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40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger. This post originally appeared on OtherFocus.</i><p>Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best …

Satellite photos of deserts and airports make perfect phone wallpapers

And this Tumblr user is finding the best<p>This hopefully won't surprise you, but the planet we live on is full of beauty — especially when it's photographed from way, way up above. And while the puny human astronauts aboard the International Space Station do an amazing job capturing it themselves, …

These 5 Emergency Gadgets Can Save Your Life

With just eight named storms so far, the Atlantic’s 2014 hurricane season has been a relative breeze. But there’s still a few weeks to go until the …

15 Photos That Will Convince You That Iceland Belongs on Another Planet

With huge volcanoes, erupting geysers, grand glaciers, and majestic waterfalls, Iceland has a little something for everyone. Particularly for photographers, however, Iceland is like a dream. The Nordic country, that lies between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean, is one of the most sparsely …

European Travel

The 25 Most-Visited Tourist Attractions In The World

Well, the gates have opened, and tourists are pouring in to see it all for themselves. Attendance is up by 2.5 million since 2010.<p>The Forbidden City is a dream destination for some Americans, but most have never researched a trip to Everland or Lotte World. Yet these South Korean theme parks also …

San Francisco

5 tech gifts you shouldn't buy this holiday season

When you're trying to buy the perfect gift for a friend or family member this Christmas, you're probably going to think about something digital. With smartphones, tablets, TVs, headphones, home theater soundbars, gaming consoles, robots, cameras, cases, video games and more in stores, the options …

Janée Meadows' posters will make you actually like 'Destiny' and 'Prometheus'

"I’ve got my trusty Wacom Intuos tablet pen in my hand," Janée Meadows tells me of her work process, "and <i>The Alex Jones Show</i> in my ears."<p>The Los Angeles-based illustrator has done design work for big clients like Nike and 55DSL, but she's best known for her film and game-inspired posters. While …

Stunning Dragon Paintings Based On A Single Brushstroke

The serpentine dragon is a staple element of the mythology of many different cultures in Asia, so it’s not surprising that its powerful, writhing …

Ideo Releases A New Photoshop For Interaction Design

The design agency offers an improved version of Origami, the open-source UX prototyping tool Facebook released earlier this year.<p>A few months ago, Facebook released a bit of open-source code called Origami, which lets designers create and test user interfaces without any coding.<p>Now, Ideo has …

UX Crash Course: User Psychology

My mission for 2014 was to get more people started in User Experience (UX) Design. In January, hundreds of thousands of people did the original UX …

Psychology

“Drones Watching”: What Signs Will Look Like In The Not-So-Distant Future

It’s easy to look at today’s technology through rose-colored glasses. The promises are tantalizing: Driverless cars are safer! Contact lenses could help diabetics! Drones deliver tacos!<p>Not everyone feels so optimistic. In his <i>Signs of the Near Future</i> Tumblr, designer Fernando Barbella imagines a …

The secret behind Apple’s design excellence is a simple one, says former senior designer & UX specialist

The secret behind Apple’s design excellence is a simple one, says former senior designer and user experience specialist Mark Kawano in an interview with Fast Company: it’s not just something left to the designers.<p>It’s actually the engineering culture, and the way the organization is structured to …

RIP Flash: Why HTML5 Will Finally Take Over Video and Web in 2014

<i>Erika Trautman is the CEO of Rapt Media.</i><p>Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, …

11 Android Apps to Make Notifications More Interesting

I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old Android notifications.<p>Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in …

How To Run Live User Testing, Part 3: The Debrief

<b>Editor’s Note</b>: <i>Brenden Mulligan is a co-founder and designer at Cluster, and previously created Onesheet, MorningPics, ArtistData, and others. This is the final part of a three-part series on how live user testing is run at Cluster in preparation for the next release of their iOS and Android …

6 Mind-Blowing Things Recently Discovered From WWII

We think of the world as a crowded place -- in an era when even Mt. Everest has cell phone coverage, you wouldn't think that anything could go …

Incredibly Awesome MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Art Series

Destiny Character Development: Bungie at GDC 2013

UE4 Infiltrator Real-Time Demo | Unreal Engine