Design Mind

By Brooke Copani | musings on the art, science and business of good design

New study reveals why some people are more creative than others

Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone – not …

Creativity

40 Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos of Famous Artists at Work in Their Studios

A good studio for an artist is a very important place. Our creative studios might sometimes look like a pile of rubbish or a mixed-up room, but this …

Artists

The secret to creativity – according to science

Whether you get mesmerised by Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein’s theories about spacetime, you’ll probably agree that …

Creativity

10 New Principles Of Good Design

Dieter Rams’s design principles get a 21st-century update.<p>2017 was a year of reckoning for the design community. UX became a weapon, AI posed countless new challenges, and debate erupted over once rock-solid design paradigms. Even some of the industry’s leading lights suggested their revolutionary …

UX Design

These Modernist Birdhouses are Inspired by Famous Architects

Douglas Barnhard, the owner of the home decor company Sourgrassbuilt, designs and builds birdhouses. Built out of repurposed materials, his designs …

Frank Lloyd Wright

The Best Brainstorming is Divergent

You have a problem. You gather a group of smart, creative people and say, <i>Let’s brainstorm</i>. Together, you bounce around a bunch of ideas, whittling …

The 10 best design books that aren't about design

There are plenty of amazing design books around, but some of the best lessons can be learned from books that are about a different topic altogether. …

UX Design

Never Been Able to Keep a Journal Before? This Is the Journal Format for You

You know journaling is a good idea. Here's how to actually do it.<p>I write about productivity and personal achievement for a living so take it from me: you already know how to be successful. All the good advice? You've already heard it. No doubt multiple someones have told you to meditate, commit to …

A new book examines German influence on modern day graphic design

From Bauhaus to dark era of propaganda<p><i>Pioneers of German Graphic Design</i> is a weighty 400-page tome by Jens Müller, on how art, minimalism, and commerce spawned a new form of visual communication. The book, published by Callisto, is the definitive text on how German designers influenced and shaped …

Graphic Design

Go Behind the Scenes With a Process-Driven Handmade-Tile Company in California

Age-old techniques meet modern innovation at a handmade-tile company in California.<p>There’s a controlled bustle inside Fireclay Tile’s factory in tiny Aromas, California. Workers shuttle racks of dried but unfired tiles fresh from the heater, warming the air as they pass, while a 25,000-pound …

Design

Veterans and Artists Find Healing Through Design and Apparel

<b>By Bonnie Rochman/Starbucks Newsroom</b><p>Monique Brown spent 26 years in the military, half of them active duty, and more than two years in Iraq, cooking …

Be Your Own Lighting Designer With This Conductive Ink Craft Kit

Paint-on circuits sound amazing, but what do you even do with them? Here’s a fun idea.<p>It looks like something straight out of a children’s activity book. You trace a tube of puff paint-like ink through a maze of lines, and then you rip apart a few perforated paper sections. A few patient minutes …

Incorporated

10 mesmerizing Instagrams from the first Beirut Design Fair

A lot of gorgeous play with light and curves<p>It’s been a good year for design fair debuts. First there was the Nomad design fair, a “bespoke event” taking over a breathtaking historic villa in Monaco. Now, curtains have been drawn on the inaugural Beirut Design Fair, which coincides with its sister …

Design

Have Designers Lost Control Of Design?

Design is everywhere and more influential than ever. But that power has come at a cost, says designer and technologist Matt Webb.<p>Do designers have an ethical responsibility toward their users? It’s a question that designers struggle with, as the products and interfaces they help bring into the …

UX Design

Studies Show that Restraints Are a Major Creativity Booster

Want to be more creative? Restrain yourself.<p>Despite what our left brain really knows, we still have skewed impressions when it comes to creativity. Anyone who's ever been hired by a client and given full "creative freedom" to produce what they want knows what a Trojan horse that old chestnut can …

Creativity

The rules of brainstorming, according to top design firm IDEO

I work at home, alone for the most part, which means I rarely have the opportunity to be involved in a good brainstorming session. That's a shame …

Design Thinking

A Master Of Design Explores The Murky, Mutable Science Of Color

“Experiencing color is completely dependent on its physical, visual, artistic, and cultural context.”<p>Despite our best efforts to name and codify them, colors are slippery entities, constantly shifting in response to light and space. Think of the way the paint you choose always looks different on a …

Design

Muista: A New, More Evolved Way to Sit at Your Desk

There’s so much talk these days about how inactivity brought on by too much sitting at work can cause a multitude of health issues, which is why …

Furniture

Want To Be More Creative And Successful? Fight The Urge To Focus

A wandering mind can be an asset if you learn how to use it.<p>In 1987, Mark Frauenfelder read an article in <i>Whole Earth Review</i> about the indie magazine revolution and thought to himself, “I’ve got to do a zine.” The next year, he and his wife started <i>Boing Boing</i>, a pop culture and technology …

Creativity

Top 7 Books on Color for Artists

This is a selection of books I've found useful and accessible for learning more about colors, paint pigments, and color mixing. Given that color is …

Yea or Nay?: What You Get When "Package Is Lamp"

A low waste, highly idealistic light<p>Cardboard, like reclaimed wood, continues to provide inspiration for materials-minded designers. It's tough but …

Furniture

Impossibly Tiny Doodles Fill Sketchbook Pages with Surreal Optical Illusions

Artist Visothkakvei creates detailed drawings that go way beyond your average doodles. Armed with a pen and an endless imagination, he fills sketchbook pages with sprawling compositions that are full of tiny, fine-lined elements. Throughout each of his works, motifs of delicate blooms, fancy …

Illustration

Google made a site that shows how millions of people draw the same object

Back in November, Google released artificial intelligence experiment that asks you to draw a random object and see if the neural network can identify your doodle. Quick, Draw! was eventually turned into a tool that transformed drawings into clip art based on the best results it got, helping people …

Illustration

The secret to wild creativity is an obsessive spreadsheet, according to OK Go

When indie rock band OK Go releases a new music video, people are prepared to be amazed. The 19-year-old group is a reliable factory of startling and sublime visual spectacles, churning out new releases that feature everything from treadmills to zero-gravity chambers, trained dogs, optical …

Creativity

The Design Duo Behind The Century’s Most Famous Album Covers

“There was no MTV, there was no VHI, there was no Spotify,” says Aubrey Powell. Instead, there was album art.<p>In the 1970s, designers were treated as rock stars–album cover designers, that is.<p>“You were regarded almost like the fifth member of the band,” says Aubrey Powell, whose studio Hipgnosis was …

Pink Floyd

22 Movies And Shows Every Designer Should Watch On Netflix

Netflix’s queue is constantly changing. Here’s a guide to the latest stuff.<p>(<i>This is an updated version of a list we published two years ago–the majority of which was no longer streamable, given Netflix’s content churn. We miss you,</i> Objectified<i>!</i>)<p>The Netflix queue is one of the most dangerous …

Netflix

The Best Lighting Sources Photos

It's no secret that good lighting is a key part of great design. But, surprisingly, most people have trouble striking the perfect balance. The easy solution? Multiple light sources. Having a variety of lights of different brightnesses allows you to find the optimal ambiance at any time of day. So, …

Kelly Wearstler

10 Tips How to Make More Art

Dear friend,I just learned something interesting today— to be a ‘poet’ means just to be a ‘maker.’1. What is poetry?So the etymology (the root of the …

Henri Cartier-Bresson