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Modern Double Helix Bookcase Inspired by DNA Structures

Designed by Italian company Cattelan Italia, <i>DNA bookcase</i> is a unique and stylish way to display your intrinsic love of reading. Crafted out of steel, this nearly 6-foot-tall tower features two platforms that slowly rotate around a central column that is 13 shelves high. The carefully plotted design …

Debbie Millman on The Great Discontent (TGD)

People always ask me this! Believe it or not, I’m a big sleeper and I like to get a minimum of seven hours a night. I think high-energy people need a …

Graphic Design Goes On A Joyride In A Heady, Happy New Book

Michael Rock’s Multiple Signatures commits to print a lively collection of talent and collaborative fun.<p>“Months of work are boiled down to a business card, a tag, an exit sign,” Michael Rock writes about the particular “confinement of graphic design to the often thin final results” in the …

Graphic Design

How to Avoid Becoming an Obsolete Designer

Tuesday, July 09, 2013<p>Open a design annual from 15–20 years ago, and you see how quickly design dates. The ‘90s are particularly notable for this: …

The Myth of the Homepage

By and<p>Image by Filip Malinowski via The Noun Project.<p>Many brands centre their online strategy on the assumption that the majority of visitors arrive …

Serious play — the secret to eternal life

Recently I presented an illustration project I worked on with Erik at our weekly “Brainfood” sessions (a weekly event platform where we host …

Apple Mac iOS Rumors and News You Care About

Front Glass Panels for 2018 iPhones Appear to Leak, Show Thicker Bezels on 6.1-Inch LCD Model<p>Well-known leaker Ben Geskin today tweeted a photo of what he claims are front glass panels for Apple's widely rumored trio of new iPhones, all of which are expected to be announced in September as …

MacBook Pro

James Victore – Your work is a gift – beyond tellerrand 2013

The Big Data Revolution

Big promise, big problems<p>When scientists develop hypotheses, they often begin with an assumption or a hunch — usually one that grows out of personal …

The Skinny Man's Muscle Plan

Pack on the muscle you want by busting the myth of the hard gainer<p><b>I'VE BEEN CALLED A</b> pencil, a string bean, skin and bones. I've heard the three words no man who cares about his physique ever wants to hear: "You work out?" Trainers refer to us as ectomorphs—which sounds like something from …

Op-Ed: Success Is Having the Balls to Trust Yourself

As a commercial designer, a number of things excite me creatively and motivate me to make great work: the opportunity to create for an audience, the …

Why Your Great Ideas Get Turned Down

Have you ever debuted an exciting new idea to the world only to receive a lukewarm or even highly critical response? Well, get used to it. Mounting …

The End Of Advertising As We Know It–And What To Do Now

AKQA’s Rei Inamoto argues that the thing we call advertising is over and offers four guidelines for moving into the next era, when 365-day connection, people-focused stories, and business invention will be key.<p>“How are we supposed to judge a creative idea versus a product idea?”<p>This was a question …

Want to be More Creative? Start Keeping More Boring Hours

Stop burning the midnight oil, rock star. You’re better off and maybe more creative keeping unglamorous, eight-hours-of-sleep hours.<p>Edna St. Vincent Millay, who wrote that her “candle burns at both ends,” epitomized the image of the insomniac artist: a person so consumed with the creative act that …

Business Unique Labeling and Why it is Productive - in September

When it comes to <b>the visual side of communication,</b> the prettier something is; the more easily will it be for people to understand the idea and …

Webcam-Spying Pennsylvania High School Avoids Federal Charges

Remember that Lower Merion, PA high school’s webcam spying scandal? Well, federal prosecutors have decided not to file any criminal charges against the school. That’s not to say they’ll escape scot-free, though.<p>Back in February, the affluent Lower Merion High School, located in the suburbs just …

High School

How typeface influences the way we read and think

Last summer, CERN was on the verge of announcing a discovery so critical to understanding the basic building blocks of the universe that it had been …

With wearable tech like Google Glass, human behavior is now a design problem

For all the attention we’ve given in the past year to wearable devices like Google Glass, Nike FuelBand and Jawbone UP, the focus on hardware and …

FreshBooks Cloud Accounting

People constantly ask me 'How can I get a 4-hour workweek with a service business?' This story is the short answer. Tim Ferriss Author of the #1 …

Surf Pop: Apple’s Stylistic Return to California

Why Apple is re-aligning itself with its contemporaries and the subcultures it helped create<p>A Return to Design<p>Apple’s redesign of iOS7 isn’t …

The effervescent times we live in

Once upon a time, in the not-too-distant past, achieving a consistent expression of a brand globally was exactly that: something you achieved. …

6 Ways To Create A Culture Of Innovation

Reward employees with time to think, while providing them with the structure they need.<p>Every organization is designed to get the results it gets. Poor performance comes from a poorly designed organization. Superior results emerge when strategies, business models, structure, processes, technologies, …

Innovation

Sailing Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea | Desktop

As graphic designers, we like to look, think and talk at, on or about identity quite a lot. Often we create them as well. We buy books filled with …

Designers: Learn To Code! Here’s How To Start

When you start experimenting with code, you find that the new tool helps you do your job better. Just think of it like getting punched in the face for the first time–once it happens, you realize it’s not that bad.<p>A friend, formerly a competitive fighter, once asked me: “Have you ever been punched …

Photoshop Tutorials

Gallup’s Workplace Jedi On How To Fix Our Employee Engagement Problem

More than half of America’s workforce is disengaged. In an exclusive conversation with Dr. Jim Harter–who initiated the first “State of the American Workplace” study in 1997–we dig into the latest report, due out this month.<p>The way we lead people in America is failing.<p>That’s the only reasonable …

Employee Engagement