Jonathan Li

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How To Draw Critical Design Insights From A Single Photograph: Lessons From Frog

Jon Freach, design research director at frog, explains why snapping pictures can make all the difference for you and your client.<p>Henri Cartier Bresson once said, “Sometimes there is one unique picture whose composition possesses such vigor and richness, and whose content so radiates outward from …

How The “Star Wars” Lightsaber Was Designed

How do you design a futuristic laser sword? Take a stick, rotoscope it, and then let a sound design genius work his magic.<p>In all of the annals of film and science fiction, you’d be hard pressed to find an object as singularly identifiable as the <i>Star Wars</i> lightsaber. Even if you don’t like science …

4 Strategies To Make Your Office A Place Where People Can Focus

Some days–or weeks–go by without even 15 minutes of uninterrupted focus. Maybe it’s time to instill an adult study hall or busy signals to get your concentration back.<p>Between phone calls, email alerts, and random chats, interruptions pretty much define modern office life.<p>That’s fine if you’re …

This Edible Blob Is A Water Bottle Without The Plastic

Inspired by techniques from molecular gastronomy, three London-based industrial design students created Ooho, a blob-like water container that they …

UC Berkeley

Mom's harness invention gives kids a chance to walk

When Rotem Elnatan was 2 years old, his physical therapist told his mom Debby Elnatan some upsetting news: “Rotem does not know what his legs are. He has no consciousness of them.”<p>Rotem, now 19, has cerebral palsy, a condition affecting the brain and nerves that impacts movement. His therapists did …

Household Cleaners Get An Eco-Friendly Makeover

How many empty cleaning spray bottles do you think you’ve thrown out in your lifetime? Even those who opt for environmentally friendly cleaning solutions regularly toss out their plastic containers. On top of the cost of constantly replacing bottles, the toll on the environment adds up.<p>Designer …

Designs for the Hanging of Things, Part 2: Coat Racks

<i>Previously: Part 1 - Hooks</i><p>Do you (or your interior design clients) want an easy way to hang up coats, scarves, bags, towels, aprons and more? Then …

The Clubfoot Sandwich is a Mug of Sandwich

(Photo: The Staggering Ox)<p>The <b>Clubfoot sandwich</b> is an ingenious approach to sandwich design. I don't know who invented it, but the Clubfoot is …

What Was The Crystal Palace, And Why Are We Trying To Rebuild It?

One of the most famous structures in London’s history burned down decades ago. Can we resurrect it?<p>Yesterday, a group of Chinese developers along with London mayor Boris Johnson announced the shortlist of architects picked to design the new Crystal Palace. It includes some of the U.K.’s best …

Nike: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

During the 2016 Olympics, Nike put female athletes in the spotlight in its popular "Unlimited" ad campaign—and it promoted diversity in its own business. In 2016, the majority of the company’s employees were minorities, and women made up 48% of its global workforce.<p>The company is also a pioneer in …

Those BPA-free plastics you thought were safe? Think again.

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Inside the Big Tobacco-style campaign to bury the disturbing evidence about the …

The Cutting Board Gets An Op-Art Makeover

Being pretty isn’t usually the prerogative of the humble cutting board, which spends most of its time getting hacked at, covered in a mess of food. But with Shape Boards, Brooklyn-based design firm Bower gives cutting boards a stunning makeover, turning them into playful pieces of op-art.<p>Designed …

Designing for Knife Storage, Part 1: Blocks and Wall Racks

When I work with clients to organize their kitchens, knife storage is one of the issues we tackle. Everyone has different needs and constraints—but …

The Art Of Whining: Top Designers Visualize Their Biggest Complaints

In a new poster exhibition curated by Steven Heller, top artists and designers from Milton Glaser to Lawrence Weiner unleash their inner haters, celebrating how complaining leads to innovation.<p>Next time someone tells you to “quit your whining,” point them to the Wolfsonian Museum’s upcoming …

Funny Furniture? A Sitcom Where Chairs Are The Stars

Last fall, as furniture designer Lucas Maassen prepared to showcase his collection at Dutch Design Week, he decided to shake things up. Instead of the same-old display of wares, Maassen would create a sitcom starring his new line (including furniture painted by his young sons.)<p>Aptly named The …

Alarm Clock’s Simple Flip Gesture Helps Gently Wake You Up

Unless your circadian clock is naturally set early, there’s no good way to wake up. Designers have been doggedly trying to find a better way to get us up in the morning and we’ve seen some stellar attempts at alarm clocks, like the Aura, a smart alarm that uses colored lighting to ease you in and …

5 Good Photography Habits You Want to Start Today

5 Good Photography Habits to Start Today - shoot daily, take notes, look at photos, back up, and more! Take your photography up a level with these …

Black and White Photography Tips

It is often believed that good photos are ones with beautiful colors. However, there are other forms of photography such as black and white, …

Still Life Photography

In today’s photo tip, we begin a study of still life photography techniques. We’ll start out with a still life photography definition that will …

Photography Tips

Travel Photography: Creating Your Own Luck

So you’ve read up on the technical side of taking great photos. You know your aperture from your EXIF, and you’ve experimented with shutter speeds. …

5 Tips for Better Long Exposure Landscape Photography

5 Tips for Better Long Exposure Landscape Photography - learn some things to do and some to avoid when doing long exposures.

How to Take Photos in Low Light

Images of night scenes never fail to impress. Night-time images have great ambiance, something which is often absent in flat, bright, daylight …

Quick Macro Photography Tricks

If you delve into the incredible world of macro photography, with the aid of a few digital photography tricks, you can take photographs of insects …

40 Tips to Take Better Photos

<b>Many years ago when I was a starry-eyed undergrad I would ask every photographer I came across the same question:</b><p>“How do I take better photos?”<p>I was …

The Basics of Photography: I for ISO

As we continue our series on the basics of photography, we run into the letter “I”. What better term to define in the photo world than one of the …

How Patterns Can Have an Awesome Impact in Your Photography

Patterns are a simple yet powerful way to add unparalleled visual impact to a photograph. You can find patterns in the natural world, you can find …

Behance

Take a deep breath: the stethoscope is dying

If you Google "Hugh Laurie" and "stethoscope", you will come up with a clutch of stories from February 2012 about how everybody's favourite pill-popping misanthropic physician is "hanging up his stethoscope" after eight seasons on the hit show House.<p>This underlines a more general truth: doctors …

7 Steps to Mindfully Manifest Your Goals

As a mind-body therapist and an international trainer I've helped thousands of patients and workshop participants learn how to mindfully access their core creativity and manifest their goals. Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help one go beyond their fears and resistances to tap into their …

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