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Oscars: 'Coco,' 'Ferdinand' Animators Reveal How to Create a Memorable Character From the Blank Page

Creators behind figures from 'The Boss Baby,' 'The Breadwinner' and 'Loving Vincent' also weigh in on what it takes to make a bossy, suit-wearing …

Want To Build A Culture Of Innovation? Master The Design Critique

Fifteen years as a design educator has taught Jon Kolko the right–and wrong–way to critique design work. He shares his process here.<p>The ability to give and take criticism effectively is a crucial part of the design process. And as companies increasingly embrace design, not just as a feature, but, …

How Sustainable Home Improvement Store TreeHouse Plans To Green Every Home In America

The company is expanding from its acclaimed Austin flagship to two more Texas locations. But that’s just the start of 34-year-old founder Jason Ballard’s plan to retrofit the residential building sector.<p>If your entire experience shopping at home improvement stores is defined by Home Depot and …

Here are 10 enchanting tree tunnels (and where to find them)

Tunnels of trees have a way of making you feel safe, as if the branches are stretching out to form a protected path just for you. It's like walking …

Sofia Bonati's amazing ladies – in pictures

For the past couple of years, Sofia Bonati has been drawing intricate portraits of women against a backdrop of mazes and floral patterns. A self-taught artist from Argentina, now based in the UK, Bonati uses pencils, watercolours, inks, gouache and markers to portray “the intricacy of the female …

Gustav Klimt

Too-high TVs and other measuring mistakes in decorating

Hanging light fixtures, flat-screen televisions and art all require commitment — you've got to put holes in your walls or ceiling, which can be a scary proposition. Design clients and friends come to me all the time, paralyzed by the thought of getting it wrong. The right measurements depend on …

Home Decorating

Shopping in Essaouira, Morocco: where to buy what

Laid-back Essaouira may have fewer shops than Marrakesh, but if you want to spend more time chilling than haggling, then the seaside city’s hassle-free souqs are for you. All of Morocco’s popular merchandise can be found in Essaouira’s compact, easily navigable medina, along with local specialities …

The World's Most Unconventional (and Beautiful) Doors

What's a door? If you ever gave any thought at all to this question, you would probably say something like: a door is a tall, thin, rectangular piece …

Interior Design

A Kinetic Sculpture That Clops

Almost better than Monty Python's coconuts<p>Maurice Montero Sauvage is a quiet builder of complex art. His sculptures feature miniscule hand-worked …

How One Woman Makes Almost $1 Million A Year On Etsy

Alicia Shaffer’s business, ThreeBirdNest, makes $80,000 a month selling handmade legwarmers, scarves, and headbands on Etsy. Here’s how.<p>Knitting socks, scarves, and headbands doesn’t have much in common with performing orthopedic surgery or governing a country. But this crafty hobby earns …

These Startups Are Out To End Global Illiteracy, An Often Ignored Problem

By Adele Peters3 minute Read<p>While some people in Silicon Valley rush to build the next photo-sharing app or a faster way to sell online ads, a group …

Startups

Professional Drywaller Creates Insanely Detailed Wall Sculptures—Using Joint Compound!

Bernie Mitchell is "The Mud Michelangelo"<p>In the Industrial Design department at Pratt, they taught us how to spray thinned joint compound onto our …

Taxi Fabric Turns Cabs into Traveling Art

Designers bring their visions to taxi interiors and completely change the experience of riding in a cab.<p>Imagine sliding into a taxi and realizing, once you settle down, that you are sitting on top of a bright blue landscape with carefully painted horses leaping across the seat. In front of you, the …

How to build an earthbag home for $11.50 per square foot

<b>Are you looking for a DIY construction technique for building an affordable earthquake-, flood-, and bullet-resistant home? Look no further.</b><p>There are …

This lovely Kickstarter project pairs kids drawings with artists across the world

The Monster Project wants to teach kids about creativity by connecting them with professional artists. The idea behind the Kickstarter campaign is to help children learn that their imaginations are something to be cherished and may even lead to a career – although some of the below drawings raise …

George Lucas

63 Brush Script Fonts – Some Free

Brush script fonts have become really popular over the last few years. Their whimsical hand-made feel has lead to many artists, photographers, …

Typography

These 3-D Printed Bricks Cool Rooms Without Air Conditioning

Developed by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, the Cool Brick is both masonry and an alternative to air conditioning. Containing thousands of …

How to Create Stylish Flat Space Icons in Adobe Photoshop

Inspired by recent events in space exploration and discoveries, we’ll go through an exciting process and create trendy flat-style space icons with …

Graphics

7 Explorers Name The Most Beautiful Place They've Ever Seen

Looking for travel inspiration? We've been asking fascinating people -- Pulitzer Prize-winners, world champion athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, and more -- to share the greatest travel journeys of their lives.<p><b>New Guinea</b><p>Scientist and author Jared Diamond, who won the Pulitzer Prize for "Guns, …

Hiking

Langkawi beyond the beach: 9 great reasons to visit the Jewel of Kedah

It has long been known for its exquisite beaches, but, like one of its exotic butterfly species, the Malaysian archipelago of Langkawi is also revealing itself as a holiday destination for visitors looking for more than just beach-bumming. Read on for nine other great reasons to visit the 'Jewel of …

Trekking

22 Movies Every Designer Should Watch On Netflix

In search of some inspiration? Then we have the movies for you!<p>Sometimes you take a look at your Netflix queue and think there’s nothing decent on the service. That’s not entirely true! Netflix has certainly lost its library of mainstream Hollywood films over the past few years. But for the …

The More You Expose Yourself Online, The More This Bustier Exposes Your Bare Skin

In designer Xuedi Chen’s version of the online experience, the only way to keep yourself private (and your clothing opaque) is to turn off your phone.<p>Businesses and governments are increasingly asking themselves this question: What’s a reasonable expectation of privacy in a world where we’re …

Evolution of the Bicycle

This Home Office Is A Backyard Hideaway

The home office can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you never have to leave home. On the other hand, you never leave home.<p>London-based architects Platform 5 has a solution for those who want to work from home without going crazy around the house: a backyard office. Built for a …

5 Futuristic Food Wrappers That You Don't Have to Throw Away

<b>You wake up,</b> eat some Greek yogurt, then throw out the plastic cup. Later on, you get a salad and a mini-bag of chips, and then you throw away the …

Nine Hours Capsule Hotel Is Basically A Human Recharging Station

If hotels were luxury vending machines, they'd look like this. 9h nine hours capsule hotel -- with two locations in Japan -- is designed to deliver one thing only: a refreshed feeling for the next leg of your journey.<p>At nine hours, guests recharge in high-tech "sci-fi" sleeping pods, complete with …

Why You Should Read More Novels

Neuroscientsts find that reading stories can lead to biological changes in the brain.<p>Bibliophiles are right–a book can change your life. Immersing yourself in a fictional story can lead to changes in brain function for up to five days, according to a recent study published in <i>Brain …

What Kids Think The Car Of The Future Should Look Like Is Awesome

Adults are so boring. When Toyota asked kids all over the world to innovate, they brought their A-game.<p>What does the car of the future look like? If you ask someone in the industry, they might start talking about what’s next for self-driving cars. Ask a 10-year-old, on the other hand, and they …

Autodesk’s Draco Lets You Animate An Illustration In Seconds

Tired of drawing 24 animations per frame? Now you can automate some of those tasks.<p>Being an animator is painstaking work. Even the most advanced animation software, which uses all sorts of tricks to streamline the process, still requires a lot of drawing. After all, you’re illustrating 24 frames a …