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Five Photoshop Tools You Should Know

One can spend a lifetime learning Photoshop. But since we’re all pressed for time, there’s YouTube.<p>In this tutorial from Tutvid, Nathaniel Dodson …

Let Ideo’s Top Brass Show You How To Solve Problems Like A Designer

Ideo.org’s new Design Kit aims to teach everyone, from CEOs to activists to ministers, the principles of human-centered design.<p>Last month, Ideo.org–the nonprofit spinoff of global design and innovation firm Ideo–launched an online guide to the practice of human-centered design. A creative approach …

Design God Milton Glaser Drinks Beer, Complains About Their Labels

But can you really judge a beer by its bottle?<p>Famous designers don’t booze like you or me. When Jony Ive and Marc Newson get together for a few pints, for example, Newson once told me that they spend most of their time measuring the circumference of the glass. And when Milton Glaser is invited by …

The Anatomy Of A Great Late-Night Logo, According To Pentagram

After rebranding The Tonight Show, Pentagram’s Emily Oberman tells Co.Design what design lessons can be gleaned from 60 years of late night.<p>As part of her work designing a new logo for <i>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon</i>, Pentagram’s Emily Oberman–a 20-year veteran in television branding and logo …

The Beauty of Japan’s Artistic Manhole Covers | Colossal

<p>Japan is a country full of amazing art. Some of it is housed within museums and galleries while others are right underneath our feet. I’m talking, …

Japan

My Modern Shop Spotlight - Javier Prez's Whimsical Creations

Graphic designer Javier Prez produces playful photographs by blending everyday objects with simple line drawings. His ongoing series, <i>Instagram Experiments</i>, is a whimsical collection that gives life and personality to small scraps, random office supplies, and ordinary foods. His cheerful collection, …

Drawing

Ceramic Cups Melt Into Puddles of Patterned Porcelain

For her sculpture series <i>Nomad Patterns</i>, artist Livia Marin's ceramic cups and kettles melt into puddles of porcelain while surprisingly retaining their original printed designs. The elaborate faux Chinese motifs of willows, birds and pagodas float out into a glossy ceramic pool still in perfect …

Dessert

Line Drawings Transform Everyday Objects Into Quirky Scenes

It's amazing what artists can do with everyday objects. When put in the right context, a feather appears to be a knife, a lone grape looks just like a red balloon, and cookies can sweep the floor. Artist Victor Nunes has taken this concept to a whole new level by pairing multiple objects together …

Digital Art

Type creates a series of glasses inspired by typography - The Fox Is Black

As a bespectacled type nerd, I am going absolutely gaga over Type’s new Garamond and Helvetica inspired glasses. Maybe I am geeking out a little too …

Your Favorite Books, If They Were Tea

<i>The Great Gatsby</i> conjures many emotions–the nostalgia for a high school lit class, a romanticized notion of the Jazz Era, or by now, perhaps exasperation at its ubiquity after Baz Luhrmann got his hands on it.<p>Flora Chan’s own musings got her thinking about tea, and more specifically, what <i>The Great</i> …

Type Your Own Animated Movie With This Crazy Software

Inside this playful screenwriting software may hide the future of filmmaking: You simply write what you want to see, and that vision plays on screen.<p>Here’s how Hollywood works today: Somebody writes a script. And especially if it’s an animated feature–a piece that will take hundreds of Pixar …

Candid With Ken Koo – What is Design Thinking?

You best know him as the man behind the red dot awards – concept design, Singapore, however I know Ken Koo as the visionary behind many design …

Learn the History of Typography Through Type:Rider, a Super Mario-Esque Game for Your Smartphone

We all have a favorite font. But how much do you really know about it? You may be a self-classified "font fanatic" who knows Gary Hustwit's <i>Helvetica</i> …

Playing pictures: the wonder of graphic scores

Artist and composer Tom Phillips ponders musical notation, and the brief but glorious union of art and sound<p>Graphic scores In pictures<p>Can a musician play from art? I do not mean a Mona Lisa Minuet or a Hay Wain Sonata, but the current sheaf of scores that Joanna MacGregor is performing with her …

