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How to paint a digital watercolour portrait

Watercolour as a traditional media offers artists a particularly expressive power. With practice and dedication, it's possible to mix colour and …

Graphics

Aren’t Some People Just Smarter Than Others?

Use the concept of intelligence intelligently.<p>In the current climate of psychology, many people will give you a sour look if you suggest that one …

Psychology

Sketch is Blowing Up. Here Are 12 Reasons to Switch from Photoshop.

Designers were talking about Sketch App by Bohemian Coding since its release in late 2010. Almost five years later, the program is becoming more and …

Graphics

In The Age Of Photoshop, Most Designers Still Prefer Brainstorming On Paper

Khoi Vinh polled 4,000 designers on their work habits. Here are the results.<p>You ideate on paper. You wireframe and design an interface in Sketch. You prototype it in HTML. And you track your progress in Slack, while sharing files via Dropbox.<p>This is the modern designer’s workflow, according to a …

Prototypes

How to Make the Perfect Terrarium (and Keep It Alive!)

Even if you don't have much of a green thumb, terrariums act as small, self-sustaining ecosystems all on their own. But maintaining one is as much a work of art as it is an experiment in science. To help, senior garden editor Todd Carr shares five of his secret techniques for growing a garden under …

Drumming and Brainwaves and Creativity

There are many personal reports and research studies on how meditation can help people be more creative.<p>For example, In his post 5 Keys To Freeing Up …

Tools for Data Visualization in R, Python, and Julia

<b>For Python</b>:<p>Seaborn - A visualization library based upon matplotlib. Although not interactive, the visualizations can be very nice.<br>• Bokeh - Bokeh …

Thank you for everything, Adobe

<i>I really want to move on</i><p><i>Disclaimer: This is not a rant, nor one of the many articles dissing Adobe’s subscription model. I’m perfectly okay with</b> …

27 Useful Design Tips Explained With Beautiful, Inspiring Graphics

Poppie Pack, senior graphic designer at Canva, has put together a handy list of design tips complemented by beautiful images with inspiring quotes. …

Graphic Design

The First 3 Photoshop Blend Modes You Need to Understand

Photoshop can be extremely intimidating to learn, but once you start to get a grasp on some of the tools it has to offer, you’ll wonder how you ever …

24 Spot-On Illustrations That Combat Mental Health Stigma

Sometimes simplicity is the best way to make a point.<p>After seeing firsthand how mental illness can take a toll, Marissa Betley decided to sketch out how it truly feels to struggle with a mental health disorder. She then posted the minimalist illustrations on Instagram. The results are simple, yet …

Mental Health

How to prepare your images for web use

Not all that long ago, exporting images from a PSD file was a complex and tedious task which could take a dozen or more steps to create a single …

Nendo's Architect Bag for Tod's holds long drawings in its middle

Prolific Japanese studio Nendo has designed a bag specifically for architects, which changes shape to accommodate different sizes of …

How to Create a Hot Concrete Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create a hot concrete text effect using two layers to get a central vanishing point in Adobe Photoshop. Let's …

Graphics

30 Keyboard Shortcuts for Speed and Creativity in Adobe Photoshop

Becoming comfortable with digital post-production is all about having good flow. A good workflow lets you be fast and creative with ease. Memorizing …

Photoshop

Bridget Riley: how I got my curves back

In a rare interview, the elusive British painter tells Mark Hudson why she maintains complete control in her studio<p>“Sometimes you have to allow forms to do what they want,” says Bridget Riley standing in front of one of her vibrant, abstract canvases. “This curve comes in gently.”<p>Her arm describes …

New study claims to find genetic link between creativity and mental illness

Results imply creative people are 25% more likely to carry genes that raise risk of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. But others argue the evidence is flimsy<p>The ancient Greeks were first to make the point. Shakespeare raised the prospect too. But Lord Byron was, perhaps, the most direct of them …

Mental Health

Errol Morris: How Typography Shapes Our Perception Of Truth

The acclaimed filmmaker of The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War reveals why he now types all his manuscripts in Baskerville.<p>In 2013, acclaimed filmmaker and author Errol Morris ran a bold experiment. With the collusion of the <i>New York Times</i>, he asked 45,000 readers to take an online test. The test …

Typography

Digital Painting 101: Thumbnail Drawing for Beginners

Thumbnails are the sketch before the sketch. They help us to fully realize our paintings by giving us ample room to experiment. In today's quick tip …

NYC’s Mythical 190 Bowery Will Open To The Public For Just One Night

In 1966, famed photographer Jay Maisel spent $102,000 on the run down 190 Bowery, a former NYC bank that dates back to New York’s Gilded Age. And for nearly 50 years, he’s lived in the 6-floor, 35,000-square-foot, 72-room building with his wife and daughter.<p>The building was recently sold to …

Photographers

Luxury watchmaker IWC takes on Apple Watch with new strap sensor

If you need more evidence that the luxury Swiss watchmakers are as truly screwed as Jony Ive predicted, look no further than IWC’s laughable answer for keeping up with the Apple Watch.<p>The luxury watch company is adding a smart sensor called IWC Connect to the strap of its Big Pilot watch, a …

Say Goodbye To Dustpans: The Vacuum Trashcan Is Here

Sweeping sucks. Especially annoying are those last little bits between the pile you’ve swept and the pile that actually ends up in your dustpan; they’re nearly impossible to capture. A new trash can and vacuum combination called Bruno offers a simple solution. The “smartcan” contains a vacuum …

Vacuums

Inkblock – Adobe Illustrator Actions

The Inkblock Adobe Illustrator actions for quick and easy vector stamp effects.<p>With <b>Inkblock</b> you get <b>10 Adobe Illustrator actions</b> that let you create …

Graphics

Articles about why-two-chairs-are-better-one on Dwell.com - Dwell

Or is one house better than two? For Santa Monica–based architect Jesse Bornstein and his family, both are true.<p>Designer Thom Fougere plays with scale and typology to create playful furniture.<p>Thanks to a complete renovation, two separate units are merged into a single residence to create a chic …

Santa Monica

Illustration is a big new homeware design movement. We showcase the stars

The sixth edition of <b>Pick Me Up</b>, a London festival of the graphic arts, has verve and irreverence at Somerset House until 6 May. <br>It’s the showcase for …

Carnaby Street

Designing the Vegetable Garden: How to Make a Garden Map

The first step in starting a vegetable garden, or any garden really, is to write out a plan. The plan can be anything from a few Post It notes on a …

Vegetable Gardens