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By pierrearfarf | About Graphic Design, UX, and wild life.

Typography is impossible

The practical guide to why laying out type never quite does what you want<p>You’re a front-end engineer, building boxes and putting text inside them. A …

How Innovative Ideas Arise

In 2010, Thomas Thwaites decided he wanted to build a toaster from scratch. He walked into a shop, purchased the cheapest toaster he could find, and …

Creativity

Design Better Data Tables

<b>Poor tables.</b> Where did they go wrong?<p>After being the bread and butter of the web for most of its early history, tables were cast aside by many …

Imposter Syndrome and how creatives can deal with it

Congratulations! You’ve just been promoted / picked up an award / won a big pitch. But instead of giving yourself a well deserved pat on the back, …

Leadership

The New Rules of Form Design

Every day, we use forms for essential online activity. We fill them out to complete purchases; to sign up for email lists, social networks, and more; …

Usability

L’illusion du labeur : quand l’interface mouline pour donner confiance

Vous êtes au restaurant, et immédiatement après avoir passé commande, voilà que le serveur vous apporte les plats. Seriez-vous rassuré par la qualité …

Is this my interface or yours?

A piece about perspective<p>The evolution of My Computer<p>Remember back in the day when Windows had a <b>My Computer</b> icon? It was a glorious little icon that …

UX Design

I Peeked Into My Node_Modules Directory And You Won’t Believe What Happened Next

The left-pad fiasco shook the JavaScript community to its core when a rouge developer removed a popular module from npm, causing tens of projects to …

Bulles souterraines, virus zombie et trous géants : en Sibérie, une certaine idée de la fin du monde

Dans cette partie de la Russie, la fonte du pergélisol (ou permafrost) due au réchauffement climatique entraîne des phénomènes inquiétants.<p>Jeudi 4 …

New Policies for iOS

Since before your sun burned hot in space and before your race was born, Safari on iOS has required a user gesture to play media in a <video> or …

iOS

The Future of Browser History

I am really unsatisfied with the current state of Browser History. I think that this is the most underestimated feature of every modern web browser. …

Now You Can Hide Your Smart Home on the Darknet

The privacy software Tor has aided everything from drug dealing marketplaces to whistleblowing websites in evading surveillance on the darknet. Now …

Smart Homes

4 Ways Your Office Is Crushing Your Creativity

Two-thirds of employees believe that they work in spaces that stifle creativity and innovation, a Gensler survey finds.<p>Is your office stifling your creativity? A recent survey, conducted by the global architecture firm Gensler, suggests as much. The good news: You can do something about it.<p>The …

AI, Apple and Google

<i>(Note - for a good introduction to the history and current state of AI, see my colleague Frank Chen’s presentation here.)</i>In the last couple of years, …

Machine Learning

Les humains accélèrent l’évolution des autres animaux

Des chercheurs de l'Université de Copenhague ont constaté que les humains provoquent à la fois l'extinction et l'apparition de nouvelles espèces.<p>Les espèces disparaissent à une cadence inouïe, qui ne s'était pas vue depuis la dernière grande extinction. Les humains jouent un grand rôle dans ce …

Brown Bears Use 'Human Shield' to Protect Their Cubs

Mother bears have a difficult choice: Take their cubs nearer to humans or risk infanticide by males looking to mate.<p>You might think that winter is the most dangerous time of the year for a young animal. But for Scandinavian brown bear cubs, these next few weeks may determine whether the animal …

Ivy League

Comment j'ai été plagié – et humilié

Plagiat partout et intelligence nulle part : le photographe Guillaume Jolly nous raconte comment il s'est fait tirer son boulot.<p>Qu'est ce qui rapproche Lautréamont, Houellebecq, et les frères Bogdanoff ? Pas grand-chose, à première vue. Le premier a écrit la meilleure poésie du XIXe siècle, le …

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A Bear’s-Eye View<p>What do bears eat? How far do they roam? Find out in this interactive journey through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.<p>Scroll to continue<p>About This Project<p>For the first time, trek into the wild backcountry of America's first national park and see what it looks like from a bear's …

Nature

Sperm Whales in Caribbean Have Distinct Culture

The marine mammals form clans with their own unique dialects, a new study says.<p><i>Click ... click ... click-click-click.</i> That’s the sound of a sperm whale in the eastern Caribbean.<p><i>Click-click-click-click-click.</i> That’s a sperm whale that lives in the same place, but in a different social group.<p>Shane …

Oceans

Battling BEM (Extended Edition): 10 Common Problems And How To Avoid Them

Whether you’ve just discovered BEM or are an old hand (in web terms anyway!), you probably appreciate what a useful methodology it is. If you don’t …

Web Design

PaperID: A Technique for Drawing Functional Battery-Free Wireless Interfaces on Paper

Authors<p>Hanchuan Li (Disney Research Pittsburgh)<br>Eric Brockmeyer (Disney Research Pittsburgh)<br>Liz Carter (Disney Research Pittsburgh)<br>Josh Fromm …

Visual Perception. Icons vs Copy in UI.

Our eyes are a powerful instrument of getting great deal of information in split seconds. What is more, we do not need to apply too much effort: most …

Composition Tips: How to Capture that ‘National Geographic Style’

Renowned travel photographer Bob Holmes says he shoots in a “National Geographic style.” A style that he describes as not about the photographer, but …

Photography

Mandalas with computer components

‘Technological Mandala No. 2’ is the last work of the Italian artist <b>Leonardo minds</b> London-based, who carefully soda a myriad of computer components, …

Artists

Why Visual Designers will “Rule” the Web of the Future

Think how far we have come. From early web designs to the visual content we now experience has meant huge technology innovations, creativity, and …

Web Design

La colorisation automatique des photos en noir et blanc par un ordinateur

Si la colorisation de photographies en noir et blanc a toujours existé, la pratique est devenue de plus en plus populaire ses dernières années grâce …

Documenting the World’s Animals, One Picture at a Time

On a deeply personal mission, Joel Sartore is photographing as many animals as he can—before some disappear.<p>For years National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore worked far away from home—documenting the astonishing wildlife of Bolivia’s Madidi National Park or scrambling up the three tallest …

Nature

‘I enjoy the banal’: Stephen Bayley meets Martin Parr

Britain’s best-known photographer claims to like ordinary people but are his pictures celebratory or mocking?<p>‘I like ordinary people,’ says the extraordinary photographer Martin Parr, pushing a few high-concept smoked sprats around his plate at St John, the Smithfield restaurant.<p>Parr is Britain’s …

Street Photography

Hot Rock, Lost Rock, Router

[Image: <i>Keepalive</i> by Aram Bartholl, from the artist’s Flickr page].This past summer, Aram Bartholl installed a project called <i>Keepalive</i> in the woods of …

Routers