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5 TED Talks That Are an Instant Dose of Optimism

Life got you down lately? These talks are just what you need to feel more optimistic.<p>Optimism can be hard to maintain these days. The polar ice caps are melting, world leaders are taunting each other like schoolyard bullies, and billion dollar companies are revealing themselves to be clueless about …

Self-improvement

Science says the difference between a friend and a best friend comes down to two things

Teaching someone how to make friends is like teaching someone how to ride a bike — <i>you say this, you put your foot here, do you get it now?</i><p>That is to say, it's all kind of intuitive: When it's working, you'll know.<p>But a new scientific paper, which was published in the Journal of Social and Personal …

Relationships

59 Brilliant Romantic Comedies That Are Seriously Underrated

Save this list for a rainy day.<p><i>Note: Submissions may have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Relationships

Artist Paints Imaginary Ecosystems Bursting With Colorful Flora and Fauna

Portland-based artist Yellena James creates kaleidoscopic, biomorphic artworks that resemble colorful ecosystems, filled with imaginary flora and fauna. With an aim to illustrate places that are “hypnotically familiar and yet hauntingly exotic,” James’ most recent ethereal universes explore …

Drawing

Free set of 200 vector icons for Illustrator

A collection of 200 free vector icons designed and released by Henrik Østergaard, motion graphics designer from Sweden.The post Free set of 200 …

Graphics

Infographic: What graphics design trends are hot for 2018?

Are your visuals current enough to hold viewers’ attention?<p>With the speed of change that drives online content creators, keeping your website fresh …

51 Best Color Sites for Designers—Updated!

Get featured in PRINT’s all-new book when you win a Regional Design Award!Fire up your bookmarks: These are 50 of the best color sites for designers. …

Graphic Design

Steven Pinker recommends books to make you an optimist

There’s hope for the environment, human progress is dazzling – and the world, according to PG Wodehouse, is beautiful<p>The big prizes go to books on war, terror, cancer and extinction, feeding our morbid curiosity about the gruesome ways in which things can go wrong. But there is an underappreciated …

Books

The Comprehensive Guide to Information Architecture

Learn about information architecture—how designers and product managers build an IA using design principles as well as IA tools and best practices.

UX Design

17 Hidden Shows On Netflix With Near-Perfect Rotten Tomatoes Scores

Is there such a thing as <i>too much</i> of a good thing? Peak TV is certainly putting that theory to test, overwhelming viewers with myriad content and …

Beyond the Gaze: Reclaiming the Female Form After Nochlin

I RECENTLY WANDERED through the Art Institute of Chicago and came upon <i>Woman in Tub</i> by Jeff Koons. His work is recognizable from a distance, and I …

27 Comics That Perfectly Sum Up Being A Woman In Your Twenties

Does anyone even know how long you can go without washing your bra?

Comics

How I Teach

Introduction<p>Chapter 1<br>Course Plans<p>Course Outcomes<br>• Schedule of Classes<br>• Grading Opportunities<br>• Course Description<p>Chapter 2<br>Foundational Skills<p>Contextual …

Keeping Up With… Design Thinking

This edition of <i>Keeping Up With..</i>. was written by Ryne Leuzinger, Gina Kessler Lee, and Irene Korber.<p>Ryne Leuzinger is a Research and Instruction …

Design

10 Tools & Apps That Made Me A Better Designer In 2017

We’ve never seen a year in which Design grew so much more in relevance than in 2017. It has been the year Design finally found its voice in …

UX Design

Content Strategy 101: What it Is and Where to Start

Content marketing and a content strategy are two very different things. You might think that because your blog revolves around a certain topic, your …

Marketing

The HSB Color System: A Practitioner's Primer

Color me stupid as to why there’s hardly a single good explanation of the HSB color system online. Two and a half million Google results, but are any …

Tutorials

13 Book Club Suggestions If You Want To Introduce Your Friends To Science Fiction

The future is now, so obviously you and all of your book-nerdy friends should be reading science fiction. If a book like <i>I, Robot</i> or <i>Dune</i> is a hard …

Amazingly Realistic Still Life Compositions

Bulgarian digital artist George Stoyanov creates stunning and very fine CGI compositions. His skills in 3D design are impressive, and the variety of …

Art

10 logo design trends that will dominate 2018

The logo design industry is changing at a lightning-fast speed. What was trendy five years ago may not even ring a bell today. As methods of attracting customers become more effective, logo design must keep up the pace. New ideas develop so fast, designers have a hard time following …

Graphic Design

The Best Sex Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

Reading is great and all, but when you’re at the gym or on a long car ride or tired from work—that isn’t really an option. At the same time, we’re always telling ourselves to reduce the amount of TV binge-watching we do.<p>We want to be informed, but we’re busy. Sometimes you just want to listen to a …

Thought Leadership

55 Hand-Picked Resources to Help You Learn Graphic Design Quickly

When I began out with learning design, I can remember being absolutely overcome by all the information that is out there. I was sure that knowing how …

Graphic Design

The best science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels of 2017

Not a good year for humanity, but a great year for books<p>2017 was a hard year for a lot of people. With climate change, haywire politics, and tech companies running amok, there are lots of reasons to put the year in the rearview mirror. But through it all, a run of great books shined a light in the …

Books

I Read 75 Books in 2017 & These Were My Top 10

In my mission to read as many books as I could in 2017, I explored new genres, new voices, and became the go-to girl for book recommendations. It's a …

Books

Understanding Different Types of Logo Design | Times Square Chronicles

Understanding Different Types of Logo Design<p>Your logo can be a reflection of your business. It is a visual symbol that can instantly reveal your …

Graphic Design

The best of the wildlife photography awards 2017 – in pictures

Winning images from national and international wildlife photography competitions of the year

Wildlife

12 Simple Phrases That Are Guaranteed to Make People Like You More | Inc.com

The late, great American poet Maya Angelou once said, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."<p>The truth is, your word choice creates a brief impression that can lead to a lasting impression, long after the particulars …

Body Language

25 Books Everyone Should Read, According to TED Speakers | Inc.com

Back in May, just after the main TED event, the TED blog rounded up an incredible list of all the titles recommended from the stage this year. It was enough to fill up most people's to-read queue for months to come.<p>But if you've finally gotten through all the titles that interested you back then, …

Books

Researchers Discover New Optical Illusion Called ‘Curvature Blindness’

Japanese researcher and psychologist Kohske Takahashi of Chukyo University has recently discovered a new, mind-boggling type of optical illusion. Published in SAGE’s open-access i-Perception journal, the new discovery was dubbed the <i>Curvature Blindness Illusion</i>, and describes how a wavy line can be …