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9 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design, According To Ideo, Microsoft, Autodesk, MIT, And More

“Our profession is in between ‘utopia and oblivion.’ It will be oblivion if we continue focusing on minor aesthetic problems.”<p>The world is changing faster than ever–socially, technologically, environmentally, politically, and economically. In the midst of these shifts, designers have the crucial …

30 Logos and Marks by Graphic Designer Ilya Shapko

Ilya Shapko’s portfolio includes some inspiring logos and marks that have been created for a variety of clients.Ilya Shapko is a Saratov, Russia …

Graphic Design

10+ Genius Camera Hacks That Will Greatly Improve Your Photography Skills In Less Than 3 Minutes

Professional photography gear costs thousands of dollars but you can take stunning pictures by spending only a fraction of the cost. If you have the …

Mastering the Pen Tool with "The Bezier Game"

Give it your bez shot<p>As someone who learned to use CAD before Illustrator, I've always hated the pen tool. My first CAD jockey jobs required perfect …

The total eclipse brought a few minutes of darkness for some. But if it's just inky blackness you seek, here's where to go

When the moon blots out the sun during Monday's total solar eclipse, 12 states in its path of totality, from Oregon to South Carolina, will be plunged into darkness for a few minutes.<p>The eclipse will begin over the Pacific Ocean at 8:45 a.m. Pacific time and start to darken the sky at the first …

National Parks

9 travel hacks you'll wish you knew all along

Already taking a trip or just planning your next one? These tips will help you save time, money and sanity.<p>Travel can be tricky. Did you pay too much for that flight? Forget to pack some important items? What happens if your flight is delayed or canceled?<p>As always, knowledge is power. The more you …

Travel Deals

Japan’s UltraSmall Houses Photos

In Japanese cities, the average house is 1,075 square feet. That makes sense when you consider that the country has a landmass smaller than Montana but a population that puts it at number 11 worldwide. Creativity abounds despite such constraints, notes Naomi Pollack in Jutaku: Japanese Houses …

52 Movies That Are So Clever They'll Have You Thinking For Days

All these films will stay with you long after they've finished playing.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Universal Pictures

This Dutch Hostel Costs $15 A Night, And It’s Nicer Than A Boutique Hotel

The Generator, in Amsterdam, is outfitted with furniture from the au courant British designer Tom Dixon and hometown star Marcel Wanders. Its walls are festooned with whimsical wallpaper from the design-art duo Studio Job. Curated antiques and artwork add a quirky element to the lobby and guest …

Check Out Photos Of The Pantone Hotel. It Is Colorful

Pantone, the color swatch company which has influenced fashion and design for decades, has expanded into hospitality in 2010 with the Pantone Hotel in Brussels. These photos were totally new to us, and we just <i>had</i> to share them with you.<p>At this Belgian designers’ paradise, guests immerse themselves …

Advocate for 'death with dignity' dies at 29

Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old who said she had terminal brain cancer, took medication to end her life under Oregon's "Death with Dignity Act," advocacy group Compassion & Choices said Sunday.<p>"Brittany chose to make a well thought out and informed choice to Die With Dignity in the face of such a …

Steve McCurry Retrospective Presents 150 Striking Portraits of People and Cultures Around the World

In his new exhibition <i>Oltre lo Sguardo</i>, acclaimed American photographer Steve McCurry displays 150 of his photos from a career that has spanned over 30 years and countless treks across the globe. McCurry, who is perhaps best known for his iconic <i>Afghan Girl</i> photo, is celebrated for his rich, …

Photographers

Artist Uses Fire and Soot to Paint Elegant Illustrations

Qubec-based artist Steve Spazuk uses fire to create elegant illustrations out of soot. As he demonstrates in the video below, the fire painter manipulates the flame from a candle or a torch to mark a sheet of paper with trails of soot, which he then etches into using delicate tools like feathers, …

Painting

Can You Recognize Your Favorite Websites By Looking Only At Their Skeletons?

Chances are you wouldn’t be able to recognize your friends or loved ones without their skin, but how about your favorite websites? Can you tell them apart when they are stripped right down to their wireframes?<p>Dedesign the Web and Dedesign the Web 2 are a pair of browser-based games built by …

Toasted Coffee

Mornings can be a major rush, quick coffee and a dry toast is what we manage to down on most days. The Baking Pot is a toaster and coffee pot design …

Artist Buries $16,000 Worth Of Gold On A Beach For People To Dig Up And Keep

Digging for buried treasure is no longer just for pirates: Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer has buried 30 gold bars, worth $16,574, in the sands of Folkestone Beach in southeast England. Today, once the tide went out, it was finders keepers.<p>The public artwork, called Folkestone Digs, is part …

Flat Spoon Means Super Functionality

The Polygons Measuring Spoon is an innovative and surprising redesign of the kitchen tool that eliminates the need for multiple measuring units, …

Stephen Burks on DIY-meets-luxury and sustainable design

Designer Stephen Burks is a man on a mission. The first African-American to rise to the top of the international contemporary design world, Burks would like to fuse local craftsmanship techniques from around the globe with well-known luxury brands.<p>As an industrial designer, Burks has worked with …

Magical Nighttime Long Exposures and Composites by Matt Payne

Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne's passion for the outdoors shines through in his stunning landscape and nightscape photography. He finds the most enchanting moments in which vibrant colors and lively motion overhead complement the stillness of the world below.<p>Payne uses long exposures and …

Landscape Photography

Making the Most of Wall Space, Part 2

We've talked about using the walls to keep papers close at hand, and to store knives—but walls can be used to store all sorts of odds and ends.<p>One …

Dietary Experiment Claims to Successfully Extend Human Vision Into Near Infrared

<i>Update: Since we published this, a reader and retinal neuroscientist wrote up a rebuttal, explaining why this couldn’t possibly work in humans. Click</i> …

99-Year-Old Woman Sews a Dress Every Day for Children in Africa

99-year-old Lillian Weber has a generous heart and sewing hands that just won't stop. The Iowa-based woman spends hours every single day making a dress for small children who receive the clothing through the Christian nonprofit group Little Dresses for Africa.<p>For the past two years, Weber has made …

Nonprofits

Noyberg & Bulka uses sewing machines to stamp ink patterns onto clothes

Israeli designers Idan Noyberg and Gal Bulka have replaced sewing-machine needles with stamps that print lines of patterns onto fabric.<p>Noyberg & …

Link About It: This Week's Picks

1. Seeing is Hearing<p>MIT engineers have developed a technique to "listen" to sound without the use of a microphone—audio can be recovered just from video by analyzing how an inanimate object (such as a bag of chips or a plant's leaves) responds to sound vibrations. This means combining and filtering …

North Sea

Huge Tortoise Sculpture Emerges from Thousands of Scrap Metal Parts

This enormous, metal tortoise is the work of Indonesian artist Sumarsono, also known as Ono Gaf, who used old and discarded junk like tools, car parts, and scrap metal to produce this amazingly detailed sculpture. To create the gigantic artwork, the 64-year-old artist first spent time collecting …

Art

Steven Heller and Gail Anderson's Typographic Universe – in pictures

Since 1990, graphic designers Steven Heller (New York Times art director for 33 years) and Gail Anderson (former art director of Rolling Stone) have compiled books about typography and illustration. In their latest, The Typographic Universe (Thames & Hudson £24.95), they explore 'the alphabet of …