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Cutlery from 2001: A Space Odyssey is available on Amazon

In 1957, Danish architect Arne Jacobson designed a exquisite set of minimalist cutlery that Stanley Kubrick personally selected as the flatware …

The Arts

Harrison Ford's Contributions to Solo: A Star Wars Story

Ford's insight helped Ron Howard and Alden Ehrenreich.<p>Harrison Ford contributed to Solo: A Star Wars Story by helping the new Han Solo (Alden …

Did Chewbacca's Death Reset The 'Star Wars' Canon?

A recent SyFy interview with Leland Chee, longtime Lucasfilm employee and keeper of the “Holocron,” the official <i>Star Wars</i> story database, revealed that Chee views the death of Chewbacca (in the <i>Star Wars</i> expanded universe) as the catalyst that sparked the full reset of the entire canon.<p>The expanded …

Disney just explained some of the biggest secrets in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

The last <i>Star Wars</i> movie premiered a few days before Christmas, conquering the box office on opening weekend and in the weeks that followed. <i>The Last</i> …

The Blocks modular smartwatch is finally available to buy after years of delays

Kickstarter devices are shipping, and new customers can expect delivery before April<p>It’s been a long road to market for Blocks, a modular smartwatch that was first announced back in 2015, but at CES 2018 the company has said that it’s finally selling watches to the general public (via <i>TechCrunch</i>).<p>To …

How to create your next design project, completely free

Creating a well-designed site, product, or project usually isn’t cheap. You know you want to make something that looks good – but how do you do it if you’re working with a limited budget?<p>While there’s no substitute for hiring a great designer, there are ways to build something beautiful without …

J.J. Abrams and Quentin Tarantino might make a "Star Trek" movie together, and this sounds highly logical

Our world is on fire and everything is falling apart faster than we can put it back together, but listen, there are some good things left, like …

Behind the Scenes With the Sound Editor for ‘Star Wars’

How Matthew Wood, a sound editor for Hollywood blockbusters, turned his childhood passion into a cinematic career<p>AS A BOY growing up in Walnut Creek, California, throughout the late ’70s and ’80s, Matthew Wood was intrigued by his voice-actor grandfather’s reel-to-reel recording equipment, as well …

The back story on ‘Star Wars’ filming in Death Valley

Director George Lucas filmed much of the 1977 blockbuster “Star Wars” in North Africa and the U.K., but to get one of the key shots in the film, the …

Star Wars

Hamilton: In my early days with McLaren it just felt wrong

<<p>►<p>><p><b>Lewis Hamilton has revealed that during his early years in Formula 1 he was delivering on track but felt that all was not right with his life</b> …

This DIY “Bullet Time” Rig Captures Time-Warping 360° Cinematic Effects on the Cheap (VIDEO)

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “bullet time,” it’s a frozen-moment visual effect in which some parts of a scene proceed at normal speed while …

The History of Typography and its Journey Through Art

April 29, 2017<p>Smirna Kulenović is an Art History and Philosophy graduate, developing video and sound art projects, in love with improvisational …

5 Python libraries to lighten your machine learning load

Machine learning's exciting, but the work is complex and difficult. It typically involves a lot of manual heavy lifting -- assembling workflows and …

Creating an Action Grid Slider on your Website

There are times where you need to present your users with clear, quick actions. Although these links will vary depending on your specific content, …

Web Design

ROGUE ONE’s Final Darth Vader Scene Was a Reshoot

There has been a lot of talk (a LOT of talk) about the extensive reshoots to <i>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</i> that changed a great deal of elements in the …

The top rising JavaScript trends to watch in 2017

<b>UPDATE:</b> <b>Read the trends to watch in 2018 instead.</b><p>First, kudos to Dan Abramov for asking his followers this question:<p>The JS community didn’t hesitate …

JavaScript

Ben Mendelsohn on Shooting "Enormously Different" Versions of 'Rogue One'

Before <i>Rogue One</i> was in theaters, Disney held a huge press junket for the film in San Francisco. Unlike <b>Star Wars: The Force Awakens,</b> where we …

Carrie Fisher Filmed 'Star Wars: Episode VIII,' But What About 'Episode IX'?

Even "Star Wars" movies are just movies, and not nearly as important as the life of a human being. But still, as fans process the much-too-early death of Carrie Fisher, questions remain on how the next saga films will address the loss of Princess/General Leia.<p>Sources have confirmed to multiple …

How Rogue One complicates the Rebellion's moral superiority

Forest Whitaker’s character provides complexity to the latest Star Wars film<p>By <i>Star Wars</i> standards, <i>Rogue One</i> is a morally complex story. From beginning to end, it’s a film about war and espionage, and it provides some surprising depth to the nature of the Rebel Alliance. Forest Whitaker’s character, …

20 Free jQuery Plugins for Front-End Developers

This is a great pack of 20<i> free jQuery plugins for front-end developers</i> that are ready to be used in your projects. Download them for your web design …

5 Projects to Push Your iPhone Camera to its Limits

For the past few years, I have been really enjoying pushing the iPhone camera as far as it can go, to do photography projects that many people might …

Time-lapse Photography

8 Design Mistakes That Ruin Your Content (And Easy Fixes)

Visual content is a crucial element in your content marketing. Whether it’s a one-off piece for social media or your latest company e-book, …

Raspberry Pi PIXEL OS Now Available For PC And Mac Systems

After creating the new PIXEL operating system for the Raspberry Pi mini PC range the official Raspberry Pi Foundation has this week announced a …

Web design trends we can expect to see in 2017

It’s that time of year where we look at the year that was and the year that will be. We’ve seen a lot of amazing website designs this year, and I’m eager to see what 2017 has in store for website and website design.<p>2017 is sure to bring some amazing website designs, but if we look hard enough, we …

This Is Awesome News. Adobe Updated Lightroom's Upright Tool!

Lightstalking's Latest Lightroom CC Tutorial – The <i>Guided Upright Tool</i><p>How Exciting Is Adobe's Latest Update? Very…So, We Had To Write About It.<p>One of …

The Best UI/UX Design Books & Resources for Designers

Want to be an excellent designer? Looking for the best UI/UX books and resources? Nowhere to go or to gain the right and effective channel for …

UX Design

How to Turn on the Lights in Your Images in Lightroom

Photographing interiors where you don't have control over the lighting can be a bit of a lottery. In this video, I'll show you how to use Lightroom …

These two plugins partnered up to improve your WordPress media library

“Justified Image Grid” and “WP Real Media Library” were two successful CodeCanyon plugins in their own right. Coming from the minds of two creative …

Customers

Official Raspberry Pi Starter Kit Launches For £99

As well as announcing Raspberry Pi sales passing 10 million the Raspberry Pi foundation has this week also announced the launch of the new Official …

The Onion Omega2 is a tiny little computer that only costs $5

The product follows the Raspberry Pi’s naming scheme of Produce + Greek<p>The Onion Omega2 is the latest tiny computer continuing in the tradition of the Raspberry Pi. The Omega2 is the successor to last year’s Omega, a hackable, expandable, and affordable computer that was one-fourth the size of the …