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App Design: inMuseum Experience App

This Weekend, I was able to enjoy a free admission at the MBAM (Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal) and go through its art exhibits filled with …

UI Design

14 great coffee-table books to give as gifts to your favorite design enthusiast

Audible and books on tape are great, but they don't satisfy the escapist quality inherent in a good coffee-table book. Here, we've assembled a list of 14 recent releases that are worthy of gift wrap for the design buff on your list:<p><b>Foraged Flora: A Year of Gathering and Arranging Wild Plants and</b> …

The Best Gifts for Photographers Under $500

With a budget of $500, there are a healthy number of excellent gift ideas for you or a loved one that enjoys photography. From post-processing tools …

Videography

15 Reasons Why You Should Go to Iceland On Your Next Vacation

Consider this your must-see list.<p>There are plenty of practical reasons why Iceland is a great place to travel. You can fly there in less than six hours from the East Coast, the dollar remains strong against the Icelandic krona, and it's an easy layover on your way to Europe. But even if all those …

The best new portfolio sites, June 2016

Greetings, readers! Summer is here. It’s time to beat the June heat by staying inside where the air conditioner is. While you’re there, have a look …

UI Design

500-ish Free stuff for learning Design (UI/UX)

UI-UX Ultimate Guides<p>Google Material Design<p>Design Code<p>Hack Design<p>Google Web Fundamentals<p>ux pin<p>the hipper element<p>smashing magazine<p>Hack design<p>zurb<p>ux-mag<p>…

Web Design

The Beginner’s Guide to Google’s Material Design

Advertise here with BSA<br>You may be the type who struggles to keep up with web speak, confused by phrases like “UX (user experience) design” – or the …

UI Design

Photographing Strangers | The Art Of The Ask

Going against everything your mother ever taught you as a child, being a photographer means that sometimes you need to approach and talk to …

Photography

The Color Scheme Designer

Paletton, the color scheme designer<p>In love with colors, since 2002.<p>Paletton.com is a designer color tool designed for creating color combinations …

UI Design

The beginner’s guide to UX prototyping

Prototyping, as a concept, has been around since before the Internet. Typically, people developing a new physical product would first build the …

Prototyping

Wall Decoration Ideas, Photo Wall: How to Create, Organize, and Hang a Gallery Wall

So, you want to create a gallery wall in your home? We don't blame you—gallery walls are Pinterest gold and when done well are like a grown-up version of your middle-school mood board: a collage of photos and artwork that represent your personality, style, and experiences. This may seem like a …

Home Decorating

Front-End Style-Guides: Definition, Requirements, Component Checklist

<b>Summary:</b> Front-end style-guides help efficient design and testing, and enforce UI consistency. We present 8 style-guide requirements and 25 common …

10 questions you’ll be asked in a user experience interview

I just landed my first full-time role as a User Experience (UX) designer and officially closed my job search. After more than 40 coffee dates, phone …

UX Design

9 of the best things to do in Iceland

1: Take a dip in a thermal pool<p>Icelandic folk have been bathing outdoors in thermal pools since Viking times. It would be remiss of you not to join …

European Travel

Rajasthan a Dream Destination for Photographers

Hilltop forts, camels climbing sand dunes, mustached men in turbans, women in colorful saris, religious temples, are all a part of the many photographic possibilities of Rajasthan, India.<p>The word Rajasthan means "land of kings." Rajasthan is in west India and shares a border with Pakistan. The Thar …

India

Why Did You Study an MFA in Interaction Design at SVA?

I graduated from SVA IxD in 2013 and now regularly receive emails from potential students asking about my decision to go there. While I’m always …

UX Design

9 UX Secrets I Stole From People Smarter Than Me

The best ideas are the ones someone else has. Here, UX advice from experts at Ideo, Polar, CapitalOne, and more.<p>Like most people, I like to think I have good taste. But if I do, it’s only because I’ve been ruthless about one thing: stealing secrets and strategies from people a lot smarter than …

UX Design

10 Different Ways You Can Use a Single Softbox

When you’re just starting out in photography, you may not have a lot of money to invest in putting together a high-end arsenal of studio lighting …

Photography

Learn How to Pull Off These 5 Classic Drone Shots

Using drones to capture beautiful images has become pretty standard these days, so chances are you'll eventually want to learn the ins and outs of …

25 incredible hikes to take in your lifetime

We've put together a collection of some of the world's most breathtaking hikes.<p>From the Kalalau Trail in Hawaii to trekking the volcanic Tongariro Northern Circuit of New Zealand, here are 25 hikes everyone should take in their lifetime.

Hiking

Learn How to Setup Studio Lighting in 15 Minutes

Do you find studio lighting daunting? Understandable. When I got my first set of lights I played with it for half an hour. Intimidated and confused, …

Shutter Speed

The Art Of SVG Filters And Why It Is Awesome

The disadvantages of using images for type on the web are obvious: file size, lack of feasibility for frequently altered or user-generated content, …

10 Great Secret Spots In (And Around) Boston, MA

You've done the Freedom Trail, you've gone to the museums, now discover what some Bostonians don't even know about their own city. Here are ten secret spots. How many are you familiar with? Want a bit more? The Getaway Mavens take a deeper dive.<p>1. <b>Fenway Farms @ Fenway Ball Park. The home of the</b> …

New England

How to Nail the Important Shots

For a beginner, few things seem more intimidating than photographing a wedding. A sense of anxiety is perfectly normal if you haven't yet spent much …

10 Editing Techniques That Changed My Photography

In the digital age you as a photographer are expected to be familiar and knowledgeable with Photoshop. It can be argued back and forth if this is …

Tutorials

13 Mind-Bending Thoughts About Photography

Photographer Matthew Rycroft put together this video containing 13 strange, random, and mind-bending “facts” about photography. These are short and …

Photography

How I Made Myself a DIY Spider Light for $40

I recently made myself a DIY Spider Light as a thrifty alternative to the Spiderlite that costs hundreds of dollars. The entire project ended up …

Use Spot Metering for Perfect Exposure on the First Try

Ever wondered why your shots are over or under-exposed even though you have set the proper settings for the light meter readings? Pye from SLR Lounge …

Photography Tips

Walk Through a Wedding: 20 BTS Videos That Cover a Wedding from Start to Finish

Last year, lighting company Profoto teamed up with New England-based wedding photographers Justin and Mary Marantz to create a series of …

My 69 Mistakes With Film

The first mistake I made was hate on film photography when I knew nothing about it. My earliest experience with 35mm was on my 10th birthday. I got a …

Film Photography