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This Woodland Design Farm Actually Grows Furniture

British tree farmer, artist and designer Gavin Munro talks about the art of “zen 3D printing” with wood.<p>For the last decade, Gavin Munro has been figuring out the perfect way to grow wooden furniture and art like patterned lamps, chairs and tables. More recently, this British tree farmer, artist …

Ready to Challenge Yourself? Check Out 'Art of Photography' Photo Assignments

As photographers, every so often, we will hit the dreaded brick wall of creativity. The tank goes empty, and we feel about as imaginative as a sack …

Creativity

This New Drawing App Shows How Digital Software Will Save Sketching, Not Destroy It

Mental Canvas is not the first software that attempts to save the act of sketching--we have seen 3D "sketching" tools such as SketchUp, as well as …

How to Get Hired as a Photographer When You Don’t Have Experience

It’s an age-old question: how are you supposed to get hired as a photographer when clients are only looking for photographers who already have …

8 Lessons Ansel Adams Can Teach You About Photography

Ansel Adams is one of the titans of photographic history. When I started as a photographer, I was primarily interested in landscape photography. I …

Five Ways To Make More Money Before Year-End Without Having To Leave Your Job

Getting a new job is one way to make more money. If you’ve been working at the same employer for a while and getting negligent raises each year, you may have fallen below market. I once had a very talented colleague who had started at our employer in an administrative role. Even after she proved …

Employment

24 Of Design’s Most Important Principles, Animated

Although not anyone can be a designer, everyone who wants to can learn the elements of visual design: contrast, transparency, hierarchy, randomness, and so on. In fact, it doesn’t even take all that long. Just watch this 50-second video.<p>Animated by Toronto-based art director and motion designer …

Ideo Rebrands Disaster Preparedness

The end of the world draws nigh. Someone break out the wine and Scrabble.<p>You’ve just survived a devastating earthquake. Time to take inventory: Flashlight? Check. First aid kit? Check. Bottle of wine and Scrabble. Chec–wait, what?<p>This is emergency preparedness through the eyes of City 72, a new, …

Here’s What Utilities Really Think About Microgrids

Despite a surge of interest, microgrid development in the U.S. has been one giant R&D experiment.<p>There is just over a gigawatt worth of microgrids …

Will the micro-grid put major power companies out of business?

For the last century, the power created by large power generators (hydro, nuclear, coal and gas) has been brought to consumers via a grid comprised of transmission lines and cables with varying voltages. The system was like a waterfall – with electricity flowing in just one direction, from lines of …

Fast Growth Forecast For Nanogrids, Microgrids

Two new research reports project fast growth for nanogrid and microgrid technologies over the next three to 10 years, as commercial interest peaks and communities seek distributed, alternate power sources to run smart transportation systems or keep buildings running independently off the grid.<p>The …