Sergey Larenkov's Ghosts of World War II

Former sea pilot-turned-photographer Sergey Larenkov uses his photo manipulation skills to create a collection of intriguing images that merge the past and present. The 41-year-old Russian photographer initially began the project as a hobby, taking an interest in the idea of occupying a space that …

Photography

Internet Browsers Transformed Into Fashion Models

California-based photographer Viktorija Pashuta has transformed a variety of web browser icons into trendy fashion statements. The Latvian fashion photographer has always wondered <i>What if girls were internet browsers?</i>, and so, the project brings that vision to life through a creative interpretation …

DeScribe

LEGO Architecture Studio Kit

The LEGO geniuses continue to expand their LEGO Architecture series and this time instead of a particular landmark or building, they’ve created the …

Architecture

Infographic: 4,000 Years Of Human History Captured In One Retro Chart

In 1931, John B. Sparks distilled human civilization into a single chart. Even today, it’s great infographic design.<p>If time is a river, the Histomap, created by John B. Sparks and first published by Rand McNally back in 1931, is a raging Mississippi. In that massive river of time, each of …

A Bible Of Color Theory Is Now An App

On the 50th anniversary of Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color, Yale University Press has released the work as an interactive teaching tool along the lines of what the Bauhaus master originally intended.<p>Josef Albers, one of the best-known painters and educators to emerge from the German Bauhaus, …

Articles about 7 design blogs follow on Dwell.com - Dwell

It's not all shoots and rounds: The creative team at Dwell is ever on the internet prowl for the best visual inspiration to be...<p>If you have serious culinary chops and take pride in preparing meals that wow your family and friends, keep these tips in mind...<p>It's safe to say that Philip Johnson was …

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Watch: The History Of The Bauhaus, In 2 Minutes

A new video short uses minimalist graphics and witty wordplay to describe what the Bauhaus was.<p>“How Bauhaus is your house?” The question is posed at the end of the animated short “Bauhaus: Design in a Nutshell.”<p>I’d venture that most of our apartments and bedroom interiors include next to nothing …

Photoshop Chimeras: Fantasy Creatures Created by Splicing Photos

Want to have some fun as you’re learning how to use Photoshop for image editing? Try creating a “Photoshop Chimera.” In Greek mythology, the Chimera …

“Game Of Thrones” Houses Reimagined As 21st-Century Brands

Feeling uninspired by stock photography? Unleash the direwolves.<p>I’ve spent too many hours in Shutterstock, mining for gold amongst … let’s just call them organic substances far less valuable than gold. But while most of us lament the lack of creativity in stock photography–captivating moments like …

Adobe's Project Mighty Input Tools Look Pretty Awesome

Color me impressed! I figured the next generation of designer-relevant input devices would come from Apple or Wacom, but surprise—it's Adobe. The …

Morpholio 2.0: A Portfolio App With A Built-In Studio Crit

The Morpholio portfolio app relaunches with seven tools that promise to change the way you design.<p>Anyone who went to architecture or design school knows that studio is a mean but formative experience. We like to pretend we’re idea-shamans who work in a brilliant vacuum, but those so-called <i>Aha!</i> …

Adobe: There Will Be No Creative Suite 7

No Illustrator CS7? No Photoshop CS7? What’s going on??<p>Many design firms buy the new Adobe Creative Suite whenever it comes out. After all, the software is a mainstay for anyone who creates on computers. But today, Adobe has announced that there will be no Creative Suite 7.<p><b>UPDATE: Read their</b> …

U.S. Government's Never-Ending Quest to Design the Most Difficult-to-Manufacture Object

How can you ensure your product design never gets knocked off? By manufacturing it with proprietary production methods and materials no one else has …

The Pop-Up Pinhole Project

UK illustrator and designer Kelly Angood has developed a cultish following from DIY and analog enthusiasts ever since releasing diagrams and a how-to video for creating a camera at home in 2011. Using 120 film, the camera—based on Hasselblad's iconic shape—could be constructed with a design printed …

Photography