João Aguiar

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Why Designers are going to take over the world — Design Thinking explained

Why Designers are going to take over the world — Design Thinking explained<p>About thirty years ago, Apple Computers released the first ever personal …

UX Design

Flat UI Elements Attract Less Attention and Cause Uncertainty

<b>Summary:</b> Flat interfaces often use weak signifiers. In an eyetracking experiment comparing different kinds of clickability clues, UIs with weak …

The Curious Relationship Between Graphic Design and Health

August 16, 2017<p>A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.<p>A powerful means of visual communication, …

Graphic Design

The Problem With Intuition In Digital Design

What is intuition?<p>“Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect” - Steve Jobs<p>Intuition lets us make decisions about what we think …

UX Design

The Rise of the Almost-Flat Design Web Trend

Advertise here with BSA<br>Starting as an alternative to the then-popular skeuomorphic style, flat design originated as a wholly simplistic and …

The influence of Star Wars on Apple’s classic design, and vice versa

Later this month, crowds of excited fans will stand in lines to see one of the most-hyped and likely profitable things of the year. For once, that’s not an Apple product—it’s the seventh Star Wars film, <i>The Force Awakens</i>. But the Californian tech giant and space film franchise do have something in …

Star Wars

This Moroccan City Is Completely Covered in Ethereal Blue Paint

Chefchaouen is the stuff of dreams — but it's real.<p>As people who love color, we're always looking out for rooms that employ vibrant decor. But entire cities that embrace our love of saturated hues? Now you've got us excited.<p>Chefchaouen is a town in northwest Morocco that is best known for its …

Colorful Pictograms Contrast Life in the East and West

Artist Yang Liu's new pictograph book helps us simplify the differences that make our cultures beautiful.<p>Drawing on her own experiences living in Europe and China, artist Yang Liu condenses some differences between East and West down to simple pictographic form in a new Taschen artbook, <i>East Meets</i> …

What's new in Adobe Creative Cloud mobile apps (pictures)

What has Flash ever done for us? Quite a lot, actually.

I first started playing with Flash in the late 1990s when Macromedia Flash 3 was the latest version. My original website is still live at treecity.co.uk<p>Over the years, Flash has always taken a beating, especially when Flash intros became so popular and even more so when Flash banner ads annoyed …

Apple drops Helvetica for San Francisco in iOS 9

The launch of Apple's iOS 9 mobile operating system officially brings its bespoke San Francisco typeface to the rest of its product lineup, as …

San Francisco

Google logo nearly jacks Microsoft's kindergarten style, but not exactly

Somewhere over the rainbow....you'll find giant tech companies borrowing the same pre-kindergarten array of colors for their logos.<p>Google's colorful, …

Graphic Design

Chemical Cloud Elements

I love clouds, I know it sounds weird but I always loved to admire the clouds formation, the depth, colors and dimensionality that they create in the …

Audio Mixing

Why These Photos of Windows Around the World Have Gone Viral

Portuguese photographer André Vincent Gonçalves started out taking snapshots of colorful windows in his native Évora; his "Windows of the World" project has since grown—and gone viral. Gonçalves spoke to Conde Nast Traveler about the windows that inspire.

Is This the Sexiest Secret Lair Ever?

The Fortress of Solitude of the future hangs off the side of a cliff.<p>Goldfinger's lair has nothing on Casa Brutale, a stunning new architectural concept for a sleek, modern take on the cave dwelling from Greek designers Laertis-Antonios Ando Vassiliou and Pantelis Kampouropoulos, a.k.a. Open …

Watch: A Volcano Erupts During a Solar Storm in Iceland

Filmmaker Henry Jun Wah Lee was at the right place at the right time during a solar maximum over Iceland last March. (A bit of background: a solar …

Solar Cycle

From Psycho to Jurassic Park: exploring iconic movie poster typography

Gabriella Garcia<p><i>Author</i><p>Film and typography have never strayed far from each other, from the necessity of intertitle dialogue in cinema’s earliest …

Typography

How Google Finally Got Design

Google’s transformation into a company that creates beautiful software is the story of how tech itself has evolved in the mobile era.<p>It would have been crazy to say just a few years ago. But today, Google produces better-designed software than any other tech behemoth. If you don’t believe that, …

Design

A decade of observing Earth from space has given us these breathtaking views

The ESA's Envistat satellite was the largest Earth observation satellite ever built.<p>Since 2002, it has circled the Earth, collecting invaluable information on our environment and the advancing danger of climate change. Contact with Envistat was suddenly lost in April 2012, but the wealth of …

Prince Andrew named in US lawsuit over underage sex claims

A woman who claims that an American investment banker loaned her to rich and powerful friends as an underage “sex slave” has alleged in a US court document that she was repeatedly forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew.<p>The accusation against the Duke of York is contained in a motion …

The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

At the end of every quarter the Sifter highlights the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic <i>Top 100</i> at the end of the year (check out …

Surreal Photo Manipulations by Caras Ionut | Colossal

<p>Photo artist Caras Ionut lives in the world of Photoshop where he digitally assembles surreal landscapes and portraits using largely his own …

Projections as Light: Nonotak

We are interested in the relationship between space, light and sound. We try to express it through installations or audiovisual performances.<p>Over the …

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7 Design Related Books you Should Check Out

Back in November we showcased here a list with 8 Books Every Designer Should Read, and to the present day, five months later we keep receiving emails …

The Best Design Blog Written by top Illustrators & Designers.

These four student typeface designers demonstrate that being short on experience is no obstacle to producing a killer typeface, and that a fresh take …

Website Design Ideas: Get FREE tips on the Best Website Design

What’s the best website design? That depends on your audience. In Patrick McNeil’s, The Web Designer’s Handbook Volume 3, he provides over 600 good …