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Turn your $60 router into a $600 router

Of all the great DIY projects at this year's Maker Faire, the one project that really caught my eye involved converting a regular old $60 router into …

10 Tips for Designing with Type on a Photo

One of the best techniques to have in your toolkit is designing with type on and around images. But it can also be one of the toughest concepts to …

How-To: Understand and unlock Apple’s Mac and iPhone security screws

Decades ago, every electronic device was sealed with one of two types of screws: a minus-shaped Flat/Slot head, or a plus-shaped Phillips head. There was no concept — at least, for common consumer electronics — that average people shouldn’t be able to unscrew their gadgets and take them apart. And …

Big, beautiful photos of all 22 models of the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch was created to be both a tech and fashion product, with Apple designer Jony Ive explaining that his team "worked extremely hard to make an object that, one, would be extremely desirable, but would also be personal because we don't all want to wear the same watch."<p>As a result, there …

Typographer’s typefaces

The 25 most admired typefaces by typographers, type designers and letterers.<p>In case you missed our most popular post from last year, here it is again. It’s also been translated into Japanese.<p>Selecting the right typeface makes all the difference to effective design and communication. But with over 100,000 font families to pick from it can be a daunting task. There are some excellent guides on how to choose a typeface and helpful methods for pairing typefaces but in order to apply these …

Mac|Life

In-depth Apple advice for all your devices<p>Our team of writers has been using Apple products for years, and knows them inside and out, as well as the …

Articles about 26 books you need read if you love design on Dwell.com - Dwell

The ChampPhaidon Design Classics: 001–999.<p>Even with ample lot size, one Boulder couple opted to go small with their new home.<p>We’ve all seen interior design that almost brings us to the point of being ill.<p>Although the origins of terrazzo go back to ancient Egypt, the material as we know it today was …

R. Kelly

10 Web design trends you can expect to see in 2015

Every year, Web design grows and so many awesome things are being published daily. I can only imagine that the best is yet to come in 2015, including many of the trends we predicted for 2014.<p>While many of those ideas and trends will still be around in 2015 (and probably 2016), it’s time to see what …

Illustrator 101: drawing shapes. Try it out, interactive game style. http://adobe.ly/1rbgEMy

Polygonal Grungy Style in Adobe Illustrator

Ever wanted to make your own stylish CD cover? In this tutorial, we’ll go through a process of creation of a stylish CD cover, with simple yet modern …

Graphics

Play With Blends and Image Trace to Create a Simple Cat Scene in Adobe Illustrator

Those who follow my tutorials will know there are three common themes: portraits, cats, and silhouettes. In this tutorial, I'll be creating a simple, …

Graphics

The Basics

In earlier civilizations, science (math in particular), religion, and art were not separate. We don't even have a word for the broad and fluid field …

Mathematics

10 Amazing Illustrator Tips That Changed How I Design

We’ve all had that mixed feeling of elation and frustration when we discover a new tip or technique in a design app. You’re both amazed at how easy …

Implement a Progress Tracker with FileMaker 13 and Hide Object When

<i>I’m pleased to present a guest post from John Renfrew, a developer from attitude, FBA members in Birmingham, England. In it, he talks about one</i> …

Everything You Need to Know to Start 3D Printing

Ready to join the new DIY revolution?<p><b>The work I've done on spacecraft got me</b> hooked on 3D printing. When I was an electrical engineer for RCA Astro (now part of Lockheed Martin), I helped design, build, and launch the Mars Observer and other interplanetary probes. Back then I had dreams of building …

Printing

The Client is Always Right Series by Jonathan Quintin

The Client is Always Right Series is a self-initiated project by Jonathan Quintin, a creative director and founder of StudioJQ based in Bristol, UK. …

Graphic Design

10 Winter Pastas

On days like these -- when cold snow creeps over the tops of our boots and we're glad to be packed into a crowded subway car simply for the heat -- very few things make us warm <i>and</i> happy. Hot chocolate is too fleeting, our favorite winter hats are weathered, and by the time we get home all we want …

Italian Food

Software Advice for Anyone Thinking About a CNC Router

<b>Excellent results can come from a small CNC router, but don’t forget the software!</b><p><b>CNC tools, whatever their flavor</b>, can greatly enhance your “making” …

How to build a 4K Hackintosh on the cheap for fun and profit

This slideshow requires JavaScript.<p>Over the years, building ‘Hackintosh’ computers has become both a lot easier and more popular. For those unfamiliar, a Hackintosh is essentially a machine running OS X on non-Apple approved and manufactured hardware. There are many reasons to build a Hackintosh …

Why the 9-to-5 Day Is So Tough on Creative Workers

"Knowledge workers" tend to be more unfocused in both the early morning and mid-afternoon. Why force them to work when they're least productive?<p>Today, workers are putting in increasingly more hours—so much so that the 40-hour week has become a relic of the past. But pushing employees to clock up …

Logo Design Guidelines

Design a logo and a visual identity goes way beyond the free form and artistic side of what most people think. There is all the rational part …

Roundup: 10 DIY Garage Organization Ideas

Stuff. We all have it. Especially if we have a garage. And kids. And a yard. And are DIYers. BUT, <i>because</i> we're DIYers, we can easily whip up some of …