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This Will Be Your Next Tattoo: Arabic Words Illustrated As Their Meanings

Alexandria-based graphic designer Mahmoud Tammam has taken 40 Arabic words and transformed them to match their meanings. The beautifully minimalistic project uses the arches, dots, and curves of the Arabic script to form foxes, whales, coffee pots, and more.<p>Follow Tammam’s work on Instagram or …

The Best User Experience Design Links of 2016

Conversational UI. Design leadership. Invisible design. These were just some of the many UX themes and trends we saw this year.<p>I went back and looked …

Choosing The Right Prototyping Tool

When it comes to creating prototypes, so many tools and methods are out there that choosing one is no easy task. Which one is the best? Spoiler …

Prototyping

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Design Project

Designers often spend a lot of time deciding which typefaces to pair up and most sites just give one-sentence examples that don’t offer a real …

Typography

Complete Gardening Guide For First Time Gardeners

So, one fine morning you decided to set up a garden on your own. To do so you are now looking for some good gardening tips to start with. Gardening is not all about growing plants. If you don't know how to nourish your plants then they can die. You certainly don't want to pour some cold water on …

How to Make Anything Taste Like Doritos

The addictively umami-packed flavor of Doritos can be replicated at home by grinding up a mix of Parmesan cheese, chile powder, smoked paprika, …

Food

11 basic Excel tricks that will change your life

Microsoft Excel is an amazing piece of software, and even regular users might not be getting as much out of it as they can. Improve your Excel efficiency and proficiency with these basic shortcuts and functions that absolutely everyone needs to know.<p>Of course you can move from cell to cell with …

Analytics

HOME DZINE Home DIY | Turn a bought door into a fold-down worktable

Turn a bought door into a fold-down worktable<p>This fold-down worktable is perfect for the craft or DIY enthusiast who doesn't have a lot of space, …

Build A Sturdy, Heavy And Simple Workbench For Around $90

<b>Video:</b> Workbenches can make your life a lot easier if you work out of your garage. There are a ton of variations for building your own, but over on …

Woodworking

These Fantastical Architectural Illustrations Are Made Using Autocad

Fabiola Morcillo Núñez, an architect from the University of Chile, is 26-years-old and has been formally drawing under the name 1989 for about a year …

The Perfect Mix: Fogg Behavior Model + Core Loop | Game Design Thinking Research Group

by Margarita Quihuis on May 25, 2016 4:22 am<p>Within BJ Fogg’s Behavior Design Lab, we focus on developing behavior design frameworks and methods that …

Game Design

Why design trumps advertising

A few years ago, I ran into an old friend whose advertising career had taken off. I complimented his campaigns. He complimented my firm’s design …

The Simplest Way to Avoid Bad Street Design: Copy the Ones That Work

Models matter. Let’s design more streets like the streets we already love.<p>When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And when you’re a traffic engineer, it seems, everything looks like a highway.<p>If traffic engineers did not control the design of so many of our public spaces, this might not …

Applying Inspirational Design Thinking to Tackle Breakthrough Innovation

A society's progress depends upon the quality of the questions it asks itself and to know what questions to ask today in order to secure a sustainable future.<p>One question could be: "Why design something at all?" Our society obsesses over entrepreneurship, innovation and design for creating growth, …

Design

Fixing business models by design

We live in a time of new business models, exponential technologies and digital native customers. Businesses are being challenged and looking for innovation. Some designers who design products and services today are the creators of new organisations and businesses tomorrow. Let me share some of the …

Innovation

Architecture, Psychology... and Furniture?

A Classroom Strategy for Furniture Design<p>In design thinking, working within constraints is key, so after the students understood their task, we set …

Thomas Piketty on the rise of Bernie Sanders: the US enters a new political era

The Vermont senator’s success so far demonstrates the end of the politico-ideological cycle opened by the victory of Ronald Reagan at the 1980 elections<p>How can we interpret the incredible success of the “socialist” candidate Bernie Sanders in the US primaries? The Vermont senator is now ahead of …

Middle-class

NASA’s new space tourism posters are spellbinding

2015 was a big year for the popularity of space. So perhaps you'll forgive NASA if the space agency wants to capitalize on that momentum with some stellar new artwork.<p>Today, Seattle design firm Invisible Creature — which has done work for clients like Nike, <i>Seattle Weekly</i>, Target, and many more — …

Posters

This Super-Simple Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe Is Taking Over Pinterest

The New York Times calls it, "The roast that owns the internet."<p>There's are certain winning combinations that strike gold with people on the internet. (Puppies and babies is our personal favorite.) But when a recipe takes the web by storm, it can be hard to tell what exactly has made it such a …

Louis C.K.’s Brilliant Reply to His ‘Daughter’ About Life Being Fair

Kids have this innate sense of what’s fair and what’s not—at least from their fairly limited and sometimes selfish worldview.<p>Which brings me to this …

Good Interaction Design = Good UX

UX is no longer just a concern resigned to technical teams. It’s a focus that transcends departments as more and more businesses are realizing the …

Must-See Design Documentaries You Don't Want To Miss

Inspiration is all around you. Your design taste is developed by the things you consume. Your creative genius is influenced by the food you eat, sounds you hear, music you listen to, books and articles you read and movies you watch. If you feel like procrastinating make sure you spend your time …

Design

Storytelling for a Better User Experience

The way we consume and communicate information has changed. In today’s over-populated online landscape, we face a daily barrage of regurgitated …

UX Design

How to Run an Empathy & User Journey Mapping Workshop

Introduction<p>This article will teach you two popular design workshop techniques: empathy mapping and user journey mapping. <b>Empathy mapping</b> is a way to …

UX Design

The best design conferences and events to plan for in 2016

Compared to other industry events, expectations are sky-high at design conferences. “Dentists, physicists, sociologists, taxidermists all meet to find out what’s new in their specialties. So do designers, but they are not happy about it,” Ralph Caplan former director of the Aspen International …

Graphic Design

5 of the best interaction design trends of 2015

In the MailChimp example above, the confirmation window is an essential part of the email marketing user flow. Adding a fun graphic and some humorous copy adds some enjoyment at no cost (not to mention undercuts some of the tension of sending a mass email).<p>Here are some quick tips for delightful …

17 Ways To Use Just About Everything In Your Kitchen BETTER

These kitchen tricks will make cooking SO much easier. This piece originally appeared on cosmopolitan.com.<p><b>1. Use two plates to safely cut a lot of little tomatoes at once.</b><p>Lay the tomatoes you wish to slice in half on a small plate. Place another plate on top and then run a very sharp knife through …