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Find Perfect Proportions Wherever You Go with This Golden Ratio Tool

The Golden Section, also known as the Golden Ratio, is a certain mathematical ratio that’s often found in design and prevalent in nature. Parsons & …

When Art Meets Transport: Stylish Bikes Inspired by Works of Art

To celebrate their 100th birthday, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) teamed up with Handsome Cycles to create three different bicycles …

Claude Monet

A 1930’s Traditional Home Becomes a Modern, Open Residence

Behnisch Architekten took on the radical renovation of a 1930’s traditional home in Stuttgart, Germany and transformed it into a modern, open …

Architecture

Pile: A Place to Host Your Friends in Small Spaces

When you live in a small space, you know how hard it is to host more than one or two friends over to hang out or to have dinner. Michal Blutrich …

A Cabin in Washington That Perfectly Combines Work + Play

Inspired by adventure, Basecamp is a vast retreat in Washington state that’s designed to be a place for recharging between life events. The name of …

Minimalist Prints from Tom Pigeon

Scotland-based design studio Tom Pigeon is the duo of Pete and Kirsty Thomas, who design everything from prints to stationery to jewelry. Their goal …

6 web design trends taking over the Internet

We’re already halfway through 2015, and in the last few months we’ve seen many trends come and go. What has not gone, however, is the deliberate movement to get back to the basics without unnecessary features.<p>The days of cluttered pages overflowing with information have passed, and they’re being …

UI Design

10 Beautiful Modern Websites Made with Squarespace

I’m constantly looking at other websites (even non-blog sites) to get inspiration for the next iteration of Design Milk and to spot new trends in …

Stunning Modern Home for a Family of Five with Unique Details

The Wolseley Residence, designed by mckimm, is a unique property located in one of Melbourne’s premier neighborhoods, Brighton. Specifically designed …

Instrmnt 01 Watch by Instrmnt

Instrmnt 01 is a minimalist steel watch collection designed by Glasgow-based company Instrmnt that takes inspiration from industrial design of the …

A Visit to Coroto

<b>Why did you pick this neighborhood/storefront?</b><p>Ten years ago, on a trip shortly to Berlin before moving here, we strolled along the Karl-Marx-Allee …

PLEATS PLEASE Issey Miyake x Native Shoes Collaboration

Native Shoes partnered with PLEATS PLEASE Issey Miyake on a 2nd collection of kicks that are debuting this summer. The shoes were inspired by the …

Masquespacio Redesigns & Rebrands an English School in Barcelona

Spanish creative agency Masquespacio has been known to create unforgettable interiors with branding to match in seemingly perfect color palettes that …

Rain Jackets, Explained

For an incredibly simple concept — keeping you dry — rain jackets have evolved into awfully complicated products. Air flow rates, water pressure …

Mini Superleggera Concept May Go Into Production

The Mini Superleggera concept was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy in 2014.<p>There has not been much news about the …

Nau: Flexible Modern Clothing for Everyday

Last month we introduced you to the story behind the Nau clothing brand—one of sustainability matched with form and function. We even put some of the …

MONO: Glasses 3D Printed to Fit Your Face

Chances are if you wear glasses that you know how frustrating it is to walk into a glasses store where you have to try on a million pairs that just …

Pantone introduces its first new colour in three years: Minion Yellow

Pantone's newest colour is the first ever created by the institute to be inspired by and named after a character.<p>They're undoubtedly evil, based on their willingness -- nay, their need -- to serve the most dastardly villain in the world. Yet the bespectacled, bright yellow "Despicable Me" Minions …

Laurie

How To Design Websites That Mirror How Our Eyes Work

Site layout affects conversions, so it’s important to know the value of your on-screen real estate. Take <b>Freespee</b> as an example. After redesigning their site into the above version, subsequent A/B testing revealed that they could increase their phone conversation rate by 30 percent for the same ad …

Adobe’s New iPad App Lets Designers Quickly Sketch Out Layout Ideas On Mobile

Adobe is adding another product to its growing family of tightly integrated mobile apps today. Comp CC, which is now available for the iPad, makes it easier for designers to take their design ideas for new websites, mobile apps and print from the back of a napkin (or in this case the iPad) to …

I Paid a UX Expert $100 to Get Drunk and Evaluate Gizmodo's Design

It happened late on Tuesday night. Of course I was working. "Have you seen this?" my colleague Chris Mills texted. He followed up with the link to a …

A Rare Interview With Graphic Design Legend Massimo Vignelli

From 2006, the late designer shares the story behind his infamous New York subway map and why typographic elegance will prevail.<p><b>Gary Hustwit: Can you talk about the map you designed for the New York subway system in the ’70s?</b><br>Such a controversial thing. It’s funny, but I realized the other day the …

Color Perception and How it Might Apply to Photography

Our perceptions of world are unique in two ways. First of all they are unique from the perceptions of others. Although two people might agree that …

Fresh From The Dairy: Color Palettes Inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s Films

Designer and illustrator Hyo Taek Kim tapped into happy childhood memories of seeing Hayao Miyazaki’s films and created The Colors of, a series of …

Cosmo: A Chameleon Sofa by La Selva

David Galvañ and Manuel Bañó, of design studio La Selva, created Cosmo, a multifunctional sofa for Missana. Cosmo throws out the idea of a …

How I Built a Custom Desk and Wire-Free Workspace for My Photo Editing

For years I’ve struggled with my workspace, I’ve had loads of different ones, from small ones in the corner of the living room in my old apartment to …

8 Cities That Have Their Own Distinctive Fonts

What does a world-class city need these days? Museums, skyscrapers, leafy parks, and, perhaps, a custom typeface.<p>Only the design nerds among us …

3 Rules Of App Design, According To Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer

The ex-Googler and current Yahoo CEO spells out three rules anyone can use to make an app better.<p>A new book about embattled Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reveals her three rules of great app design. Written by Nicholas Carlson, <i>Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!</i> details everything from Mayer’s …

Steve Jobs Used This Simple Productivity Hack To Hone Apple's Focus

Jobs gave him and Yahoo's top executives a simple but profound piece of advice.<p>At an off-site meeting with about 200 Yahoo execs, Jobs explained in a presentation that many companies will make a list of 10 things they want to achieve in a year, but "the smart companies will take that list and …

This Extension Makes Amazon's Home Page Minimalist

If you find the Amazon homepage just too busy, here’s a handy solution. Clearcut, a new Chrome extension, strips the page back to just the search box and the top right hand menu with access to your account details, Amazon Prime, the shopping cart and your Wish List.<p>The one downside is that Clearcut …

Minimalism