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Project: Sew Pajama Pants

Yesterday we talked about how to make a pattern for pajama pants based on your favorite pair. If you missed it, here’s the post. Today we’re going to …

DIY Studio Note Roll Board | A Pair & A Spare

Moving into the new studio meant getting organised… Or did it? Interestingly in the hustle and bustle of moving into the new space I realised that I …

5 Ways to Follow Up Without Being Annoying

I had a conversation with a friend the other day about his job search that went something like this:<p>Friend: I wrote to him last week and still …

Yellowhammer News

“I’m not just running against ObamaCare, I’m running against the entire idea that liberal government bureaucrats have the answer to any of Alabama’s …

Why I Sketch Every Day

And why you should too<p>I sketch every day. It’s a habit I’m proud of. If I haven’t got some quality sketching time in by evening, I crave it, and I …

Desk Organizer Tray

This Product is Currently Backordered<p>Details & Features<p>The <b>Desk Organizer Tray</b> is a very cute and unique organizer! The Desk Organizer Tray allows you …

Lessons From The Samurai: The Secret To Always Being At Your Best

Reading a few books by samurai there was one thing I saw repeated again and again and again that surprised me.<p>It has nothing to do with swords, …

The higher purpose of doodling

<i>Is the employee who DOODLES at office meetings a goof-off who's neglecting his or her responsibilities? Or is he or she actually exercising something</i> …

Chromesthesia: Feeling Music in Colours

Pharrell Williams, Aphex Twin and Dev Hynes all have it, but what the hell is Chromesthesia?<p>Imagine if every time you smelled a rose, your brain conjured up the taste of porridge. Or when feeling the discount leather of a DFS sofa, you saw blotches of purple light? Those may seem like abilities …

5 Ways to Distinguish Your Calling From Your Ego

Do you have a real vocation for what you're doing, or are you just in business for egoistic reasons? Here's how to tell which one is guiding you.<p>Your ego and your "calling" in life can look surprisingly similar. Both pull you toward the realization of your desires. Both can completely consume your …

Happiness

DIY Projects & Crafts

Updated: Convert InDesign Documents to Word Files

Here’s an update to a tip we originally posted in 2009.<p>Every graphic designer eventually finds themselves facing this client request. You’ve designed …

The seven most effective techniques for creativity (backed by real data)

The Kleenex Connection: 5 Mental Tricks To Jumpstart Creativity While Waiting In Line

Breathe, look around, eavesdrop. Your next big breakthrough could be one observation away.<p>You’re at the market. The airport. Or, heaven forbid, the DMV.<p>You mumble, you grumble. You check email and Facebook. You sigh, you shuffle. Then back to the mumbling and grumbling.<p>Hey, we’re right there with …

Creativity

A New Personality Test: What Your Brain Says About You

Odds are at some point in your life you've been labeled right-brained (creative and thoughtful) or left-brained (detail-oriented and logical), but …

The Brain

Hand Sketches – Things You Didn't Know Your Doodles Could Accomplish

To understand why hand-sketching makes such a difference for me and many designers I know, I did some research. Here’s what I found.<p>External Memory: …

Super Easy Soft Shadows in Illustrator

We all know that hyperrealist icons are over, the new trend now is flat and either hard shadows or super soft and subtle ones. You can also try to …

Graphics

Company Rituals That Inspire Employees | Inc.com

I Can't Draw

Roundup: 10 DIY Decor Projects Using String and Rope

I don't know about you, but I have an awful lot of string and rope stuffed into the back of my craft closet. I use little bits here and there... but …

30 Classic Fonts Every Designer Should Own | - Illustrator Tutorials & Tips

Typeface is a basic element for reading and designing. Fonts are the windows to typography and it can affect your audiences depending on the typeface …

How to Create Reflections in Photoshop

Great reflections can really make an image. The problem is, that like buses, there is never one when you need one. Of course these days it is …

50 Fascinating Facts We Learned From the Internet

Has anyone ever told you that you should never trust anything you read on the Internet? We say that's hooey. The Internet is full of fascinating …

Designing The Words: Why Copy Is A Design Issue

A while back, Elliot Nash discussed the responsibility of the designer. Designers “want control of the entire user experience,” he said. “We want to …

How Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, And Maria Popova Got More Creative

To be more creative yourself, listen to lessons from the masters.<p>“We learn, from the time we’re little, the process of the scientific method–how to discover things–but we don’t teach the parallel art of how to invent things,” Stanford innovation scholar Tina Seelig told us, “That’s one of the …

Creativity

Montessori Classrooms: Observations through a Design Lens, by Heidi Newell

All around the world, children are going back to school, and I cannot help but think that if Dr. Maria Montessori (Italy, 1870–1952) were alive …

Education