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Man sleeping rough in Sparkbrook is given fresh start by someone who passed him every day

Every day after work Shezad Zaman used to pass Kriss Wilkes.<p>Kriss was experiencing homelessness - until garage owner Shezad decided to make a …

Want To Build A Culture Of Innovation? Master The Design Critique

Fifteen years as a design educator has taught Jon Kolko the right–and wrong–way to critique design work. He shares his process here.<p>The ability to give and take criticism effectively is a crucial part of the design process. And as companies increasingly embrace design, not just as a feature, but, …

How to Fall Asleep in Under a Minute

<i>Tech savvy</i>. <i>Culturally aware</i>. <i>Underemployed</i>. <i>Spiritual</i> but not <i>religious</i>.<p>These are all words and phrases that have come to be associated with the …

The secret to how Tesla gets its cars to look absolutely fantastic

Before Franz von Holzhausen signed on with what was then called Tesla Motors in 2008, he was on his way to being a member of the automotive design world's elite.<p>He had graduated from Art Center College of Design in the early 1990s, making him an alumnus of the world's most prestigious …

Tesla

A new website lets you design custom maps of anywhere in the world — and the results are undeniably cool

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Grafomap<p>I've lived in my current apartment for six months, and I still have yet to find wall art my partner and I both like enough to hang …

Pop Art

This Mind-Bending Video Was Created Using Paint, Oil, and Liquid Soap

Artistic filmmaker Thomas Blanchard is back with another mesmerizing experimental video, combining forces with Oilhack to create this otherworldly 2 …

Delicate Paper Calligraphy Showcases a Cheerful Alphabet

Find your paper-cut initials in Sabeena Karnik’s delicate typeface and calligraphy pieces.<p>For the last 10 years, Sabeena Karnik has worked in the paper medium, pushing its boundaries and experimenting with its different capacities and styles. It wasn’t until a few years ago that the artist stumbled …

Calligraphy

Geometric and Colorful 2D Illustrations of Cities

Scott Uminga, Canadian 2D illustrator and visual artist, creates artworks that represent cities and landscapes. Layers of geometric forms give life …

Digital Art

Every Ford GT Buyer Is Receiving this Rad Miniature Ordering Kit

The $400,000 Ford GT is unlike any other car, and Ford wants that to be reflected in every part of its purchasing and ownership. With an initial batch of 500 units, the GT is only available to people whom Ford deemed qualified after an application process. Now that the lucky select few have been …

Sports Cars

15 Websites You Need To Know To Give Your Creative Freelance Business A Kick Start

Getting in to the creative freelance business can be hard, whether you are a graphic designer, a writer, a videographer, an animator, or some other …

Web Design

The Best of Sketching in 2016

From traditional to digital and everything in between<p>We noticed a popularity in sketching articles this year, ranging from traditional pen and paper …

Best TV of 2016

Our biggest TV aficionados break down their choices<p>In an attempt to avoid the cliched “we’re living in a golden age of television” line, let’s just say that 2016 was another brilliant year for TV.<p>Returning shows like <i>Game of Thrones</i> and The Americans managed to shock us even when we thought there …

Under Armour: SWACKET - Product Design & Photography

I am a big fan of the brand Under Armour, in my opinion the quality of their clothing is just that good and I really do love how they innovate all …

8 Kitchen Design Trends to Look Out for in 2017 - Dwell

2017 is just around the corner. As you decorate your Christmas tree and make a mental note of all the things you want to achieve in the upcoming year, take a break, make yourself a cup of tea and check out what's in store for kitchen designs.<p><b>#1. Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets</b><p>The trend of tuxedo - or …

Kitchens

15 Home Design Trends That Rocked 2016

2016 has been a rollercoaster of a year, to say the least. Yet like any other, it brought new home trends that we saw go from the homes of prominent …

5 big graphic design trends of 2016

In the graphic design world, the idea that something has become a trend is often perceived as a negative. But while blindly following trends for …

Graphic Design

11 Exciting New Materials Designers Should Watch

Flexible batteries, Velcro metal, colorful conductive inks, and more.<p>Andrew Dent, vice president of library and materials research at Material ConneXion, is like a sommelier. Presiding over the world’s largest library of materials, his job is to listen to the requirements of his clients–a list …

13 ideas for small homes that will turn them stylishly modern

The modern design style is perfect for decorating small spaces, because it first of all seeks simplicity in both lines of furniture and color …

Interior Design

11 Designer Kitchens that will blow your Mind

In line with the ever changing design trends & client needs, Scarsdale, New York based interior designers and decorators <i>cleandesign</i> have come up with …

Interior Design

In Love with Japan - Illustrations

I believe that traveling with the main purpose to wander and explore; together helps immensely to feed your brain at your journey and tremendously …

Font Pairing For Designers 101, Plus 10 Free Font Pairing Tools

It’s often said that the best designs are the ones you don’t notice. Sometimes, though, effective design is distinctly visible — striking enough to …

Typography

Google's beautiful new free font covers 800+ languages

In an effort to make it easier for people from all over the world to create and share information in their language of choice, Google has created Noto, a massive open source font family that spans more than 800 languages and 110,000 characters.<p>That covers every single symbol in the Unicode standard …

Typography

The Art Of Hand Lettering

Inspiration isn’t tied to a specific timeframe or shows up when you need it. There isn’t a magic formula to rely on. Luckily, this year’s summer …

The Skewed, Anamorphic Sculptures And Engineered Illusions | Art Decoration Design

Some figurative sculptors carve their artworks from unforgiving stone, whereas others fastidiously morph the human sort from mild blocks of clay. …

Modern Art

Three tools to rule them all: How to fix anything in Photoshop with three basic tools

I know – that title sounds a little bit like clickbait-ish. But! It’s not! (well not this time). You don’t need a lot of fancy tools to fix most …

Tutorials

These minimalist 'Game of Thrones' GIFs are a mesmerizing, cutesy take on the dark series

<i>Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season six.</i><p>The "Game of Thrones" fandom is known for its artistic approach to celebrating the epic series. From large-scale art installations to miniature paper shields, we never tire of seeing artists' and designers' interpretations. One artist in …

TV Series

Mirrorless Medium Format is Here: Hasselblad Unveils the X1D

After several tantalizing teasers and one very serious leak yesterday, the Hasselblad X1D, the world’s first compact mirrorless medium format camera, …

Ideo, Astro, And Whipsaw: What Every Startup Should Know About Design

For Highway1, a Silicon Valley design accelerator, pros at top consultancies mentored young entrepreneurs. Here’s their best advice.<p>At Highway1, a design accelerator based in San Francisco, startups have four months to transform a prototype into a market-ready product, develop a business plan, …