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What Apple And Starbucks Taught Me About Building A Brand

Alessandra Ghini shares insights from her work in marketing at Apple and Starbucks on the precipice of each company’s second golden age.<p>When we see an energetic advertisement from Apple that inspires our sense of adventure, or exchange hellos with a Starbucks barista in a way that feels like we’re …

This Snowflake Photo Took 2,500 Hours to Create

Snowflakes have become an obsession of mine as an extreme macro photographer, but I never thought I would be able to take it this far: 2,500 hours of …

Dresses Made of Words

Norway-based ad agency Kitchen certainly knows how to make us do a double-take! Using that old adage – “sex sells” – they dress up beautiful blond women in transparent gowns, made of nothing but words in different typefaces. Created for fashion magazine Alt for Damene, the dresses' message is …

Typography

Misused mobile UX patterns

If you are an experienced designer, you probably agree that being inspired by others is not stealing in UI design. It’s best practice research. It’s …

This Book Is A Complete Guide To The Science Of Snowflakes

And yes, they really are that special<p><i>The Snowflake: Winter's Frozen Artistry</i> by Kenneth Libbrecht and Rachel Wing gives us all a close look at snowflakes, no matter where you spend your winters. And yes, there's that cliché that snowflakes are unique and special and blah blah blah, but seriously, …

Crystals

Precarious playground structures by Capucine Diancourt rely on users' balance

<b>Dutch Design Week 2015:</b> French designer Capucine Diancourt's series of unconventional playground equipment includes non-fixed rocking items that …

Will Flat Design Ever Die?

And what can you do to help?<p>This essay is excerpted from the ebook Web Design Trends 2015 & 2016 by Jerry Cao, Kamil Zieba, and Matt Ellis of UXPin, a UX design platform.<p>Flat design rose in popularity pretty quickly back in 2013. But is its success thanks to its genuine usefulness and practicality, …

Clever Illustrations Playfully Reveal the "True" Meanings of Idioms

Idioms are a clever way to convey emotions and make comparisons, but what if you aren't sure of what they're supposed to mean? Keren Rosen imagines the literal, true definitions of idioms in a playful ongoing project. The simple, cartoonish images break down the meaning of each word and illustrate …

How Ikea Is Defining The State Of Play (With A Little Help From DreamWorks)

Interviews with nearly 30,000 parents and children from 12 countries informed the Lattjo collection of play-oriented design.<p><b>Editor’s Note: As of January 14, 2016, Ikea has issued a recall of its Lattjo tongue drums and Lattjo drumstick sets.</b><p>Play isn’t just about fun and games—it’s a valuable way …

Independent Designer-Builders: You Can Now Sell Your Goods on Amazon

Here's what you need to know about the "Amazon Handmade" program<p>Even if you're a talented independent product or furniture designer-builder, there's …

Matali Crasset adds claw-shaped ring to Extratoof jewellery line for Le Buisson

French designer Matali Crasset has created a range of rings with talon-like silver settings to add to her collection for Parisian jewellers Le …

If You Love Math (Or Dessert!), This Modular Table Is For You

Hated by data viz experts, business professionals, and grade school students, pie charts are generally a bane to all. But despite that, they serve as good inspiration for tables.<p>Designed by the Mexico City/London-based firm Hierve for H Furniture, the Pie Chart System is based off of simple …

Furniture

Seeking the perfect camera bag for a Fuji X-T1, X-Pro1, X-E2 mirrorless system

Let me confess to something right up front: I own way too many camera bags, many more than any normal photographer should ever have, but all of them …

How S’well Designed Its Way Into 3,300 Starbucks Stores

The fashionable water bottle has caught the eye of the world’s largest coffee maker.<p>Anyone who makes a product wants to get it in front of the eyes of as many people as possible. It’s why product makers cozy up to retailers, hoping to secure just a few inches of precious shelf space to show their …

Man Documents His Incredible Outdoor Adventures with His Gorgeous Wolfdog

Meet Loki, a wolf-dog hybrid who proves that dogs aren't man's only best friend. Loki, a low-content wolfdog who's a husky/Arctic wolf/malamute mix, goes on amazing hiking adventures with his human, Kelly Lund, in the great outdoors of Colorado and beyond. From backcountry skiing, to sleeping in …

