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50 essential books every graphic designer should read

When it comes to seeking inspiration and learning, graphic designers are spoilt for choice. There is a wealth of literature at our fingertips, all …

A beginner’s guide to understanding UX design

If you are thinking of working on your conversion optimization and landing page optimization, understanding UX design is essential. As you know, we write a lot about the user, the single visitor that arrives on your site or landing page and needs to be triggered and helped around. UX design helps …

Mont Blanc panorama is the world’s largest ever photograph

The world's 11th tallest mountain, Europe's Mont Blanc, is now the subject of the world's largest photograph.<p>An international team led by Italian photographer Filippo Blengini has published a gigantic panorama of Europe's loftiest peak, an image which weighs in at an enourmous 365 …

How much do musicians really make from Spotify, iTunes and YouTube?

Plus Tidal, Deezer, Rhapsody, Beats Music, Google Play and other digital services, as Information Is Beautiful updates its 2010 infographic<p>In 2010, data journalist and information designer David McCandless published an infographic on his Information is Beautiful website showing how much musicians …

Protected: 3D Printer Creates Real Tattoos At Parisian Tattoo Festival

Post-Punk Icons Reimagined As Marvel Heroes

Spandex outfits. Alter-egos. Life-changing performances of superhuman feats.<p>We'd hesitate to describe any musician as a "hero", but prompted by …

iwant by Steve Waring

<i>We asked Steve Waring, founder of From Parts Unknown and part-time teacher in Manchester, to share a recent project he did for a financial start-up</i> …

10 Design Resources You Could Never Think Were Free

Whether you are designing your own site or you are a professional website designer, you are always looking for a way to make your site sleeker, …

Web Design

How To Reduce Friction With Good Design

Anders Toxboe, designer for Bonnier Interactive, cites motivation as the force that opposes friction in the realm of interaction design. A properly motivated user will be willing to withstand more friction and still have a positive experience. A poorly motivated user will, on the other hand, give …

UX Design

A Brief History Of User Experience Design

Look to the past, whether 1430 or 1930, for clues as to where user experiences are heading.<p>Think about the last time you ate at a restaurant. What cuisine did it serve?<p>What made you to choose that particular restaurant? What was your first impression as you walked in? Were you asked to wait until …

I'll ignore Alien 3 and take the franchise back to familiar territory, says Neill Blomkamp

District 9 film-maker reveals plans to ignore unpopular sequels Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection in order to take the franchise back to ‘a Freudian kind of nightmare’<p>Neill Blomkamp plans to ignore 1992’s Alien 3 and 1997’s Alien: Resurrection in his ongoing efforts to deliver a new Alien movie …

What Parents Tell Their Kids When They Plan to Die on Mars

The Mars One finalists have been selected, and as one says: “Shit just got a whole lot more real.”<p>Mars One has winnowed down the number candidates for their first trip to Mars from over 100,000 applicants to just 100 finalists. Regardless of whether you think that Mars One will ever get off the …

'This Is Really Extreme Science': Adrift in the Arctic Ice With a Shipload of Norwegians

A Norwegian research vessel has locked itself in the shrinking ice cap to gather data needed to predict the cap's future—and that of the planet.<p>R.V. <i>LANCE</i>, 82.6 Degrees North—Curious polar bears, venturing too close to working scientists, have had to be scared off with flares shot from a gun. …