famous typeface—it even inspired a very good film. Hoefler Text (3) Jonathan Hoefler,1991. Designed for Apple to demonstrate advanced type technologies it reintroduced type design traditions once central to fine printing like ligature sets, engraved capitals, Ornaments and Arabesques. ITC Officina (3) Erik Spiekermann, 1990. A paired family of serif and sans serif faces, originally designed as a typeface for business correspondence but found a much wider trendier audience. Sentinel (3) Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones, 2009. “For everyone who’s ever wished Clarendons had italics”. Three of our interviewees so far had. A slab serif suitable for both text and display. Trade Gothic (3) Jackson Burke, 1948/1960. Michael Bierut described it as “the ultimate ‘I don’t give a damn’ typeface. No style, no nuance, just blunt, in-your

Typographer’s top typefaces<p>If you could use just eight typefaces, which would you choose? In each issue 8 Faces magazine asks this question to eight …

Typography

Photo Series Captures the Stunning Beauty of Siamese Fighting Fish

A few years ago, Bangkok-based photographer Visarute Angkatavanich started selling his work through microstock sites, and so he went in search of …

15 Breathtaking Images Of Cities Viewed From High Above

Whenever you visit a city anywhere in the world, some of the hardest shots to take are those sprawling images of the city beneath you.<p>Unless you’re …

5 Ways to Make Emergency Candles from Household Objects

UK-based maker Dave Hax sent us his latest video, showing five easy ways to make candles from things you might already have around the house. Dave makes candles from cheese wax and newspaper, butter and string, a can of tuna (in oil) and string, a wax crayon, and the peel from half an orange and …

Behance

How To Ask People for Things Via Email: An 8-Step Program

One of the golden rules of writing is: Respect the reader’s intelligence. This rule gets magnified by a factor of 10 when it comes to composing …

Writing

Spice Up Your Soiree with these Fall Cider Recipes

Cheers to all the delectable delights of Autumn — kettle corn, pumpkin pie, and apple cider, to name but a few! <b>When seasonal temperatures start to drop, nothing chases off the chills better than a toasty beverage.</b><p>Next time you pass a roadside farm stand, why not pick up a gallon of locally made …

Type Makes A Difference: An Exploration Of Type-Focused Websites

There is an inextricable link between typeface, type size and measure (i.e. line length). While a design’s appearance can vary from screen to screen, …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

San Francisco

The Best Thanksgiving Sides Ever

We've tracked down 13 can't-miss recipes for dishes that will threaten to upstage the main event at your Thanksgiving table.<p>Photo: William …

Shooting with RAW Settings in Photography

Many cameras now offer the option to save captured photos in the RAW file format. RAW capture brings with it an extra processing step. This step …

Print Celebrates Design Competition - Deadline Extended to Friday!

<b>Have you truly “celebrated” design this year?</b> Here at Print, we’ve launched a brand new design competition to give festive design the celebration it …

Ed #15 Interactive Print

Art Nouveau & Art Deco as Design Inspiration

<i>For the month of August, a series of guest posters will be filling in on DWL with daily posts. Today’s posts come to you from</i> <i>Gerren Lamson</i> <i>of</i> <i>Creative</i> …