Outdoors

@vancleefarpels left its sight wanders over the seas to imagine #SevenSeasTreasures, its latest high jewellery collection unveiled during Haute Couture in Paris 💦 In this sea inspired journey, the Adria ring really charmed me. The retro look of this cocktail ring, its contrasts of brilliant, baguette and cushion cuts associated with the blues of the Paraiba tourmalines or the sapphires answering an 8.35 carats emerald from Zambia. A real crush! 😻 - @celinerichardpersonal More pictures on www.precieuxwebzine.com 🔝 #highjewelry #emeralds #pfw #precieuxwebzine #diamonds

A hymn to the blue of the Adriatic sea, the Lagune Précieuse set combines a batch of aquamarines weighting over 160 carat, with sapphires and diamonds in a luminous mosaic of tones. #SevenSeasTreasures Van Cleef & Arpels Lagune Précieuse necklace, "Seven Seas" #HighJewelry collection. White gold, round, baguette-cut and pear-shaped diamonds, sapphires, round, octogonal, square-cut, oval-cut and pear-shaped aquamarines.

High Jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels — Van Cleef & Arpels Seven Seas Collection

The 13 Inspiring Winners Of Our 2015 Innovation By Design Awards

In the eyes of our esteemed judges, these projects represent the year’s best design.<p><b>Entries open for the 2016 Innovation By Design Awards on February 23. Check back soon for details.</b><p>After hundreds of hours mulling over the best design work in the world, <i>Fast Company</i> is proud to announce the winners …

Apple launches iPad Pro and "extraordinary" Apple Pencil for technical drawing

Tech giant Apple has released its latest series of hardware updates – including the first Apple Pencil, a stylus designed for technical drawing (+ …

Apple Has One Or Two Products, So Why Are They Selling So Many?

There’s now an iPhone for your hand, your desk, your wrist, and your couch.<p>The iPad Pro could have been a big moment for Apple. By adding a keyboard and stylus to a 13-inch iPad, they didn’t just knock off the Microsoft Surface. They physically merged two distinct product lines. At last, their …

Selling

Designing For All Five Senses

Do your designs touch every sense possible?<p>This essay was first published on Design for Europe.<p>Our perceptions of the world are built on multiple senses. They interact to help us make sense of our surroundings, so a car will seem to be traveling faster if it makes a lot of noise. And whether we …

Designers Should Design, Coders Should Code

Here’s why you need someone who understands code but doesn’t necessarily live in it.<p>This essay is excerpted from the ebook <i>Interaction Design Best Practices: Mastering the Tangibles</i> by Jerry Cao, Kamil Zieba and Matt Ellis of UXPin, a UX design platform.<p>It’s an old argument: should designers code? …

Take a chair, everywhere

Foldable Tables are commonplace. We’ve seen loads of them. So are foldable chairs. This, however, is a first. The Shoulin Chair combines a seat and …

Bing Bang Jewelry Branding and Packaging

Rebranding and packaging design by Verena Michelitsch for Bing Bang Jewelry.<p>Verena Michelitsch is an Austrian graphic designer and illustrator, …

Sleepy Fox Found Taking a Peaceful Nap on Second-Story Ledge

Although it's not unusual to see foxes roaming out and about, to see one sleeping on a second-story window sill is certainly not a common sight. This adorable creature somehow scaled a townhouse in the London neighborhood of Notting Hill, and the stone ledge appears to be the perfect place for its …

Cute

Let's Decide Once and For All: Canon or Nikon?

Which is better? Canon or Nikon?<p>It feels like this debate’s been going on longer than the “chicken vs. the egg” one.<p>So we’re gonna help you …

Photographing 1 Million Sunflowers - Lenses & Post Processing Case Study

Want to step away from the norm? How about spending the morning with 23,500 sunflower plants that equate to about one million sunflowers? Summer …

Huawei’s Honor 7i Has a Flippin’ 13MP Camera

Huawei today unveiled a new smartphone called the Honor 7i. One of its main advertised features is a 13-megapixel rear camera that can flip up and …

Articles about rustic shipping container home built budget on Dwell.com - Dwell

Using shipping containers to create affordable housing is an emerging trend.<p>Repurposed shipping containers have popped up all over the place in surprising ways—from homeless solutions in South Africa, to...<p>Stylish, spacious, and self-sustaining, the Hill Country House ticks all the right boxes for …

Shipping Containers