Alain Pierre-Lys

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21 books you don’t have to read

21 books you don’t have to read<p>We’ve been told all our lives that we can only call ourselves well-read once we’ve read the Great Books. We tried. We …

Create an animated split screen loading intro

The landing page of any site is what first grabs a user's attention. But an asset-heavy page can take a few seconds to load, and as no one likes to …

Author who studies millionaires: 240 minutes a day separates the rich from everyone else

There are 1,440 minutes in each day. That is the one common denominator we all share. With respect to time, we are all on equal footing. And most …

A Debut Novel. A Tiny Press. A Pulitzer Finalist.

Håkan Söderström, the hulking hero of Hernán Diaz’s novel, “In the Distance,” makes a stupendous entrance, ascending onto the first page through a star-shaped void on a featureless plain of white sea ice. Longhaired, white-bearded, gnarled and naked, he pulls himself onto the floe and walks on bow …

Literature

New York After Paris

"New York is trying to create for itself a new mind as well as a new body."<p>To the Parisian who sees New York for the first time, it must appear a wilderness of sprawling ugliness. He is shocked rather than dazzled by most of the things with which he is expected to be impressed; and his eyes, nose, …

New galactic map shows the positions and brightness of 1.7 billion stars

Get all the details on the Milky Way’s celestial objects<p>This morning, the European Space Agency unveiled a new, highly detailed sky map of the Milky Way Galaxy that showcases the brightness and positions of nearly 1.7 billion stars. It’s the most comprehensive catalog of stars to date, and it …

Bodies, Blind Spots and Quirks: 5 Key Questions to Ask When Developing Characters

<b>by Jenny Jaeckel</b>Henry James once wrote, “We work in the dark—we do what we can—we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our …

Creative Writing

J.R.R. Tolkien book The Fall of Gondolin coming in August

J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings, died in 1973. But fans will get the chance to read a new book by the author (well, new to them) this August.<p>HarperCollins will publish The Fall of Gondolin on Aug. 30, the publishing company announced Tuesday. The book was edited by …

Why 'Wonderbook' By Jeff VanderMeer Is The One Book About Worldbuilding Every Writer Needs To Read

As any writer of science fiction or fantasy will tell you, worldbuilding is the most arduous part of composing a new story. It can be tough to know …

Building Rigor into Your Writing Process

Rigor. That’s a word we rarely hear. It usually lumbers into conversation alongside something dreaded, like death or school work. As soon as it shows …

Creative Writing

Congress just legalized sex censorship: What to know

One week ago, the worst possible legislation curtailing free speech online passed and sex censorship bill FOSTA-SESTA is on its way to be signed into law by Trump.<p>Hours after the announcement, everything from the mere discussion of sex work to client screening and safe advertising networks began …

Netflix Created a Clean, Custom Font That Could Save the Company Millions

Netflix has developed a new bespoke font called Netflix Sans that is clean, functional, subtly inspired by the brand’s famous logo—and perhaps most …

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Writing Habit (That Sticks Like Superglue)

You <i>know</i> you need to write often to have a successful writing career.<p>You <i>want</i> to build a writing habit so you can unleash the ideas, words, and stories …

The 15 Most Important Graphic Designs You’ve Never Seen

Jens Müller, author of History of Graphic Design. Vol. 1, 1890–1959, offers up a selection of hidden gems in his remarkable new book.<p>The publishing house Taschen has released a tremendous new book on early 20th-century graphic design. <i>History of Graphic Design. Vol. 1, 1890–1959</i> packs more than …

How to Add Text to Any Object Using Photoshop

Sometimes, a photo needs a little text to really complete the message or the look, but slapping it on without trying to blend it in just makes it …

Finland's Government Uses This Simple Design Method. Why You Should, Too

Testing your ideas with real people can accelerate your path to innovation and success.<p>Whether your business is large or small, nascent or established, there are continually questions you need to answer in order to improve your offering. One quick and low-risk way to answer these questions is to …

For Greater Creativity, Go for Baroque

The fear that Americans, in general, are becoming less creative has inspired stacks of studies, which identify a variety of techniques that may …

Creativity

To Come Up with a Good Idea, Start by Imagining the Worst Idea Possible

There are many creative tools a designer uses to think differently, but none is more counter-intuitive than “wrong thinking,” also called reverse thinking. Wrong thinking is when you intentionally think of the worst idea possible — the exact opposite of the accepted or logical solution, ideas that …

How to Write a Book: Everything You Need to Know in 20 Steps

<b>I recently stumbled across Jerry Jenkins and started following him. You will want to read his advice for the steps in writing a book. I think he is</b> …

Logo Design: The Work of Deividas Bielskis

Time some sweet logo inspiration here at Abduzeedo! Today we're featuring the work of Lithuanian graphic designer Deividas Bielskis. He's specialized …

Graphic Design

20 new tutorials for 2017 to improve your graphic design

However experienced and knowledgeable you get, you never stop learning – and great tutorials can teach you how to take advantage of new technologies, …

Graphic Design

10 Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Dinners to Make Right Now

I have a no-fail formula for easy weeknight dinners: chicken + any veggie + my trusty sheet pan. Whether you go for skin-on or a boneless, skinless …

Cooking

Logo Design & Graphic Design: 66 Smart Words

We are sharing this fun experimentation that involves logo design, graphic design and obviously words. Designed by Bachir Design, this is a personal …

Top 10 secrets in fiction

From the hidden passions of Mrs Dalloway to Patrick Bateman’s murderous designs, these books expose a subject we all privately love<p>People love secrets, and the pleasure of uncovering them. I don’t read many crime novels or thrillers, it is the small revelations of life that excite me. The butterfly …

Top 10

10 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Turn 30

Struggling with a quarter-life crisis? Books can help.<p>Your 20s are supposed to be a blast, but when researchers ask those approaching 30 how they're faring, an incredible 86 percent report being in the grips of some form of quarter-life crisis. Meanwhile, other studies show the pressures on young …

How Christie Wrote

Plots come to me at such odd moments, when I am walking along the street, or examining a hat shop...suddenly a splendid idea comes into my …

FREE ERIC KIM LIGHTROOM PRESETS

With “Eric Kim Monochrome 1600” preset on Ricoh GR IIDownload <b>Eric Kim Lightroom Presets 2017</b>, apply them to your RAW photos in Lightroom, and make …

An Art Director Shares How Book Covers Are Made

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but when the cover is insanely gorgeous, who can blame you? Definitely not Alyssa Nassner, an Associate Art Director at ABRAMS Kids. Her job requires creativity; browsing through bookstores; and working with editors, artists, and book sellers to …

6 Ways Grammarly Can Improve Your Writing And Editing

<b>We rarely see the errors in our own writing</b>, which is why I’m a super fan of using professional editors to improve my own books.But there are things …

Writing

Saxophonist Sonny Rollins On His Colossal Archive

Sonny Rollins wasn't really thinking about the formation of an archive as he went about his life and career over the last 60 years — as a tenor saxophonist of unsurpassed stature, an artist of active spiritual and social engagement, and an embodiment of jazz's improvisational ideal.<p>But his …