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The rise of the ambient video game

‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ and its contemporaries are sensory soothing software several decades in the making.<p>In February 1986, …

Breath of the Wild

Audi, Boeing, Glasgow School of Art, Jeff Koons and more: top creatives share their favourite work from 2017

If you follow The Drum on Instagram you may have noticed our feed has looked a little different the past 12 days...<p>From 1 December, we've been …

Here’s a Checklist for Learning How to Retouch Photos Like a Pro

If you are a photographer or fledgling retoucher opening Photoshop for the first time, it is a daunting experience, to say the least. There is a …

20 Books Billionaire Bill Gates Recommends

Get a jump on your summer reading list with these suggestions from the billionaire and philanthropist.<p>Entrepreneur Staff<p>Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.<p>This week, Bill Gates took to Twitter to provide some advice to the graduating class of 2017.<p>Gates exhorted the new …

Self-improvement

The Best And Worst Cans Of Tuna, Based On Sustainability

Not every can is created equal.<p>We hate to tell you this, but you’re probably picking the wrong can of tuna. Buying a canned tuna isn’t just about deciding between water or oil packed, dark or light meat, expensive or cheap. There’s a lot more that goes into a can.<p>We’re talking fishing practices, …

4 Fantastic Portrait Tutorials: Tips & Tricks for Better Photos

Learning to photograph people is a rite of passage for any photographer. When it comes to portrait photography, there’s so much to consider: …

How I Motivate Myself to Make Photos

About to leave our apartment in Hanoi / Macro photo of Cindy’s hand.I have a hard time motivating myself to take photos. This is what works for me:1. …

Photoshop Tip: Advanced Black and White Conversion

Open your photo file with Photoshop (File > Open).<p>To get the maximum dynamic range, try using the free <b>Perfect Exposure plugin</b>.<p>Click in the …

10 Best Carbs For Weight Loss, According to a Dietitian

Trying to lose weight, and you think you have to ditch all carbs? No way! It's painful to live without bread and pasta and fruit, and the best news is you don't have to! Certified dietitian Leslie Langevin, MS, RD, CD, of Whole Health Nutrition recommends eating carbs to give you energy and fill …

James Baldwin, We Still Need You Now

It’s not difficult to understand why the words of James Baldwin initially spoke to director Raoul Peck. After all, his unfortunately prescient writing was ahead of its time. Peck’s emotionally powerful new documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” is based on Baldwin’s final, unfinished manuscript – a …

Berlin mayor Michael Müller tells Donald Trump: 'Don't build this wall!'

Berlin's mayor has turned Reagan's famous Cold War plea to Gorbachev to tear the wall down into a plea for Trump not to build one. A proposed wall …

Donald Trump

The Best Wireless Multiroom Speakers for Your Home

Wi-Fi-connected speakers are capable of delivering significantly better audio quality than Bluetooth offerings. Because they typically connect to your home network, they can also deliver seamless multiroom audio, coupled with easy controls from your smartphone or tablet.<p>Wireless speaker with Wi-Fi …

Shoot This 52 Week Photo Challenge in 2017 to Improve Your Skills

My original 52 Week Challenge in 2016 was a huge success, with tens of thousands of photographers participating from around the world. In celebration …

200,000 Photos from the George Eastman Museum, the World’s Oldest Photography Collection, Now Available Online

There was a time when anyone with even the remotest interest in photography knew the name Eastman, if not the life and work of George Eastman …

Videography

These 16 Great Videos Remind Us What It Meant To Be LGBTQ In 2016

It was a year on the move, in more ways than one.<p>2016 will be remembered as a particularly challenging year for many people, including those in the LGBTQ community.<p>The June 12 Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida and the controversy surrounding transgender “bathroom bills” in states like …

The lion tamer from Lilliput and the birth of Observer photography

The <i>Observer</i> has long been renowned for the quality of its photography and design. It wasn’t always that way. Until the hiring of the paper’s first picture editor Mechthild Nawiasky in 1948, photography struggled to make an impact – readers would be lucky to spot, sandwiched between adverts for …

South Bank

51 Iconic Tech Gadgets Through the Years From 1966 to Today

Take a trip down tech memory lane.<p>From the first home microwave oven, through the Apple 1 computer, all the way to AI-powered robots you can play with, we take a look at 50 iconic products that defined technology for the past 50 years. Take a walk down tech memory lane and shop their contemporaries.

The Binge Breaker

Tristan Harris believes Silicon Valley is addicting us to our phones. He’s determined to make it stop.<p>On a recent evening in San Francisco, Tristan Harris, a former product philosopher at Google, took a name tag from a man in pajamas called “Honey Bear” and wrote down his pseudonym for the night: …

5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading--a lot.<p>But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

Literature

How Georgia O'Keeffe left her cheating husband for a mountain: 'God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it'

<b>A new exhibition of paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe will shine a light on an odd, obsessive artist</b><p>In 1929, aged 41, Georgia O’Keeffe took a trip to New Mexico. By then, with the help of her husband, Alfred Stieglitz – an influential photographer and manager of the first modern art gallery in the …

Photos from Skatopia: ’88 Acres of Anarchy’ in the Woods of Ohio

In 2007, Durham, NC-based photographer Travis Dove was studying photography at Ohio University when he heard of Skatopia. The DIY skate park’s “88 …

Homebound: Hong Kong Dark & Light - Photographs and text by KC Kwan | LensCulture

“Homebound” takes you on a journey through the veins of the “dark side” of Kowloon—a dense and rich area of Hong Kong that offers some of the best and worst of the city.<p>In quick cuts and staccato succession, the photographs guide you through a day and night in the area. You start on the bus from …

Hong Kong

This Is the Best Iced Coffee You Will Drink All Summer

Nitro iced coffee comes straight from the tap, like a Guinness.<p>Nearly four years ago, when The Queens Kickshaw, a coffee hub in Astoria, was installing its draft system, a barista got mad at owner Ben Sandler. "He was like, Ben, we've got to figure out something about this iced coffee situation, …

These Are The Best (And Worst) Canadian Telecoms For Privacy

As Canadians debate numerous items of legislation that could affect their privacy rights — from the new anti-terrorism bill to the Digital Privacy …

Centireading force: why reading a book 100 times is a great idea

I have read two books more than a 100 times, for different motives and with different consequences. Hamlet I read a 100 times for my dissertation, The Inimitable Jeeves by PG Wodehouse a 100 times for comfort. The experience is distinct from all other kinds of reading. I’m calling it centireading.<p>I …

Literature

Chris Mottalini: After You Left/They Took It Apart

Having grown up in a neighborhood rich with mid-century architecture, I was immediately interested in Chris Mottalini’s project, <i>After You Left/They</i> …

A Backyard Room: Kenjo Outdoor Cottage

Swedish company Kenjo is back with a new prefab called Friluftsstugan, or Outdoor Cottage. The new cottage was designed by Johan Svartnäs and comes …