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FireSigns: a semiotic theory for graphic design

Semiotics is the study of signs and significations, and as graphic designers we create visual signs (dubbed in the book as “FireSigns”) that are …

Graphic Design

I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done

Albert Einstein was 16 years old when he first flirted with the idea of special relativity.<p>He was a daydreamer. The pioneering theory that lead him to establish the foundation of modern physics was actually envisioned in one of his many famous thought experiments.<p>He wondered, specifically, what …

Creativity

Top 10 Games of Last Generation Countdown - Number 3

Top 10 of Last Generation #3<p>We’re back after a bit of a hiatus as we debated for hours which games to include in our official top threes! If you’re …

Woodworking Teacher Creates a Beautiful Japanese Sunrise Dovetail Joint That Perfectly Fits Together

Theo Cook, a master craftsman and woodworking teacher at Robinson House Studio in the UK, produced an incredible piece of wood art when he created a …

How to Create a Danish-Cord Seating Surface

You've got to see it to beweave it<p>A bench is a great entry-level piece of furniture to build. It's useful and not as difficult to make as a chair. …

Incredible Bosjes Canopy Chapel In South Africa

This Chapel does not fit at all to the classic idea of traditional places of worship. This building located in the Bosjes farm in the Wintzenberg …

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Furniture

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Xbox One

10 Places You Have to See to Believe

Are you ready for your daily dose of wanderlust (and then some)? These wonders around the world—from Seussian flower fields to seas that shine like stars—simply must been seen to be believed.

27 Art Destinations Around The World To Visit Before You Die

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso

Denver and Liely Whisky Glass

There is an art to the consumption of alcohol and, for centuries, glass-blowers and designers have attempted to create the perfect drinking vessel. Melbourne-based Denver & Liely's new whisky glass unites the two most respected forms of bourbon, rye and scotch drinkware: the tumbler and the …

Scotch Whisky

27 Stunning Lakeside Campsites

Photo by Matthew Hosford, Explorer for The Outbound<p>There's something special about waking up at sunrise to a glassy mountain lake outside your tent. If you're ready to make this a reality, check out this list of lakeside campsites and start planning your next adventure.<p>1. Mono Lake<p>California | Car …

Articles about how renovate your kitchen cabinets on Dwell.com - Dwell

We're sharing a few useful projects from DIY Home Repairs: 100 Fix-It Yourself Projects, a book by Sarah Beeny, that will help...<p>The facts surrounding the psychological effects of color on mood and productivity are fairly well known.<p>While care labels provide a great starting place, proper Bedding …

Kitchens

A Brilliant Design Feature that All Cordless Drills Should Have

Jimmy DiResta's clever hack makes you wonder why no manufacturer has thought of it yet<p>For the latest installment of his tips-'n-tricks-in-the-shop …

Woodworking

14 Scrumptious Summer Crock Pot Recipes

There’s seriously nothing better coming home to the sweet smell of dinner waiting for you. No, you don’t have to hire a butler to make this a reality. We’re talking crock pots, the ultimate kitchen appliance when it comes to stress-free meals. If you can chop an onion and open a few cans, you can …

Cooking

A Steam-Free Way to Bend Wood: The Hot Pipe Method

This low-tech method is best for pieces up to 3/8" in thickness<p>Scotty Lewis describes bending wood as "one of the most exciting and magical things a …

A Better Way to Steam Wood for Bending: Use a Plastic Bag!

Watch as Shipwright Sauzedde demonstrates the clever method<p>To bend wood, you need steam. The typical way to do this is to build a steam box that fits …

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 …

Tackle Any Problem With These 3 Questions

Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask themselves to spark creativity.<p>In previous posts, I shared questions that can help overcome fear of failure and others aimed at identifying your creative or …

Can A Bike Be Both Cheap And Beautiful?

The Epo hopes to bring bike manufacturing back to the Netherlands by using the same techniques car makers use to keep costs down.<p>You’d be hard pressed to find a more bike crazy country than the Netherlands. Not only are bicycle paths ubiquitous, but there’s more than one bicycle for every single …

What It’s Like To Design A Font From Scratch

Steve Matteson has designed some of the most ubiquitous typefaces in the world, and engineered versions of Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier for Microsoft. Here, he reveals why every letter you see looks the way it does.<p>Steve Matteson has designed some of the most ubiquitous typefaces in the …

The 8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard

Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp takes us through the lightning-fast process he employs to get a team’s ideas down on paper.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Read the first part here, the second here, and the third …

Paper-Art Posters Gorgeously Illustrate Key Design Principles

Okay, so they’re no replacement for a RISD degree. But these posters, by Turkish graphic designer Efil Turk, offer a fun primer on foundational visual concepts.<p>For her senior thesis at the Dokuz Eylul University of Fine Arts, Efil illustrated 10 principles–balance, hierarchy, pattern, rhythm, …

What The Wright Brothers Could Teach Today’s Innovators About Solving Problems

Three tips for testing your assumptions the Wright–er, right–way<p>One key to successful innovation, a growing body of innovation thinkers believe, is trial-and-error experimentation. Proponents of the Lean Startup methodology urge innovators to create a minimum viable product (MVP)–something that …

Google Ventures On 8 Shortcuts For Better, Faster Design Research

Google Ventures’s Michael Margolis is more productive than ever. His secret? Shortcuts.<p>I’ve been doing design and UX research for almost 24 years. In that time, I’ve learned a lot, and I hope I’ve gotten better at it over the years.<p>One thing is certain: I’m more productive now than when I first …

Crispy Salt-and-Vinegar Potatoes

Cooking the potatoes in vinegar seasons them from within, and a final drizzle boosts the flavor.<p>Ingredients<p>2 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes, halved, quartered if large<p>1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar<p>1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more<p>2 tablespoons unsalted butter<p>Freshly ground black …

Recipes

Ninja 750 by Huge Design

Bill Webb has two passions in life: design and motorcycles. He’s a partner at a San Francisco agency called Huge Design, and for years his daily ride was a 1995 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja. Then the bike was stolen and stripped.<p>When Bill recovered his Ninja—known as the ZXR 750 in most other countries—he …

Ninja

What Educators Can Learn From Interaction Design

Jon Kolko <br>Posted: May 8, 2014.<p>I see an interesting parallel between the syllabus, which I recently wrote of as a problem-artifact, and the work of …

Hewlett-Packard Once Again!

It is so refreshing to find designers indulge in fantasy games that go beyond Apple and Microsoft. Not that we can do without another iPhone 6 (or …