Christen Bouffard

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Photoshop Basics: Learn a Simple Trick Using Layer Masks for Creative Effects (VIDEO)

Unmesh Dinda is one of our most popular Photoshop instructors, and in this basic tutorial he demonstrates how add creative effects to a photograph …

Tutorials

The Smithsonian Design Museum Digitizes 200,000 Objects, Giving You Access to 3,000 Years of Design Innovation & History

<i>John Lennon poster by Richard Avedon</i><p>When we think of design, each of us thinks of it in our own way, focusing on our own interests: illustration, …

Museums

Segmented Glass Sculptures Inspired by Cell Division by Jiyong Lee | Colossal

<p>Driven by an interest in the biological process of cell division, artist Jiyong Lee (previously) fabricates translucent sculptural works of …

Modern Art

Design Thinking: Empathy Maps

Empathy Maps help to rapidly put your team in the user’s shoes and align on pains and gains — whether at the beginning of a project or mid-stream …

Design Thinking

A bear cub wants to be friends with a deer fawn

bwaaaa SOOOOO cute<p>52w<p>i wonder will they kill one another when they are older .-.<p>51w<p>Aaaaww SO VERY adorable<p>51w<p>兒時小鷄是我的寵物,現在白切鷄、豉油鷄才是我最愛!<p>51w<p>Babies so …

16th Century Miniature Boxwood Carvings That Fit in the Palm of Your Hand | Colossal

<p>Carved the size of a palm or smaller, these miniature boxwood carvings featuring religious iconography from the early 16th century have long been a …

Learning is the work of the future

A generation ago, teachers could expect that what they taught would last for the life of their students. Today, schools need to prepare students for …

01: World's First Dimensioning Instrument

Elegantly capture dimensions and 3D curves of any object. | Check out '01: World's First Dimensioning Instrument' on Indiegogo.

These Scratch-Proof Safety Goggles Have No Lenses, Just Steel Mesh

"Safe Eyes" are unfoggable to boot<p>Here's an interesting take on protective eyewear: New-Zealand-based Kiwi Ideas Company has developed Safe Eyes, a …

New Multicolor Quilled Paper Portraits by Yulia Brodskaya

The newest quilled portraits from talented paper artist Yulia Brodskaya. This stunning set features Jade (featured above) and Topaz (below). The …

Art

Marshmallow Crossbow

Its name suggests that it's a child's toy. The clean, modern design does not. This Marshmallow Crossbow looks more at home in a bookcase than in the …

Keetra Dean Dixon on Charting Out New Territories in Experiential Design

The graphic, experiential and product designer prepares for a new chapter at RISD this fall.<p><b>This is the latest installment of our Core77</b> …

U.S. Researchers Develop Heat-Free, Ultrasonic Clothes Drying Technology

Ultrasound vibrations dry clothes faster, using less electricity<p>When I moved to Japan in the '90s, the whole country was so hi-tech I felt like I was …

'What were they thinking?': your favourite demolished buildings

Which city structures should have been saved from the wrecking ball? After our selection of lost gems, you shared your own suggestions and memories – from Delhi’s Hall of Nations to Birmingham’s Central Library<p>The Maison du Peuple, Brussels<p>No-one can beat Brussels for the indiscriminate demolition …

Kitting Out Your Workbench: Benchcrafted's Drool-Worthy Vise Hardware

We've got a crush on these vises<p>As we saw with Jay Bates' excellent workbench build, you can create an inexpensive vise using pipe clamps. But just …

The Silversmith's Hands

Tiny House Stairs & Ladders

One of the most popular debates in tiny house land is between stairs and ladders. The truth is, that it really is a matter of personal preference and …

Tiny House Movement

Super High Spec Professionally Built Tiny House

Every now and then you come across a tiny house that has been constructed to an incredibly high standard. That’s exactly the case with this stunning …

Tiny House Movement

I Make Paper And Wood Birds By Hand-Cutting Every Feather

Inspired by the beauty of birds I love to create sculptures from paper, wood and other mixed media.<p>I began making these sculptures a couple of years …

15th-Century Suits of Armor are Way More Ergonomic Than You'd Think

If it was around back then, these folks should've gotten Red Dot Design awards<p>Yesterday we looked at Lady Liberty with a sword, and today we look at …

Brazil

NASA Just Opened Up Access To 2.95 Million Images Of Earth

Here are some of the most striking ones.<p>For the past 16 years, a Japanese-built instrument aboard a NASA research satellite has been quietly gathering data about Earth's changing surface.<p>Those changes include everything from volcanic eruptions and massive wildfires to the worst North Korean drought …

This Swedish Scientist’s Transparent Wood Could Transform Architecture

A new material design innovation has made wood practically invisible. Just watch for splinters.<p>You don’t have to shop at Ikea to see that Sweden is obsessed with wood. Over 57% of the country is covered in upwards of 51 billion trees, and lumber and paper products are one of the country’s biggest …

A tiny roof over one's head is better than none

Until recently most Angelenos likely regarded tiny houses — residences as small as 70 square feet — with bemusement, as fodder for cable TV series or design magazines. Last month, however, tiny houses became a social justice cause when the city seized three that had been donated to people who are …

Homelessness

Tiny Houses for the Masses: 84 Lumber Launches Packages Starting at $7K

Can this major building materials retailer help tiny houses go mainstream?<p>If you thought the tiny house movement was just a fad, think again. 84 Lumber, a major national retailer of building materials and services, just launched a series of tiny houses, available in flexible packages targeting …

Selfie craze gets divine: Artist animates old paintings with new phones

Gods would totally have been into selfies.<p>Selfies have been the next in thing for so long that saying it is already dated. Even taking selfies with …

The Underwater Ballroom That Belonged to a Victorian Fraudster

Today, it’s stained with mildew and covered with leaves. But back in the 19th century, this manmade cavern served as an underwater ballroom/smoking …

Burkina Faso

How the Heck Does This Work? Julien Vidame's Convention-Defying Extendable Table

If this works as advertised, it will be quite the design coup. France-based designer Julien Vidame has posted a link for his Extendable Table, which …

Design History 101

Task Furniture: A Well-Designed Painter's Workstation

Casey Child's A Better Taboret is loaded with functional design details<p>A studio taboret is storage furniture for a fine artist, sometimes topped with …